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ESPN to broadcast football to mobiles

ESPN to broadcast football to mobiles

US sports broadcasting giant ESPN is to broadcast football to UK smartphone owners, after securing a deal with the Football Association.

Every one of the 380 annual games will be delivered in the form of highlights to mobile phone users by ESPN.

The network has a monopoly over mobile football highlights for at least three years from the start of next season.

Premiere League head Richard Scudamore said: "Mobile is an increasingly important technology as hand-held devices become ever more sophisticated, therefore a good offering with a strong partner is important to us both in terms of accessibility and complementing live coverage."

Mr Scudamore also spoke out in favour of ESPN, saying that the firm had demonstrated its love for the beautiful game and the English Premier League in particular.

"Mobile devices are an indispensable lifeline for football fans, who expect easy, quick access to the latest goals and action wherever they are," according to ESPN vice president Lynne Frank.

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