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The UK’s biggest darts matches will continue to air on Sky for the next-five years, after the broadcaster extended its long-standing arrangement with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

The deal entitles Sky to show the season’s centrepiece event, the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship, every year until 2018 and includes 50 days of live coverage in total over the course of the agreement.

McCoy's Premier League is also included, alongside the World Grand Prix, William Hill Grand Slam of Darts, Betfair World Cup of Darts and the Betfair World Matchplay.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "This is a real success story and an excellent long-term partnership.

"Our live coverage and promotion of darts is unique and Sky Sports viewers can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere that these events generate for a further five years.”

Barry Hearn, chairman of the PDC, said: "Sky Sports has played an integral part in the growth of darts, with its innovative and high-quality broadcasts and fundamental support of the PDC, and we are delighted to sign this new broadcast contract."

Sky’s coverage of UK and world darts is credited with swelling interest in the game and helping transform its image.

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