TV selections for opening weekend
Three matches will be shown live on TV across the opening weekend of the 2015/16 Ladbrokes Premiership on August 1 & 2.
The SPFL has announced there will be live TV coverage of three Ladbrokes Premiership matches across the opening weekend of the 2015/16 season, on Saturday, 1 August and Sunday, 2 August.
Sky Sports will get the new season off and running by showing reigning Premiership champions Celtic raising the flag and kicking off the new league season when they take on Ross County at Celtic Park on Saturday, 1 August with a 12.45pm kick-off.
The following lunchtime there will be more celebrations when BT Sport show every minute of Heart of Midlothian’s return to the top flight, following last season’s Championship triumph, when they face St Johnstone at home. Kick-off time, on Sunday, 2 August, is 12.30pm.
The hat-trick of live Ladbrokes Premiership action will be completed later that day when Sky Sports screen Dundee United’s opener at home to last season’s Premiership title-chasers Aberdeen, the game kicking off at 3.30pm on Sunday, August 2.
Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “Following the announcement of Ladbrokes as new title sponsor and last week’s unveiling of fixture lists for the 2015/16 season, the anticipation is really building ahead of the big kick-off on August 1 and 2.
“We’re really pleased to have the support of two of the world’s leading sports broadcasters in Sky Sports and BT Sport and to be able to bring 270 minutes of live Ladbrokes Premiership action on the opening weekend, not only to fans of those clubs but to Scottish football supporters across the UK.”
Sky Sports Head of Football Gary Hughes said: “The opening weekend is a huge moment and we're looking forward to the big kick-off in Scotland on Sky Sports. With the reigning champions Celtic first up against Ross County and then last season's runners-up Aberdeen travelling to Dundee United the following day it will be a fantastic start.
“The start of the season is always filled with optimism for all teams, and we can't wait for another exciting season of Scottish football on Sky Sports.”
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is delighted to kick off its SPFL season with Hearts’ return to the top-flight. Audiences for our SPFL televised coverage are growing and our exclusive televised coverage of last season’s exciting play-offs means we are all looking forward to opening day in just over one month’s time.”
Ladbrokes are offering top prices for every side to win the Premiership, Championship and Leagues 1 and 2 - visit Ladbrokes.com or see in shop for more information.
Saturday August 1, 2015
Celtic v Ross County
Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 12.45pm
Sunday August 2, 2015
Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone
Live on BT Sport, kick-off 12.30pm
Sunday August 2, 2015
Dundee United v Aberdeen
Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 3.30pm