(See our earlier stories and comments for more background on this story: Setanta's Circumstances Worsen and Setanta Looks For Survival Formula. Ed. Note: as of 23 June, Setanta remains on the air for now. See the comments for a public statement from Setanta.)
On Friday 19 June, Setanta failed to make a required progress payment of £10 million (US$16.5 million ) to the English Premier League. Despite Setanta having reached agreements with most other rights holders and creditors, the EPL then invoked its legal option to reclaim the current broadcasting rights and thus crippled the UK channel. This almost certainly means the company will now enter administrative receivership Monday, UK time. Deloitte are expected to be named administrators. Previous potential "white knights" have all backed away. The fate of the US operations are unclear at this hour but it may not survive if the parent does not (barring a last minute sale). AFL broadcasts in the US and Canada may end at any time.
AFANA will be consulting with the AFL and seek ways to save US coverage however fans should now be prepared for the channel to suspend operations at any time and for AFL coverage to end. We hope it won't but hope is thin at this stage.
Article last changed on Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM EDT