Setanta seal new Premier League deal

SETANTA SPORTS yesterday won the Irish rights to broadcast live coverage of 33 Barclays Premier League games for each of the next three seasons.

The broadcaster, whose British arm collapsed earlier this year, one year into a four-year deal worth in the region of £150 million (€166m), will broadcast the games live on Setanta in the Republic of Ireland at 3pm on Saturday afternoons during the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.

Yesterday’s rights win sees the Irish sports broadcaster retain the package of games it won in July for the current Premier League season.

Michael O’Rourke, co-founder of Setanta Sports expressed his delight with the deal.

He said: “We are very confident that in 2010 we will continue to bring Irish sports fans great premium sport with a uniquely Irish angle combined with relevant local sports.”

Meanwhile the FA have agreed a four-year deal TV deal with ESPN, worth in the region of £35m (€38.7m), to broadcast FA Cup ties.

The deal will begin in the summer of 2010, running through until the end of the 2013-14 season. ESPN will show live coverage of up to 25 FA Cup matches per season, including one exclusive semi-final match. The FA Cup final will simultaneously be broadcast on both ESPN and ITV.

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Premier League, Sky also confirmed it has been awarded five packages of live rights for broadcast in Ireland. The five packages, for three seasons starting next August, are identical to those awarded to Sky for broadcast in the UK over the same period.


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