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BBC SPORT: 20-year Anniversary

Date: Jul 2020
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The BBC Sport website officially turns 20 years old on Friday 3 July, after becoming a dedicated sports service back in 2000.

The BBC News website, which started in 1997, had previously covered sport with a small team of journalists providing a limited number of stories and match reports.

Officially launched the morning after France had beaten Italy to win Euro 2000, the BBC Sport website’s approach back then to online sports reporting was more newspaper-like, with events reported on only after they had been completed – no live text commentaries or streaming video. Two decades later and the website has gone from strength to strength, live streaming major sporting events, attracting around 21.3m UK users per week, with millions more visiting from overseas and through BBC Sport content on social media.