2 April 2012
ESPN CARIBBEAN TO CONTINUE ITS COVERAGE OF THE AFL
Live TV coverage of Australian Rules Football includes regular season and Grand Final
At least one televised game each week, plus weekly highlights
ESPN Caribbean will bring live television coverage of Australian Rules Football in the region as it broadcasts televised coverage from every round of the new Australian Football League season.
ESPN Caribbean brings viewers the AFL after it reached a new multi-regional agreement to renew its coverage of the league for the next three years. The new season began on Saturday 24th March, and with 23 rounds to be played between March and August, ESPN will televise up to three live televised matches each week. As the competition reaches a climax, viewers will be able to follow live coverage of the Finals Series and watch the Grand Final live.
In addition, fans will be able to keep up to date with all the action during each round with a dedicated weekly highlights show.
The new season began with ESPN’s live coverage of the opening game, a New South Wales derby between the newly created Greater Western Sydney franchise and the Sydney Swans on Saturday 24th March. ESPN is set to show a total of 15 live games before the end of April.
Every team in the AFL, which has the third highest average attendance of any sports league in the world, is competing to make the Grand Final. Last year’s game, in front of 99,537 fans at the MCG in Melbourne, saw Geelong lift the Premiership Cup after a 38-point victory over Collingwood.
|Opening AFL fixtures live on the ESPN2 Caribbean network:|
Saturday 24th March Greater Western Sydney v Sydney 4.00am EST ESPN2 Caribbean
Monday 9th April Geelong v Hawthorn 1.00am EST ESPN2 Caribbean
Saturday 14th April Western Bulldogs v St Kilda 5.30am EST ESPN2 Caribbean
Saturday 21st April West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn 5.30am EST ESPN2 Caribbean
Saturday 28th April Melbourne v St Kilda 5.30am EST ESPN2 Caribbean
About ESPN Caribbean: ESPN Caribbean is part of ESPN International, a division of ESPN, Inc. ESPN International has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 48 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of brand extension businesses, which allow ESPN to reach fans in over 200 countries and territories. ESPN Caribbean business entities include two television networks ESPN Caribbean and ESPN 2 Caribbean, radio, internet, broadband, wireless and special events.
ESPN International and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, Montpellier, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, and Toronto. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.