NBC Sports to Take the Premier League to the Next Level In the United States

Fans of Premier League clubs in the United States reached the promised land yesterday with the announcement that NBC Sports plans on showing every single game live, offering 600+ hours of original programming, hiring top talent such as Gary Lineker and having 20 matches shown live on free-to-air NBC in the first season.

The announcement, without a doubt, far exceeded my expectations. And certainly is a dream come true for soccer fans.

While I attended the press conference at 30 Rockefeller Center on Tuesday, I learned a great deal about NBC Sports’ commitment not only to the Premier League, but also to excellence. This is a network that’s steeped in history, but one that is continually trying to improve. Its focus on perfection was evident among the top brass at NBC Sports, who are focused on how they’ll let the game tell the story rather than having talking heads become the focus of attention. The team of presenters and commentators that they’ve hired are world-class, and shows an incredible commitment to letting soccer experts enhance the viewing experience instead of, as one example, having a basketball announcer and self-confirmed soccer novice call the games.

A key differentiator with NBC Sports is that they continually listen for feedback, both from viewers and pundits. They may not always agree with what we say but they assured me that they digest the feedback and, if appropriate, will seek to make improvements if and when necessary. As an example, I overheard a conversation within the corridors of NBC on Tuesday about how much influence the readers and views expressed on this very blog had helped NBC determine how to bring the Premier League to US audiences.

The path they’re taking is to deliver a quality product with a strong technical analysis of matches compared to the levity and talking heads that we see on FOX Soccer. While NBC’s approach should thrill hardcore EPL fans, I believe it’ll also win over the wider audience with informative analysis that will enrich the programming and keep viewers coming back for more. Unlike FOX Sports, NBC Sports will not talk down to its audience.

So far, NBC Sports hasn’t made a wrong move. Out of all of the announcements thus far in regards to talent, the one that I’m most excited about is the appointment of Graeme Le Saux. The man is incredibly gifted as an analyst, and should be a welcome addition to the commentator’s booth alongside rising star Arlo White. How Le Saux got overlooked for so long in the United Kingdom, I do not know.

Pages 1 2

72 Comments

  1. Gary April 17, 2013
    • Yespage April 17, 2013
  2. Frill Artist April 17, 2013
    • Yespage April 17, 2013
      • Stop your whinning... April 18, 2013
  3. Oliver Tse Productions April 17, 2013
    • Yespage April 17, 2013
      • OT April 17, 2013
        • Cantona April 17, 2013
  4. Quinn April 17, 2013
    • Yespage April 17, 2013
  5. Tayo April 17, 2013
  6. TampaStick April 17, 2013
  7. Efrain April 17, 2013
  8. Alex April 17, 2013
    • Adam April 18, 2013
  9. Cantona April 17, 2013
    • Jeff April 18, 2013
  10. ruffneckc April 17, 2013
  11. Dust April 17, 2013
    • Bobby April 18, 2013
      • Anthony April 18, 2013
      • Dust April 18, 2013
  12. nickp April 17, 2013
  13. Frank April 18, 2013
  14. NashRambler April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
      • Kobashi April 23, 2013
  15. Garry Craske April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
      • Funkhowser April 18, 2013
        • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
          • Funkhowser April 18, 2013
            • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
  16. Casey G April 18, 2013
  17. Transic April 18, 2013
  18. Trickybrkn April 18, 2013
  19. Fsquid April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
    • Notre Dame. April 18, 2013
  20. Paul April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
  21. Scrumper April 18, 2013
    • USfooty April 22, 2013
      • The Gaffer April 23, 2013
        • Scrumper April 23, 2013
  22. CymruGoch April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
      • Scrumper April 18, 2013
  23. leafsfan305 April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
      • leafsfan305 April 18, 2013
        • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
          • DiscoBallsDeep April 20, 2013
  24. Yes and No April 18, 2013
    • Yespage April 18, 2013
  25. La-A April 18, 2013
  26. eplnfl April 18, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 18, 2013
    • Cherry on top? April 18, 2013
      • Cherry on top? April 18, 2013
  27. Max sweety April 19, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 19, 2013
  28. Camster April 23, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 23, 2013
  29. gherlone April 23, 2013
  30. dean winchester April 29, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 29, 2013
  31. Locker April 30, 2013
    • The Gaffer April 30, 2013
  32. Peter August 24, 2013

Leave a Reply