Campeonato Brasileiro on ESPN UK for the 2012 season

May 20, 2012 at 11:03 17 comments

Brazil star Lucas Moura – just one of the stars on show for the Botafogo x São Paulo game

ESPN UK have signed a deal with Brazil’s TV Globo to show this year’s Brasileirão. The channel will take the Sunday evening games and start their coverage tonight with Botafogo x São Paulo followed by Atlético Mineiro x current league champions Corinthians 27th May.


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  • 1. John  |  May 20, 2012 at 14:02

    Great news. Botafogo x São Paulo will be showed delayed though at 22.15 due to the Coppa Italia final been on today which kicks off at 19.45.

    Any ideas if ESPN are showing FootBrazil?

    • 2. pitacodogringo  |  May 20, 2012 at 19:08

      Hi John
      not sure if they`ve bought FootBrazil but i`ll try to find out

  • 3. Steve  |  May 20, 2012 at 16:25

    Is it going to be your commentary?

    I think that a few years ago one of the channels showed Brazilian football and you could still hear the original Portuguese commentary and the English commentary seemed to be an attempt at a translation of it.

    • 4. pitacodogringo  |  May 20, 2012 at 19:07

      Hi steve

      hope so though not 100% sure – you`ll know by now

      it may have been a technical issue when you heard the portuguese and english commentary together. believe me, no one would want to be commentating on a match and having to translate stuff at the same time

      • 5. John  |  May 21, 2012 at 06:04

        They appeared to of went with their own commentary last night which was Des Curran with someone who name escapes me at the moment.

      • 6. pitacodogringo  |  May 21, 2012 at 09:19

        Des Curran got in touch with me about the games last week – i`m sure he`s competent but it`s a bit silly that ESPN are using our match images and then adding the commentary of someone sitting in a studio in Connecticut – especially when we are doing the games live! …. maybe it was for technical reasons haha

  • 7. Phil  |  May 28, 2012 at 17:00

    What happened to the Athletico Miniero v Corinthians match last night ? Was it on ESPN ? Didn’t see it ??

    • 8. pitacodogringo  |  May 28, 2012 at 17:05

      they’re showing it this evening in the Uk

  • 9. Phil  |  May 28, 2012 at 17:07

    Could’ve had it live last night but chose to show a replay of Scotland getting thrashed by America ! Oh well !

  • 10. Tone-  |  May 30, 2012 at 16:00

    disbelief, you buy the rights then opt’ to show already played matches during the timeslot? dumbfounded, i can tell you this, people like to watch LIVE, nobody or little to nobody care to watch a match in full a day later (unless your voided of the net)

  • 11. Phil  |  May 30, 2012 at 16:17

    I used to work for ESPN doing their TX. They share studios at my current work place, I know some of their channel operations managers, I’ll have a word !
    I’m out to Brasil in July to see the Corinthians v Botafogo match and hopefully the Palmeiras v Figueirense match the day after, the next best thing to watching it delayed over here !! 🙂

  • 12. Mick  |  December 12, 2012 at 17:21

    Hello, who is showing Campeonato next year, is it still ESPN or has it been decided yet? Please someone let me know

    • 13. pitacodogringo  |  December 12, 2012 at 18:03

      Hi Mick
      BT have bought the rights but i think they’ll only start showing the games from July. i also believe that the matches are likely to have our commentary live from Brazil

      • 14. Mick  |  December 12, 2012 at 18:42

        Thanks for that, pita. Woah, that’s major league cookies…

        I would like to able to watch Vasco DG and Serie A mostly, definitely not Campeonato Paulista at all, they should try replacing with Carioca! Italian, French, German, American soccer (etc) would be great too, and baseball & gridiron would be interesting.
        I would prefer it if the commentary was in Portuguese, strangely, but when you see games live in stadiums and bars you just watch them! (Though I am sure the information is interesting, it’s not radio, so commentary is not vital, I feel that soccer is still soccer even with Japanese commentary…)
        As Serie A restarts in May, surely there is no point in me joining ESPN to watch just 2 months of a season. I don’t think BT vision will operate via paid freeview in UK.. or maybe it does?
        I didn’t expect Brasileirão to be on live, shame it’s going from ESPN before I got there, (my problem, that one!) and left ESPN with a hole to fill.
        I’ll bet the TV reception was much more reliable than internet streaming, pre-recorded or not, it would have been really great to watch matches late on Saturday and Sunday nights.
        What exactly are ESPN going & planning to show via their UK freeview network next year, are they going to do a deal with BT? What is definite for the next 12 months? I am not giving up yet!
        Please let me know more if you can do so & thanks again for your info so far.

      • 15. Mike  |  February 2, 2013 at 13:51

        Sorry to sound stupid Jon but what do you mean when you say BT have bought the rights? As far as I know they don’t have any TV channels of their own, but have Sky Sports, ESPN etc as part of their package. I have Sky Sports and ESPN through Sky themselves, and really hoping to be able to watch this years Brasileirao, even if its not live.

      • 16. pitacodogringo  |  February 3, 2013 at 00:03

        Hi Mike

        check this out

        BT Press ReleasesShare on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services

        DC12-311 October 29, 2012
        BT signs four more live match deals with top football leagues

        BT has signed the rights to show live top tier football matches from Italy, France, Brazil and the US, as it strengthens its new channel BT Sport.

        The live matches from Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France, Brasileiro in Brazil and the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the USA will feature some of the greatest players and some of the top clubs in the world.

        The footage was previously shown on ESPN. BT has bought the live games to bolster its new sports channel, which will be founded upon 38 live games a season from the Barclays Premier League, 18 of which will be the best quality ‘first pick’ games featuring the top six teams. When BT won those rights for three years from 2013, it was the first time anyone other than Sky had won rights to show any of the ‘first pick’ games in the history of the Barclays Premier League.

        BT has the new football rights for multiple years. The Serie A rights include 380 live matches per season delivered in HD, highlights packages from each match day as well as the weekly preview show Total Italian Football and weekly review Serie A Show. The Ligue 1 rights include 380 live matches per season in HD, a weekly preview show and highlights packages from each match day.

        The Brasileiro rights include 100 live matches per season from Campeonato Paulista (Paulista) and Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A (Brasileirão or Brazilian Serie A), weekly highlights shows from both competitions and TV Globo Soccer Magazine show “FootBrazil”. The Major League Soccer Championship rights include 99 matches per season in HD.

        BT will launch BT Sport by the summer of 2013. It has already announced that Jake Humphrey will be the anchor of its Barclays Premier League football coverage. The presenter, best known for presenting some of the BBC’s European Championships football coverage from Poland and Ukraine, and Formula 1 for the BBC, will join BT in January to help mould the new channel.

        BT has also revealed that BoxNation founder and ex-Sky Sports veteran Simon Green will head up BT Sport. The company has also hired award-winning match director Grant Best from Sky in an effort to ensure that the new channel is a must-have for sports fans.

        Marc Watson, CEO, TV said of the new football deals: “We are delighted to announce that we will be adding to the Barclays Premier League live games with more top quality live coverage of games from some of the top leagues in the world.

        “As well as enjoying 38 games from the Barclays Premier League, football fans will be able to follow David Beckham and Thierry Henry in the MLS and witness whether the resurgent Juventus can withstand the challenge of the two Milan giants in Serie A. They’ll also be able to enjoy the talent on show in the French Ligue 1, where they will see the skills of stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

        “We believe this extra depth of live matches will help us in our aim to develop an absolutely cracking sports channel, with fantastic live action, across the top football leagues, plus rugby union and other sports to come. We’ve hired the best talent behind the camera to bring to viewers the first rate production that they’ve come to expect from a sports channel in the UK.”
        BT Sport will be available easily across a number of platforms.

  • 17. pitacodogringo  |  August 15, 2013 at 13:42

    Just an update on the BT Sport situation – they are showing some matches on delay with our commentary from Brazil – and i think they also have our weekly magazine show, FootBrazil


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