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Posted by Mac Nwulu on August 16, 2012

ESPN Presents the Barclays Premier League 2012-13 Season

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Kicks Off Saturday at 9:50 a.m. ET with Arsenal vs. Sunderland on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes

ESPN will begin its fourth straight season of televising England’s Barclays Premier League action in the United States on Saturday, August 18, at 9:50 a.m. ET, with the live presentation of Arsenal vs. Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in North London on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.  ESPN’s lead soccer voice Ian Darke and analyst Steve McManaman, both returning for the third season calling ESPN’s Premier League matches from site, will call Saturday’s season opener, joined on the sidelines by reporter Alicia Ferguson.  Fernando Palomo and Tato Noriega will provide Spanish-language commentary on ESPN Deportes.

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 18, through Monday, Nov. 5, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will combine to present 15 live Premier League matches including appearances by the top-tier teams such as European champions Chelsea, current league title holders Manchester City, England’s most-successful team Manchester United, and last season’s top-five finishers Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.  The Premier League matches will be available via WatchESPN.

Top five ESPN Premier League matches (through Nov. 5):

  • Saturday, Nov. 3 – Manchester United vs. Arsenal: The first match of the season between legendary managers Sir. Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) and Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) at Old Trafford Stadium is also the first meeting between the clubs since Arsenal sold its captain Robbie van Persie to Manchester United.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 – Everton vs. Liverpool: The season’s first leg of Merseyside derby, the match between the two most-successful teams in Liverpool, England.  It is the longest-running top-flight derby in the country.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea:  First match between the two London clubs since Chelsea’s improbable European cup victory last season knocked the Hotspur and U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel out of a Champions League spot.  The match will also mark the first time manager André Villas-Boas will face his former club Chelsea.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 – Arsenal vs. Chelsea:  The first match between two top clubs in London after Chelsea gained bragging rights last season as the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League title.
  • Saturday, Aug. 18 – Arsenal vs. Sunderland:  ESPN’s season-opener will offer fans in the U.S. a first look at one of the league’s premier teams caught in the middle of losing key players over the past two seasons – namely, Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Samir Nasri (Manchester City) and Gäel Clichy (Manchester City) in 2011; and team captain Robbie van Persie (Manchester United) in 2012.

2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League schedule on ESPN (through November 5):

Date Time (ET) Fixture (home vs. away) Networks
Sat, Aug 18 9:50 a.m. Arsenal vs. Sunderland ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Mon, Aug 20 2:55 p.m. Everton vs. Manchester United ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Aug 22 2:30 p.m. Chelsea vs. Reading ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Aug 25 7:30 a.m. Swansea City vs. West Ham United ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Sept 1 7:30 a.m. West Ham United vs. Fulham ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Sept 15 7:40 a.m. Norwich City vs. West Ham United ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Mon, Sept 17 2:55 p.m. Everton vs. Newcastle ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Sept 22 7:30 a.m. Swansea City vs. Everton ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Sept 29 7:30 a.m. Arsenal vs. Chelsea ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Mon, Oct 1 2:55 p.m. Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Oct 6 7:30 a.m. Manchester City vs. Sunderland ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Oct 20 7:30 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Oct 27 7:30 a.m. Everton vs. Liverpool ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Nov 3 8:30 a.m. Manchester United vs. Arsenal ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Mon, Nov 5 2:55 p.m. West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes

Entering its fourth season, ESPN is carrying the Barclays Premier League in the U.S. as part of a sub-license agreement with Fox Sports International. ESPN2 was also the English-language television home for the league’s Monday night matches in 1996–97 and 1997-98.

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Contacts:         

Mac Nwulu mac.nwulu@espn.com 860-766-4196

Bill Hofheimer bill.hofheimer@espn.com 860-766-9589