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Tuesday, December 12


Oh lads, you're going to love me today.... ESPN acquires U.S. and Canadian media rights to UEFA Euro 2008 Updated December 11, 2006 European soccer governing body UEFA has announced that ESPN International has acquired exclusive media rights in the U.S. and Canada to UEFA Euro 2008, the European soccer championship. All 31 matches of UEFA Euro 2008 will air LIVE in the U.S. in English, with 2 matches to be broadcast over-the air on ABC and the other 29 matches to air on either ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN Classic. A comprehensive highlights show will air on each match day during the competition. ESPN Deportes will air all 31 matches in the U.S. in Spanish. ESPN has also acquired radio and new media rights to UEFA Euro 2008. In the U.S., ESPN Deportes Radio will offer Spanish-language radio coverage. ESPN has the option to sublicense English-language radio coverage to another broadcaster. The broadband Internet subscription video service will simulcast one match per match day with the exception of the 2 matches to be aired on ABC. The Mobile ESPN Publishing content licensing business will offer video clips, photo slide shows, news, and results to mobile communication service providers in the U.S. In Canada, TSN will air all 31 matches in English with 30-minute pre-game and 15-minute post-game shows. RDS will air all 31 matches in French. ESPN outbid the incumbent, Setanta Sports North America, for the video rights in the U.S. and Canada. Setanta had presented UEFA Euro 2000 and 2004 in the U.S. mostly on pay-per-view with a handful of matches sublicensed to Univision (in 2000) and FOX Sports World (in 2004) for live or same-day delay broadcast. Setanta had sublicensed UEFA Euro 2000 and 2004 to TSN and RDS in Canada.


  • This must mean that the advertisers have finally been convinced that there are viewers for the game out there.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 5:42 PM  

  • Thats good stuff.

    Hopefully now Staunton can get us organised and we can.....ah fuck it.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 8:07 PM  

  • More importantly, the fat Setanta bloke at the front of the boozer can f*ck all. I hate those bastards.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 9:06 PM  

  • Chris that had me crying, if only i wasnt so pissed when i look back at all the cash they have stripped from me at pubs.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:35 PM  

  • Too right. Hope that's a step towards a completely Setanta free zone soon.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 5:38 PM  

  • Of course this does mean we will have to listen to American commentary during the matches.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 9:07 PM  

  • being European football we may be lucky and get MIke Hill and Tommy smythe( luckyish..) for a lot of games but no, we will liekly get Balboa and that crap bird in between 9000 adverts for Budweiser.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 1:43 PM  

  • Simon - please squeeze a few more acronyms into this post. Thanks, George

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 6:53 PM  

  • Ha, touche! I will give you that..!

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:26 PM  

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