Following the near-collapse of Setanta, EPL Talk reports ESPN will begin showing two live Premier League matches per week (Saturdays, 7:45am EST, Mondays, 3pm EST) starting with August 15th’s Chelsea v. Hull City tilt.
Those two weekly timeslots were previously held by Setanta Sports who in the past had sub-licensed those games from Fox Soccer Channel. Despite Setanta losing the two timeslots to ESPN, Setanta US will continue showing the two 10am ET Saturday slots (one game on Setanta US, and the other on Setanta Xtra), as well as the early Sunday morning ET kickoffs and the Tuesday and Wednesday midweek Premier League matches. The games shown by Setanta will also be available on its broadband package at http://www.setanta-i.com.
There’s no word yet from Bristol about which combination of Alexi Lalas, Tommy Smyth, Janusz Michallik and/or Qadry Ismail will be calling the games, but rest assured once the team is unveiled, I’ll be complaining about it.