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Sky Sports poised to snatch Open rights from BBC for £10m a year

• BBC paid annual £7m in five-year deal until 2016
• Sky is committed to showing PGA Tour events until 2022
What it would mean if BBC lost the Open Championship

An announcement that Sky Sports has bought the exclusive rights to broadcast the Open, ending the BBC’s 60-year relationship with the oldest of the majors, is expected next week.

Sky will pay more than £10m a year under a contract that will be confirmed by the R&A, the Daily Mail reported. The BBC pays £7m a year under a deal, signed in 2010, to broadcast the tournament up to and including the 2016 Championship at Royal Troon and the R&A has spoken of its “special relationship” with the corporation.

But Sky has not hidden its interest in snatching the rights after committing to showing PGA Tour events until 2022 and the BBC has scaled down its coverage of golf.

The BBC decided this week to spend £204m on retaining Match of the Day for another three years, after ITV declined to bid.