June 13, 2012
ESPN loses Premiership Football
ESPN HD won't be showing Premiership football from the 2013/14 season onwards after losing the rights battle for the 38 non-Sky games to BT. Sky secured five of the seven packages for 2013-14 to 2015-16, totalling 116 matches a year, while BT, ousting ESPN, acquired the rights for 32 games. Its package includes 18 of the 38 first-choice picks, Saturday lunchtime and Bank Holiday games being the main menu for BT. What happens now with ESPN and carriage of BT on Virgin Media is anyone's guess. But remember this is not next season but is the season after, so don't expect any details to be announced for some time.