BT Sport have recently agreed a deal to become the home of UK hockey for the next two years, dedicating over 700 hours of coverage.
The deal was struck between International Hockey Federation (FIH) and BT Sport, which will mean that the upcoming events will be broadcasted.
Also, the London 2018 Women’s World Cup will be broadcasted on BT Sport, where the best international teams in the world will be playing on a global stage. The India 2018 Men’s World Cup will also be shown across the BT Sport channels.
This deal is hugely important for the development of hockey in the UK, with further access to the sport for many fans and beyond. Changes have already been made in order to further revolutionise hockey, adding more pace and entertainment by moving away from the traditional two halves to have four quarters. This, in addition to the penalty shuttles, has made the sport even more dramatic than before.
Having BT Sport as a platform for UK Hockey over the next two years is significant by symbolising the belief in the sport itself.
England Hockey Commercial Director Jonathan Cockcroft said on England Hockey’s website:
“This is hugely significant news for hockey in this country. BT Sport offers a fantastic platform to showcase our sport, our athletes and our major events on home soil.
“Their coverage of last year’s Hockey Champions Trophy took the presentation of the sport to a new level, and we look forward to working very closely together to showcase our exciting game and its world class athletes.”
The Schedule of Live Hockey
- Investec Internationals – England women v Argentina, 10 June 2017, London
- Investec Internationals – England women v Netherlands, 11 June 2017, London
- Men’s Hero Hockey World League Semi-final, 15-25 June 2017, London
- Women’s Hockey World League Semi-final, 8-23 July 2017, Johannesburg
- Women’s Hockey World League Final, 17-26 Nov 2017, Auckland
- Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final, 1-10 Dec 2017, Bhubaneswar, India
- Women’s Hockey World Cup, 21 July – 5 August 2018, London
- Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup, 24 Nov – 16 Dec 2018, Bhubaneswar