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Sky is to continue covering upcoming darts competitions until at least 2025.

News of the seven year-deal coincides with the start of the William Hill World Darts Championship, which Sky is covering for the 25th time.

The agreement with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) also gives Sky rights to the 16-week Unibet Premier League, BetVictor World Matchplay, bwin Grand Slam of Darts, Unibet World Grand Prix and Betway World Cup of Darts.

Sky Sports customers will also have access to dedicated darts programming, including a 12-episode monthly magazine programme called The Darts Show, which launches in January on the Sky Sports Action and Arena channels.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, commented: "It would not be Christmas without the darts, which has become an essential part of the festive period for Sky Sports. 

"By continuing to show the biggest and best darts for a further seven years, it's the ideal Christmas gift for Sky Sports customers."

He went on to state that following recent long-term deals for England cricket, English Football League and Formula 1 coverage, Sky Sports customers can expect a "hugely exciting future".

Barry Hearn, Chairman of the PDC, added that it is "absolutely delighted" to extend its relationship with Sky Sports for another seven years.

"The support of Sky Sports since the PDC was formed almost 25 years ago has been a vital part in the sport’s success since then, and it will be fantastic for them to continue their superb coverage of these six major tournaments until at least 2025," he said.

Darts fans can follow the William Hill World Darts Championship on Sky Sports Darts HD (channel 408), while some action will be simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event.

People without a Sky Sports subscription can keep up with the latest developments by purchasing a sports pass from NOW TV.

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