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Monday, March 6


Hi all, yes ESPN have opted to not show Arsenal and Chelsea games live in favour of the World baseball classic. Apparently the games are only US warm ups too... Setanta are showing them on the Setanta TV station which may be available online at (they have a broadband option , a month subscription is 12 dollars). Else its to Summers, the Pheonix, Fados for the 2.30 games. The morons at ESPN bumped the US Mexico decider for World Cup qualification recently and it was supposed to be on shown on a long delay but I came across it LIVE on ESPN Classic by chance (the delay also aired on ESPN 2) - Tom, any chance this could happen again.


  • I encourage everyone to visit this link and send a scathing comment to ESPN:

    Even a quick "You wankers!!" will suffice.

    By Blogger Patrick Devitt, at 7:38 PM  

  • Here is the programming on ESPN2 tomorrow in place of CL:

    NBA Access With Ahmad Rashad

    The Season Weekly Memphis Basketball presented by Capital One

    The Season Weekly Tennessee Basketball presented by Capital One

    As Marv Albert would say, "yesssss!!"

    By Blogger Patrick Devitt, at 7:43 PM  

  • Sorry for 3rd post, but is anyone in Boston going to watch either match at a local pub? I may show up for Barca-Chelsea, and definitely for Arsenal-RM, probably at the Phoenix unless I hear people will be watching elsewhere.

    By Blogger Patrick Devitt, at 7:54 PM  

  • The games are delayed.

    Barca v Chelsea at 12.30am on Wednesday morning.

    Arsenal V Madrid at 12.30am on Thursday morning.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 9:42 AM  

  • This is what I sent to ESPN:

    Why the fuck are you idiots not broadcasting the matches (Arsenal/Real Madrid and Chelsea/Barcelona) from the Champions League like you have done each year in the past at this stage of the competition???
    Do you have any idea how many people across America are pissed off right now??? Millions.
    When are you going to figure out that no true soccer fans in the USA really give a damn about the men's national team...we only care about the EPL and the matches from other top leagues in Europe...
    Nice job.
    ESPN = Clown shoes (excuse me, fucking clown shoes)
    Oh, and for the record, Tommy Smyth and every other announcer you employ (and who broadcast games from your studios, and not live at the matches like they should be - cheap bastards!) are HORRENDOUS.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 7:57 PM  

  • Easy there with the comments about our national team. I consider myself a real fan, and I care about the Premiership and European leagues. I've also followed the national team since, oh I dunno, 1986. Not looking to cut ESPN the least bit of slack or give you a hard time, but know your audience here.

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 9:02 AM  

  • My response to ESPN was a wee bit more measured and questioned their stickign to programs about basketball filler and half hour sports chat shows - i have no problem with them showing baseball but putting the footy 10 hours later is not fair and I questioned how a network destined to show the World Cup can be expected to do so when it sells off the rights to 2 huge games.

    As for US fans not caring about the Mens national team? Errr, I defer you to Tom who would be one such true fan and he knows many others.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 9:58 AM  

  • Ya I think Tom does know the other 10 fans of the US National team fairly well :-)

    Tommy Smith is just woeful. Remember last night he couldn't understand Eto starting from an offside position before the free was taken. He was puzzled. Eto is offside he exclaimed. Has he ever seen Van Nistlerooy play?

    Also, neither commentator seemed to realise that Barca's goal did not actually mean much as Chelsea still needed to score two - just like they did before the goal. Nope, it was all talk about Barca wrapping it up.

    As for the scheduling - I really have not come to expect much more.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 1:28 PM  

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