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Wednesday 01 May 2013

Premier League award broadcast rights for Ireland

Three-year deal for 3pm Saturday kick-offs goes to Setanta Sport

Fans in the Republic of Ireland can watch compatriot John O'Shea next season on Setanta

The Premier League today concluded the sales process for the remaining package of live Republic of Ireland broadcast rights for the next three seasons.‪‪

Setanta has been awarded the Saturday 3pm package of rights, containing a total of 33 matches a season, for seasons 2013/14-2015/16.

"We are pleased that Setanta has again chosen to invest in our broadcast rights in the Republic of Ireland," Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said. "They will continue to provide Irish fans with top-quality coverage of the Barclays Premier League and we look forward to working with them in the coming seasons."

Brian Quinn, Marketing Director of Setanta Sports said: “We are absolutely delighted and very grateful to the Premier League for entrusting us with their 3pm games for another three seasons. 

“The beginning of the 2013/2014 season in August will mark Setanta’s 10th consecutive year showing live Saturday 3pm Premier League games in Ireland.  It is still the traditional kick-off time in most fans’ minds and one that features a great calibre of games.”

BSkyB and BT acquired live audio-visual rights to broadcast Barclays Premier League matches (non-Saturday 3pm kick-offs) in the Republic of Ireland in February 2013. After a competitive process BSkyB acquired five packages of rights constituting 116 live matches per season. BT acquired two packages of rights constituting 38 matches a season.

For an overview of the Premier League's TV rights deals for next season, click here.

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Key Points

  • Live broadcast rights for Barclays Premier League awarded to Setanta Sports in Republic of Ireland
  • The agreement runs from 2013/14 to 2015/16 and totals 33 matches a season
  • Package is for the rights to Saturday 3pm fixtures
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