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Ladies European Tour sign new Sky TV deal

The LET has announced a historic deal with Sky Sports to broadcast each of its events for the next three years, including live 'ball-by-ball' coverage of the next two Solheim Cups.

A one-hour highlights show will be produced from every LET tournament over the next three seasons and will go to air on Sky Sports on the Tuesday evening following the event.

"This is a groundbreaking development for women's professional golf in Europe - it will help us a great deal in our efforts to build the profile of the Tour and its members," said Tim Howland, Chief Executive, LET.

"We applaud Sky's growing commitment to the LET and to professional golf on the whole, especially the decision to broadcast such extensive live coverage from The Solheim Cup in 2000 and 2002. We are thrilled that the Tour and The Solheim Cup will be reaching so many viewers.

"The highlights show will be produced in-house by LET Productions, and we hope to supplement the exposure from Sky Sports with a number of other TV arrangements throughout Europe and the world," Howland continued.

The 2000 LET consists of 16 ranking tournaments plus the long-awaited Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond GC in October. The biennial event, which alternates between venues in Europe and the USA, will be hosted by Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota, USA in 2002.

"We are delighted to have the next two Solheim Cup tournaments and to make a long-term commitment to the LET," added Roger Moody, Head of Commercial Development, Sky Sports.

"This will be our busiest ever year for golf. We want to give our viewers the best possible line-up and the best possible coverage, and we are thrilled to be able to add The Solheim Cup and LET to our stable of events."

The 2000 LET teed-off last month with the Women's Australian Open in Melbourne, and starts again at the end of May with the Ladies Italian Open in Tuscany.

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