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http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/5456284/espn-sublicenses-premier-league-games-fox

This makes me very happy. I love soccer, but I really don't want to pay extra for the Fox Soccer Channel.


    BRISTOL, Conn. -- Premier League Soccer is coming back to the ESPN family of networks.

    ESPN reached an agreement for multimedia rights to Barclay's Premier League Soccer for the next three seasons. Up to 74 matches the next three seasons will air in the United States on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

    Last season, ESPN televised 46 Premier League matches under a sublicense from Fox, which has been broadcasting the EPL in the U.S. since 1998.

    ESPN's U.S. coverage begins Saturday with the Premier League opener, which has Manchester City at Tottenham, starting at 7:45 a.m. ET.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.




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This is fantastic news! I too did not want to pay extra for Fox Soccer.

The ESPN headline is weird though - the headline on the story says "licenses" but the page header says "sublicenses." I hope that doesn't mean the biggest games are going to be available only on Fox's network.



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last year, ESPN only rights to the Saturday morning (US) game and some of the Monday afternoon (US) games in the EPL.

Hopefully, this will mean more games.

ESPN2 is televisings this week's Saturday morning game between (I think) Spurs and Liverpool.



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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    ESPN2 is televisings this week's Saturday morning game between (I think) Spurs and Liverpool.


If that's this year's opening game, it's Arsenal v Liverpool. At Anfield. As an Gunners fan that's a SICK way to open a season. I would've preferred a warmup against someone like Birmingham, Rovers, or one of the promoted teams at home. But as a season opener, that's a hell of a game.



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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    The ESPN headline is weird though - the headline on the story says "licenses" but the page header says "sublicenses." I hope that doesn't mean the biggest games are going to be available only on Fox's network.

It's a sublicense. Fox is still going to have the lion's share of the games on FSC and FSP. But, like last year, ESPN will still get some really good games. Here's a link to the EPL tv listings in the U.S.: http://www.epltalk.com/premier-league-tv-schedule/
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Damn, I just added FSC! (Although I deleted another tier that I wasn't watching much so I could break even.)



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