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Disney-owned ESPN buys Premier League rights

Disney-owned ESPN has won the bidding battle to secure the two remaining Premier League rights packages formerly held by troubled sports broadcaster Setanta, it was confirmed today.

The Premier League said it had handed the two remaining packages to US broadcaster ESPN, containing 46 matches for the 2009/10 season and 23 matches per season from 2010/11 to 2012/13.

News of the Premier League's sale conclusion came just hours after the Scottish Premier League announced it was ditching Setanta and looking for another television partner.

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