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ESPN To Televise Newcastle’s First Two Premier League Games


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.

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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

August

Saturday 18th Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur 5:30pm
Saturday 25th Chelsea v Newcastle United 5:30pm

September

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

October

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

November

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.

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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.

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108 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #41

    Nobby Sol

    PVA seems like a no brainer to me for all the reasons you mentioned. Would solve a lot of problems.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #42

    I don’t hink he has, it’s just nobody has asked him to leave!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #43

    kalou way too expensive wages for a very inconsistent player

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  • estechco

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #44

    Batfastard @17 – I think ITV 1-4 have the UEFA games

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  • estechco

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #45

    Beattie25 @ 38 – Pretty sure he wasn’t kept on

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  • @timuJ

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #46

    you guys noticed that Lovenkrands is still training with the first team – he might just be keeping his fitness up I guess.

    However, if they are thinking of offering him a new short-term deal, I wouldn’t mind given our thin squad and saturated fixture schedule this season.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #47

    How we doing? Any “news”?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #48

    David Houlden ?@DavidHoulden
    “@Ryan12Luckley: @SkySports Gael Bigirimana spotted at Newcastle’s training ground!” you heard it here first! #nufc

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #49

    Indian…Was that via SS or Twitter (or both)?

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #50

    Boreng day , hope we sign sum1 2moro

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #51

    Gael Bigirimana .. happys days .. him and Debuchy .. maybe anita but I wonder if thats shelved with Gael coming in ..

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #52

    he’s away at the ACN .. so Anita still has to be a priority ..

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #53

    Twitter – Random

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #54

    Zinedine Zidane spotted at Benton, heard it here first

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #55

    also we need a CB and Striker ..and then theres a proper chance this year of something ..

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #56

    Messis spotted at Benton you heard it hear first too ..

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #57

    toonLYF 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #58

    Wait a minute.

    One person says Debuchy is at the training ground the other says Bigirimana but which one is it?

    Easy mistake to make but we need clarity!

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #59

    I also like the “heard it hear first” surely it was heard somewhere else first .. think about it 🙂

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #60

    Ferenc puskas seen at newcastle training ground you heard it here first

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #61

    I am not claiming anything, just posting what i c, as goodor bad as any1

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #62

    Beattie25 .. yep very similar looking players .. and both talk french ..

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #63

    Problem with ESPN showing the games is that we have 48 hours between the first EURO game and Chelsea!! Met police wont move the Chelsea game and UEFA wont move the EURO game. Bad management by all involved.

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  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #64

    Boumsong spotted at Benton

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #65

    I don’t believe any of it….you heard it here first!

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #66

    graham cwarr .. puskas .. Pele next …

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  • sweendog

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #67

    Tiote spotted at Benton .. you heard it here first ..

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #68

    Shearer spotted in Newcastle centre…rumoured to be heading to meet with Ashley about signing a new 3 year contract, paving the way for the sale of Cisse….you heard it here first

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #69

    I’ve never known so many “ITK” in one place at one time

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #70

    am i exonerated

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #71

    Whose this Alan Pardew that keeps talking about our club?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #72

    Beattie…I think he may be our new FB?

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #73

    Indian @70

    NO, you are not.
    You (and your nom des plume) are guilty as ‘ell.
    And you know it.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #74

    Sup guys. Just spoken to a french lad who happens to have watched Stade de Reims a few times over the past season. He described Amalfitano as having the movement of a young Zidane and and the passing of a young Xavi.

    He seemed convinced that he can become a great player in 1-2 years.

    I’d quite like to keep Simmo and sign Debuchy. Its all well and good upgrading one with the other but what happens when Debuchy is injured (hypothetical) or exhausted from Europa ad League games. We then have Perch?

    Pardew wont play Raylor RB for some reason. IMO Fergie is far from a finished article and no defender (so you cant switch Santon and bring on Fergie). Perch is no RB in my mind. His position by far is in the CDM role. Would quite like to have Simmo as cover and for certain games.

    We are all going on about these signings but think about it. De Jong wont sit on the bench except for when Ba and Cisse are away at ACON. Im sure the same goes for Anita. This is why we need to pray that the likes of Abeid and Vuckic develop and come through this season. And Tavernier and Fergie.

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #75

    Wait, ive just been asked by my local go to attend a medical check up.

    Does that mean I’m signing for parkside road medical centre??

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #76

    Lol debuchy n bigirimana couldn’t look more different so I think ppl could notice, they could easily both b there

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #77

    * go? GP!!!

    Fcuking iPhone ruining my comedy.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #78

    I think you all need a timeout from here 🙂 Go get some fresh air 😉 lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #79

    Beattie…..Depends. If you fail the medical, you’re certain to be a Newcastle player by midnight.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #80

    Here I excited about the news about Debuchy arriving as our new fullback and then I hear we might have signed some bloke called Alan Pardew 🙁

    …really sad news! lol

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