BBC Extend Official Commentary Partner Deal with Sunderland

July 30, 2013

BBC Newcastle will continue to be the official commentary partner of Premier League football club Sunderland until 2017, order after an extension to the current deal was agreed.

The station is the only broadcaster to offer live full-match commentary of every Black Cats game, allergist with Nick Barnes and former Sunderland player Gary Bennett continuing as the station’s hosts.

Sunderland AFC’s Commercial Director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “The club has enjoyed a fantastic partnership with BBC Newcastle over the years and we are delighted that they have committed to the club on a long-term basis.”

BBC Newcastle Managing Editor, Andrew Robson, added: “I’m delighted that BBC Newcastle will be broadcasting Sunderland commentary right through until 2017.

“The commentary is immensely popular with our listeners and I know Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett are both looking forward to another exciting season following Sunderland and ensuring that fans who can’t make it to games don’t miss a kick.”