TSN, Rogers Sportsnet split soccer telecasts

Sports channels' agreement affects next three seasons

TORONTO -- The Sports Network (TSN) and Rogers Sportsnet, Canada's two largest cable sport channels, have divided up English Premier League (EPL) soccer telecasts here over the next three seasons.

The distribution agreement will see TSN2 air Saturday morning and Monday afternoon matches, with the remainder of the schedule to be shared between Rogers Sportsnet and the premium pay channel Setanta Canada.

Setanta Canada is jointly owned by Rogers Sportsnet-parent Rogers Communications and the Setanta Group.

TSN taking EPL games follows Rogers and Setanta reupping their multi-year Canadian broadcast deal for the British soccer matches from August 2010.

The move also follows TSN and Rogers Sportsnet coming together to jointly air the recent 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and the upcoming 2012 London Games, as part of a Canadian broadcast consortium.