FA and ESPN strike £70m Cup TV deal
The Football Association have agreed a four-year television deal with ESPN, worth in the region of £70million, to broadcast FA Cup ties.
The deal will begin in the summer of 2010, running through until the end of the 2013-14 season, and will sit alongside the existing contract for The FA Cup and England senior games held by ITV until 2012, filling the void created by the demise of Setanta.
ESPN will show live, exclusive coverage of up to 25 FA Cup matches per season, including one exclusive semi-final, while the final will simultaneously be broadcast on both ESPN and ITV.
Alongside their coverage of The FA Cup, ITV will continue to broadcast all England home qualifying matches through until the end of the 2011-12 season as well as home and away friendlies.