DLA Piper advises ESPN on the acquisition of its UK and Ireland TV business by BT Group

DLA Piper has represented ESPN on the acquisition of its UK and Ireland TV business, including its live sports rights portfolio, by BT Group. The transaction is expected to be completed on 31 July 2013, subject to regulatory clearance.

Under the terms of the deal, BT will acquire the ESPN and ESPN America channels in the UK and Ireland and broadcast rights to the FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League and the German Bundesliga.

The team representing ESPN in the US was led by Frank Ryan, and in the UK by Charles Severs, Nicholas Fitzpatrick and Yunus Maka, Kyle Quinn, and Caitlin Whale.

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