Author: Jeff Hash

Can Portsmouth Play in Europa League Next Season?

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 in European competitions apply for a UEFA club license. Without the license, you can’t take part in either the Champions League or Europa League. As part of the review process, UEFA looks at a club’s accounts to make sure they are sound budget wise to handle a season in Europe. The application deadline for this year was March 1st. On ... Read more

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

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 at 10:45 PM British time, and will feature highlights of both the England match and Scotland’s World Cup qualifier with Iceland. This comes after Setanta rejected several last-hour deals for the highlights, including a 500,000 pound offer from FA broadcast contract partner ITV.  Setanta said that none of the offers made by free-to-air broadcasters reflected the value of the network’s ... Read more

Alan Curbishley Resigns As West Ham United Manager

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 manager of the club in December 2006, several months after leaving his long-time job at Charlton Athletic.  During his time as manager, he lead West Ham out of relegation in the 2006/07 season with wins in seven of the team’s last nine Premier League matches, and finished tenth in the league the following season.  West Ham won two of its first three ... Read more

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

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 Times Online is reporting that Setanta has yet to reach a deal with any broadcaster for match highlights of England’s away World Cup qualifiers with Andorra and Croatia, which take place in less than two weeks.  The impasse, if not settled quickly, will leave England fans unable to see the matches in any form without a Setanta subscription. According to the FA’s television ... Read more

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

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 platform, has announced today that it’s offering Setanta Sports 1 free for the 2008/2009 EPL season to new customers who buy one of Top Up’s digital recorder boxes. The box sells for either 90 or 100 pounds depending on recording space, and there’s also a 20 pound connection fee charged to all customers who take any service. People who already ... Read more

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

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 play in the NBA in order to move to, or stay in, Europe, and more are rumored to be considering the same.  What makes this unusual is that these are late first-round picks or, in the case of Josh Childress, a career 11 point, 6 rebound per game player.  In other words, not players existing on the league’s fringes.  What ... Read more

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

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 a look at the announced matches at Setanta’s website.  But what does this mean for the other half of the US BPL broadcast package, Fox Soccer Channel? Well, below, we have the matches left for FSC following Setanta’s announcement.  Obviously, we don’t know which matches they will show live at 10AM on Saturday and which will be on delay yet, but Fox will ... Read more

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

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 blackout time of 3PM GMT Saturday.  While Setanta North America is not obligated to do so, in the past, a high number of matches shown on Setanta Ireland were also aired by Setanta in America, either live or on same day delay.  So, while this is speculation, it could provide a look at what to expect in the months ahead. Setanta Ireland’s schedule for 3PM ... Read more