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More Pensacola Sports Stars | Pensacola Sports

Last week, Pensacola took the opportunity to recognize another one of our local sports stars, Bubba Watson, for his Masters Championship.  It was a great honor to have been included as part of the on-field ceremony along side the communtiy leaders handing out cudos and hardware for Bubba to take back to one of his new homes and display with pride (or stick in a closet).  The crowd welcomed him with warmth and enthusiasm, even helping him with their cheers as he gathered his emotions on several occasions.  The media coverage was amazing as I had to work my way around the many paparazzi style cameras positioning themselves around the target celebrity, each after the best angle for that one shot, so I could hand him the award I was there to give him.

I have been lucky enough to be invited to a few of these type moments and they are a neat part of my job and I look forward to the next one, whenever and wherever it may occur.

But I will submit to you that the very best honor and feeling in my job has nothing to do with Bubba Watson, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Pate, Roy Jones Jr., Justin Gatlin or any of the other superstars from my hometown.

I would argue to you that the very best local sports heroes story of last week was missed by the media virtually entirely.  On Tuesday night, at Olive Baptist Church with a crowd of over 700 student athletes, parents, friends and admistrators, the PSA’s 33rd Annual Senior Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet was held.  The night truly celebrated the best youth our area has to offer.  The future of our country will be lead by many of these athletes who have proven through their combined successes in the classroom and on the playing fields their ability to balance priorities. Shown in the photo are from left to right – Norris McMahon, PSA Foundation President , Ryan Funk (Pace High), Mary Kathryn Taylor (Pace) the overall winners, and Charlie Sherrill, PSA Board of Directors President.

As the current NCAA television campaign so properly states, most of these student athletes recognized over the past 33 years went “professional in fields other than sports”, many have become professional and leaders throughout our community at the very higest level.

Oh yea, Derrick Brooks was a Senior Scholar Athlete and he has used those important lessons he learned at Booker T. Washington High School to position himself as a respected business and community leader on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Pensacola is truly blessed to have so many diverse stars and champions in the sport world.  I dare say few, if any communitites our size can boast such successes.

Congratulations and I wish for continued success to you all.

Ray Palmer, PSA Executive Director

Premier Sports takes Serie A rights from Eleven Sports |

Premier Sports takes Serie A rights from Eleven Sports

Premier Sports has secured the UK and Ireland broadcast rights to Italy’s Serie A TIM from February 2019 and will air a minimum of six games per round until the end of the 2020/21 season. Weekly highlights and preview shows are set to be broadcast by Premier Sports as well as a number of games live on sister FTA channel FreeSports.

The rights were previously with Eleven Sports, and a cooperative agreement has been made which means they will continue to broadcast this content non-exclusively in the UK until February 25th in order to minimise disruption.

This deal also includes the acquisition of the Eredivisie and the Chinese Super League with Premier Sports and FreeSports airing the biggest games of each round from the Netherlands and China across their network.

The addition of these top flight leagues adds more content for Premier customers already enjoying every game from the PRO14 rugby, the biggest Scottish Cup games and NHL. Premier Sports are giving Eleven Sports customers a welcome offer to subscribe to Premier Sports on the Sky or Player platforms at

Premier Sports has announced it has secured the rights to Italy’s Serie A TIM from February 2019 and will air a minimum of six games per round until the end of the 2020/21 season. Weekly highlights and preview shows are set to be broadcast by Premier Sports as well as a number of games live on sister free-to-air channel FreeSports. The rights were previously with Eleven Sports and a cooperative agreement has been made which means they will continue to broadcast this content non-exclusively in the UK until the 25th of February 2019 in order to minimise disruption for fans.

Serie A offers the chance for UK viewers to watch the best of Italian football featuring European giants Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Inter and AC Milan amongst others, along with some of the top footballers in the world such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Dries Mertens.

The deal also includes the acquisition of the Eredivisie and the Chinese Super League with Premier Sports and FreeSports airing the biggest games of each round from the Netherlands and China across their network.

The addition of these top flight leagues adds more content for Premier customers already enjoying every game from the PRO14 rugby, the biggest Scottish Cup games and NHL. Premier Sports are giving Eleven Sports customers a welcome offer to subscribe to Premier Sports on the Sky or Player platforms at the reduced rate of £5.99 per month with the first month free.

“We are delighted to have signed a new partnership agreement with Premier Sports to broadcast the Serie A TIM in the UK and Ireland until the end of the 2020/2021 season,” said Marco Brunelli, Lega Serie A CEO, “Thanks to this contract, Serie A TIM will have a new home in the UK and Ireland, a very important market for Italian football. We are very happy that now our English and Irish fans will have the chance to watch the best of Serie A TIM and admire our world-class Champions”.

Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports, commented, “We are delighted to be bringing Italian football to our channel line up along with the other great football leagues. This addition adds tremendous value for our customers who already enjoy top Rugby Union, Scottish football and American sports. We look forward to announcing more content in the coming weeks as we continue to grow Premier Sports into a major pay TV operator in the UK and Ireland.”

Eleven Sports will continue to show La Liga games in the UK and Ireland, but will drop its price as a result of losing the Serie A rights.

“Our priorities lie with our subscribers who we hope will experience minimal disruption as a result of these developments,” said an Eleven Sports spokesman. “The strategic direction we have chosen allows us to focus on La Liga which not only drives real value for us in the UK and Ireland but is also a property which we continue to have a valued partnership with in five markets globally.”

The company, which is reported to have attracted about 50,000 subscriptions since its UK and Ireland launch in August, will drop its price from £5.99 to £4.99 a month.