LIVE ESPN COVERAGE OF BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE BROADCAST SCHEDULE UNTIL NOVEMBER – SEASON 2009/10
Debut season of coverage opens with Everton v Arsenal on August 15th
More than half of matches feature last season’s top four finishers
New Premier League broadcaster, ESPN, today revealed their first handpicked selection of 46 live matches for the 2009/10 season, to be broadcast on the soon-to-launch new flagship ESPN SD and HD channels.
Announcing the selection of live matches, Lynne Frank, Managing Director, ESPN for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We’re clearly delighted to be able to broadcast 46 Barclays Premier League matches this season on ESPN. We will kick off our coverage with a clash between Everton and Arsenal, live on the new ESPN channel at 5.15pm on Saturday 15 August. ESPN’s coverage of the matches announced today will bring excitement, surprises and drama to football fans. We are pleased to be a part of the beautiful game, and look forward to delivering fans of all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs top quality coverage as the story of the season unfolds.”
Opening the season’s coverage on day one of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 15th August, ESPN will showcase the clash between Everton and Arsenal, last season’s 4th and 5th place finishers, at Goodison Park. Convincingly beaten 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in 2008, Everton will be looking to go one better than the 1-1 draw they held Arsenal to at home in January 2009.
Other highlights from the coming season’s possible title contenders include Liverpool v Aston Villa on August 24th, Spurs v Man United on September 12th and Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers on October 24th. Overall, as part of ESPN’s debut schedule of coverage, 12 of the 17 matches chosen for live broadcast so far feature a top four finishing club from the 2008/09 season and include 17 of the 20 Premier League clubs.
The full list of 17 live Barclays Premier League matches, selected until November on ESPN are:
|Saturday 15th||Everton v Arsenal||5:15pm|
|Sunday 23rd||West Ham v Tottenham||1:30pm|
|Monday 24th||Liverpool v Aston Villa||8:00pm|
|Saturday 29th||Chelsea v Burnley||12:45pm|
|Saturday 12th||Tottenham v Manchester United||5:15pm|
|Saturday 19th||West Ham v Liverpool||5:15pm|
|Saturday 26th||Fulham v Arsenal||5:15pm|
|Monday 28th||Manchester City v West Ham||8:00pm|
|Saturday 3rd||Manchester United v Sunderland||5:15pm|
|Monday 5th||Aston Villa v Manchester City||8:00pm|
|Monday 19th||Fulham v Hull City||8:00pm|
|Saturday 24th||Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers||5:15pm|
|Saturday 31st||Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers||5:15pm|
|Saturday 7th||Wolves v Arsenal||5:15pm|
|Monday 9th||Liverpool v Birmingham City||8:00pm|
|Saturday 21st||Manchester United v Everton||5:15pm|
|Saturday 28th||Aston Villa v Tottenham||5:15pm|
ESPN plans to make its Barclays Premier League coverage widely available across multiple pay-TV platforms. As a first step to this distribution strategy, ESPN reached an agreement for its coverage to be retailed by Sky to residential and commercial customers. ESPN will appear in the Sky Guide at channel number 417 in SD and channel 443 in HD.