Rebecca Lowe will join NBC Sports this summer to present the Premier League to US viewers, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
Lowe is the first publicly announced member of the NBC Sports team that will bring the Premier League into the homes of soccer fans nationwide beginning August, 2013 when NBC takes over the US media rights from FOX Soccer.
Lowe is a familiar face to many viewers in the United States. Since 2002, Lowe has worked in a variety of different roles for ESPN UK, Setanta Sports, BBC and for ESPN US, where she briefly presented the English Premier League to US viewers on Saturday mornings as well as playing a key role as a presenter for ESPN’s coverage of the 2012 FIFA World Cup. Lowe will leave her post at ESPN UK to take a full-time position with NBC Sports in their new studios in Stamford, Connecticut.
Additional announcements regarding NBC’s talent for their Premier League soccer coverage are expected to be revealed in the next few weeks. In the meantime, Lowe’s addition to NBC Sports is an excellent move. She’s well-versed in the game, an excellent communicator and a natural in front of the camera. She’s an authentic voice on the world’s most popular sports league, and will be a hit on US television.
“I will still call it football, I’ll still say a penalty not a PK, and a fullback and not an outside back,” said Lowe. “If I start trying to translate in my head, it could get messy. Having said that, living in America will no doubt rub off on me and I’m sure a few Americanisms may creep into my vocabulary over time. I certainly don’t want to use words or phrases that the U.S. fans don’t understand but I’m sure I’ll be told if no one knows what I’m meaning!”
“Rebecca has the perfect combination of soccer knowledge and perspective to lead our viewers through all the drama and excitement of Premier League,” said Pierre Moossa, Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports Group Soccer. “When we started the talent search, Rebecca was our top choice as host, and we are extremely fortunate to have her join our team”
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