Scottish/Belgian Leagues 20-21

Discussion in 'TV, Satellite & Radio' started by corolla, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. corolla

    corolla Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Club:
    Olympique de Marseille
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Does anyone have any idea where Scot Prem (kicks off 8/1) and BelgianPro League (8/8) could be found this season? I read somewhere that B/r will not be carrying either as they have in the past. I wish espn+ would pick them both up but no sign of that as of now.
     
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  2. Ed Ennui

    Ed Ennui Member

    Lazio
    United States
    Jul 18, 2006
    Yoknapatawpha County
    Club:
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    World Soccer Talk says the Scots are still shopping for a partner. Maybe CBS will consider adding it now that they have the UCL.
     
  3. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Remember, both the Scottish League and Belgian League rights are held by Perform Group (the creators of the ICC friendly cups). I wouldn't be surprised if ESPN scoops up the rights. Could easily show the Old Firm on ESPN2 as those games are usually in the wee hours in the morning
     
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  4. Mikebsiu

    Mikebsiu Member+

    Mar 15, 2008
    Club:
    RSC Anderlecht
    Any word yet? BelgiAn league starts next weekend. Would be a great fit for espn+
     
  5. corolla

    corolla Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Club:
    Olympique de Marseille
    Nat'l Team:
    France
  6. HDSports

    HDSports Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    At around the 34:30 mark of yesterday's ESPN FC show, they announced that Saturday's (today) SPL matches would be available on ESPN+. It seems like there is a lack of communnication over at ESPN as none of the games have been listed. While this would be an annoyance if coming from a new startup streaming company, it is utterly surprising coming from an established firm as ESPN.
     
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  7. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I am just reading this thread now so didn't know about this new SPL coverage. So did they end-up showing last weekend's matches?

    Not sure but this seems like the first time in ~20 years that the Old Firm matches will have a long-term, reliable and essentially free home in the US(?). I recall Fox Sports World covering the SPL but don't think that included Rangers-Celtic derbies. And also remember SPL being on Fox Soccer Plus, YouTube, PPV and B/R. You could go broke following the SPL.
     
  8. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    ESPN+ didn't show last weekend's games but they will show games after the international break


    FS2 used to show the old firm derby a few years back so...no
     
  9. daniloni

    daniloni Member+

    Tottenham Hotspur
    United States
    Jul 17, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So if you go to the World Soccer Talk article now, it's edited to say that they're "trying" to get rights and that the rights deal "fell through." That website frequently breaks things and has excellent information. But they also overreach by (1) not admitting they were wrong (as in this case, they should have published a new article) and (2) passing off as exclusive "BREAKING NEWS" things that I found in my onscreen guide or things that were told to them in their comments section.
     
  10. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Looks like ESPN jumped by gun by briefing that ‍:thumbsdown:
    Gotta seal the deal first before you announce you have it ‍:thumbsdown:
     
  11. daniloni

    daniloni Member+

    Tottenham Hotspur
    United States
    Jul 17, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Someone here said that ESPN did announce on air. I haven't verified (although I have no reason to doubt). My only source that I saw was World Soccer Talk, who have now (very silently) retracted.
     
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  12. corolla

    corolla Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Club:
    Olympique de Marseille
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Old Firm Derby next weekend. If there’s still a shot at a deal coming together this might be an incentive to get it done.
     
  13. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    I hope but the distribution rights holders are being a bit greedy but with a pandemic ongoing, might as well cut your losses...
     
  14. socceraction

    socceraction Member+

    Oct 20, 2000
  15. daniloni

    daniloni Member+

    Tottenham Hotspur
    United States
    Jul 17, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "In August, World Soccer Talk reported that the Scottish Professional Football League and ESPN+ were working out the final details of a five-year deal." Ummm, no. They reported that it was a done deal. It's ok to say your sources were wrong.
     
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  16. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
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  17. socceraction

    socceraction Member+

    Oct 20, 2000
    Just a note that based on ESPN+ programming, coverage of Scottish football is 1 match from the Premier League & 1 from the Championship per round. A little disappointing to say the least. Would expect at least all Rangers & Celtic matches to make the schedule...

    SA
    www.soccertvblog.com
     
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  18. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'll take it. As long as the tend to show the "best" match (i.e. don't show Celtic when they are playing the bottom team). They might increase the # of matches gradually over time like with the Eredivisie(?).
     
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  19. HDSports

    HDSports Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    iIf espn were to be allowed to show every Celtic and Rangers matches, there would be no reason for the fans of those clubs to continue purchasing the expensive CelticTV and RangersTV packages.
     
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  20. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    They showed both the Celtic and Rangers match last weekend but maybe that's because it was for the cup. Looks like they are back to showing just 1 match next weekend from the SPL (Ross County v Rangers)
     
  21. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    They only showed both due to the games being on UKTV. They'll only show what's on UKTV
     
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  22. socceraction

    socceraction Member+

    Oct 20, 2000
    I see 3 Belgian Jupiler League matches scheduled for this weekend on ESPN+!!!!!

    SA
    www.soccertvblog.com
     
  23. socceraction

    socceraction Member+

    Oct 20, 2000
  24. Mikebsiu

    Mikebsiu Member+

    Mar 15, 2008
    Club:
    RSC Anderlecht
    Yesssssssss!! Finally!! Get to watch my beloved Anderlecht!
     

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