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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.



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.”


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.



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.

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108 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #81

    Jesper….Sad news? Kestbaia has been scouting him for over a decade! You heard it here first 🙂

  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #82

    Hang on. I don’t want to play for Newcastle United.

    Some bloke called Jose Enrique said that they would never challenge for the top 6 again.

    I’d rather go to Russia. At least there racism is tolerated and you are paid prostitutes. This is a ‘come and get me plea’ to anzhi mickaclakakaciocov.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #83


    hehe 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #84


    I have heard alot about this Ketsbaia fella; is he the new chief scout? 😉

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #85

    He’s the new chief scout for the blog, not the club.

  • Twatter

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #86

    Can’t believe we’ve gone and signed this Pardew as our new RB. Typical lack of ambition by the club… Whatever happened to signing Debuchy? FFS!

  • phillyg

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #87

    predictions for season for players

    simpson – solid defensively
    staylor – full season no injury awsome season
    collo – usual quality
    santon – even better than last time with couple of goals
    tiote – typical rock
    cabaye – same but more goals and assists
    ben arfa – player of season, goals, assits and plenty of thrills
    guiti – same old same old (needs finished article)
    cisse – 20+ goals (even with ACON)
    ba – 15 goals
    taverner – few apperances
    willo – good back up
    raylor – euros and cup
    perch – usual rock for finishing games
    vukic – good cameoes and some goals
    abied – solid performances matruing nicwely
    marvuex – suprise package will be awsome if stays fit
    obertan – better end product this year will grow with confidence.
    sammy obi – 6 goals in all comps
    shola – mothing all season and again will slay the mackems
    amafiltano – will get more games 2nd half of season and will be mix of cabaye and hba (dark horse who i anticipate some great stuff).

    League – 4th
    FA cup – win
    League cup – quarter finals
    Uefa cup – semi final.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #88

    Davybtoon – he never been described as sensational.. Pardew said hes looking like Simpson in training but wasnt good enough to stay around as backup so we loaned him back out and waited until the last minute to offer him a new deal

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #89

    phillyg – nice and optimistic. I think the key could be playing 4-3-3. If Pardew sticks with it we could be a real force with Ben Arfa on the right, if he reverts back to 4-4-2 then we look a lot weaker.

  • toonLYF

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #90

    everyones going on about these 3-4 big signings, names like De Jong, Douglas, Sahko, Hoilett, personally i think we only need 1 big first team, that being Debuchy, i don’t think a first team almost finished article CB is needed, Steven Taylor is class, he’ll gain us points with his spirit alone, so really somebody like Boyata, an upcoming CB would make more sense, would still like to see Anita as i think other than Cabaye and Tiote we’re fairly weak in the centre of midfield and i don’t see Abeid coming through until 13/14 season. As for De Jong, only if Ba leaves imo.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #91


    I agree to most of that but I cant help thinking we may need another cm to bring stability and control to our first team if we play 4-3-3.

    Also a player like Hoilett would be an amazing signing. Balancing out the team with a right footed LW opposite ben arfa, small transfer fee/compensation package, room to grow and potential to become a highly valued footballer in the future.

    Also I think guru is finished at LW. Maybe he could be our new CM or maybe Marveaux? So for me Hoilett (or similar) and Debuchy are all we need.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #92

    * guru? Guti!

  • Nick 69

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #93

    toonLYF – why would you not want more top class players at the club? we want to push on, and 1 player alone in Debuchy isnt going to be the difference. We have a lot more games this season, and were quite lucky last season so to compete with the top 6 even, we need more than 1 top class player as Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, City and Utd will all strengthen.

  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #94


    Agree with you about Guti/Guru or whatever your calling him lol

    He played there a few times last season if memory serves and looked decent. He does the running forward, Cabaye does the spray passing, Tiote f**ks everyone one up!

    We do need someone to come in and play CM for competition. Amaflitano, Gosling and Vicic should provide support for cup runs. Than Amnita kid should do the job. And we deffo need a striker to give cometition too.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #95

    So looks like this young coventry fella is signing, hes apparently a cracking young player with massive potential

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #96

    Apparently Lionel Messi was spotted leaving a Black SUV wearing a black and white tie.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #97


    Skysports reported that Anita’s parent club were asking for 10-12mill for him. Can’t see that happening.

  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #98

    Tavernier jus tweeted he’s signed new deal

  • spitfire_

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #99

    James Tavernier ?@James_Tavernier
    1st day back training and I’ve just signed my new contract with Newcastle #GreatDay

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #100

    Forget abt Debuchy Now

    James Tavernier ?@James_Tavernier
    1st day back training and I’ve just signed my new contract with Newcastle #GreatDay


  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #101

    This Gael lad supposed to b brilliant player him n good will b great additions

  • mattnufc

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #102

    Brilliant news about Tavernier.

  • newcben

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #103

    Livid Newcastle only to play on Sky Sports 4time from august – novemeber

  • Dannyo

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #104

    Tavernier signs a new contract, that’s excellent, i was worried for a while there, but he’s now on board.
    Great stuff.

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #105

    @perchinho it was a piano tie mate

  • Toon1978

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #106

    Debuchy close to signing also according to people on Twitter. Wonder if this kid from Coventry is for the first team.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #107

    Happy for Tavernier signing a new deal!!

    This new Gael Bigiriama will be a development player over the course of the season we might see him make his debut in the cup games

  • DannyA

    Jul 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #108

    if debuchy signs ill have 2 get me pokemon shinies out lol there all bloody framed so who ever wins will have 2 cum nd collect haha!


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