Here is a press release we have just received from ESPN, which details their initial coverage of the English Premier League, with Newcastle featuring twice in the first two weeks of the season, against Tottenham at home and Chelsea away.
Here is the ESPN press release in full, and they have details of their games from August through November, with Newcastle only appearing in the month of August. Former Newcastle players Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and Chris Waddle are part of the commentary teams.
ESPN UNVEILS INITIAL 2012-13 BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES
Season opens with Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur on 18th August
ESPN’s Barclays Premier League matches all on Saturdays at 5:30pm
Premier League coverage also includes ESPN Goals and ESPNFC.com
ESPN has confirmed its exclusively live Barclays Premier League fixtures for the first four months of the 2012/13 season. On the opening weekend ESPN visits St James’ Park as Newcastle United take on Tottenham Hotspur. The match presents new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas with a testing first league match at the helm while Magpies chief Alan Pardew will want to send a signal that last season’s fifth-place was not a one-off.
The action continues the following week as Newcastle United travel to West London. ESPN viewers will have an early opportunity to see last season’s UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea as newly-installed permanent manager Roberto Di Matteo looks to build on their 6th place finish last season.
Champions Manchester City will feature three times on ESPN as they welcome Queens Park Rangers on 1st September and Swansea City on 27th October to the Etihad Stadium, before they make an away trip to play newly-promoted West Ham United on 3rd November. ESPN viewers will also get a look at Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side as they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 15th September. Manchester United make their first appearance on ESPN on 29th September as they host Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs’ north London rivals, Arsenal, will feature in the first of their three away fixtures on ESPN, first at West Ham United on 6th October, before travelling to East Anglia to face Chris Hughton’s Norwich City on 20th October. The 24th November will see Arsenal visit Villa Park, a happy hunting ground in recent years, to play an Aston Villa side under the stewardship of new boss, Paul Lambert. Manchester United complete ESPN’s November line up as they play Norwich City at Carrow Road on 17th November.
ESPN’s coverage will be presented by Ray Stubbs with Kevin Keegan alongside him as lead analyst. Robbie Savage, Martin Keown as well as former Liverpool legends Steve McManaman and John Barnes will also be part of ESPN’s line-up of football analysts. In the commentary box, Chris Waddle will join Jon Champion, with ESPN’s Rebecca Lowe continuing to get the exclusive stories from managers and players from pitchside.
Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice President TV Channels, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said:
“Football fans watching ESPN’s Barclays Premier League coverage in the coming months will be able to follow the very top sides as well as the newly-promoted outfits. Alongside ESPN’s offering of top football coverage from around the UK and Europe, we look forward to the start of what promises to be another fantastic season of football on ESPN.”
PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE ON ESPN DIGITAL MEDIA
ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the Barclays Premier League next season also includes ESPN Goals, the mobile app that hosts ESPN’s exclusive mobile highlights rights to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches. The rights allow ESPN to deliver every single goal to mobile devices within minutes of the action. ESPN also provides complete news, analysis and coverage of UK and international football on ESPN.co.uk. In the coming weeks around the new season, ESPNFC.com will provide football fans with a new global connection to worldwide football.
SCHEDULE: BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES TELEVISED ON ESPN
Saturday 18th Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur 5:30pm
Saturday 25th Chelsea v Newcastle United 5:30pm
Saturday 1st – Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers 5:30pm
Saturday 15th – Sunderland v Liverpool 5:30pm
Saturday 29th – Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur 5:30pm
Saturday 6th West Ham United v Arsenal 5:30pm
Saturday 20th Norwich City v Arsenal 5:30pm
Saturday 27th Manchester City v Swansea City 5:30pm
Saturday 3rd West Ham United v Manchester City 5:30pm
Saturday 17th Norwich City v Manchester United 5:30pm
Saturday 24th Aston Villa v Arsenal 5:30pm
Live HD television coverage of the Barclays Premier League on ESPN is complemented by exclusive live televised coverage of the FA Cup, Aviva Premiership Rugby, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, UEFA Europa League, continental European league football, international football, plus the best in North American sports, motorsports, UFC and much more.
This is the last season ESPN will be televising the Premier League games and starting next season Sky Sports and BT will be those that have won the rights to televise the games for the following three seasons.
Here are the details of the new deal we published three weeks ago.