Premier League

The broadcast rights will be the same as those it has already acquired in the UK two weeks ago.

The Disney-owned sports broadcaster bought the rights, also previously held by Setanta, to show 46 games for the English Premier League’s 2009-2010 season

It had also won the rights to air 23 games per season from 2010 to 2013. ESPN is believed to have paid an estimated £250m to clinch the deal.

Yesterday (July 7) ESPN announced the launch of a new channel in the UK on 3 August called ESPN, to televise the matches.

As part of the new arrangement, BSkyB will retail ESPN to both its residential and commercial customers.

Sky will make ESPN available on a premium subscription basis to all Sky homes.

Meanwhile, it has also been speculated that ESPN could be the likely broadcaster of Scottish Premier League games, also previously aired by Setanta.