Sport on Freeview – Issue 1 22.07.2017

Issue 1

This Week’s Contents:
Listings for Week Ahead
Coming Soon – Emirates Cup Football
UK Sports Broadcasting Rights 1: Golf
TV Player Highlights for This Week
Music Review – Deacon Blue

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Hello, welcome to a revised blog – with a bit of a new look. I hope you like it. Please contact me and let me know.
What is now included – I’ve tried to include BBC Sport which does not feature on the BBC Red Button channel now – more and more people have access to the BBC Sport App, therefore I believe adding information such as this is useful. For example on the BBC Sport App/Website this week, there’s Lacrosse and NI Super Cup Football – which sadly won’t appear on the BBC Red Button channel.
What you won’t see anymore – the BT Showcase archive page of listings has gone, as I don’t think it’s particularly useful to see what has been shown, it’s more important to tell you what will be shown. For this season on BT Showcase, expect 12 UEFA Champions League games (each British team has to be shown once), 14 UEFA Europa League matches, and highlights of each Big Bash League Cricket match. We should also see daily Ashes highlights (BT Sport have live coverage of the Winter Series). In the past we’ve seen 9 live Aviva Premiership Rugby Union games each season, but Channel 5 have now picked up 5 live games each season, so I don’t think we’ll see anymore on BT Showcase. This is the last season which BT have to show 26 UEFA games, whether the channel will survive or not after May will be interesting to see…
Another change is I’ve deleted the individual pages of music reviews and details of my MC work. Music/DVD reviews and other occasional reviews will appear here, supplementing the listings.

Saturday July 22nd 2017:
06:20 – 07:15
Channel 4
Cycling – The Cardiff Velothon. Cardiff hosts a truly spectacular festival of cycling as thousands of riders take part in a mass-ride alongside a UCI-sanctioned elite race.

10:00 – 11:00
ITV 4
Horse Racing – ITV Racing – The Opening Show. Racing Preview.

11:55 – 12:45
ITV 4
Tour De France – Live coverage of the 2nd stage of the Women’s Race.

11:55 – 13:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Lacrosse – Women’s World Cup Bronze Medal Match (not on BBC Red Button channel).

12:25 – 14:55
ITV
Football LIVE – Celina Hinchcliffe presents live pre-season action as Premier League champions Chelsea and FA Cup winners Arsenal meet in a friendly at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. Arsenal’s new record signing Alexandre Lacazette is in Arsene Wenger’s travelling squad for the match. Studio analysis will be provided by Kevin Campbell and Tony Cascarino, with commentary from Sam Matterface and Matthew Upson.

12:45 – 17:00
ITV 4
Tour De France – Coverage of stage 20, a 22.5 km individual time trial in Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, which will decide the overall winner of the Tour. Presented by Gary Imlach, with guest Chris Boardman, commentary by Ned Boulting and David Millar, and reports from Daniel Friebe.

13:14 – 14:15
BBC 1
Athletics – Diamond League Highlights from Monaco.

13:30 – 16:00
ITV 3
Horse Racing – ITV Racing Presented by Oli Bell, with analysis from Hayley Turner and Luke Harvey, reporting from Sally Ann Grassick and commentary from Richard Hoiles. 1.50 Newbury: The Bathwick Tyres Handicap Stakes. 2.10 Market Rasen: The Betfred TV Summer Handicap Hurdle Race. 2.25 Newbury: The Bet365 Steventon Stakes. 2.40 Newmarket: The Aphrodite Stakes. 3.00 Newbury: The Bet365 Hackwood Stakes. 3.20 Market Rasen: The BetFred Summer Plate Handicap Steeple Chase. 3.35 Newbury: The Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes.

14:55 – 16:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Lacrosse – Women’s World Cup Final (not on BBC Red Button channel).

16:00 – 18:00
BBC Red Button
Diving – Live coverage of the men’s 10m platform final from the Diving World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

16:55 – 18:50
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Northern Ireland U18’s v Manchester United U18’s in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

19:00 – 22:00
Channel 4
World Para Athletics Championships LIVE – Sophie Morgan, Arthur Williams and Lee McKenzie present all the live action from day nine at the World Para Athletics Championships London. It’s a battle of the Brits as Sophie Hahn, Kadeena Cox and Olivia Breen all compete for a medal in the T38 100m, while Paul Blake and Graeme Ballard go against each other in the T36 100m. Aled Davies will be hoping to add the world title to his Rio gold in the F42 shot put, and wheelchair racer Jade Jones faces Tatyana ‘The Beast’ McFadden from the US yet again in the T54 5000m. With guests Danny Crates, Stef Reid and Paralympic and World Para Athletics legends Jonnie Peacock and David Weir.

19:00 – 20:00
ITV 4
Tour De France – Highlights of the 20th stage.

20:00 – 22:00
BBC 2
Golf – Highlights of the 3rd round of the Open from Royal Birkdale.

Sunday July 23rd 2017:
06:00 – 06:15
ITV 4
Football – World Cup Rivalries: Brazil v Italy.

13:00 – 14:30
BBC 2
Diving – Highlights from the World Championships in Budapest.

15:30 – 19:00
ITV 4
Tour De France – Coverage of the landmark cycling challenge comes to an end with stage 21, which spans Montgeron to Paris Champs-Elysees. Montgeron is where the first ever Tour started, making it a fitting departure point for the riders. After 3,521 kilometres, it will be time to uncork the champagne with the traditional finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Presented by Gary Imlach, with guest Chris Boardman, commentary by Ned Boulting and David Millar, and reports from Daniel Friebe.

16:30 – 19:30
More 4
Women’s Euro 2017 LIVE – Scotland v Portugal. Group D action.

17:00 – 19:00
BBC 2
Swimming – Helen Skelton introduces coverage from Day 1 of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The action includes the women’s 400m freestyle, in which the favourite is US superstar Katie Ledecky. She won this event at 2016’s Olympic Games – one of her five gold medals in Rio – and also has nine world titles under her belt, despite only turning 20 earlier this year. At the World Championships in 2015, James Guy claimed silver in the men’s 400m freestyle, and the Briton could again be amongst the medal contenders in Budapest. Today’s schedule also includes the men’s and women’s 4x100m freestyle relays. Expert analysis is provided by double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and six-time world champion Mark Foster.

18:00 – 19:30
Channel 4
World Para Athletics Championships LIVE – Coverage of the final day of the World Para Athletics Championships. Laura Sugar faces Dutch athlete Marlou van Rhijn in her bid to medal in the T44 200m. Swiss track legend Marcel Hug aims for another gold in the T54 5000m, before Sammi Kinghorn brings the curtain down by racing for gold in the T53 800m. Lee McKenzie, Ade Adepitan and Sophie Morgan are joined by Jonnie Peacock, Liam Malone, Danny Crates, Stef Reid and Paralympic skier Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild for discussion and expert analysis. John Rawling, Rob Walker and Katharine Merry provide commentary.

19:30 – 22:00
Channel 4
Women’s Euro 2017 LIVE – England v Spain. Clare Balding presents live coverage of England women’s second group match of Uefa Euro 2017 from the Netherlands. Clare is joined in the studio by Ian Wright, Eni Aluko and Kim Little. The Lionesses will be wary of the Spanish, who beat them with a last minute winner in Sweden four years ago, preventing them from progressing to the knock-out stages. Commentary comes from Steve Bower and Lucy Ward.

20:00 – 22:00
BBC 2
Golf – Eilidh Barbour introduces highlights from the final round of the Open Championship from Royal Birkdale. The famous Claret Jug has been won by some of the greatest names in golf – including Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. In recent years, Northern Ireland has produced two Open winners – Darren Clarke in 2011 and Rory McIlroy in 2014, but there has not been an English champion since Sir Nick Faldo in 1992. Commentary by Peter Allis, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.

21:00 – 22:00
ITV 4
Tour De France – Highlights of the 21st and final stage.

Monday July 24th 2017:
11:50 – 13:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Northern Ireland U19’s Women v Wales U19’s Women in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

13:00 – 14:00
BBC 2
Athletics – Gabby Logan introduces highlights from the eleventh leg of the 2017 Diamond League series in Monaco. Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt headlines a star-studded field, with the eight-time Olympic gold medallist running in the 100m as he fine tunes his preparations for August’s World Championships in London. Other standout names competing at the Stade Louis II include pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, reigning 1,500m world champion Asbel Kiprop and world and Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen.

16:30 – 18:00
BBC 2
Swimming – Day 2 of World Championships from Budapest.

16:50 – 18:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Beijing DCFC Morning Star Utd v Co Tyrone in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

17:55 – 19:00
BBC Red Button
Swimming – Day 2 of World Championships from Budapest. Coverage continues of the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

19:20 – 20:45
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Newcastle United v Co Antrim in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

23:15 – 00:00
BBC 1
Rugby League – (North Regions Only). The Super League Show. Including Wigan v Leeds.

Tuesday July 25th 2017:
13:00 – 13:45
BBC 2
Rugby League – The Super League Show. Including Wigan v Leeds.

16:30 – 18:00
BBC 2
Swimming – Day 3 of World Championships from Budapest.

16:50 – 18:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Newcastle United v Beijing DCFC Morning Star Utd in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

18:50 – 20:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Club America v Co Antrim in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

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Wednesday July 26th 2017:
13:20 – 14:45
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Strikers FC v Otago in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

16:30 – 18:00
BBC 2
Swimming – World Championships from Budapest.

16:50 – 18:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Beijing DCFC Morning Star Utd v Co Tyrone in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

18:50 – 20:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – Newcastle United v Komazawa Uni FC in the Super Cup NI (not on BBC Red Button channel).

19:30 – 22:00
More 4
Women’s Euro 2017 LIVE – Switzerland v France, Group C match.

20:00 – 21:00
ITV 4
British Superbikes – Highlights of the Brands Hatch GP.

Thursday July 27th 2017:
17:00 – 19:00
BBC Red Button
Swimming LIVE – World Championships from Budapest.

18:50 – 20:15
BBC Sport App/Web
Football – NI Super Cup Semi Final Fixture To Be Confirmed (not on BBC Red Button channel).

19:00 – 20:00
Channel 5
Test Cricket Highlights – England v South Africa, 3rd Test from the Oval.

19:30 – 22:00
Channel 4
Women’s Euro 2017 LIVE – England v Portugal, Group D match.

19:30 – 22:00
More 4
Women’s Euro 2017 LIVE – Scotland v Spain, Group D match.

20:00 – 21:00
ITV 4
Road Racing Series – Highlights of the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man.

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Friday July 28th 2017:
16:30 – 18:00
BBC 2
Swimming – World Championships from Budapest.

18:30 – 19:00
ITV 4
The Darts Show – All the latest news, facts and rankings.

19:00 – 20:00
Channel 5
Test Cricket Highlights – England v South Africa, 3rd Test from the Oval.

21:00 – 23:00
Spike
Impact Wrestling – The Super X Cup Tournament continues.

And Coming Soon…

Emirates Cup to be shown live and exclusively on Quest.

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Chris’s Verdict:
Great that Quest is making even more Sport available for Freeview viewers. British Superbikes Round 7 will be live on Quest on August 6th and Round 9 will be shown on September 10th. The Snooker World Open will also be shown between September 18th and 24th… and the European Masters and Home Nations will follow later in the year! So many Snooker tournaments now available to watch on Freeview via BBC, ITV4 or Quest – it’s great for the sport. Quest did show some football three years ago, when they broadcast the 2014 Schalke 04 Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup.

Fans can watch all the action live and for free on Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin and BT TV.
Saturday 29 July – RB Leipzig vs Sevilla at 2pm and Arsenal vs Benfica at 4.20pm.
Sunday 30 July – RB Leipzig vs Benfica at 2pm and Arsenal vs Sevilla at 4.20pm

Full Transmission Times – Sat 13:55-15:45 and 16:15-18:05/Sun 13:55-15:45 and 16:15-18:05

Quest is to show live and exclusive coverage of the Emirates Cup 2017 over the weekend of the 29-30 July as Arsenal play host for the summer pre-season tournament – and £52 million record signing Alexandre Lacazette makes his home debut.

Quest will bring football fans all the action live and for free from the four-way clash at the Emirates Stadium – that welcomes Benfica, the current Portuguese champions, Sevilla, the Europa League winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and RB Leipzig, who finished this season as runners up in the Bundesliga.

This will be the ninth staging of the Emirates Cup, which has been a regular fixture in Arsenal’s pre-season schedule since moving to Emirates Stadium.

The Emirates Cup 2017 kicks-off at 2pm on Saturday 29 July with RB Leipzig taking on Sevilla, Arsenal then face Benfica at 4.20pm. On Sunday 30 July, RB Leipzig play Benfica at 2pm, before Arsenal bring the tournament to a close against Sevilla, which kicks off at 4.20pm.

As normal, teams are awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. However, the competition rewards attacking play, with teams awarded an additional point for each goal they score. Shots on target will used to decide the tournament winners if teams are level on points and goal difference.

“The Emirates Cup is a fantastic tournament and great addition to Quest’s line-up of top sporting action. From the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race to the Giro d’Italia, cycling’s first grand tour of the season and World Snooker’s Home Nations Series later in the year, Quest shows a rich variety of sport for fans, all for free,” said Simon Downing, Head of Quest.

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: “We’re all delighted to once again be hosting the Emirates Cup this summer. Every year we have staged the competition, the Emirates Cup has been hugely successful and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of football. Benfica, Sevilla and Leipzig are three strong clubs, with good players, who will not only hopefully produce some exciting football, but also provide us with high quality preparation ahead of the new season.”

Quest is on Freeview channel number 37, Freesat 167, Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV.

UK Sports Broadcasting Rights – Part 1: Golf
Time to start a new weekly series, trying to explain the Sport available on Freeview at present. And, with the conclusion to The Open this weekend – seems like Golf is a good place to start. And, if the rights situation changes with Golf, I’ll republish in a future issue. With Golf, it’s quite straight forward – there’s only the BBC that broadcasts any Golf on Freeview at present, with a mixture of live broadcasts and highlights programmes.
Majors
The Open – With live coverage exclusive to Sky Sports now, there’s a two hour daily highlights programme for each day, on BBC Two until 2021.
The Masters – BBC Two once again the broadcaster. Highlights of Rounds 1 and 2, plus live coverage of Rounds 3 and 4 until 2019.
US PGA Championship – Live and exclusive on the BBC in 2017.  If this continues in 2017, it would mean the BBC broadcast 6 days of live coverage from the ‘Majors’ in total.

Other Events
Ryder Cup – Highlights will be on the BBC until 2018, with live coverage on Sky Sports.
BMW PGA Championship – Highlights will be on the BBC until 2018, with live coverage on Sky Sports.
Scottish Open – Highlights will be on the BBC until 2018, with live coverage on Sky Sports.

TV Player Highlights For This Week

Eurosport – TV Player is home to Eurosport, and the channels have extensive coverage of the Women’s European Football Championships. On Saturday, there’s live coverage of Iceland v Switzerland at 5pm on Eurosport 1 and France v Austria at 7:30pm on Eurosport 2 – no Freeview coverage for these games. The Cycling Tour De Wallonie starts on Eurosport 1 on Monday.

Comedy Central – Look out for Sharknado on Thursday at 9pm. I’ve only seen clips of this, but it attracted a cult following, and sequels have followed!

Music Review – Deacon Blue: The Believers

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And now, time to take a listen to Deacon Blue’s latest album, ‘The Believers’. I first truly appreciated Deacon Blue during my college and university days, thanks to college friend Craig West, who compiled a cassette full of his recommended Deacon Blue favourites for me to discover. Also, during their ‘Homesick’ tour, I saw them perform live at the Manchester Apollo, and it still is genuinely one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

Great venue, great band, great sound – what more could you want? I also recently bought their first album, ‘Raintown’ on vinyl – which is an absolute classic. Fast forward to present date, and how does the band sound now?

Track Listing:
The Believers
This Is A Love Song
I Will and I Won’t
Meteors
Gone
What I Left Out
A Boy
Birds
You Can’t Know Everything
Delivery Man
Come Awake
B Boy

On Deacon Blue’s website at the time of release (September 2016), singer Ricky Ross wrote “Here’s eleven songs to take you on the next part of the journey. Old songs are old friends; we hope you can find it in your hearts to let these new ones into your life.”
The Believers is a great opening track, and for me, is a classic, up there with ‘Chocolate Girl’, ‘Real Gone Kid’ and many others.

Tracks 2 and 3 are really strong too – I Will and I Won’t is a great love song, which will play over and over in your head, hours after you’ve listened to it.

And, I’ve listened to this album several times now and cliche as it sounds, it genuinely gets better every time I listen to it.  Each time I play it, there’s a different song that stands out – and different lyrics stand out each time too.  That’s how good a record it is.  ‘You Can’t Know Everything’ and ‘Delivery Man’ my latest favourites!

Deacon Blue are touring this year – check out http://deaconblue.com/live/ for more information.  It’s been too long since that gig at the Apollo, I will have to go and see them again!  Chris

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