Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Win Champions League TV Rights In Canada

rogers sportsnet logo Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Win Champions League TV Rights In CanadaRogers Sportsnet and Setanta Sports have announced that they will share the TV rights to the Champions League shown on Canadian TV for the next three seasons.

Sportsnet’s and Setanta’s combined coverage will feature 146 Champions League matches each season. In addition, Sportsnet.ca and Setanta.com/ca will simulcast a selection of matches online.

“We are thrilled our soccer fans will access unparalleled coverage of the UEFA Champions League,” said Doug Beeforth, President, Rogers Sportsnet. “Along with Setanta Sports, we will give Canadians more choice of games than ever before.”

“The deal with Sportsnet and UEFA is an opportunity for Setanta to enhance our current coverage of the UEFA Champions League,” said Errol Hinds, General Manager, Setanta Sports (Canada). “As a result, soccer fans are the real winner with more UEFA Champions League matches scheduled to be broadcast live in Canada than ever before.”

The Champions League will be shown on Sportsnet and Setanta beginning in the 2009/2010 season and ending after the 2011/2012 season.

In other news, Setanta Sports have announced that their channel will be available on Cox Cable in the Tucson and Phoenix areas.

What are your thoughts regarding Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Sports sharing the Champions League TV coverage in Canada? Click the comments link below and share your opinion.

About Christopher Harris

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. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
This entry was posted in General, Leagues: EPL. Bookmark the permalink.

32 Responses to Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Win Champions League TV Rights In Canada

  1. Obsidian says:

    I’m not sure if this is a good thing but they can’t do any worse than TSN who forgoes Champions League games for Curling.

  2. Myopian says:

    the ESPN embargo is over!

  3. LS says:

    Not surprised. Sportsnet has already been “sharing” EPL coverage with Setanta. On most Saturday evenings, Sportsnet replays a game seen live on Setanta earlier in the day. I finally broke down and am paying the $15/month to get Setanta.

    The online simulcast is a nice addition. CBC has been doing that with CONCACAF Champions League games and it’s been a nice option to have.

  4. SSReporters says:

    @ LS, CBC has lost the CONCACAF Champions League rights due to budget cuts. So much for that.

    But they have the FIFA tournament rights until 2014.

  5. A says:

    Soccer coverage in Canada is awful. Not being able to watch the Liverpool – Chelsea game was absolutely frustrating. I subscribed for Setanta about two months ago in hopes that they would at least air the big games. But last Wednesday was awful. Last year a number of the games were shown on TSN, but as Obsidian has mentioned, they ditched the Liverpool – Chelsea game to show curling. Are there any good pay-per-view websites with good streams for Canada? I tried pay-per-view on one of the channel websites for the states this last Wednesday and the stream was beyond horrible.

    • Marin says:

      I understand but don’t you have tsn2 they show chelsea v liverpool.But you know it good that roger sportsnet will show the champion league finally no more curling!

  6. Tim says:

    Coming from the UK and now living in Canada I have to say that the coverage of “soccer” in Canada is good…..except for champions league. If you have Rogers cable you can’t watch the quarter final stage. So this news is great. Setanta do a great job, and its great that we get the actual UK or Ireland coverage when available. The problem in that Setanta UK have lost half their live games so the UK coverage will be reduced. But with Rogers owning Setanta Canada it seems that if Setanta UK/Ireland goes under our coverage here will remain.

    But great news re Champions League – good bye TSN and good riddence

  7. imack says:

    Setanta is the worst thing to happen for soccer viewers in Canada…a few years ago we easily saw 3-4 games on the basic cable package…now we see one, usually two bottom tier teams. Now we have to pay almost an extra third to see the games on Setanta.

    I can’t see how this will be good for soccer fans in Canada..anything to do with Setanta usually screws the viewer.

    • sparky says:

      How is Setanta the worse thing to happen to soccer viewers in Canada? $15 a month gets you 8 of 10 Premier League games per weekend, plus midweek games plus FA Cup. How is that not a fantastic deal?

      Yes, the Champions League coverage on TSN was beyond dire. But that was TSN. Thank God TSN won’t be showing any more games.

  8. Chris merron says:

    what happens if setanta sports goes under. They just lost the epl rights. SO who will carry there chapians league games if setanta goes off the air? WIll sportsnet be showing the espn coverage? just like tsn did.

  9. ColinP says:

    Setanta UK and Ireland have gone under…..setanta canada remains and setanta US as well. what does that mean for us in north america? i thought Setanta uk/IRE had the rights to broadcast the live feed overseas, if they are bust, now what?

    Cheers
    Colin

    p.s. setanta channel is still broadcasting the Lions tour….

  10. big Al says:

    will it go ahead satanta’s spl contract fell so will this work
    No way your’s Big Al the kidy’s pal

  11. Viz says:

    Does anyone know for sure – if Setanta Canada will be showing live ESPL games this year? I tried contacting them, but are yet to hear back. This was the only reason I subcribed with them in the first place.

  12. G.Masson says:

    Why are we in Western Canada being, I think deliberately, denied seeing English Premier League teams, involved in the Champions League. Who decides which games are shown in the East, & which in the West.

  13. Gareth says:

    I download the premiership games from the box.bz. If you live in west canada just pay shaw the $1.99 and you get the ontario feed.

  14. G. Martin says:

    I’m currently watching UEFA Champion League, on channel SNETE in Montreal
    The background stadium noise is louder than the Commentator. This is happening quite often.

  15. john p nightingale says:

    This is all a little confusing:
    I can find NO COVERAGE WHATSOEVER ON SPORTSNET . SEEMS LIKE NEXT WEEK IS BLANKET OLYMPIC COVERAGE ON BOTH TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.
    I thought that the forging article indicated that Sportsnet/Setanta would cover Champions League for the 2009/2010 season??

    JPN

  16. Robbie says:

    Oh Citytv will be showing championsleague coverage in canada during the olympics http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?p=1061724 scroll down to bottom pf the page and check out cotytv website and cp24. I hope I have helped.

    • john p nightingale says:

      Yes indeed you have – too bad that our illustrious sports provider did not think to mention this somewhere in their saturation coverage of the Olympics.
      Thanks Robbie.

  17. john p nightingale says:

    Watching the game on City. Despite the fact that Sportsnet was supposed to have first choice for this game , we have the Barcelona/ Leon match. Why?
    Surely most folk would rather see the Man United match with the arrival of Beckham and company back at Old Trafford?

  18. john p nightingale says:

    OK mea culpa , just noticed that the match is not at Old Trafford!
    Doesn’t change the fact this would have been the better game!

  19. Andrew says:

    I am not happy with this. Now I have to pay 15 dollars a month to watch what was once included in my cable bill. I wish it was still on tsn. Yes it may have been espn but at least it was on TV. I guess I will be watching it for free online from now on and cancelling my sportsnet subscription since I dont need it any more.

  20. Calcio says:

    Noticed that the Inter game is not being covered?? Arsenal v Barcelona only, am I missing it on my tv schedule?

  21. BJtheDC says:

    I don’t like this deal at all. I thought the Bayern-Man U match would have been on two of the sportsnet channels. According to the schedule the late game is not that game either. At least in the past if we had to wait to watch the game we still got to see the game. If Setanta is getting the better match of the day all the time I hope this doesn’t mean the final isn’t on sportsnet.

  22. john p nightingale says:

    Regarding the last question:
    WELL SPORTSNET ARE YOU COVERING THE FINAL OR NOT?
    By the way, their comments regarding them having “first choice” is according to them, “null and void” since it was from a third party EPL.
    See first ” Related post” above (Setanta).

  23. HARRY says:

    SETANTA not in HD what a joke.THE QUALITY IS BEYOND BAD ON A 60 INCH TV…

  24. Pedro says:

    I can’t believe is the semifinals an sportsnet is not showing the Barcelona v Inter game not even a repeat overall this year coverage of of champions league was lame not showing the best matches and repeats at all for those who have to work at 3pm eastern and the weekend they showed teams that nobody care about they advertised it as the fight for relegation what a ripoff

  25. john p nightingale says:

    Seems like at least as far as soccer coverage is concerned, it us the soccer fans who are short changed!
    Sportsnet clearly doesn’t give a damn , and in order to watch soccer, one must in addition to watching CBC (World Cup and occasional TFC), Sportsnet (second rate games), Setanta ( crap quality), Fox Soccer World (Plus) and Score one must also watch Gol TV.
    Aside from CBC, all of these are subscription services.
    What a pathetic state of affairs!

  26. nonya says:

    Looks like I’ll be downloading the HD broadcast of Inter-Barca off the internet. No revenues from me.

  27. Eric from Montreal says:

    So, is the final game of the Champions League on Rogers or Setanta?

  28. Les Gill says:

    Does Setanta Canada do live EPL games in 2011 season

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>