In the past several months, many of the readers to EPL Talk have posted many detailed questions about all of the ins- and -outs of NBC’s coverage plans for the Premier League, which will begin on August 17, 2013 when the new Premier League season begins.
I’ve answered all of your questions below (plus many more). If you still have questions remaining, please post them in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
Q: How much did NBC Sports Group pay for the rights to show the Premier League on US television for 2013-16?
A: Approximately $250 million.
Q: Where does the TV deal rank among countries worldwide that broadcast the Premier League?
A: According to Richard Scudamore, it’s in the top five.
Q: Who will be commentating the games for NBC Sports?
A: When available, the lead commentator will be Arlo White with either Graeme Le Saux or Lee Dixon as co-commentators. Arlo White will commentate approximately three Premier League matches per weekend.
Q: Will the games will be called “off the tube” or “off the monitor,” or will the commentators be at the stadiums?
A: Whenever there’s a game featuring NBC commentators, the team will be commentating live from the stadium in England or Wales. As such, Arlo White is moving from the United States to the United Kingdom.
Q: What happens when Arlo White isn’t available to commentate?
A: When NBC’s commentators aren’t available or are doing another game at the same time, NBC Sports will provide the world feed with British announcers (from TWI/IMG).
Q: What experience does Arlo White have?
A: Arlo White is a career professional who has worked at the BBC before moving to the States where he commentated games for Seattle Sounders and Major League Soccer. During the summer of 2012, Arlo White was the lead commentator for the soccer matches at the Olympics, which were televised on NBC to the U.S. audience.
Q: Who will be the presenter in the studio?
A: Experienced professional Rebecca Lowe will be moving from her job with ESPN UK to join NBC Sports, where she’ll be the presenter of the Premier League to a US audience. Lowe has worked at the BBC, Setanta Sports and ESPN — both in the US and UK. She’ll be joined by studio analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.
Q: What role will Gary Lineker take with NBC Sports?
A: Gary Lineker will be a special contributor and on-site host. Due to his hectic schedule as presenter on BBC’s Match Of The Day, we’ll typically see Lineker make appearances now and again on NBC Sports on Sundays.
Q: How many games will be televised?
A: All 380 games will be presented live on television. Roughly six of the matches will be shown live on NBC Sports Network and NBC each weekend, while the remaining four will be made available to participating TV providers via Premier League Extra Time. All games will be streamed live for web, mobile and tablet users on the NBC Sports Live Extra service, as long as your TV provider has an agreement in place to provide the service to you.