ESPN to show live SPL & SFL through to 2017
The Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Irn Bru Scottish Football League and ESPN have reached a multi-year deal for rights to Scottish football from next season through 2017.
The agreement means ESPN's channels in the UK and Ireland will next season screen 40 live and exclusive matches from both leagues - more than ever before and ten more than in previous seasons on ESPN.
Under the deal, 30 Clydesdale Bank Premier League games will be shown on ESPN over the season alongside ten Rangers games from the Irn Bru Scottish Football League, including three home Rangers fixtures.
ESPN's live and exclusive televised SPL fixtures confirmed so far** are:
August 5 - Dundee United v Hibernian - 13.00 BST
August 12 - Hibernian v Hearts - 12.30 BST
August 18 - Ross County v Celtic - 12.15 BST
ESPN's coverage of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League has broken new ground in bringing fans access, innovation and opinion, and is led by Ray Stubbs with commentary from Derek Rae and Craig Burley and matchday reporting from Darrell Currie.
In addition to ESPN's live and exclusive TV coverage, fans can catch coverage of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League 24/7/365 online and on mobile with ESPN.co.uk and ESPNFC.com, the sports media company's recently-announced worldwide multimedia football initiative.
Live HD television coverage of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on ESPN is complemented by the company's coverage of the Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup, Aviva Premiership Rugby, UEFA Europa League, multiple weekly German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A matches and much more.
**Details of ESPN's televised coverage of Rangers' SFL matches will be confirmed in due course