2013-14 Premier League on Sportsnet Schedule August/September

On the heels of TSN releasing their Premier League schedule yesterday, Sportsnet has followed today. Here is the full schedule through the end of September. All games are on the four regional Sportsnet channels except where noted.

August
Saturday 8/17, 7:45am – Liverpool v. Stoke City
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – Arsenal v. Aston Villa
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – Sunderland v. Fulham (World)
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – West Ham v. Cardiff City (World Online)
Saturday 8/17, 12:30pm – Swansea City v. Man United
Wednesday 8/21, 2:45pm – Chelsea v. Aston Villa (World)
Saturday 8/24, 7:45am – Fulham v. Arsenal
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Stoke City v. Crystal Palace
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Hull City v. Norwich City (World)
Sunday 8/25, 11:00am – Cardiff City v. Man City (World Online)
Sunday 8/25, 11:00am – Spurs v. Swansea City (World)
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – Cardiff City v. Everton (World)
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – Newcastle v. Fulham
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – Norwich City v. Southampton (World Online)

September
Sunday 9/1, 8:30am – Liverpool v. Man United (World)
Saturday 9/14, 7:45am – Man United v. Crystal Palace
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Stoke City v. Man City
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Fulham v. West Brom (World Online)
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Hull City v. Cardiff City (World Online)
Monday 9/16, 3:00pm – Swanswa City v. Liverpool (World)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – Liverpool v. Southampton
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – Crystal Palace v. Swansea City (World)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – West Brom v. Sunderland (World Online)
Sunday 9/22, 8:30am – Arsenal v. Stoke City (World)
Sunday 9/22, 11:00am – Man City v. Man United
Saturday 9/28, 7:30am – Spurs v. Chelsea
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Southampton v. Crystal Palace
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Fulham v. Cardiff City (World)
Saturday 9/28, 12:30pm – Swansea City v. Arsenal (ONE)
Monday 9/30, 2:30pm – Everton v. Newcastle (World)

NBC Releases Premier League Schedule for Through November

Since TSN has released their early-season Premier League broadcast schedule, I figured I’d post NBC’s as well. NBC will show 10 games on Saturday afternoons in the fall with Arlo White providing commentary on-site, with Lee Dixon joining him for the first two games (the rest are unconfirmed). Here is NBC’s early-season Premier League schedule. These games are also available on TSN or Sportsnet channels in Canada.

August
Saturday 8/17, 12:30pm – Swansea City v. Man United
Saturday 8/24, 12:30pm – Aston Villa v. Liverpool
Saturday 8/31, 12:30pm – Crystal Palace v. Sunderland

September
Saturday 9/14, 12:30pm – Everton v. Chelsea
Saturday 9/28, 12:30pm – Swansea City v. Arsenal

October
Saturday 10/19, 12:30pm – West Ham v. Man City

November
Saturday 11/2, 1:30pm – Arsenal v. Liverpool
Saturday 11/9, 12:30pm – Norwich City v. West Ham
Saturday 11/23, 12:30pm – Man City v. Spurs
Saturday 11/30, 12:30pm – Newcastle v. West Brom

TSN Unveils 2013-14 Premier League Schedule for August/September

TSN has released their Premier League schedule for August and September. Under a new three-year contract TSN will now show 5 games every week, up from 2 in past seasons. For the first six weeks of the season, 11 games will air on TSN, 10 will air on TSN2 and 9 will stream exclusively on TSN.ca. It seems TSN will alternate showing the premiere Super Sunday matches week-to-week with Sportsnet.

Remember that all other games will air on Sportsnet. What’s not clear is what games will air on Sportsnet World, and which ones will air on the other, more affordable Sportsnet channels.

Here is TSN’s schedule through the end of September. I will also try to post a complete Premier League schedule on a monthly or weekly basis. Highlights include Man United v. Chelsea (August 26), Arsenal v. Spurs (September 1)

August
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – Norwich City v. Everton (TSN)
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – West Brom v. Southampton (TSN.ca)
Sunday 8/18, 8:30am – Crystal Palace v. Sprus (TSN)
Sunday 8/18, 11:00am – Chelsea v. Hull City (TSN)
Monday 8/19, 3:00pm – Man City v. Newcastle (TSN)
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Newcastle v. West Ham (TSN)
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Everton v. West Brom (TSN.ca)
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Southampton v. Sunderland (TSN.ca)
Saturday 8/24, 12:30pm – Aston Villa v. Liverpool (TSN2)
Monday 8/26, 3:00pm – Man United v. Chelsea (TSN)
Saturday 8/31, 7:45am – Man City v. Hull City (TSN)
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – West Brom v. Swansea (TSN2)
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – West Ham v. Stoke City (TSN.ca)
Saturday 8/31, 12:30pm – Crystal Palace v. Sunderland (TSN2)

September
Sunday 9/1, 11:00am – Arsenal v. Spurs (TSN)
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Sunderland v. Arsenal (TSN)
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Spurs v. Norwich City (TSN.ca)
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Aston Villa v. Newcastle (TSN.ca)
Saturday 9/14, 12:30pm – Everton v. Chelsea (TSN)
Sunday 9/15, 11:00am – Southampton v. West Ham (TSN2)
Saturday 9/21, 7:45am – Norwich City v. Aston Villa (TSN2)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – Cardiff City v. Spurs (TSN2)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – West Ham v. Everton (TSN.ca)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – Newcastle v. Hull City (TSN.ca)
Saturday 9/21, 12:30pm – Chelsea v. Fulham (TSN2)
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Man United v. West Brom (TSN)
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Aston Villa v. Man City (TSN2)
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Hull City v. West Ham (TSN.ca)
Sunday 9/29, 8:30am – Stoke City v. Norwich City (TSN2)
Sunday 9/29, 11:00am – Sunderland v. Liverpool (TSN2)

TSN and Sportsnet Win 2013-16 Premiership Rights in Canada

The new broadcast contracts with Bell and Rogers will ensure that Canadians will be able to see Canadian stars, such as Norwich’s Simeon Jackson, in the Premier League through 2016.

The Barclays Premier League announced a new rights deal for Canada this afternoon. TSN and Sportsnet, the current broadcasters of England’s top domestic football league, will continue to broadcast all games to Canadians. The biggest difference in the new contract is TSN and Sportsnet will each get 50% of the matches. Over the past three years Sportsnet has broadcast most matches, with TSN sub-licensing around 50 per season.

In the new deals the Premiership has sold two seperate 190 match packages. Rogers bought one, which will see 190 games air on Sportsnet, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World Plus. TSN bought the other package, with matches set to air on TSN, TSN2, RDS and RDS2. It is unclear at this time just how TSN and Sportsnet will divide the 380 matches. However, both Rogers and Bell will get equal selections based on timeslots and/or matchups.

The Canadian announcement comes a day after NBCUniversal revealed that they have picked up American broadcast rights beginning next fall. The new US deal sees an end to ESPN’s Premiership broadcasts, which have set the gold standard for soccer broadcasting in North America. NBC will broadcast all 380 league matches per season, marking the first time every game is shown live in America.

Steaming will play an important role in the new broadcast contracts. NBC will use online streaming service to offer around four Saturday 10am eastern kickoffs per week. TSN also has stated that TSN.ca is part of the plan to deliver games to Canadians. Sportsnet World’s streaming service and mobile TV platforms for both Bell and Rogers will also play a role. This really is the first time that online rights have been considered an essential, valuable part of a Premiership broadcast contract. In the past they were just an afterthought.

Here is a quote from Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Sportsnet.

Sportsnet is proud to continue our strong partnership with the Premiere League, furthering our commitment to providing Canadians with unparalleled access to world class soccer content. The BPL is one of the world’s most prominent soccer leagues and this new agreement has positioned Sportsnet to continue our already unprecedented schedule of soccer programming across multiple platforms in the years to come.

And Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN.

The Premier League is home to the world’s most popular teams and biggest stars in soccer. With a dedicated and growing fan base in Canada we are looking forward to giving fans even more Premier League coverage with more games on TSN than ever before. The BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE package is a perfect complement to our slate of world-class soccer programming.

It is also unclear if beIN Sport, which doesn’t yet have distribution in the Canadian market, launched a serious bid for the Canadian rights. beIN Sport, owned by Qatar Media, was expected to challenge the status quo in the British and American markets as well. As it turns out, their bids fizzled towards the end in both of those markets. New broadcasters did take over Premiership broadcasting, but it was British Telecom and NBC, not beIN Sport.

This deal is probably about as good as this was going to turn out for Canadians. Between TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World, it is possible to broadcast up to five games live at one time. The Premier League will use the following timeslots for matches over the next three seasons (all times Eastern and number of matches is approximate)

Saturday 7:45am – 28-30 matches
Saturday 10:00am – ~190 matches
Saturday 12:30pm – 28-30 matches
Sunday 8:30am – 32 matches
Sunday 11:00am – 33 matches
Monday 3:00pm – 18-20 matches

Usually a Premier League season consists 33 weekend rounds and 7 holiday/midweek rounds. The 33 weekend rounds will see around 140 matches played in unique timeslots. The other 190 matches played on the weekend will be on Saturday at 10:00am or Sunday at 10:00am (when a team plays in the Europa League the Thursday before).

Weekday rounds will account for the other 7 rounds, with a total of 70 matches. 12 of these matches are slated for television in the UK. Usually (when it’s not a holiday), the matches are split between Tuesday and Wednesday with consistant start times.

Early Season Premiership Matches Announced

The Premier League has released a preliminary schedule of televised matches from August through the end of November. These matches, along with others in the 10am Eastern Saturday morning slot will be broadcast in Canada. Note that the Canadian broadcasters for these games are still not confirmed; however, coverage will generally break down like this:

TSN2: Saturday 7:45am and some Monday 3pm
SN/SN1: Saturday 12:30pm
SN World: Sunday matches and some Monday 3pm

Here is the early season TV schedule. Any matches that standout to Canadian soccer fans?

August
Saturday 8/18, 12:30pm – Newcastle vs. Tottenham (SN1)
Sunday 8/19, 8:30am – Wigan Athletic vs. Chelsea (SN World)
Sunday 8/19, 11:00am – Man City vs. Southampton (SN World)
Monday 8/20, 3:00pm – Everton vs. Man United (TSN2)
Saturday 8/25, 7:45am – Swansea City vs. West Ham (TSN2)
Saturday 8/25, 12:30pm – Chelsea vs. Newcastle (Sportsnet)
Sunday 8/26, 8:30am – Stoke City vs. Arsenal (SN World)
Sunday 8/26, 11:00am – Liverpool vs. Man City (SN World

September
Saturday 9/1, 7:45am – West Ham vs. Fulham (TSN2)
Saturday 9/1, 12:30m – Man City vs. QPR (SN1)
Sunday 9/2, 8:30am – Liverpool vs. Arsenal (SN World)
Sunday 9/2, 11:00am – Southampton vs. Man United (SN World)
Saturday 9/15, 7:45am – Norwich City vs. West Ham (TSN2)
Saturday 9/15, 12:30pm – Sunderland vs. Liverpool (SN1)
Sunday 9/16, 11:00am – Reading vs. Tottenham (SN World)
Monday 9/17, 3:00pm – Everton vs. Newcastle (SN World)
Saturday 9/22, 7:45am – Swansea City vs. Everton (SN World)
Sunday 9/23, 8:30am – Liverpool vs. Man United (SN World)
Sunday 9/23, 11:00am – Man City vs. Arsenal (SN World)
Saturday 9/29, 7:45am – Arsenal vs. Chelsea (TSN2)
Saturday 9/29, 12:30pm – Man United vs. Tottenham (SN1)
Sunday 9/30, 11:00am – Aston Villa vs. West Brom (SN World)

October
Monday 10/1, 3:00pm – QPR vs. West Ham (SN World)
Saturday 10/6, 7:45am – Man City vs. Sunderland (TSN2)
Saturday 10/6, 12:30pm – West Ham vs. Arsenal (Sportsnet)
Sunday 10/7, 8:30am – Southampton vs. Fulham (SN World)
Sunday 10/7, 11:00am – Newcastle vs. Man United (SN World)
Saturday 10/20, 7:45am – Tottenham vs. Chelsea (TSN2)
Saturday 10/20, 12:30pm – Norwich City vs. Arsenal (Sportsnet)
Sunday 10/21, 8:30am – Sunderland vs. Newcastle (SN World)
Sunday 10/21, 11:00am – QPR vs. Everton (SN World)
Saturday 10/27, 7:45am – Everton vs. Liverpool (TSN2)
Saturday 10/27, 12:30pm – Man City vs. Swansea City (Sportsnet)
Sunday 10/28, 8:30am – Aston Villa vs. Norwich City (SN World)
Sunday 10/28, 11:00am – Chelsea vs. Man United (SN World)

November
Saturday 11/3, 7:45am – Man United vs. Arsenal (TSN2)
Saturday 11/3, 12:30pm – West Ham vs. Man City (Sportsnet)
Sunday 11/4, 8:30am – QPR vs.  Reading (SN World)
Sunday 11/4, 11:00am – Liverpool vs. Newcastle (SN World)
Monday 11/5, 3:00pm – West Brom vs. Southampton (SN World)
Saturday 11/10, 12:30pm – Aston Villa vs. Man United (Sportsnet)
Sunday 11/11, 8:30am – Man City vs. Tottenham (SN World)
Sunday 11/11, 11:00am – Chelsea vs. Liverpool (SN World)
Saturday 11/17, 7:45am – Arsenal vs. Tottenham (TSN2)
Saturday 11/17, 12:30pm – Norwich City vs. Man United (Sportsnet)
Sunday 11/18, 11:00am – Fulham vs. Sunderland (SN World)
Monday 11/19, 3:00pm – West Ham vs. Stoke City (SN World)
Saturday 11/24, 7:45am- Swansea City vs. Liverpool (TSN2)
Saturday 11/24, 12:30pm – Aston Villa vs. Arsenal (Sportsnet)
Sunday 11/25, 8:30am – Sunderland vs. West Brom (SN World)

Soccer Survival Sunday 2012

The Premier League, La Liga and Serie A seasons all come to an end on Sunday. Juventus will celebrate their 2011-12 Scudetto win, while either Manchester City or Manchester United will win the Premiership. Real Madrid have already been crowned La Liga champions. Championships are the only important spots up for grabs this Sunday though. Champions League and Europa League positions are also available in all three leagues. Teams at the bottom are fighting to avoid relegation as well. Here is the TV schedule for each league. I will also update with commentators as they become available.

Premier League
9:30am, Manchester City (1st, 86 points) vs. QPR (17th, 37 points) – TSN2
Ian Darke & Steve McManaman

9:30am, Sunderland (11th, 45 points) vs. Manchester United (2nd, 86 points) – SN
Jon Champion & Kevin Gallacher

9:55am, West Bromwich (10th, 47 points) vs. Arsenal (3rd, 67 points) – SN World
Gary Weaver & Trevor Francis

9:55am, Tottenham (4th, 66 points) vs. Fulham (9th, 52 points) – SN1
Tony Jones & Davie Provan

9:55am, Chelsea (6th, 61 points) vs. Blackburn (19th, 31 points) – SPEED*
Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge

5:00pm, Norwich City (13th, 44 points) vs. Aston Villa (16th, 38 points) – SN World
Jonathan Beck & Dean Ashton

9:00pm, Everton (7th, 53 points) vs. Newcastle (5th, 65 points) – SN World
Gary Taphouse & Garry Birtles

Midnight, Stoke City (14th, 40 points) vs. Bolton (18th, 35 points) – SN World
Daniel Mann & Tony Gale

For full highlights tune into Premier League review at 11:00pm ET on Sportsnet World. It will re-air the next day on the main Sportsnet Channels.

*NOTE: A blackout could occur for the game on Speed because Sportsnet/TSN hold exclusive Canadian rights.

Manchester City holds a goal difference edge on Manchester United, so all they need is to match what United does to win the title.

Arsenal and Spurs will clinch Champions League spots with wins; if they don’t win, Newcastle can catch either with a win. The lone remaining Europa League spot will go to the other of these teams.

Also, remember that if Chelsea win the Champions League, they will claim one of the four positions for next year. That would drop the 4th place finisher in the league to the Europa League. So 3rd is very important this season.

La Liga
2:00pm, Real Madrid (1st, 97 points) vs. Mallorca (6th, 52 points) – GolTV
Phil Schoen & Ray Hudson

8:00pm, Villarreal (16th, 41 points) vs. Atletico Madrid (5th, 54 points) – GolTV

For full highlights tune into La Liga 360 at 10:00pm ET following Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid.

The live game is almost meaningless. Mallorca can only get a Champions League spot if Malaga lose and Atletico Madrid lose or draw. However, they will most likely need a win to hold onto a Europa League position with four teams within three points of them.

The second game is important for both teams. Villarreal are only safe by 1 point. So, a loss or draw combined with wins by Zaragoza and Real Vallecano would see them relegated. Atletico Madrid need a win and a loss or draw by Malaga to get the last Champions League spot.

Serie A
9:00am, Juventus (1st, 81 points) vs. Atalanta (11th, 46 points) – theScore
2:30pm, Catania (10th, 48 points) vs. Udinese (3rd, 61 points) – theScore
2:45pm, Lazio (4th, 59 points) vs. Internazionale (6th, 58 points) – Euroworld Sport

For full highlights tune into The Footy Show at 5pm ET following Catania vs. Udinese.

Juventis vs. Atalanta is a meaningless game for both; however, Juventus will have a trophy celebration at their new stadium following the match.

Udinese will clinch the last Champions League spot with a win. If they don’t win, the door is open for Lazio or Napoli to take that final spot. The other two, along with Inter, will play in the Europa League next season.

Although not on TV, Genoa would be relegated with a loss and a Lecce win.

Ligue 1
3:00pm, PSG (2nd, 73 points) vs. Rennes (5th, 57 points) – TV5

Last, but not least, is Ligue 1. PSG need a win and Montpellier loss to have a shot at the title (tiebreakers would come into play). PSG would at least have an equal goal differential if this happened.

Meanwhile, Rennes need points to hold off three teams for the last Europa League birth.

TSN2 Has the Manchester Derby Today

Its Red vs. Blue. The Devils vs. the Citizens. What else is there to say? It is derby day in Manchester today. TSN2 will broadcast the big game beginning at 2:30pm Eastern. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will call the game live from the Etihad Stadium. Darrell Currie will interview players and managers while reporting pitchside. Coverage is also available on RDS in French beginning at 2:55.

In other parts of the world the match is on ESPN in America and Sky Sports 1 in Britain and Ireland.

This is one of the biggest soccer games of the year. Undoubtedly it will be the highest rated Premier League match of all-time in both Britain and America. Even if you are not a soccer fan, it is quite worth watching.

Here are some stats on the Manchester Derby from an ESPN press release.

With three match days remaining in the season, Manchester United sits atop the Premiership standings with 83 points from 35 matches. Manchester City is a close second at 80 points, and Monday’s Manchester City derby will likely decide the winner of one of the most-coveted trophies in professional league soccer.

Highlights:

  • The two teams have scored the most goals in the league – Manchester City (87) and Manchester United (86).
  • They have also conceded the fewest goals: Manchester City (27) and Manchester United (32).
  • Manchester City seeks its third English league title, first since 1968.
  • Manchester City is undefeated (16-0-1) at home this season and is unbeaten in 27 straight league home games. Its last loss was to Everton in December 2010.
  • Defending champion Manchester United would be the first team to win 20 English titles.

There is only one better thing from Manchester than United:

Enjoy the match everyone.