EXCLUSIVE: Kia Super League On TMS But No Sky Coverage

The ECB have today confirmed to CRICKETher that there will be no live Sky Sports TV broadcast of any KSL matches this summer, including Finals Day on 21st August.

However 7 of the matches, plus Finals Day, will be broadcast live ball-by-ball on BBC Test Match Special.

In addition, the ECB’s digital channels will be producing a vast array of content throughout the competition, and OPTA will be live scoring every game.

It had previously been hoped that – following on from their coverage of England Women’s matches against Pakistan this summer – the inaugural KSL Finals Day would be covered by Sky. However, due to the men’s NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day being on 20th August (with the reserve day on 21st August), it is now felt that it would not be logistically possible for Sky to cover both events.

While Sky will not be offering live coverage of the tournament, they will be pulling together an exclusive “behind the scenes” piece working with three of the six KSL teams to document the first year of the competition.

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4 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: Kia Super League On TMS But No Sky Coverage

  1. Women’s cricket week on Sky starts with this major announcement you couldn’t make it up!

    Of course the rationale that the first competition may not be the best showcase means that the ECB will be taking a longer view.

    But we all know where this sits in the pecking order with football to compete.

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  2. Disappointing but let’s hope for better next year. Maybe Finals Day needs to be scheduled at a different time to the men’s Blast finals for it to stand a chance. Just galling that even English domestic netball -hardly a mainstream sport – now has a live TV deal

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    • Cricket as a professional women’s sport is now behind Football, Netball and level with Hockey in terms of media profile.

      The ECB have great plans but have slept while other sports have advanced.

      Still the best game but there is some rebuilding to do.

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  3. Well I shall have to attend the matches to see any of it! Cunning ploy by the ECB and Sky to get a few more people in attendance at the games? (I don’t think – more likely another missed opportunity). Tickets prices are nominal – main cost to fans will be travel to the venues, as ever. Just booked tickets to finals day so hoping for some decent weather…

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