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Champions League TV Rights In US Almost Finalized

sportel america Champions League TV Rights In US Almost FinalizedKartik Krishnaiyer and I went down to Miami yesterday morning to attend the SportelAmerica Conference where we interviewed executives from Setanta Sports and GolTV as well as former World Soccer editor Keir Radnedge and a few surprise guests.

We covered a lot of news. The biggest headline was that the US TV rights to the Champions League were being finalized and an announcement is due within the next 48 hours. We understand that Setanta, Fox and ESPN were involved in the bidding.

More details to come, but in the meantime, listen to the exclusive interview with Setanta Sports from the SportelAmerica show to learn about the latest developments at Setanta, when HD is coming, when the network will be on Comcast Cable nationwide, what the latest status is regarding the US TV rights to the Premier League, and much more. Enjoy.

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5 Responses to Champions League TV Rights In US Almost Finalized

  1. kenny says:

    seriously? you guys want me to listen to the whole damn mp3 to get the news?

  2. phil says:

    Yeah, not sure why a summary can be posted here, with a link to the full audio interview for those really interested in details.

  3. Doug says:

    ns, give us the readers digest version

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Sorry lads but I didn’t have time to post a summary. Reason being I’m traveling today.

    Two options are.. Listen to the episode. It’s only 19 minutes. Or check out my Twitter feed at

    You can also listen to the podcast episode via iTunes.
    The Gaffer

  5. olivert says: columnist Jamie Trecker mentioned on his Twitter page that ESPN has given up the U.S. TV rights to the UEFA Champions League after 15 seasons.

    One should expect FOX Sports International (FOX Soccer Channel and FOX Sports en Espanol) to make an announcement in conjunction with UEFA in the next few days.

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