FOOTBALL: BBC Scotland and SPL agree new three-year highlights deal

May 2, 2013

BBC Scotland has agreed a new three-year deal with the Scottish Premier League to cover matches across television, radio and online.

The new contract begins next season (2013/14) and allows BBC Scotland to continue broadcasting TV highlights of key games on its long-running Sportscene programme on Sunday evenings.

Extensive radio and online coverage is also included as part of the deal with 140 live games per season on BBC Radio Scotland as well as 10 games nationally on BBC Radio 5 live, plus video highlights of every match on the BBC Sport website.

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FOOTBALL: Sky Sports, ESPN and BBC Alba confirm live Scottish Premier League games for May

April 9, 2013

Sky Sports, ESPN and BBC Alba have announced the live Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League games that will be shown during the final month of the season.

All three broadcasters will bring the 2012/13 season curtain down with live coverage of key ‘post-split’ matches, including the Edinburgh derby and 12 other games.

With Celtic extremely close to securing their second successive SPL title, as well as UEFA European qualification places for next season very much on the agenda, every match has something to offer.

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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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FOOTBALL: Sky Sports & ESPN confirms live Scottish Premier League games for March and April

January 25, 2013

Sky Sports and ESPN have announced seven Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League games to be shown live in early March and the beginning of April.

Seven games from Scotland’s top flight will be broadcast between both broadcasters during this period, plus ESPN has live coverage of four Rangers games from the Irn Bru Scottish Third League.

Headlining its next set of matches are the Edinburgh, Dundee and Tayside derbies.

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FOOTBALL: BBC Alba to screen live SPL games

November 16, 2012

BBC Alba will broadcast live Scottish Premier League games for the first time after agreeing a new two-year extension to continue covering Scottish football’s top flight.

For both this season and 2013/14, the corporation’s Gaelic TV service will show three live SPL matches per season, with Gaelic language commentary, starting with Ross County against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on January 2, 2013.

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FOOTBALL: Sky Sports & ESPN agree new five-year SPL deal

November 21, 2011

The Scottish Premier League has renewed its broadcast deal with Sky Sports and ESPN to screen games from Scotland’s top flight for a further five years.

Both broadcasters will continue to show 30 live matches per season from 2012/13 to the end of the 2016/17 season, with Sky Sports maintaining their exclusive coverage of every Old Firm match.

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