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Jornada 1 – Media Schedule

imgadThe start of La Liga is upon us…

As we all know, this year’s La Liga coverage is enhanced 10x with GolTV still bringing us their quality coverage along side newcomers ESPN, who will have one game a week on ESPN or ESPN2 as well as numerous other matches on ESPN Deportes.

The week’s matches on TV (all times in EST)

Saturday August 29th

2:00pm – Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña — GolTV

Sunday August 30th

11:00am – Athletic Bilbao v Español — ESPN Deportes

1:00pm – Valencia v Sevilla — ESPN Deportes

3:00pm – Almeria v Valladolid — GolTV

Monday August 31st

4:00pm – Barcelona v Sporting Gijon – ESPN

If you are looking to catch the matches on Radio, most of the clubs have their own radio stations and simulcast games streaming online.  Also, you can turn to the old standby, Carrusel Deportivo on CadenaSer.

I’ll be turning into most of the games this weekend, which ones will you be watching?

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  1. John

    September 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Anyone know where to find out the Spanish league schedule of games on ESPN/ESPN2?ESPN CLASSIC/ESPN Deportes?

  2. Elisa

    September 2, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Olivert, are those Directv games pay per view or regular Directv subscription?

  3. NJ

    August 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Does anyone know if there is any chance GolTV will return to DISH?

    • olivert

      August 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm


      DISH dumped GolTV a year ago.

      DirecTV is the platform of choice if you want access to live EXCLUSIVE La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Europa League matches that are not available on DISH Network or cable.

  4. olivert

    August 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    DirecTV will also have:

    Sunday at 10:55am ET – Mallorca vs Xerez – DirecTV Channel 456

    I don’t expect DirecTV to put out a press release regarding the UEFA Europa League until the quarterfinals.

    GolTV will announce the UEFA Europa League matches in September.

    Also note that Setanta Premium will sublicense UEFA Europa League matches from DirecTV, Inc. involving Celtic and Benfica. There is a possibility that Setanta Premium will sublicense additional matches (i.e. Sporting and Panathinaikos.)

  5. olivert

    August 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

    DirecTV, Inc. has swapped selected UEFA Europa League matches (Group Stage, Round of 32, and Round of 16) to GolTV, Inc. for La Liga matches that GolTV and ESPN, Inc. does NOT want.

    For week 1, DirecTV will offer:

    Saturday 3:55pm ET – Zaragoza vs Tenerife – DirecTV Ch. 456

    Sunday 10:55am ET – Osasuna vs Villarreal – DirecTV Ch. 457

    • Ryan Knapp

      August 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

      Awesome Olivert, thanks for the heads up on that. Was there an article that talked about this?

  6. jose

    August 29, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Can not wait to see Barcelona againg in HD. The true game of the week is Valencia vs Sevilla, but it will be on ESPN Deportes. I hope Goltv start telecasting in HD next year.

    • The Gaffer

      August 29, 2009 at 5:52 am

      GolTV plans on launching HD sometime in 2010 as mentioned on our sister site, EPL Talk, at

      The Gaffer

    • Ryan Knapp

      August 29, 2009 at 11:00 am


      Barcelona in HD will be amazing. Can’t wait to DVR that and watch it Monday night when I get out of work.

      Valencia v Sevilla IS the game of the week. I’m a Sevillista hasta la muerte, having lived 30 seconds from the stadium in Spain. Sevilla need to come out quick this year as we normally start off okay, but then lose most of our matches to teams ranked 12th or lower in the table.

  7. Emilee

    August 29, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I’m dying because I feel like I’m going to miss out on a lot of games I would have otherwise seen on Gol TV since I don’t get ESPN Deportes. I was going to switch to the Spanish language package on Directv to get it, until I realized it would mean losing ESPN2, which is not an option. ESPN360 is a nice option, but I watch most matches after the fact on my DVR, so I’m going into depression here at the thought of all the lost matches. =( Any suggestions??

    • Ryan Knapp

      August 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

      This is what I found looking on the internet.

      ”This appears to be a cost-cutting move by DirecTV to take ESPN2, GSN, Current, etc. out of the DirecTV Mas (hybrid Spanish/English) base packages.

      If you want both ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, you will now need to subscribe to an English-language base package (most people choose Choice or Choice Xtra) and add the “En Espanol” pack for another $20 a month.”

      So hopefully this helps!

    • john

      August 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm

      you can get spanish package for an xtra 20 dollars along with your current package that is what i did

  8. Josh

    August 29, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I don’t think ESPN or ESPN2 will air games every week but around 20 for the season. AT least according to this article
    Deportes looks to have 2 or 3 matches a week plus ESPN 360 will carry matches also.

    • Ryan Knapp

      August 29, 2009 at 10:38 am


      Yes you are right. However I’ve also heard that they are planning on doing more matches based on the amount of support they get. I haven’t heard that ratified yet, but we’ll see what happens.

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