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There are presents to give and receive, families to treasure and wonderful dinners to devour - but some of us would choose televised sport over Christmas.

Over a quarter of 18 to 24-year-old sport fans admitted they would give up a Christmas dinner to watch sport on TV, according to a BT Sport press release sent to GiveMeSport.

In a staggering discovery, 26% of sports fans would sacrifice family time to watch sport on TV at Christmas, whilst one in ten men arrange their Christmas plans around the hectic football television schedules.

It seems like calls by managers for a winter break from football will fall on deaf ears, as long as fans demand sport on tap. It's not quite as mad as America though, who have NBA games running live on Christmas Day - also to be shown on BT Sport.

Marc Watson, CEO of TV Group BT, said in the press release: “The UK is a nation of sports fans and our research shows that watching live sport is a priority for a large proportion of the people over Christmas.

“The festive season is one of the busiest periods in the sporting calendar and it seems Christmas is a popular time for watching your favourite team on the television.”

BT Sport recently secured the television rights to Premier League matches and, from 2015, the company will broadcast all Champions League and Europa League matches.

It appears BT Sport will almost definitely attract the viewers after 25% of the survey said they would watch live Barclays Premier League football if it was played on Christmas Day.

However, Premier League stars can rest easy as the last top flight football match in England to be played on Christmas day was in 1959 when Blackburn beat Blackpool 1-0.

Sport fans in the North East are the most devoted television viewers after 53% said they would give up family time to watch their team on TV over Christmas. London cropped up at the bottom of the regional table though, with only a third of adults planning to watch sport over Christmas.

BT Sport will bring fans festive gifts of Premier League matches including Manchester City v Liverpool, Southampton v Chelsea and Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur.

Rugby fans can enjoy Leicester Tigers v Saracens and Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs, whilst eight live NBA games will be broadcast on Christmas Day itself.

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