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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ESPN buys rights to air PL matches

LONDON (AP) ESPN will broadcast live Premier League matches for the first time in Britain after gaining rights from financially troubled Setanta Sports.

ESPN, owned by The Walt Disney Co., acquired the rights Monday to televise 46 matches next season and 23 in each of the three seasons from 2010-11 in its first major contract to broadcast live sports in Britain.

Neither ESPN or the Premier League released financial details of Monday's agreement, but it is thought to match the amounts Setanta owed. Since Setanta had already made payments upfront, it is reported that ESPN paid less than the £130 million ($212 million) agreed by Setanta for next season's rights, followed by £159 million in the subsequent years of the contract.



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