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Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 3

nbc epl1 Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 3

NBC Sports Group have released the TV schedule for this weekend’s Premier League matches. Interestingly, for the first time ever, TWI/IMG — who provide the feed for the Premier League matches — are using a pitchside reporter.

We’ll have to wait and see how the pitchside reporters are implemented and how much of a role they have during the game, if at all. I’m open to the idea as long as the addition of the pitchside reporter serves a purpose, doesn’t take your attention away from the game and adds value.

Here’s the lineup of commentators this weekend:

Sat., Aug. 31

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN: Manchester City v. Hull City – commentated by Peter DruryChris Waddleand Chris Ford

10 a.m. on NBCSN: Cardiff City v. Everton – commentated by Gary TophouseTony Gale and Mark Scott

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time: Newcastle v. Fulham – commentated by David StowellGarry Birtles and Simon Crabtree

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time: Norwich v. Southampton – commentated by Phil Blacker, Brian Little and Kate Riley

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time: West Ham v. Stoke City – commentated by Joe Speight and Dean Sturridge

12:30pm on NBC: Crystal Palace v. Sunderland — commentated by Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Alison Bender.

Sun., Aug. 25

8:30am on NBCSN: Liverpool vs Manchester United — commentated by Arlo White, Graeme Le Saux and Simon Crabtree.

8:30 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time: West Brom v. Swansea – commentated by Tony Jones and Barry Horne

11 a.m. on NBCSN: Arsenal v. Tottenham – commentated by Peter Drury, David Pleat and Paul Belverstone

What are your thoughts about the use of a pitchside reporter? Let us know in the comments section below.

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10 Responses to Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 3

  1. AJ says:

    I want an over/under on how many times Le Saux mentions Chelsea.

    Also, an over/under on the number of times David Pleat says Tottenham is crap even if they’re leading.

  2. Flyvanescence says:


  3. Flyvanescence says:

    Pitchside reporter works if shes hot. Other than that i couldnt care less one way or the other.

    Just not Andrea Kramer.

  4. R.O says:

    Nope – No need for it. It’s an American thing. Also don’t like the overly chatty commentators.

    NBCSports need to follow the KISS principle.

    • Jeff says:

      To be fair, there’s pitchside reporters scheduled for most of the world feed games too – it’s not just an NBC thing

  5. rej4sl says:

    Hopefully can watch Stoke v West Ham today on Extra Time. I lost it last week and emailed Comcast Executive office after the first 3 match days using it on demand were a flop.

    This week the matches are there and when I hit watch the show comes up and says available at 10. I hope this is a good sign s this is the first week the watch button has worked.

  6. Smokey Bacon says:

    Watched MOTD while back in the UK. They still go with only one commentator after all these years. Feels like something is missing. The studio is also way too casual. They could use a big desk like NBC. Other than that I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Not having access to Sky on my trip made me appreciate MOTD and Football Focus even more. It was like the days before the premier league when that’s all we had.

    Also caught some football on itv. Adrian Chiles is annoying especially that accent. Glad we don’t have him.

  7. Scrumper says:

    Chris Waddle at the Hull Man City game will be great although for some they may need subtitles. Dean Sturridge is excellent and reads the game really well. David Pleat has a tendancy to become misty eyed and wax lyrical about how Tottenham were a “happy little club” Until of course he was caught kerb crawling for prostitutes.

    My Comcast still doesn’t have Extra Time and still don’t have a clue when you call them.

  8. Scrumper says:

    Oh no the endless quiff instead of Robbie Mustoe

  9. Leo says:

    How can we get the message to them that they need to leave the scores off. Or some improvisation? Maybe every ten minutes and put the NBC tone on when they do start to show it.

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