The agreement means Sky Sports will broadcast live coverage of the 32nd America's Cup Match in June 2007, when the Swiss Defender, Alinghi, faces the best of the 11 challengers.
Alinghi's opponent for the Match is selected through the Louis Vuitton Cup, an elimination series consisting of Round Robins, Semi Finals and Final. Sky Sports will have coverage of the Round Robins, and live programming from the Semi Finals and Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Programming begins on August 28
The first America's Cup programming on Sky Sports will consist of magazine programmes profiling the Louis Vuitton Acts, an opening series of regattas around Europe in 2005 and 2006, and at the beginning of April 2007. Programming begins with a 30-minute show on Sky Sports 3 on Sunday, 28 August, and continues with new programmes each day through t 6 of September. Coverage of the following events will begin with the Trapani Acts in October of this year.
Sue ASHWORTH, Commercial Manager of Sky Sports said; 'Sky Sports will use the latest TV technology to make the America's Cup gripping for all of our viewers. There will be virtual graphics, on-board cameras, computer tracking and all the best kit to take new followers and devoted fans to the core of this sport.'
Racing begins in the Malmö-Skåne Louis Vuitton Acts 6 & 7 on Thursday 25 August.