From once in a lifetime boxing bouts to rugby tournaments worth the four year wait and summer sport that is, frankly, your patriotic duty to watch…
Grab your remote. These unmissable sports events are hitting your TV screen this summer.
1. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor
Saturday 26th August 2017 will see worlds and body parts collide when undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather comes out swinging for two-weight mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor – an Irishman who hasn’t boxed competitively since he was 16.
The hilariously one-sided super-fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena is expected to be the highest grossing event in the history of either sport. And everyone will be watching to see whether McGregor pulls off one of the biggest upsets in history or Mayweather breaking Rocky Marciano’s perfect 49-0 undefeated record to become the all-time great. BT Sport shows McGregor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but you’ll likely have to tune into Sky Sports for the bout instead.
2. British and Irish Lions Tour 2017
Every four years, the best rugby union players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales take on a country from the southern hemisphere. This summer, that’s New Zealand. If Captain Sam Warburton leads the Lions to victory in their first Test Series in New Zealand, they’ll make history. But 10 matches stand in their way, including three games against the mighty All Blacks – scheduled for Saturday 24th June, Saturday 1st July and Saturday 8th July 2017.
Pour your Pimms, squirt cream on your strawberries and tune into the BBC for Britain’s best tennis this summer. Current ladies’ champion and mother to be, Serena Williams, won’t defend her title. But expect to see big-name favourites like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and the pride of Britain, Andy Murray – world number one and double Wimbledon Champion. All nine tennis courts offer live television coverage (seven after week one) from Monday 3rd to Sunday 16th July 2017 – more than any other Grand Slam.
4. Premier League Football
Okay, we’ll level with you, the Premier League lasts months after summer, kicking off from lunchtime on Saturday 12th August 2017 until the final whistle on Sunday 13th May 2018. But it’s one of the most watched sports leagues in the world, with matches almost every Saturday this summer. Current champions Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley, before tackling Everton, Leicester City and Arsenal. But if you’re not a blue, search Sky Sports News HQ (channel 406) for your club’s schedule.
Sky Sports will show more Premier League games than ever before, 126 live matches, including the first Friday night games. Alternatively, BT Sport offers access to four major European football competitions, including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League and Emirates FA Cup.
5. NatWest T20 Blast
England’s hosting an unprecedented amount of international cricket this summer, but keep an eye on our home teams at the NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Old Trafford. All 18 county teams are set to play 14 matches – from 7pm on Friday 7th July (Essex Eagles vs Surrey) to 5.30pm on Wednesday 16th August 2017 (Lancashire Lightning vs Worcestershire Rapids), on Sky Sports. Check the full match listings on Sky Sports, who’re broadcasting more cricket this summer than ever before.
The top four teams will meet at Edgbaston for finals’ day on Saturday 2nd September 2017, offering an action-packed end to your sporty summer. Lancashire Lightning look set to regain their title.
6. The first day-night Test in England
Cricket fans have plenty more to look forward to this summer, with history in the making at the opening of three matches at Investec Test Series. England’s first Test against the West Indies will also be Britain’s first ever day-night match, played with pink Dukes balls from Thursday 17th to Monday 21st August 2017. And you can watch at home on Sky Sports. It could be a tough test for Alistair Cook’s men if Carlos Brathwaite is on form, but England has only lost once at Edgbaston since 2002.
Watch the planet’s best motorcyclists fly around racetracks on the fastest bikes money can buy – around Sachsenring in Germany on Sunday 2nd July and Silverstone in Britain on Sunday 27th August 2017. The 69th Grand Prix season of MotoGP is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous motorsports. Catch every second of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, including the free practice and qualifying sessions on TV with BT Sport 2. Alternatively, live stream the entire 2017 season on BTSport.com or via the award-winning BT Sport App – if you’re not a subscriber, they can set you up in just 15 minutes.
How to watch summer sport without a contract
Got BT TV and BT Broadband? Enjoy BT Sport for free this summer.
Alternatively, non-Sky Sports customers can watch the sport without a contract by streaming with NOW TV – get a Sky Entertainment Pass for access to all seven Sky Sports channels on TV with a NOW TV box, on the web or via a range of devices.