Setanta to show Republic friendlies
Setanta Sports has reached an agreement with the Football Association of Ireland for the exclusive live rights in the Republic of Ireland for home friendly matches over the next four years.
Starting with Wednesday’s clash against Oman at the Aviva Stadium, the agreement will see Setanta show 16 live Senior Women and Under 21 matches over the next four years as well as becoming sponsor of the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme.
Ireland’s eager-anticipated match against England in June will be broadcast live on Setanta Sports as Roy Hodgson’s men return to Dublin for the first time since 1995.
“This is a wide ranging agreement that demonstrates a real commitment from Setanta Sports to Irish football,” FAI chief executive John Delaney said.
“Covering all home friendly matches, U21 and senior women’s games and support for the FAI Emerging Talent programme alongside existing commitments to the SSE Airtricity League, Setanta Sports will provide an excellent platform for the promotion of the game. I would like to thank Setanta Sports for their investment which will be used to develop Irish football throughout the country.”
Brian Quinn, Marketing Operations Director with Setanta Sports commented; “We are delighted with this four year deal that re-affirms our commitment to Irish football from grassroots right up to the senior team. We look forward to working with the FAI and helping them further develop football in Ireland. The addition of these live games will sit nicely alongside our live Premier League coverage on our BT Sport and Setanta Sports channels.”
Setanta Sports also broadcasts 71 live games from the Barclays Premier League each season along with Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, FA Cup, the Portuguese premier League and lots more live football across its 5 channel Sport pack which includes BT Sport channels since August 2013.
The Setanta Sports pack will also broadcast 35 live games from the European Champions Cup (formerly the Heineken Cup) from mid October and Conor McGregor’s next UFC fight exclusively live on September 27.