ESPN bags FA English Football rights

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 09:34 hrs

ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia's biggest sports content provider, has secured exclusive broadcast rights for all Football Association (FA) Cup matches, The FA Community Shield and all Senior and Under-21 England Team home matches for the next six years until 2018 for the South Asia Region including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

The multimedia platform deal, which allows the content to be made available across television, internet and mobile, was made with international media rights company MP & Silva.

Starting from Nov 3, ESS will begin broadcast of the first round of matches all the way up to the Final in May next year.

Chelsea are currently the holders of the FA Cup but are likely to be challenged for the prestigious title by the other Premier League teams including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, among others.

Peter Hutton, Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports, said, "Having a season round offering of football is at the heart of our dominance of the Indian sports market, and the unique stories that the FA Cup creates every year is a very welcome part of our line-up.

"The FA Cup was seen in India long before the Premier League and the other European leagues, and we´re very proud to be able to continue the tradition."

The FA Cup is recognised as the oldest and most famous domestic knockout competition, which traditionally begins in November and culminates with the Final in May.

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