Premier League Pull Plug On Setanta!

Last updated : 20 June 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

On Friday night the Premier League cut off Setanta's main football lifeline.

The failure to pull off a last-gasp rescue package led to Setanta defaulting on the balance of a £30million payment to the Premier League, who terminated their contract for 46 live matches next season with immediate effect.

Those 46 games will now be auctioned off, with Sky favourites to win half of them and ESPN the other 23 when the bidding closes on Monday.

Setanta still have a contract with the Premier League to show 23 live games a season from 2010 to 2013, but after their failure to come up with the money for next season the company looks close to the point of collapse.

The Premier League said they had no alternative but to terminate their agreement for next season. Now the fixtures are out, time is at a premium to decide which broadcaster will show which games.