The true cost of watching sport in 2021

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And then there’s the fight of the century between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. BT and Sky will both lay claim to the fight due to respective relationships with either boxers.

The fight will either be shown on both box office channels simultaneously or be split between the two over the two-fight deal.

After a year in which everyone has been forced to stay at home for their sport, here, in a worst-case scenario, is how the charges will add up this summer:

The major players:

All 11 channels, £39 a month (18-month contract)

All 11 channels with BT Sport, £52 a month (18-month contract)

All channels, £25 a month (monthly pass, no upfront costs)

All channels plus BoxNation, £15 a month (24-month contract)

All channels plus BoxNation and all Sky Sports channels from the NOW TV Sky Sports Pass, £40 a month (24-month contract)

  • BBC TV licence – average of £13.12 a month
  • ITV, Channel 4 and 5 – free to air
  • Amazon Prime – £7.99 a month
  • ESPN – £4.15 a month
  • Premier Sports – £8.25 a month
  • Eurosport – £4.99 a month (minimum)  
  • Racing TV – £24.98 a month
  • Sky Sports Box Office – £24.95 (price for Joshua vs Pulev)
  • BT Sport Box Office – £24.95 (price for Wilder vs Fury 2)
  • DAZN – £1.99 (initial price)
  • Discovery+ – unconfirmed but average price elsewhere is in the region of £5 a month
  • EFL iFollow – (available during pandemic, with most Championship clubs charging £10 a match) average of £20 a month  

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