Press Releases from NBC’s Announcement of Premier League Coverage on US TV and Internet

I’m getting ready to fly back to Florida after meeting with NBC Sports and the Premier League today, so I’ll be filling everyone in later on details as well as some interviews I conducted.

But in the meantime, here’s all of the information from NBC Sports that they published today in press release format:


Live Multi-Platform Coverage of All 380 Matches

Matches to Air Live on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra and Other NBCUniversal Channels

All 10 Matches on Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014 – Available Live on an NBCUniversal Television Channel

More than 600 Hours of Original and Weekly Studio Programming on NBC Sports Network

New York – April 16, 2013 – All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group’s television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels. NBC Sports Group’s schedule, which begins on Saturday, August 17, includes live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA.

As previously announced in October 2012, NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Premier League through a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season. Per the agreement, NBCUniversal becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches across all media platforms and devices in the United States.

Details of the 2013-2014 NBC Sports Group Premier League programming include:

All 380 matches presented live on television with studio pre- and post-game coverage;
All 380 matches streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra;

Games not aired on a designated NBCUniversal channel will be made available to distributors via Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow television channels available at no extra cost for each of their customers who receives NBC Sports Network;

Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014, when all 10 Premier League matches will be available live on a different NBCUniversal channel;

76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2;

More than 600 hours of Premier League original programming.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Every Barclays Premier League match will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets and, in most cases, on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services. The vast majority of Barclays Premier League matches will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of these services.

NBC Sports Live Extra provides a primary and second screen experience across mobile, tablet and desktop, delivering high quality video, match/player stats and video highlights while aggregating Premier League content from social media.

PREMIER LEAGUE EXTRA TIME: All games not aired on a designated NBCUniversal channel will be made available to distributors on Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow television channels available at no extra cost for each of their customers who receives NBC Sports Network.

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY: The biggest day on the Premier League schedule is the last day of the season when all 20 teams play at the same time. NBCUniversal will present each match of Championship Sunday live across a host of NBCU channels, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, MSNBC, E! and more.

STUDIO AND ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING: NBC Sports Network will present more than 600 hours each year of studio and original programming surrounding Premier League. Shows include:

Premier League Countdown – A preview of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season;

Premier League Download – With the help of a number of high-profile celebrity supporters, comedians and journalists, Premier League Download will explore what it is that’s so intensely loved – and loathed – about England’s topflight league. Long-time supporters will enjoy the lively commentary, while new fans will learn the language of the only league that matters;

Premier League 36 – NBC Sports Network’s acclaimed 36 series that follows athletes for the 36 hours leading up to a game/match/race comes to the Premier League;

Premier League Goal Zone – A 30-minute program airing after the matches on Sunday with highlights of all the goals scored on Saturday and Sunday;

Game Cut-Downs – On Monday nights, NBCSN will present a two-hour show featuring cut-down versions of the Manchester United and Manchester City matches. On Tuesdays, a two-hour program will feature the Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham matches;

Match of the Day – A two-hour show featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game on Saturday. This show is modeled after the highly-regarded BBC show of the same name. Match of the Day will re-air on Sunday mornings;

Match of the Day 2 – A 90-minute show featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game on Sunday. This show is modeled after the BBC show of the same name;

Match of the Week – On Sunday nights, NBCSN will re-air the best match of the weekend in its entirety;

Barclays Premier League World – A weekly magazine show produced by Premier League;

Barclays Premier League Preview – A weekly show produced by Premier League that previews the upcoming week’s matches;

Barclays Premier League Review – A weekly show produced by Premier League that recaps all the matches from the past week.


(Subject to Change)



Premier League Extra Time


Other NBCU Channels

NBC Sports Live Extra

Second press release





NEW YORK – April 16, 2013 – NBC Sports Group has announced on-air talent for its coverage of Barclays Premier League soccer, starting in August.

Arlo White will serve as the lead play-by-play voice for NBC Sports Group’s Barclays Premier League coverage beginning in August, calling games on-site from the U.K.;
Former Premier League stars Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will join White, on-site in the U.K. as analysts on NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage;
Legendary U.K. footballer and presenter Gary Lineker will serve as a special contributor to NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage, and occasionally host on-site studio coverage in the U.K.;
Former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and former English footballer Robbie Mustoe will serve as studio analysts, alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe from NBC Sports Group’s Premier League studio in Stamford, Conn.
ARLO WHITE – PLAY-BY-PLAY: White, who spent the last two seasons as the play-by-play voice for NBC Sports Group’s MLS coverage, and was NBC’s voice of soccer for the 2012 London Olympics, will relocate back to the U.K. to call Premier League matches on-site for NBC.

Prior to joining NBC, White was the play-by-play voice of the Seattle Sounders FC of MLS on television and radio. He previously spent nine years with BBC Radio Sport in England where he was part of the BBC Radio 5-Live announcing team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. White also served as a host on BBC Radio 5 Live and hosted the station’s flagship Premier League Football show, Saturday 5 Live Sport, as well as the Monday Night Club alongside BBC football commentator John Motson. From 2002 to 2005, White was part of the 5 Live Breakfast program on the BBC, where he covered, among other events, the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and various Champions League football matches.

LEE DIXON – GAME ANALYST: Dixon will work alongside White on Premier League matches on NBC. A right back, Dixon was an English international earning 22 caps. He started his career with Burnley in 1982, playing for Chester City, Bury and Stoke City before joining Arsenal in January, 1988. He played for Arsenal for the rest of his career, retiring in 2002. He was part of four League Championships, three FA Cup wins, a European Cup-Winners’ Cup and a league cup. Dixon, who has worked as a color commentator for BBC, will continue his work for ITV.

GRAEME LE SAUX – GAME ANALYST: Le Saux will split time in the booth with Dixon working with White on NBC Sports Network’s Premier League matches. A left back and midfielder, Le Saux played 36 times for England, including the 1998 World Cup. He started his career with Chelsea in 1987, and also played with Blackburn Rovers and Southampton before retiring in 2005. He won the FA Cup in 2000 and also won a League Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup. Le Saux has worked for BBC as an analyst on Match of the Day 2, and as a color commentator.

GARY LINEKER – SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR/ON-SITE HOST: – Lineker will serve as a special contributor for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. He will also host some on-site coverage throughout the season. Lineker a forward, played 80 times for England, scoring 48 times, second most all-time for the Three Lions. He won the 1986 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot as top scorer with six goals and added four more in 1990. Lineker started his career with Leicester City in 1978 and played there until 1985, when he moved to Everton FC. He moved abroad with FC Barcelona a year later and after success in Spain, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 1989. He finished his career in Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1994. Lineker, one of the most respected presenters in the U.K, will continue to host Match of the Day, BBC’s flagship show.

REBECCA LOWE – STUDIO HOST: As previously announced, Lowe will relocate to the U.S. this summer, and will host Premier League coverage from NBC Sports Group’s new state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Lowe joined ESPN UK in 2009 to co-host its Premier League matches as well as its FA Cup coverage, and co-anchor Between the Lines, a football debate and opinion program. Lowe co-hosted ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011, in Germany, and its Euro 2012 coverage from Bristol, Conn. In May, 2012, Lowe became the first woman in UK history to host the FA Cup Final – a six-hour live broadcast from Wembley Stadium. Lowe will conclude her Premier League and FA Cup duties with ESPN UK in May.

ROBBIE EARLE – STUDIO ANALYST: Earle will work alongside Lowe and Robbie Mustoe as an analyst in NBC Sports Group’s Premier League studio in Stamford, Conn. A midfielder, Earle played 33 times for Jamaica, scoring eight times, including Jamaica’s first ever goal in a World Cup. English-born, Earle qualified to play for Jamaica thanks to his heritage. Earle started his career with Port Vale in 1981, before moving to Wimbledon in 1991. He played 10 seasons with Wimbledon before he retired. Earle has worked as a color commentator for NBC Sports Group’s MLS coverage and as an analyst for BBC, ITV, Sky, the Portland Timbers and ESPN.

ROBBIE MUSTOE – STUDIO ANALYST: Mustoe will join Earle and Lowe in the Premier League studio in Stamford, Conn. Mustoe, a midfielder, started his career with Oxford United in 1987. He moved to Middlesbrough in 1990 and played there for 12 seasons, before ending his career with Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday. He played in two FA Cup finals and one league cup final. Mustoe has worked with ESPN since 2008, working as color commentator on matches and as a studio analyst on ESPN Soccer Press Pass.

69 thoughts on “Press Releases from NBC’s Announcement of Premier League Coverage on US TV and Internet”

  1. Lot of great news in there, but we are utterly at the mercy of cable providers getting onboard with the exta streaming and the premier league extra time.

    1. I was told by DirecTV reps that they would NEVER add Universal Sports to their line up. As we all know, as soon as Dish Network got on board, DirecTV did as well.

      Satellite customers shouldn’t feel concerned, but it wouldn’t hurt to let them hear your voice. As for cable companies like Time Warner, your guess is as good as mine, but holler at them as well.

  2. Also it seems to indicate streaming is live only, I really hope they make it available on demand if only for a few days, even as an add on fee service, for those of who may be working during game time.

    1. I have that question in to NBC, and I’ll post the answer as soon as I get it. They have no plans to charge for any Internet packages.

      The Gaffer

      1. I really hope they follow through with all games live online. I would never add Fox Soccer 2go when they play the good matches on delay. Give me access to all games from where ever I am and I would gladly pay for the convenience.

  3. Very excited that Robbie Earle and Rebecca Lowe are on board! Curious about how a US created “Match of the Day and MOTD2” will look haha. As long as Wynalda is far away from NBC, I’ll be happy with whatever.

    1. Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2 will be influenced by BBC shows, but won’t be the same as BBC shows.

      The Gaffer

  4. Sounds great.

    The Extra Time Channels (assuming providers realy carry them) and the programming (MOTD, Review/Preview Shows, etc) sound fantastic.

  5. This is great news!

    Love the no additional cost if already subscribed to NBCSN as well as the live streaming. NBCSLE had its hiccups during the Olympics but the traffic may be less for EPL games, so maybe not that much of a concern.

    Would be nice if all their content is available on demand via TV or mobile like the MOTD shows.

    Looks like my TV will be tuned into NBC on Saturdays and Sundays.

  6. I know a lot of people hated FOX Soccer, but I wasn’t one of them. I loved the fact that I could turn on FOX Soccer and see soccer. With the Premier League moving to NBC Sports, a channel that has to fill 24 hours of programing daily with other sports, I worry how much non-live matches will be treated. Obviously the top teams will always be shown, but as a fan who religiously watches every televised match, live or on delay, I’m hoping to continue that trend.
    Another thing, I enjoy watching matches on my TV. I would never sit in front of my computers or phone to watch a match. It’s my understanding that NBC Sports Live Extra is just a free equivalent to FOXSoccer2Go. I’m not interested unless I could watch them via my SmartTV, Roku, or AppleTV. I don’t have an iPad or iPhone, so Airplay is not an option for me.
    I just hope that all matches will be available on TV, much like how FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus are set up.
    I do look forward to NBC’s coverage, but I’m not overly excited as most people are.

    1. Most matches will be available on TV. There’ll be 5 or more live games on TV each weekend – more than FOX Soccer showed. And games will be shown on rerun.

      The Gaffer

    2. I did not hate FSC or FSW before that. I somewhat liked that FSW had other sports back in the day. I am not sure that a soccer only channel leads to the best coverage of the EPL. That’s one reason the NBC announcement is so exciting for me.

  7. I can’t wait to see how this affects streaming via iPad and other apps. Chris, have they made any mention as to any details for smartphone or tablet apps and platforms?

    1. NBC converted their Olympics iPad/iPhone app to NBC Sports Live Extra app. So it is already there. The quality was not as good compared with the WatchESPN app or the MLB AtBat app the last time I used it. I believe the NBC Sports Live Extra app did require you to log in with your tv provider id/password to confirm you have NBC Sports Network.

      1. I should correct myself. It was the NBC Olympics Live Extra app that was converted to NBC Sports Live Extra. The NBC Olympics app hasn’t changed.

  8. I can already see a Man United / Man City Bias given the fact that they get their own day for “game cut down” versions for two hours. Granted the rest of the “Top 6 (Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool) get a day too and that is also a little bias as well, but its not fair for fans of other club. If you’re going to do a “Cut-Down” show, do it of the two best matches of the week or don’t do it for any teams at all.

  9. NBC = New Barclays Channel or Now Best Channel? I’m undecided.

    Is the NBCSN studio on the east coast or west coast? I hope it’s on the east. There is a very different vibe from presentations on FOX versus CBS for the NFL football. And the same for FOX versus ESPN presentations of football. I feel some of this is due to the 3-hour time difference, and the west coast people are up so early they seem a little too wired up on coffee or something.

  10. So arlo will be lead commentator. but who will do the other games? Arlo may do one on saturday and one on sunday. but who will do the rest? international feed?…… Sad not to have Ian darke anymore on us tv. but arlo is a great commentator. and deserves it

    1. The rest will be the international feed. Depending on scheduling, Arlo may do 2-3 games a weekend.

      The Gaffer

  11. Again really being trivial here but would have liked to see an American EPL veteran in the mix of things either in the studio or doing color. However, I am still floored by it all. Really everything all of us wanted. I hope there is still time for the MLS and NHL.

    Go Hawks.

  12. Too many channels making my head spin. I get NBC Sports on Comcast, just want to know if I get any of the others.

  13. All 380 games live, and not a Rob Stone or Gus Johnson in sight – I’m sold! Just need the cable co’s to to step up to the plate

  14. Gaffer do you have to have cable to access NBC Sports Live Extra or will an internet connection with a provider that has a deal with NBC work?

    1. If you subscribe to NBC Sports Network on TV, then you’ll be able to access NBC Sports Live Extra as long as your TV provider has an agreement with NBC. I don’t believe it’ll work if you just have an Internet account with the provider.

      The Gaffer

    1. You’ll need to contact DirecTV to tell them that you want access to NBC Sports Live Extra. They currently don’t offer that service to their subscribers.

      The Gaffer

      1. I would start now if streaming is important to you. Comcast is a notoriously tough negotiator when dealing with their broadcast properties. Especially with the sat co’s. Gaffer, did they mention archiving games on the app for on demand viewing? Most of my Saturdays are spent watching my daughter play soccer so most of my EPL viewing is on delay. Thanks

      2. thanks – but please clarify the live access on TV – will all matches be available on tv via the NBC family? I believe DTV has all of them.

        1. Some live EPL matches each weekend will be only be viewable live via streaming unless the TV provider has overflow channels that they make available to viewers. It’s up to DirecTV whether they decide to make an agreement to show these games each weekend or not. As of right now, I don’t believe DirecTV will be showing the overflow channels since they’re not making NBC Sports Live Extra available to DirecTV customers, but that can change.

          The Gaffer

          1. Since Comcast owns NBC, and Directv has a boatload to Comcast Sportsnet channels, I’m hoping/wishing/thinking that maybe Comcast will put the overflow of games on those Comcast Sportnet channels.

  15. Gaffer, thanks for the excellent reporting on NBC’s plans for the next EPL season. I was concerned about the unknown, but you have relieved my fears.

    1. I’m glad to hear it. The announcement by NBC Sports today completely exceeded my expectations.

      More news coming from EPL Talk tomorrow on the NBC deal with a slew of interviews and answers to many of the questions from readers. I’m exhausted after a whirlwind trip to New York and back, but I’m so glad I made the trip and got the information to share with everyone.

      The Gaffer

  16. So what provider/package would one need to get to watch every game? How much will that package cost? And, will all the games be on demand. Can I still watch everything via Internet without subscribing to cable?

    All this sounds good but between Fox Soccer 2 Go and Watch ESPN I get every game streaming for $20 a month. I don’t pay for TV at all. I enjoy streaming through my PC on my 185″ screen… yes that’s a 10ft screen for my computer. It’s epic.

    1. It depends. Right now, if you want NBC Sports Live Extra, which would give you all of the games via streaming (and many of them on TV), it would be Comcast xFinity TV, Cablevision, Verizon FIOS or Suddenlink. The overflow channels (where TV providers will show additional live EPL games on TV that are not being shown live on NBC Sports Network) is TBD.

      You’ll need to subscribe to your TV provider to get all of the live games via streaming (one of the above four, for now).

      The Gaffer

  17. Look at the original programing too! Seriously…NBC have put together a great package, I don’t see why anyone would be upset with this offering.

    Iam blown away by this, the original programing with the selected talent already wipes the floor with the fox soccer offering…

    As for some comments about the “Top 6”. It’s the 80/20 rule, plus I think given what they have already proposed will NOT leave out or disrespect the other teams in the league.

    I’m sure all derby’s will be given their respect, as well as the form of each team.

    I’m so impressed with what they have put together, Gaffer great job with the coverage.

    There is no reason to believe that NBC will not do a great job given their proposals, staffing for those proposals and high quality production value in other sports coverage. The program “36” already is a great ideograms, focusing on the players of the BPL will be great.

    I just can’t wait…. I’d pay for post game on demand access.

    For those not sure about Comcast, just switch, the Internet is mustard, I get 57 Mb, their customer device has improved dramatically, IF It’s needed.

    I wonder if they will do 3D broadcasts, I have seen a few in the uk when visiting and they are very cool, it works well for the medium.

    A shame FOX still have the UCL, EUROPA and FA Cup.


  18. Gaffer, was there any word on whether NBC will show any highlights of other soccer leagues? I’m always frustrated when FSC is unable to show highlights or even mention an El Clasico game that took place earlier that day. It would be great if there was at least one highlight show that covered soccer beyond the Premier League.

    1. NBC Sports is focused on the EPL and MLS only. They’ve made a substantial investment in those two leagues, and will leave the remaining soccer leagues to the other broadcasters.

      The Gaffer

    1. Nada.

      I don’t think Roger Bennett was even at the press conference either. He writes for ESPN, so maybe he wants to stay with them instead.

      The Gaffer

  19. The Premier League is, essentially, the biggest club football property NBC could ever get. So with that out of the way, I think an opportunity is opened for ESPN/Fox to try to snatch the Bundesliga. GolTV doesn’t look like it’s going to last any longer. Whatever other properties they have could be scattered among Fox, BeIN, ESPN3, etc..

    MLS is another matter altogether. NBC has done a nice job with it, so far. However, ratings are what they are. They could stay on NBC, hoping that they can get some more exposure on the cable networks. However, Fox may be inching to get that back, now that they’re rearranging their channels and launching Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. Fox Sports 2 would probably be in more homes than Fox Soccer by the time it’s launched, or not long after. That channel would be a good vehicle for MLS, being that Fox Sports 1 would be too busy with baseball, college gridiron and college basketball. ESPN seems to be getting more into the Mexican league. That would draw more than MLS. So they might stick with that and a bunch of international events without the World Cup but not anything else. So they’re out of any consideration.

    I’d look to the Bundesliga to go to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. That would be a perfect property for the morning hours here in the East Coast.

  20. FOX/ESPN should plan to snatch EPL back from NBC after 3 years. EPL is going to bomb in NBC, a network half the population doesnt watch anymore.

  21. Mr. Gaffer, thanks for all of your reporting on the NBC broadcast rights deal.

    I was wondering about the plan to broadcast 20 games over-the-air on the NBC network on Saturdays. Do they plan to air these games every other week throughout the season or might they schedule the majority of this 20 game allotment in the January to May period to build up to the end of the season and avoid going up against college football games from September to December.

    Also, on Saturdays when NBC is not broadcasting a game will NBC Sports Network carry the 12:30 pm game?


    1. The schedule for Saturday 12.30pm games on NBC will work around their schedules for other sports and programming at that time, so we won’t know until we see it.

      If the match isn’t shown on NBC at 12.30pm, it’ll be on NBC Sports Network.

      The Gaffer

      1. Once again this will raise the question of whether local NBC affiliates will be obligated to show EPL games at 12:30 PM on Saturdays or can they opt out and show something else. This was the problem with Fox.

        1. I don’t believe it’ll be an issue, but I have a message in to NBC Sports to find out the answer and will report back in a new article when I find out the details.

          The Gaffer

  22. I just hope and pray there’s on-demand access for match replays. I’m working Saturdays and FSC’s tendency to repeat matches throughout the week was a godsend.

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