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ESPN & ABC to Televise Euro 2008 Matches in US

Excellent news for football fans in America. The Associated Press is reporting that ESPN and ABC have won the TV rights to Euro 2008 and will be broadcasting each game live.

Read the article in Forbes Magazine here.

While the thought of having ABC and ESPN crucify the matches through their idiotic commentary and studio analysis, I have to admire the network’s decision to show all 31 matches of the tournament.

ESPN’s advantage is that they can show matches on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. The hope is that ESPN will be able to show all 31 matches live, although that decision hasn’t been made as of yet.

Let’s hope that ESPN makes the right decision and selects the best broadcast team available for the 2008 tournament. That means no Dave O’Brien and Marcelo Balboa.

If you were ESPN, what commentators and color commentators would you choose?


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