Bumper Christmas TV listings: Your guide to sports on tv

The sporting calendar kicks into high gear during the festive season

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As the rest of the world prepares to wind down and enjoy the festive period with their loved ones, professional athletes the world over are ready for the busiest period of the year. 

From rugby to NFL to the Premier League, there are no shortage of sporting fixtures to fill up the hours on the couch as you enjoy yet another chocolate bar from the selection box. Don't worry about it, the diet starts on January 3rd...


December 23rd 

NFL New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles: Sky Sports 1, 12.30am

Serie A Juventus vs. AC Milan (Italian Super Cup): Sky Sports 4, 4.30pm

PRO 12 Ulster Rugby vs. Connacht Rugby: Sky Sports, 7.35pm

Darts PDC World Darts Championship: Sky Sports 1, 1.00pm; 7pm

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Aviva Premiership Northampton Saints vs. Sale Sharks: BT Sport 1, 7pm

NHL Tampa Bay Lightning @ Washington Capitals: Eir Sport 2, 12.00am

NBA Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Knicks: BT Sport 1, 12.30am 

NHL Detroit Red Wings @ Florida Panthers: Eir Sport 1, 12.30am


December 24th

Aviva Premiership Wasps vs. Bath: BT Sport 1, 1.30pm 

NFL Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills: Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm

NFL Redzone: Sky Sports Mix, 6pm

NFL Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders: Sky Sports 1, 9pm


December 25th 

NBA Boston Celtic @ New York Knicks: Eir Sport 1, 5pm

NBA Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers: Eir Sport 1, 7.30pm

The two teams that met in last year's NBA Finals come face to face again on Christmas Day. After blowing their 3-1 lead, the Warriors signed Kevin Durant during the off-season to make themselves the most feared team in the league. Will it be enough this time around?

NFL Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Sky Sports 1, 8pm

NBA Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs: Eir Sport 1, 10pm

Cricket Australia vs. Pakistan: BT Sport 3, 11pm

NBA Minnesota Timberwolves @ Oklahoma City Thunder: Eir Sport 1, 1am

NFL Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans: Sky Sports 1, 1am


December 26th 

Premier League Watford vs. Crystal Palace: Sky Sports, 12.30pm

Racing Race Day: Eir Sport 1, 2pm 

A traditionally huge day on the racing calendar includes action from Leopardstown, Limerick and Down Royal.

Aviva Premiership Bristol vs. Worcester Warriors: BT Sport 1, 2.30pm

Premier League Hull vs. Manchester City: Sky Sports, 5.15pm

PRO 12 Munster vs. Leinster: TG4; Sky Sports, 5.30pm

NFL Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs: Sky Sports 1, 1.20am


December 27th

Darts PDC World Darts Championship: Sky Sports Darts 1pm; Sky Sports 1 8pm

Racing Race Day, Leopardstown, Limerick: Eir Sport 1, 2pm

Premier League Liverpool vs. Stoke: Sky Sports, 5pm 

NHL Pittsburgh Penguins @ New Jersey Devils, Eir Sport 2, 12.00am

NFL Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys: Sky Sports 1, 1.20am

NHL Winnipeg Jets @ Chicago Blackhawks, Eir Sport 1, 1.30am

NBA Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks, BT Sport 1, 1.30am


December 28th 

Racing Leopardstown: At The Races, 1.50pm, 3pm

Darts PDC World Darts Championship: Sky Sports 1, 1pm; Sky Sports Darts, 7pm

Premier League Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Sky Sports, 7.30pm

NHL Carolina Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Eir Sport 2, 12.00am 

NHL Philadelphia Flyers @ St. Louis Blues: Eir Sport 1, 1am


December 29th

Racing Leopardstown: At the Races, 1.55pm, 2.30pm

Darts PDC World Darts Championship: Sky Sports 1, 1pm; Sky Sports Darts, 7pm

NHL Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres: Eir Sport 2, 12am

NHL Montreal Canadiens @ Florida Panthers: Eir Sport 1, 12.30am 

NBA Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers: BT Sport, 1am 


December 30th 

Darts PDC World Darts Championship: Sky Sports 1 HD 1pm; Sky Sports Mix, 7pm

Premier League Hull vs Everton: Sky Sports, 8pm

NBA Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers: BT Sport 3, 9pm

NHL Chicago Blackhawks @ Carolina Hurricanes: Eir Sport 2, 12.30am

UFC UFC 207: BT Sport 3, 1am

Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon for the first time since she lost her title in 2015 to Holly Holm. Her road back has been a long and difficult one, and while she had been rumoured to be coming back on the Madison Square Garden card in November, she instead opted for tonight's card in Las Vegas.


December 31st 

SPL Rangers vs. Celtic: Sky Sports 1, 11.30am

Racing Race Day: Eir Sport 1, 2pm

PRO 12 Leinster vs. Ulster: Sky Sports 2, 3pm

PRO 12 Connacht vs. Munster: TG4, 5.30pm

Premier League Liverpool vs Manchester City: BT Sport 1, 5.30pm

College Football Peach Bowl - Washington Huskies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: BT Sport ESPN, 7.30pm 

NBA Memphis Grizzlies @ Sacramento Kings: BT Sport 1, 10pm

College Football Fiesta Bowl - Ohios State Buckeyes vs. Clemson Tigers: BT Sport ESPN, 11.30pm

NHL Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Eir Sport 2, 12am

NBA Los Angeles Clippers @ Oklahoma City Thunder: BT Sport 1, 1am 


January 1st

Premier League Watford vs. Spurs: Sky Sports, 1.30pm

Premier League Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: Sky Sports, 4pm

NFL Week 17 fixtures: Sky Sports 1, 6pm

As the NFL regular season comes to a close, there are a number of crunch games with plenty on the line. You can keep up with all the games on Red Zone, as the Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans, the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys hope to continue their brilliant season to date against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders will face one of their most difficult games of the season as they take on the Denver Broncos, and the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Diego Chargers.

Darts PDC World Darts Championship semi-final: Sky Sports 1, 7pm 

NHL Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs: Eir Sport 2, 8pm

NBA San Antonio Spurs @ Atlanta Hawks: BT Sport 2, 11pm

NHL Philadelphia Flyers @ Anaheim Ducks, Eir Sport 2, 1am


January 2nd

Premier League Middlesbrough vs. Leicester City: Sky Sports 1, 12pm

Premier League West Ham vs. Manchester United: Sky Sports 1, 5pm

Darts PDC World Darts Championship final: Sky Sports 1, 8pm

NHL Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues: Eir Sport 2, 6pm

NHL Boston Bruins @ New Jersey Devils: Eir Sport 2, 12am

NBA New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers: BT Sport 2, 12am