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02-25-2013, 12:17 PM
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ESPN selling UK/Ireland channels to BT Group

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...hannels-424219

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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.
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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.
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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 ESPN.co.uk, 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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Interesting that ESPN is abandoning the UK. It was a major initiative not so long ago. Unfortunate news for those that may lose their jobs, but hopefully BT needs both the channels and the workforce.

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I think that for the people based in the UK, they may keep their jobs but obviously some will go.

I remember that ESPN America used to show the odd game on tv each week. Shame they don't anymore. They don't carry hockey anymore other than the odd AHL game on delay.

The only channel that shows live NHL is Premier Sports but that's only available to those with Sky, which not everyone can get or afford to switch to meaning we're blacked out for no real fair reason.

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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.
Do I understand correctly, that they are pulling out ESPN America from the whole Europe except for UK?

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Do I understand correctly, that they are pulling out ESPN America from the whole Europe except for UK?
They are selling ESPN America UK to BT. They are shutting down ESPN America entirely in the other regions.

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Interesting that ESPN is abandoning the UK. It was a major initiative not so long ago.

It was inevitable after the Premier League rights were lost to BT. You can't build a network around Scottish soccer.

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Interesting that ESPN is abandoning the UK. It was a major initiative not so long ago. Unfortunate news for those that may lose their jobs, but hopefully BT needs both the channels and the workforce.
actually to understand the deal ( I got a little insite from someone who works for Sky TV) a large part of this deal has to do with non-hockey television and Paytv rights--The deal has more to do with then just sports and a lot to do with paytv and other entertainment outputs from the networks and producers involved

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How does ESPN have the rights to air NHL games in Europe?

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How does ESPN have the rights to air NHL games in Europe?
Just like North America, the league contracts on a country or regional basis for Europe, etc. There are numerous threads over the years of various deals on this forum.

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How does ESPN have the rights to air NHL games in Europe?
They used to show more on their ESPN America channel but declined to bid for the rights any more. At least in the UK.

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