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ESPN and Setanta To Team Up To Beat Fox?

The Guardian newspaper is reporting that ESPN and Setanta Sports are expected to team up to try to win the U.S. TV rights to the Premier League from Fox Soccer Channel for the 2010-2013 seasons. The relationship between Setanta and ESPN is already close. In October 2008, Setanta Sports sub-licensed […]

ESPN Insider Confirms UK Premier League TV Bid

An insider source at ESPN has revealed that the Disney-owned company is planning on bidding for one to two of the six UK TV packages available for the 2010-2013 Premier League seasons, according to Bloomberg. While the news hardly comes as a surprise to regular readers of EPL Talk, we […]

Premiership Considers Premier League TV

On Monday, the Premier League formally send out invitations to the UK networks interested in bidding on the next round of TV rights for the league, for the 2010-2011 to 2012-2013 seasons. If you’ve been reading EPL Talk for a while, you won’t be surprised to read that the invitations […]

College Soccer Needs a Facelift

It’s a shame that the NCAA College Cup is not more publicized and marketed to the sporting public.  College soccer is exciting, and it should get more attention.  The NCAA is missing an opportunity with NCAA soccer.  The ‘Final Four’ in NCAA basketball and the ‘Frozen Four’ in hockey have achieved much more […]

Soccer News From The Blogosphere

Champions League football returns today with both Chelsea and Liverpool in action. Chelsea is at home versus Cluj in a must-win game for Gene Hackman, I mean Luiz Felipe Scolari, (ESPN2 and ESPN360, 2:30pm ET) while PSV takes on Liverpool in a must-score game for Robbie Keane (Setanta Sports, 2:30pm […]

How the ESPN360 & Setanta Broadband Deal Will Work

ESPN and Setanta announced last week that both networks will immediately begin sharing the broadband rights in the United States for the Carling Cup, Coca-Cola Championship and Football League. But how exactly will games be split between Setanta Broadband and ESPN360? Here’s how: ESPN360 will have the first pick of […]

ESPN Moves a Step Closer To Premier League TV Rights

Setanta Sports’s decision Thursday to sub-license the U.S. Internet rights to the Carling Cup, Coca-Cola Championship League and Football League to ESPN sends a message loud and clear that the Disney-owned corporation has the Premier League in its sights. In the agreement between ESPN and Setanta, ESPN will broadcast many […]

Fox Soccer Channel Almost Beats ESPN2 In TV Ratings

Fox Soccer Channel’s first Nielsen Ratings have been released giving soccer fans and advertisers alike a glimpse into how many people watch soccer on the network in the United States. Here are the figures for the opening weekend of October: Manchester City v Liverpool, 224,000 viewers Blackburn Rovers v Manchester […]

ESPN Promotes La Liga Coverage With Video

Here’s a video to get in the mood for the upcoming La Liga season that’ll begin on August 30, 2008. It’s created by ESPN and airs on the ESPN International station in Australia/New Zealand and parts the Caribbean, Central and South America. [display_podcast]

ESPN Coverage Hits New Low With West Ham vs MLS All-Stars

ESPN’s broadcast of Euro 2008 was the best production ever of a soccer tournament for TV viewers in the United States. While it wasn’t perfect, it was clearly evident that ESPN had listened to the past criticism and corrected the annoying habits that had previously distanced diehard soccer fans from […]

How Fox Soccer Channel Can Improve Its Summer Programming

Television companies that feature the Premier League throughout the season face the harsh reality of trying to keep their viewers returning during the three months in late Spring to early summer when the Premiership is on break. The issue is especially troubling for soccer networks such as Fox Soccer Channel, […]

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England 2-2 Switzerland, Euro 2012 Qualifier: Video Highlights

Video: Euro Qualifier: England/Switzerland Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier between England and Switzerland was a surprisingly entertaining game with plenty of end-to-end action, goals galore and several incidents. It was also the third match in one week that has turned Wembley into an entertaining venue after the Champions League Final, Championship […]

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MLS conference finals: Top seeds Dallas, New York hope for turnarounds at home

FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls seek home triumphs Sunday in second-leg semifinal matches for a chance to launch themselves into next week’s Major League Soccer Cup final. The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in last Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal opening leg while the Red Bulls fell 2-0 […]