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Author Archives: Jeff Hash

Can Portsmouth Play in Europa League Next Season?

Posted on by Jeff Hash

I’m noticing between Twitter and a few other things, there seems to be confusion over Portsmouth and the Europa League — due to them making the FA Cup final. Every year, UEFA makes any club who wants to take part … Continue reading

Setanta UK To Offer Its Own Free-To-Air Highlight Program Of Croatia-England

Posted on by Jeff Hash

The Guardian is reporting that Setanta Sports in the United Kingdom has reached a series of deals with several television providers to go unencrypted and offer its own highlight program for tonight’s match between Croatia and England.  The program starts … Continue reading

Alan Curbishley Resigns As West Ham United Manager

Posted on by Jeff Hash

Alan Curbishley has handed in his resignation as manager of West Ham United. In a statement released by the club, West Ham confirms it has accepted the resignation, and has not yet announced any plans for a successor. Curbishley became … Continue reading

Setanta Has Its Rights, But Is Not Selling England Highlights In Its Best Interests?

Posted on by Jeff Hash

We are barely a month into the new four year contract that saw England national team matches move from the BBC and Sky to ITV and Setanta, but already Setanta, despite its smaller reach and operation, is playing tough.  The … Continue reading

Top Up TV Offering Setanta Free For A Season To New Customers In The UK

Posted on by Jeff Hash

For what is suppose to be a pay-tv service, Setanta is becoming a favorite option for television providers looking to offer an cheap incentive for customers. Top Up TV, a subscription service that offers on-demand programming alongside the Freeview TV … Continue reading

Why The New Price Of MLS Talent Has European Clubs Hunting For Bargains

Posted on by Jeff Hash

For the National Basketball Association, it has been a turn-around of a situation it has long held advantage of.  In the last couple of weeks, the league has seen several current players or draft picks decide to turn down the chance to … Continue reading

Setanta North America Announces Its BPL Schedule; So, What About Fox Soccer Channel?

Posted on by Jeff Hash

This afternoon, Setanta North America released its complete broadcast schedule for the first two months of the 2008/09 Barclays Premier League season, along with confirming its lineup of Sunday and Monday matches for the two months after.  You can take … Continue reading

Setanta Ireland Select Their 3PM Saturday Matches: Possible Hint Of What May Come To America?

Posted on by Jeff Hash

To go along with the announcement of the first wave of Premier League matches for TV in the UK, Setanta has also announced the schedule for its channel in Ireland.  This is noteworthy becuase Setanta in Ireland, like North America, airs live matches from the UK … Continue reading

BT Vision To Bundle Setanta Sports With New Packages In UK

Posted on by Jeff Hash

UK broadband television service BT Vision announced today it will offer Setanta Sports 1 for free to subscribers who sign up for one of the service’s new value packages beginning next month or subscribe to the current value pack.  Those … Continue reading

Setanta North America Announce Seven Pre-Season Matches Coming to TV

Posted on by Jeff Hash

Setanta North America has confirmed its first seven pre-season matches the network will be showing in the United States and Canada in the buildup to the new Premier League season. Five of the matches will be friendlies involving Liverpool and … Continue reading

ABC Gets 3.1 Overnight Rating For Spain-Germany Final: So What's Next For ESPN?

Posted on by Jeff Hash

Sunday afternoon’s Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany on ABC was watched by 2.4 million overnight households according to numbers announced by Nielsen Media Research.  That gives the broadcast a 3.1 overnight rating based on the 77 million households in … Continue reading

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Spain-Italy Most Watched Match So Far And Other ESPN Euro Ratings News

Posted on by Jeff Hash

As we head into the final weekend of Euro 2008, ESPN decided to take the occasion yesterday to put out a new press release talking about how the tournament is doing viewership wise through the quarterfinal round.  So, what did they have … Continue reading

US Open Cup Second Round Results and Third Round Matchups

Posted on by Jeff Hash

The 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup played out it’s second round last night across the country.  The remaining 16 teams from the opening round battled it out for their guranteed chance to face one of the qualifying eight Major League Soccer teams … Continue reading

ESPN2 Sees 64% Increase in Households For Euro '08 Over Network Average

Posted on by Jeff Hash

If you happen to notice a sense of relief coming from ESPN in the last few days, there is a reason for it.  It’s because, while they are not coming in World Cup numbers, viewers are tuning in to the … Continue reading

Viewership Numbers For ESPN Euro '08 Broadcasts So Far Are Not Bad

Posted on by Jeff Hash

So, after having over 1 million viewers tune in for the UEFA Champions League Final last month, how is ESPN doing with the early broadcasts for Euro 2008?  The answer is not as well as the final, but fairly decent … Continue reading

Latest Gaffe Confirms The Premier League's Biggest Weakness Is The League Itself

Posted on by Jeff Hash

You have to hand it to the Premier League at times; when it decides they really want to shoot a hole in their foot, they know how to do it with little effort. The Guardian broke an exclusive story today … Continue reading

Day One: First Impressions of ESPN's Euro '08 Coverage

Posted on by Jeff Hash

Euro 2008 is finally here after the standard mega sports event buildup.  And for ESPN, today is the beginning of their broadcast of the entire tournmanet for the first time.  The network has been rolling the ads for weeks and made a big addition … Continue reading

It's Official (Finally): Setanta Sports USA Launching On Verizon FiOS In July

Posted on by Jeff Hash

It has been a long test of patience for EPL fans in America and Setanta to see if the sports channel would finally make the jump to cable. Today, the wait has finally come to an end. Verizon and Setanta … Continue reading