Sky Sports bags broadcast rights for 2017 Kia Women’s Super League

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In a landmark signing Sky Sports has acquired the UK broadcast rights to the 2017 Kia Women’s Super League, the domestic franchise-based competition for English women’s cricket.

The agreement was signed with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and will represent the first time that live domestic women’s cricket will be shown on UK television.

Incidentally , Sky Sports is also the ECB’s live broadcast partner for men’s domestic cricket and all international cricket matches played in England until 2019.

“I am delighted to announce the next historic moment in the development of the domestic women’s game in this country, with six Kia Super League group-stage matches plus finals day due to be televised live on Sky Sports, alongside enhanced levels of broadcast coverage throughout the competition on BBC Radio,” said Clare Connor, the ECB’s director of women’s cricket.

In total, subscribers to Sky’s pay-TV service will be able to watch eight live matches over the English summer, with the first game inked in for 10th August between the Vipers and the Western Storm at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.