BBC lose rights as Sky Sports named exclusive UK broadcaster of 2020 Masters

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The BBC have lost their remaining rights as Sky Sports confirmed as exclusive UK broadcaster of the 2020 Masters

Starting from 2020, Sky Sports will become the exclusive UK broadcaster of the Masters for the very first time.

Sky Sports will broadcast all four days of tournament action from Augusta National on their dedicated golf channel, in addition to round-the-clock coverage on Sky Sports News and Sky Sports' social and digital platforms.

The loss of remaining rights for the BBC means that for the first time in 57 years, the first major of the year will not be shown live on terrestrial TV. 

Two years ago Augusta National and the BBC had signed a multi-year contract which gave them rights to highlights of the first two days and full coverage for the third and fourth rounds, but from next year viewers will have to pay for Sky if they don't want to miss the live action. Under the terms of the new agreement, the BBC will now only be able to show the highlights. 

Sky Sports' managing director Rob Webster said: "The Masters has provided some spectacular moments on Sky Sports - not least Tiger Woods' unforgettable comeback this year - and we look forward to broadcasting many more at one of the most iconic global sporting events.

"We are proud of our ten-year association with Augusta National, and our golf team does a great job sharing the magic of the Masters with our viewers."

Sky Sports' live coverage of The Masters will include:

• All four Tournament rounds live from Augusta National 

• Analysis from several of the game's biggest names

• Innovative technology in the Sky Sports Studio

• Live coverage of the Par 3 Contest, as well as a daily practice range show featuring • interviews and analysis from the Tournament Practice Area

• Supplementary coverage via the "Featured Groups" along with "Amen Corner" and "15 and 16" live feeds, airing Thursday through Sunday

The Masters takes place at Augusta National from 9-12 April, 2020.