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.