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ESPN licenses EPL rights from Fox International
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ESPN has reached an agreement with Fox Sports International for multimedia rights to select England’s Barclays Premier League (BPL) matches in the US for the next three seasons, 2010-11 through 2012-13.

The three-year sublicense includes up to 74 live matches each season on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com, and ESPN Mobile TV.

More than 220 live matches in three seasons will air across ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com, and ESPN Mobile TV.

For the first time, Premier League matches will be featured regularly on ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish-language U.S. sports network; ESPN3.com, ESPN’s broadband network, currently available in more than 53 million homes; and ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN’s 24-7 mobile sports television network.

Select midweek matches will be available exclusively on ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Mobile TV.

ESPN senior VP programming Scott Guglielmino says, “We remain committed to serving soccer fans in the United States by offering coverage of the best leagues in the world, and we are pleased to work with Fox Sports International to expand our rights of the Barclays Premier League in this country”.

The addition of digital and Spanish-language rights and a regular schedule of weekday matches in the U.S. reflect ESPN’s increasing commitment to the Premier League and other top-tier professional soccer leagues. Last season, ESPN2 televised some 46 league matches, the network’s return to Premier League football since the 1996–97 and 1997-98 season when the then nascent network was the English-language television home for the league’s Monday night matches in the U.S.


ESPN also currently televises the Premier League in dozens of countries around the world via ESPN in the UK, ESPN Latin America South, ESPN Brazil, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Star Sports (in India and across many parts of southern and southeast Asia). ESPN also has exclusive rights in the UK to mobile highlights for all 380 Barclays Premier League matches, for each of the next three seasons.

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