Just like the London 2012 Olympics and virtually any royal event, nobody does it better than the blooming English when it comes to pomp. Watch just one hell-bent-for-leather Barclays Premier League match, with its joyous goal celebrations and its deliriously chanting fans, and you’ll soon realize that, as Star Trek‘s Captain Picard would say, “resistance is futile!”
The BPL is the most-watched football league in the world – with a TV audience of 4.7 billion – because of its superstar players like Rooney, Bale, RVP, Balotelli, Hazard, Gerrard and Cisse. The BPL season runs from August until May, serving up 380 matches in total. The 20 teams have the coolest nicknames – like Spurs, Red Devils, Gunners, Hammers and Pensioners. No Sox allowed!
The Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City won the BPL last season in the very last game with a last-second goal to pip their great derby rivals Manchester United. For an BPL fan, talk about getting big bang for your buck. This year the mercenaries of City will be favoured again with Rooney’s United, Bale’s Spurs, Hazard’s Chelsea, Ramsey’s Gunners, Gerrard’s Liverpool and Cisse’s Toon Army growling at their heels.
Big games to watch this month: Liverpool vs Manchester United (Sept 23), Manchester City vs Arsenal (Sept 23), Arsenal vs Chelsea (Sept 29) and United vs Spurs (Sept 29).
As an added bonus, the four teams that finish at the top automatically gain entrance into the UEFA’s lucrative Champions League tournament the following season.
HOW TO WATCH
Up until now, only 30% of all Barclay’s Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches were aired live in Canada. Starting in September, no other provider will bring such extensive access to European soccer as Rogers. Catch every UEFA Champions League match and most of the BPL matches, including matches not available anywhere else or only broadcast on tape-delay.
On your TV or computer:
Simply order the Sportsnet World cable package – $18.26 per month.
It includes unlimited online access at Rogersanyplacetv.com.
To order Sportsnet World call: 1-888-ROGERS1
On your smartphone:
Rogers Anyplace TV Live mobile app* – $5 per month for 5 hours of viewing (overage of $1/hr over 5 hours). Overage charges waived for a limited time.
Download the app from iTunes, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.
*On selected devices