Wake up early tomorrow to catch Hull-Chelsea on ESPN2

As EPL Talk first reported (as far as I know) last week, and now confirmed by them, Soccer by Ives, and the ESPN main soccer page itself … ESPN2 will be carrying the Premier League.

The schedule begins with tomorrow morning’s Hull City-Chelsea match, which kicks off at 7:45 a.m. As EPL Talk said all along, ESPN2 will get those early-morning Saturday kickoffs, but the site still cannot confirm that the Monday 3 p.m. (all times Eastern) are included in the deal.

To me, this is great on two levels. First, it gives us an easy-to-find, highly-visible outlet to watch the Premier League matches in the US. Second, it shows that despite losing the UEFA Champions League to Fox Soccer Channel, beginning this season, the network is still committed to growing its soccer programming, no matter what Colin Cowherd thinks.

There’s no story as of 9 p.m. on the ESPN web site about the move, but in the upper corner of their Soccernet site, the match is advertised among those upcoming on the family of networks.

Between adding the Premier League on ESPN2, Bundesliga and the Dutch league on ESPN Deportes, eventual telecasts of La Liga, and Championship league matches from England on ESPN360, the next time I hear some whining snivlet sob that ESPN hates soccer, I’m going to run over them with a monster truck.

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15 thoughts on “Wake up early tomorrow to catch Hull-Chelsea on ESPN2

  1. No Jozy tomorrow. He has posted a message on twitter saying he is still in USA getting some work permit issues dealt with.

  2. Yeah keep dreaming, Heres whats going happen, im going wake up in the morning to only see the pregame show of Little League World Series.

  3. I think you are right…that was my understanding regarding everything I read

    In fact, I just checked my guide and no game is listed on ESPN2 in the morning…it’s fishing and stuff. This only applies to the ESPN in the British Isles.

  4. it’s not espn UK.

    It’s ESPN 2 in the united states. And i got it from a ROCK SOLID source. One at ESPN and one a knowledgeable U.S. soccer media insider. Again this is for the U.S.A. It’s a done deal. They negotiated with Setanta and Fox for the early saturday and the monday noon game. The Chelsea game will be on. I can gaurantee it.

  5. I have EPL in HD on ESPN. All I need now is for Heidi Klum to walk into my living room sans clothes and I can die a happy man.

  6. After watching that great finish in HD on ESPN2, only one thing comes to mind….

    …MLS is in big trouble in the US.

  7. Why?

    When will MLS ever start games at 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday or 3 p.m. on a Monday?

    ESPN didn’t have an MLS game this weekend, so there was nothing immediate to promote.

    I’ve heard this from a few people in the wake of the rumors coming out regarding ESPN2 picking up the Prem and it just doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

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