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Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2009

ESPN, Sky buy Scottish soccer rights


Associated Press

LONDON ESPN and Sky will show Scottish Premier League soccer live in Britain and Ireland for the next three seasons, with an option for an additional two.

The rival broadcasters agreed to a deal Thursday worth $106 million over five years to acquire the rights taken off Setanta before the Irish network's British operation collapsed last month.

Between them, ESPN and Sky will show 30 live Scottish matches each season. The SPL will receive over $21 million each season, just $820,000 less than the Setanta deal.

SPL chairman Lex Gold said: "We are pleased that in just over three weeks we have been able to strike this deal."