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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 ESPN360.com 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.