ESPN wins mobile Premier League rights from Sky

LONDON - Disney-owned broadcaster ESPN has won the rights to distribute Premier League highlights to mobile phones from next season, beating current rights holder BSkyB.

ESPN picks up mobile highlights rights to add to its Premier League package
ESPN picks up mobile highlights rights to add to its Premier League package

ESPN will have the exclusive rights for 380 games a season for three seasons from 2010/11.

Specific packages will be announced in the coming weeks and the new products will sit alongside ESPN's mobile range, which includes mobile sites and apps.

Lynne Frank, senior vice president and managing director, ESPN, EMEA, said: "Mobile devices are an indispensable lifeline for football fans, who expect easy, quick access to the latest goals and action wherever they are. Adding these rights will allow us to advance our commitment to delivering great sport across the many screens UK fans use each day."

From next season ESPN and ESPN HD's live and exclusive coverage on TV includes 23 Barclays Premier League matches, 25 FA Cup matches, 43 Guinness Premiership rugby matches and 27 UEFA Europa League matches.

Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League said, "ESPN's purchase of Barclays Premier League mobile clip rights demonstrates their commitment to the competition and the fans."

ESPN won the rights to broadcast live English Premier League action in the UK for the first time in June 2009, after landing the rights to air 46 games for the 2009/2010 season and 23 games in each of the three following seasons following the demise of the previous rights holder Setanta.

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