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02-25-2013, 11:17 AM
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ESPN selling UK/Ireland channels to BT Group

The deal comes after a similar sale of the Walt Disney-owned sports juggernaut's 50 percent stake in an Asian joint venture to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which was its partners in the venture.
ESPN's U.K. TV business comprises the ESPN and ESPN America channels and their live sports rights portfolio, including the FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League, and the German Bundesliga.
ESPN Classic is excluded from the proposed transaction, with ESPN saying it will wind it down across the Europe, Africa and Middle East region. It will also shut down the ESPN America TV offerings in the region outside the U.K.
The deal will allow BT to continue to show a host of U.S. sports currently shown on ESPN America, including NCAA College Basketball, NCAA College Football and NASCAR. The ESPN channels will be broadcast from BT Sportís new home in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
ESPN will continue to own and operate its existing digital media businesses, which include broad-based news portal, ESPNcricinfo (cricket), ESPNFC (soccer), ESPNscrum (rugby), ESPNF1 (Formula 1) and broadband streaming service ESPN Player.
I haven't heard which stations in UK were carrying NHL games this season, so this may hurt or help future user viewings.

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