It will cost up to £12 a month to watch ESPN’s 46 Premier League games

The European Commission’s decision to deny Sky Sports the right to broadcast every televised game will again hit fans in the wallet

The Spoiler hoped that the one good thing that could potentially stem from Setanta’s collapse would be Premier League football being made cheaper to watch – obviously we weren’t too optimistic but we kept our fingers crossed.

However, it has today been confirmed that ESPN’s new UK channel will launch on August 3 at a premium of £9 a month to Sky Sports customers and £12 to those who have Sky without the sports packages.

Whereas with Setanta, you were also getting FA Cup, Blue Square Premier, Bundesliga and international games thrown in for your money, ESPN’s 46 games (less than four a month on average, less than two a month from 2010-11 onwards) is expected to be supplemented with coverage of American football, ice hockey, baseball, college football and basketball.

With the BBC reporting that Sky Sports will handle production for the ESPN matches as well as the channel’s advertising, they look certain to make a profit out of it. Therefore, it seems like the fans are the only ones really suffering from the motion forced by the European Commission in 2005 to stop Sky Sports showing every game.

5 responses so far
  • Harry // July 7, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This is a joke, we are all in a reccession and these clowns want us to pay out more money, i am really getting pi**ed off with all these seriously considering giving up watching the premier league,as the players are all full of themselves and the clubs couldnt give a s**t aout the fans,ans dont get me started on sky!!!!

  • Bill // July 8, 2009 at 12:58 am

    This is why more people turn to streams

  • Peteyboi07 // July 8, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Im going to watch all my games illegally. I suggest you do too.

  • Joe // July 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Footytube for highlights…

    If the European commission are that concerned, put some of the fucking matches on the BBC, ITV or Channel 4. Bloody farce.

    Couple that with the fact that I hate most American sports.

  • Dan // July 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    “Im going to watch all my games illegally. I suggest you do too.”

    I will be – joke!

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