Santa delivers early.
Eurosport yesterday announced that they had bought the rights to televise the Premier League in Romania for the rest of this and the following two seasons. They start showing games immediately, on Saturday.
How many games they will show each week has yet to be announced. Given that the rights would not have come cheap we assume that they will milk them for all they are worth, so we can probably expect at least five over the course of the weekend. Matches involving Tottenham (Vlad Chiriches), Man City (Costel Pantelimon) and West Ham (Razvan Rat) will no doubt get top billing.
Given that Eurosport already have the rights to the German Bundesliga (shown on Eurosport 2) it could be argued that the channel is now at least the equal of both Digi (which has the Spanish La Liga) and Dolce (which shows the Italian Seria A) in the quality of the football it shows. Digi and Dolce also share the Champions League.
We would assume that Digi and Dolce are seriously miffed (they had tried to buy the rights themselves, allegedly working together as a bit of a cartel, but offered too little). Let’s hope they do not remove Eurosport from their platforms in a fit of pique.