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For many people, Christmas is about spending time with the family - a rare chance for relatives to gather and catch up on their news.

But for others, it's a time to stay glued to the TV screens, taking in all the lives porting action over the festive period.

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Research conducted by BT reveals 39 per cent of UK adults will watch TV sport over the Christmas period, and many will sacrifice family time to do so.

Whether it’s the Barclays Premier League festive programme, the PDC World Darts, the Boxing Day Test or the King George VI Chase, there's a host of top action to look forward to.

BT found that 38 per cent of Scottish men choose TV sport over family time, and 22 per cent or sports fans would even give up their Christmas dinner if needs be.

This figure was 19 per cent in Yorkshire & Humber region, 18 per cent in the north-east of England, and 25 per cent in the north-west.

Some 25 per cent of BT survey respondents nationwide said they would watch Barclays Premier League football if it was played on Christmas Day.

No football fixtures have been scheduled for December 25th since 1976, but it seems there is still some appetite for live sport on this date.

Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland, said watching live sport is "a priority for a large proportion of people over Christmas".

"The festive season is one of the busiest periods in the sporting calendar and it seems Christmas is a popular time for watching your favourite team on the television," he stated.

BT Sport is airing a number of games over the coming week, including a Boxing Day double-header - West Ham United v Arsenal at 3pm and Manchester City v Liverpool at 5.30pm.

There's two more live games to look forward to on New Year’s Day, with Southampton v Chelsea at 3pm and Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur at 5.30pm.

Rugby union fans can also enjoy some top action, with Harlequins taking on Exeter Chiefs in the 'Big Game' at Twickenham on December 28th.

And BT sport will show five live games from the NBA on Christmas Day plus a further eight basketball match-ups before January 1st.

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