A Big Soccer Weekend for Sportsnet & Setanta

And finally, a couple more press releases from the Rogers family. The first details Setanta’s coverage of the the UEFA Europa League, which begins tomorrow; the second is about this weekend’s Barclays Premier League coverage. Setanta has just acquired rights to one Europa League game per matchday from TLN. Two more games will air on Euroworld Sports each matchday, with every game available on delay.

Club Atlético de Madrid host Celtic FC on the opening day of the group stage from the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League Thursday, September 15 at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 noon PT live on Setanta Sports!

Celtic received the news just this week that they would be part of the group stage after Swiss club FC Sion lost their appeal to be reinstated. Sion was disqualified for fielding ineligible players in their Europa League playoff encounters with Celtic on the 18th and 25th of August. The Swiss side had won the series 3-1 on aggregate but an appeal filed by Celtic was accepted and eventually led to the expulsion from the event for Sion.

Celtic’s best result in this competition came in 2003 when they were defeated 3-2 in extra time in the UEFA Cup final by Portuguese club Porto.

Atlético de Madrid took home the Europa League title in 2010 with a 2-1 win in the final over English club Fulham.

And for the Barclays Premier League, which includes the second Super Sunday of the season. It is also worth noting that Setanta has the Old Firm Derby between Celtic and Rangers at 7:25am ET.

The weekend’s Barclays Premier League schedule begins with the Queens Park Rangers versus Wolverhampton on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. (ET)/6:30 a.m. (PT) on Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Pacific.

Gerry Dobson and Craig Forrest host SoccerCentral at 2 p.m. (ET)/11 a.m. (PT) on Sportsnet ONE to wrap up the day’s action.

Sportsnet and Setanta’s BPL broadcast schedule for the rest of the weekend is as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 17
Aston Villa v Newcastle @ 10 a.m. ET (Setanta)
Everton v Wigan @ 12:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet ONE)

Sunday, Sept. 18
Tottenham v Liverpool @ 8 a.m. ET (Sportsnet ONE)
Manchester United v Chelsea @ 11 a.m. ET (Setanta)

For those who want to watch Manchester United vs. Chelsea but who don’t get Setanta, the game will be available on delay at either 2pm ET or 4pm ET on FOX, depending on which FOX station you receive. Check your local listings.

5 thoughts on “A Big Soccer Weekend for Sportsnet & Setanta

  1. Do you know if this game on Fox is a regular thing or just for special occasions?

  2. Only for special occasions. They have 4 games scheduled this season right now

    Sunday 9/18 – Man United vs. Chelsea (tape delay, 2 or 4:30pm ET)
    Sunday 10/2 – Spurs vs. Arsenal (tape delay, 2 or 4:30pm ET)
    Sunday 11/20 – Chelsea vs. Liverpool (tape delay, 2 or 4:30pm ET)
    Sunday 2/6 – Chelsea vs. Man United (LIVE, 10:30am ET) – Super Bowl Sunday

    They will probably add one in December and maybe one more in January. From March-onwards I’m not so sure because this is only meant as counter-programming to CBS’s NFL doubleheaders.

    The game in December may be Chelsea vs. Manchester City on Sunday December 11 or Manchester City vs. Arsenal on Sunday December 18.

    • Quite a few stations are doing this because paid programming and movies will get higher ratings than a repeat of a soccer game. I wasn’t aware Fox 29 was though. The Fox affiliates in Minneapolis and Seattle are too, so many Canadians may in fact be shut out of the Fox broadcast.

      There is no requirement for affiliates to show the game because Fox needs to give them 6 months notice of weekend afternoon programming. If they get less than that, its entirely their choice. Fox only gave the affiliates about 6-8 weeks of notice on this I think.

    • The schedule is wrong, the affiliate must not have bothered to update it. Game is on WUTV right now.

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