Sky Sports announce six long-term rights deals

The British & Irish Lions celebrate their victory in Australia on July 06, 2013.
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Sky Sports announce details of six new rights deals across of variety of sports.

Sky Sports have announced that they have secured six long-terms rights deals across a variety of sports.

The broadcaster will carry live coverage of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour, and have also signed a five-year extension to its current Super League deal, keeping rugby league on Sky until 2021.

The Scottish FA has agreed a four-year deal from next season to air the Scottish Cup, international friendlies and the Scottish FA Youth Cup.

A new deal for cricket from New Zealand has also been signed, including England's winter tours in 2018 and 2020, as well as the Black Caps' home series against Australia, India and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Elite League speedway will remain for at least another five years, with live coverage of 25 meetings per season, while 600 hours per year of WWE will be shown from 2015.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
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