FOOTBALL: UEFA Champions League Final 2013 – Dortmund v Bayern – Live on ITV & Sky Sports

May 20, 2013

Wembley will serve as the battle ground for the last major honours of the season as Bayern Munich go head-to-head with Borussia Dortmund to be crowned 2012/13 UEFA Champions League winners.

This is the first all-German final in the competition’s history and Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both head for England’s national stadium purely on merit rather than through any semblance of fluke.

Fans can follow the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final live from Wembley on Saturday, May 25, with host broadcaster ITV providing free-to-air coverage, while Sky Sports will also be covering the final in high-definition and in stunning 3D.

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BROADCASTING: BT acquires ESPN’s TV channels

February 25, 2013

BT Group and ESPN have agreed a multi-million pound deal that will see the telecoms giant acquire ESPN’s UK and Ireland TV channels.

Comprising of ESPN and ESPN America, BT will also take on ESPN’s current sports rights portfolio, including live FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League and German Bundesliga games.

The transaction, subject to regulatory clearance, is expected to be completed at the end of July after which BT will continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel which is expected to form part of the BT Sport TV package that will be launched this summer.

However, ESPN’s popular archive sports channel ESPN Classic is expected to cease transmission in the UK after seven years as it not included as part of the BT/ESPN deal.

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