Deathwatch: Setanta lose 2009-10 Premier League matches
The end is almost certainly nigh for Setanta after they failed to make a payment that was due to the Premier League at the end of today. The company have now lost the rights to 46 Premier League games for the coming season, and the rights will now be auctioned, with bids due in by Monday.
The Premier League said it had "been working with Setanta for some time to help them continue as the broadcaster of 46 UK live matches for the 2009/10 season" adding, “It is with considerable regret that we announce that Setanta has been unable to meet their obligations. As such the existing licence agreement between us has been terminated with immediate effect."
As Sky are not permitted to bid for the full package, it is expected that ESPN will snap up some of the matches.