Setanta Sports USA To Shutdown Feb. 28

As expected, Setanta Sports will terminate its premium U.S. sports channel, Setanta Sports USA, on Feb. 28, and transfer select programming rights to Fox Soccer Channel.

Fox Soccer Channel announced earlier this month that it would reclaim the premium soccer rights – Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League – that it had been sublicensing to Setanta USA.  The BPL and Champions League coverage, along with several other top soccer and rugby events, will now become part of Fox’s new premium channel, Fox Soccer Plus, which will hit the air on March 1.

According to Multichannel News, Fox Soccer Channel was said to be in negotiations to buy Setanta Sports USA outright earlier this month.  It is unclear whether Fox Soccer is attempting to take over the soon-to-be vacant channel position of Setanta Sports USA, which currently boasts 120,000 subscribers.

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