UKTV’s Dave Channel Continues Sports Push With Cricket Deal

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UKTV’s Dave channel is continuing their push into live sports programming. The channel, which ranks as the UK’s number one non-PSB, has struck a deal which gives them exclusive rights to broadcast this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League cricket (CPL).

The one year deal, which was approved by Dave General Manager Steve North and UKTV’s Director Of Commissioning Richard Watsham, will see Dave air games in full from 1pm throughout the Twenty20 tournament, with five games being shown live from 11.30pm. The tournament begins on June 29th and will run until August 7th. IMG is producing the match coverage, with Arch Dyson serving as executive producer for UKTV.

“We’re really looking forward to our exclusive coverage of the Hero Caribbean Premier League. Dave is committed to bringing more live sport to free-to-air television and we’re proud that we can offer cricket a new home for fans this summer”, said Steve North, General Manager of Dave.

Dave only moved into live sports programming earlier this year. They started down that road with David Haye’s comeback fight, which proved to be a ratings hit for the channel. That was soon followed up on with a deal which gave the UKTV owned channel rights to broadcast the British Darts Organisation World Trophy live. Today’s deal with CPL is also notable as it brings cricket back to free-to-air television.

“Securing exclusive rights to broadcast the Hero Caribbean Premier League is an important development to our sporting portfolio on the channel”, added UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham. “The CPL is unlike any other domestic cricket tournament; with the first match only a couple of weeks away we are very much looking forward to bringing all of the energy, noise and excitement from the tournament, free to air to our viewers.”

  • Popeye13

    So they’re only showing 5 games live with rest delayed? How is that good?!

    • Sameer Shanaz

      Its pathetic! No fun of watching it… Sport is only sport when it is aired live!

  • Sameer Shanaz

    Would of been better coverage on BT Sport where im willing to even pay!
    This is pointless, cricket is only fun when ot is live, whats the point watching it repeat!? On facebook it will already spoil it for me by people or pages already posting the results! No fun of watching it, and only 5 matches live? Also people gonna be tweeting @CPL when the match is already over… It dont make sence! If Dave channel is gonna broadcast it… Rather broadcast highlights! Who would tune into Dave channel to watch the whole match that is on repeat?
    I’ve watched every CPL since the first year it started and now im really angry that it isn’t aired live on BT Sports channel.