The US TV schedule for the opening weekend of the 2011-12 Premier League season has been finalized, and all ten games will be shown live either on television and/or the Internet.
With no early kick-off on the opening weekend, soccer fans in the United States will be able to choose from six 10am ET games played on August 13. ESPN2 kicks off its programming at 9:30am ET with Tottenham against Everton. While the match kicks off at 10am, it’ll be interesting to see if either Spurs or the Toffees have any major new signings that ESPN can talk about. Over at FOX Soccer, their 10am ET kickoff will be the highly anticipated Liverpool against Sunderland match, while FOX Soccer Plus will showcase Queens Park Rangers against Bolton Wanderers. All of the other 10am ET games will be available live on FOXSoccer.tv, FOX Soccer’s broadband channel.
On Sunday, the games featuring Chelsea and Manchester United will be shown live, while Monday’s match between Manchester City and Swansea City will be shown live on ESPN2.
Here is the complete TV/Internet schedule for the opening weekend of the highly anticipated 2011-12 Premier League season:
Saturday August 13:
- Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, 10am, ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes
- Liverpool v Sunderland, 10am, FOX Soccer (shown on replay on FOX Soccer at 11pm, and available on delay on FoxSoccer.tv at midnight)
- Fulham v Aston Villa, 10am, FoxSoccer.tv (shown on delay on FOX Soccer at 2:30pm)
- QPR v Bolton, 10am, FOX Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
- Wigan v Norwich, 10am, FoxSoccer.tv (shown on delay on FOX Soccer Plus at 2pm)
- Blackburn v Wolves, 10am, FoxSoccer.tv (shown on delay on FOX Soccer Plus at 4pm)
- Newcastle United v Arsenal, 12:30pm, FOX Soccer (shown on replay on FOX Soccer at 8pm, and available on delay on FoxSoccer.tv at midnight)
Sunday August 14:
- Stoke City v Chelsea, 8:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv (also shown on replay on FOX Soccer Plus at 8pm)
- West Brom v Manchester United, 11am, FOX Soccer, (available on delay on FoxSoccer.tv at midnight)
Monday August 15:
- Manchester City v Swansea, 3pm, ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes
Subject to change.
Throughout the Premier League season, stay tuned to EPL Talk for the most comprehensive Premier League TV schedule for viewers in the United States.
Which games will you be watching? Are you disappointed by any of the games that either FOX or ESPN have decided to show on television versus online? Let us know in the comments section below.