The BBC is set to lose its rights to the British Open golf championship to Sky, according to UK press reports.
According to the Daily Mail, Sky Sports has agreed to pay over £10 million (€13 million) a year for the rights, with the deal expected to be announced next week. The BBC, which has held the rights to the championship for the past 59 years, is expected to keep hold of a highlights package.
The BBC has reportedly prioritised retaining football rights for its flagship Match of the Day show, for which it will pay £204 million for the next deal. The Open golf deal it currently holds costs the BBC about £7 million annually.