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Unlikely Entertainment Network Wins EPL TV Rights

Here in the States, we’ve gotten accustomed to watching the English Premier League on Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports. For those readers in the UK, it’ll be Sky Sports and Setanta starting in August. Elsewhere in the world, ESPN provides many football fans in Asia and Australasia with their Premier League content.

But in the Middle East and North Africa, there’s an unlikely network that holds the TV rights for the next three seasons: SHOWTIME. Yes, the movie network that plays those racy videos in the middle of the night and used to be big when The Movie Channel (TMC) was popular.

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Showtime Arabia (sorry I refuse to continually type their name in all-caps even though that’s the way their name is marketed) is offering different packages complete with movies and sports.

Imagine if Showtime or HBO in the States decided to create sports networks!


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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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