Setanta Sports have won the right to broadcast 33 Saturday afternoon Barclays Premier League games live in the Republic of Ireland for the next three years.
The news means football fans can continue to watch all televised Saturday 3pm games exclusively live on Setanta Sports until the end of the 2015-16 season with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City set to feature regularly.
The news comes just days after Setanta confirmed that it had secured the rights to the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming international friendlies against England and Spain.
Setanta have the Irish rights to England v Republic of Ireland on May 29th, the first meeting of the sides in 18 years, while Setanta will have exclusive coverage of Republic of Ireland v Spain from Yankee Stadium in New York on June 11.
Commenting on the acquisition of the Premier League rights, Brian Quinn, Marketing Director of Setanta Sports said: “We are absolutely delighted and very grateful to the Premier League for entrusting us with their 3pm games for another three seasons.
“The beginning of the 2013/2014 season in August will mark Setanta’s 10th consecutive year showing live Saturday 3pm Premier League games. It is still the traditional kick-off time in most fan’s minds and one that features a great calibre of games.
“This season so far we have featured Liverpool and Man United, Ireland’s two most followed teams, 15 times and in 16 of our other games we have shown Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham. We expect more of the same for the next three seasons.”
Setanta Sports also broadcast a wide range other premium sport including live Allianz Leagues GAA, Europa League, Champions League, Setanta Sports Cup, Airtricity League of Ireland, Ligue 1, Serie A, The Masters, The Open Championship, UK horseracing, NRL, NHL, F1, NASACAR and Roland Garros.