Category: tv coverage

Gary Oldman’s Got Skills?

Who knew…actor Gary Oldman shows off his keepy-uppy skills in a promotional video for ITV. Oldman, who has appeared in films such as Batman: The Dark Knight and the Harry Potter movies stars in an ITV promo themed “Good things come in threes” – a reference to the broadcaster’s live England, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League coverage. Go to for more information on availability. Check out the video for evidence of Oldman’s skills:

TV Rights to Champions League Set to Increase

Many pundits, myself included, feel that the Champions League has reached a point where it’s more entertaining than the World Cup. It can be deemed blasphemy in some places to say such a thing, but the quality of football in the Champions League has been far superior than the previous two World Cups. By the time the World Cup arrives, most of the players are already exhausted after a long club season. As a result of the success of the Champions League, both on and off the pitch, many consider the TV rights fees for the Champions League to be ... Read more

Premiership Countdown: 41 Days to Go

Although the Premiership TV schedules for Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports haven’t been released yet, EPL Talk has put on its thinking cap and can deduce that the following matches will be shown in North America. Saturday, August 19th, 7:45am ET Sheffield United v Liverpool (TBD) Saturday, August 19th, 10am ET To be determined (Setanta Sports) Saturday, August 19th, 12:15pm ET Bolton v Spurs (Fox Soccer Channel) Saturday, August 19th, 3pm ET To be determined [tape delayed] (Fox Soccer Channel) Sunday, August 20th, 8:30am ET Manchester United v Fulham (Setanta Sports) Sunday, August 20th, 1pm ET Chelsea v Manchester ... Read more

Weekend lineup with announcing teams for ABC and ESPN2

ALL GAMES AVAILIBLE IN HD FRIDAY JUNE 9TH 11:55 am Germany vs Costa Rica ESPN 2 Dave O’Brien and Marcelo Balboa 2:55 pm Poland vs Ecuador ESPN2 Adrian Healey and Tommy Smith SATURDAY JUNE 10TH 9 am England vs Pargauay ABC Dave O’Brien and Mareclo Balboa 11:30 am Trinidad vs Sweden ABC JP Dellacamera and John Harkes 2:55 pm Argentina vs Ivory Coast ESPN 2 Glenn Davis and Shepp Messing SUNDAY JUNE 11TH 8:55 am Serbia-Montenegro vs Netherlands ESPN 2 JP Dellacamera and John Harkes 11:30 am Mexico vs Iran ABC Dave O’Brien and Marcelo Balboa 2:55 pm Angola vs ... Read more

"The Times They Are Changin’"

There’s an interesting article on This Is Anfield about how the SkySports and Setanta deals with the Premiership will change the traditional 3pm kickoff in England (10am ET). Even though the overseas rights to the Premiership have yet to be decided, one impact on international viewers from the UK TV rights deal is how many matches will kick off at different times from the 2007 season (if shown live). For example, Setanta‚Äôs matches will be shown at 3pm ET on Monday, Saturday at 12:15pm ET and Sunday at 8:30am ET. Meanwhile, each season SkySports will be showing: 23 matches at ... Read more

Setanta Breaks Sky Premiership Monopoly

In breaking news, Setanta has won the bids for two of the six Premiership TV rights packages, with Sky picking up the remaining four. This means that from 2007-2010, Sky will show 92 live matches while Setanta will show 46. Overseas rights are yet to be finalized, but the repercussions of the above decisions will definitely impact watching the EPL on TV in North America.

Controversy Erupts Around Premier League TV Rights Deal

After the first round of bidding closed this past Thursday for the TV rights to the English Premier League (2007-2013 season), the Premier League announced that SkySports (to no surprise) has won three of the six packages available. Experts predict that Sky is very likely now to secure five out of the six packages during the next round of bidding. According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, “there is a growing belief among bidders, which include NTL, the cable group, Setanta, the Irish broadcaster, and Channel 4, that the Premier League has conducted the sealed auction process in a way that ... Read more

ESPN Interested in Bidding for Premiership TV Rights

  Today is the deadline for the first round of bidding for the rights to the 2007-2013 Premiership TV season, and The Guardian newspaper reports that ESPN is interested in purchasing the overseas rights. In North America, ESPN already owns the rights to the Champion’s League and World Cup. Stay updated on this developing news via the EPL Talk Blog.