Reported multi-year deal is great news for North American Celtic fans

By John Reid

August 29, 2020

An interesting story has emerged over the last 24 hours that seems to be great news for Celtic’s North American fans.

World Soccer Talk is reporting that ESPN has required the rights to show Scottish Premiership matches for the next five years.

The report goes on to reveal that select games will be shown live on the service and that should start after the international break next month.

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The deal seems like a great one for Celtic’s large North American support. ESPN+ might be an online service, but it is only $5.99 a month, which seems like a bargain.

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More exposure for can can only be a good thing

Also, more exposure for Scottish football can only be a good thing for the Hoops, and the chance of appearing on a channel like ESPN+ can’t be underestimated.

It will be interesting to see if any Celtic games end up appearing on the ESPN channel that is available on television. You have to imagine that it would be want to show the Glasgow derby. That would surely garner a major audience for the channel.

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During the difficult time the world currently faces, it is vital for the SPFL to get as much money and as many television/streaming deals as they can.

Historic nature of season should be publicised

They should be publicising that this season will see a team going for a record-breaking tenth title in a row, with another team desperate to stop them.

As well as Celtic’s existing North American fans, it will be intriguing to see if the deal manages to find the Hoops any new fans. That would undeniably be a bonus for the club.

Overall this seems to be a positive for Scottish football after what has been a very difficult few months. Hopefully more deals of this nature will be announced in the near future, and more Celtic fans abroad could benefit as a result.

In other news, Chris Sutton has called on Celtic to deal with a discipline issue.