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EPL Fans May Lose Saturday Afternoon Match

Fox Soccer Channel EPL Fans May Lose Saturday Afternoon MatchFox Soccer Channel’s acquisition of the TV rights to Serie A starting in August may mean the end of the tape-delayed 2:15pm ET Saturday EPL match on Fox Soccer Channel.

According to Fox Soccer Channel Executive Vice President David Sternberg, he’s quoted in USA Today saying that the network may use the 2:30-4:30pm ET Saturday timeslot for Serie A matches.

While it’s good news for fans of Italian soccer, it’s a big blow for fans of the Premiership and presumably means that there’ll be two fewer matches each week (on average) from Fox Soccer Channel (now that the Monday 3pm ET live match is going to Setanta). Of course, it’s possible that Fox may decide to show the tape-delayed match at a different time of the day on Saturday or Sunday. However, now that Fox Soccer Channel has TV rights to many MLS matches, the Saturday evening timeslots will be filled with MLS matches in addition to pre- and post-match shows.

You have to wonder whether Setanta Sports will pick up the tape-delayed Saturday match instead.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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