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ESPN take over from Setanta

23 Jun 2009 - 08:23:49

American broadcaster ESPN have stepped in to take over the Premier League rights previously held by Setanta.

Financial troubles at Setanta have forced to Irish broadcaster to relinquish their rights to rival Sky, with ESPN now holding rights for 46 games next season and 23 matches per season for the 2010-13 period.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed in a statement: "The Premier League is extremely pleased to have added ESPN as a UK rights holder.

"They have a formidable worldwide reputation and experience in sports and I am sure we will enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with them.

"I would like to thank ESPN, as well as all the other broadcasters who submitted bids, for their professionalism and effort in engaging in our sales process at such short notice.

"The timescale of our process was tight to say the least, and it is to the great credit of ESPN that they committed themselves to adding Premier League football to their already impressive portfolio of sports rights.

"The speed at which we have been able to conclude this deal means that the preparations for next season will be able to continue without interruption and fans and clubs will have certainty over the broadcasting of Premier League matches for the next four seasons."


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