ESPN: FOOTBALL ON TV, ON MOBILE, ONLINE IN 2011/12
- More than 200 live and exclusive televised club and international football matches from around the world
- Multiplatform coverage of major British, European and global football leagues
- ESPN Goals delivering mobile video of all the goals from all Barclays Premier League matches, for FREE
As football leagues across the UK, Europe and North America prepare for another exciting season, ESPN offers fans a wealth of live football for the 2011/12 season.
The sports media company’s televised line-up brings fans a host of football including live games from the Barclays Premier League, The FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, UEFA Europa League, FA Women’s Super League, Italian Serie A, Coppa Italia, German Bundesliga, German Cup, Dutch Eredivisie, Russian Premier League, MLS and European Championship qualifiers and international friendlies.
ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the Barclays Premier League also includes ESPN Goals, the free iPhone and Android App that will host ESPN’s exclusive mobile highlight rights to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches. ESPN also provides complete news and analysis and coverage of UK and international football on ESPN.co.uk and ESPNsoccernet.com.
This season, ESPN’s live HD television coverage of the Barclays Premier League will appear alongside a host of top-quality UK and international football, including the FA Cup, the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and up to four matches from every round of the UEFA Europa League (through to the Semi Finals).
Across Europe’s domestic leagues, ESPN has exclusive coverage of multiple Italian Serie A matches each week, the Coppa Italia from the opening rounds through to the final, multiple exclusive matches each weekend from the German Bundesliga as well games from the opening rounds to the Final of the German Cup. The sports media company also has action from the Dutch Eredivsie and Russian Premier League.
ESPN also screens exclusive games from the MLS, summer tournaments including the Copa America and Emirates Cup, international friendlies, UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers and friendlies featuring Germany and France.
ESPN’s live football coverage is presented by a talented team including host Ray Stubbs with lead analyst Kevin Keegan alongside him. Former Liverpool and Real Madrid legend Steve McManaman and former Welsh international, Premier League and Championship player Robbie Savage will also serve as ESPN analysts throughout the season. In the commentary box, Jon Champion serves as lead commentator, with former Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and England international Chris Waddle as the lead co-commentator. Veteran broadcaster Derek Rae and former Scottish international Craig Burley also bring the matches to viewers. Whether in the studio, pitch-side or from in the tunnel, the versatile host and reporter Rebecca Lowe brings ESPN viewers exclusive stories and interviews throughout the season from managers and players.
In addition to the extensive line up of live fixtures, ESPN brings viewers the weekly football chat show Talk of the Terrace. Offering 90 minutes of lighthearted banter, irreverent features, viewer interaction & VIP interviews, hosts Kelly Cates and Nat Coombs will be joined on the sofa by a plethora of stars from the world of sport and entertainment. ESPN’s Between The Lines is on each Monday, to review the previous week’s matches and stories, and take a smart, in-depth look at all the latest news in world football. Ray Stubbs and Rebecca Lowe preside over the chat, commentary analysis and opinion, including often tackling some of the uglier aspects of the beautiful game with some of the UK’s leading journalists and big names from football’s inner circles. ESPNsoccernet Press Pass features panellists from around the world of football – including Shaka Hislop, Robbie Mustoe, Frank LeBouf, Jorge Ramos, Gabriele Marcotti and many more – discuss the games latest news and debate the hottest topics.
Last season, ESPN celebrated English football with both tradition and technology, bringing fans the FA Cup Final live in 3D (for the first time) as part of a special 12-hour day of FA Cup programming that revived the tradition of broadcasting all day from Wembley Stadium. ESPN’s live HD television coverage of the FA Cup also featured exclusive interviews with FA Cup legends, as Ray Stubbs and Rebecca Lowe were joined by Keegan, Savage and special guests (including new West Ham manager Sam Allardyce) for the build-up, half time and post-match analysis.
Throughout the season, ESPN Classic will bring football fans in the UK the context and heritage behind the sport’s biggest games and greatest players. In 2011/12, ESPN Classic will show a host of football programming including classic matches from the Barclays Premier League and Serie A, FA Cup Corner, FA Cup Top 10 Matches, UEFA Euros The Official Story and the new ESPN series, Legends of the Barclays Premier League. Focusing on the finest players to have graced English football, the weekly series concentrates on one stand out player and tells the story of what makes them a true legend of the game.
MOBILE AND ONLINE
ESPN Goals is the essential free mobile service that is the first place for fans to see video of all the goals and highlights for every one of the 380 Barclays Premier League matches throughout the season – within minutes of the action on the pitch. Entirely free, ESPN Goals serves UK fans unable to catch live coverage of Barclays Premier League matches, or who do not want to wait hours for highlights.
The free, enhanced ESPN Goals app features:
- Video of goals and match action from every Barclays Premier League match all season long
- Additional video including match previews and weekend round-ups
- An enhanced and streamlined, easy-to-use video-led interface
- Video alerts: ESPN Goals sends fans notifications alerting them when goals are scored
- Live Fixtures & Results for all the Barclays Premier League matches
ESPN Goals is available at no cost to football fans via Apple iTunes, Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store, the Blackberry App World, Windows Phone Marketplace and more. For information, go to www.espngoals.com.
Mobile Web & Apps
ESPN’s collection of leading mobile Web sites includes ESPNsoccernet.com, ESPNCricinfo.com, ESPNScrum.com, ESPNF1.com, ESPN.co.uk and ESPN.com. ESPN’s mobile services are already well-established with UK fans, with an audience of hundreds of thousands of users every month on mobile devices, having grown 177 percent year-on-year – far outpacing the mobile sports category (up 43 percent) and making ESPN the third most-popular (in terms of unique audience) among all UK digital sports publishers. Globally ESPN mobile sites reach tens of millions of sports fans every month.
In addition to ESPN Goals, ESPN also produced the popular ESPNcricinfo app (iOS, Android) and recently launched its first ESPNF1 app (iOS, Android), and is in planning stages for its first iPad app launches in coming months (ESPNscrum, ESPNcricinfo). ESPN’s also brings sports fans the popular ScoreCenter app that delivers live global sports scores.
ESPNsoccernet is among the world’s leading digital destinations for football news and information. With millions of unique users every month, it brings fans live scores, news and reaction from every major league and competition, as well as extensive video and audio content, gamecast live match applications, blogs and opinion, analysis, statistics and profiles, polls and social media integration, fantasy football and more.
Under managing editor Martin Williamson and senior editor John Brewin, the site delivers news and reaction on a daily basis, as well as reporting, opinion and analysis from writers and contributors such as Kevin Keegan, Harry Harris, Phill Ball, Richard Jolly, Jon Carter, Dale Johnson, Robin Hackett, Uli Hesse, Norman Hubbard, John Duerden, Andy Brassell and more.
In 2010, ESPNsoccernet launched a redesigned site with improved navigation and usability, enhanced video and audio integration and a host of other new and improved features, all aimed at continuing to provide the best experience for football fans on the web.
ESPNsoccernet is also already a leading destination on the mobile web for fans in the UK and around the world.
For UK fans ESPN.co.uk brings coverage of UK and European football through a local lens, to computers and mobile devices. Combining original UK content with the best from ESPN’s other global sites, ESPN.co.uk delivers the latest happenings in the football world, alongside all the latest from the broader UK sport scene.