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Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 22

brian moore commentator Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 22

Here’s the line-up of commentators for gameweek 22 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:

Saturday, January 18:

Sunderland vs Southampton, 7:45am, NBCSN; Ian Crocker & Dean Sturridge
Arsenal vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN; Daniel Mann & Tony Gale
Crystal Palace vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Efan Ekoku
Manchester City vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Norwich vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Ray Houghton
West Ham United vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis
Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White & Lee Dixon (world feed only is Steve Banyard & David Pleat)

Sunday, January 19:

Swansea vs Tottenham, 8:30am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Iain Dowie
Chelsea vs Manchester United, 11am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux (world feed only is Peter Drury & Stewart Robson)

Monday, January 20:

West Brom vs Everton, 3pm, NBCSN; Martin Tyler & Paul Walsh

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8 Responses to Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 22

  1. Ianor says:

    I really know now “john champion” is the second feedle behind “peter drury” in the pl production’s coverage.

    • Paul says:

      It’s a funny one with Jon Champion because nobody seemed to want to work with him since his official reprimand from ESPN UK for showing bias in his commentary. Today he’s doing the world feed for Leeds v Leicester – seems he just finds work and as when on the world feeds because no UK broadcaster lined up to sign him. BT Sport was the obvious choice but they went with Ian Darke & Darren Fletcher instead.

  2. abdirahman says:

    this is the ranking of the commmentators on world feed in premier league:1.peter drury 2.jon champion 3.steve banyard 4.gary weaver 5.gary taphouse 6.daniel mann 7.ian crocker 8.tony jones 9.joe speight 10.richard kaufman 11.david stowell 12.jonathan beck. note:not included sky’s commentators.

  3. abdirahman says:

    I heard bt will sign jon champion after next season when they get the rights to show championsleague football. In so many matches in the championsleague nights they “bt sport” require to get at least10 commentators and their co-commentators and it seems no one will leave sky even when they lose the championsleague. Its interesting because in canada we use the coverage of skysports commentators hall the matches. Honestly we will miss sky’s coverage in the champions league .

    • Paul says:

      The Middle East use Sky commentary every now and then too, depending on the match.

      BT won’t employ their own commentary teams for all European matches when they take over the live rights – they’ll use the world feed. They’ll have their own teams for the British teams and standout fixtures through the European season but the majority of qualifiers and group stage matches will use the world feed IMO. I imagine they’ll only have a full studio on the main coverage, with the additional matches going out live a few minutes before kick-off like what Sky do currently on the red button.

      It’s the same tactic Sky employ when they show the Saturday 3pm PL games in the evening on ‘Football First’. Instead of having their own commentary teams they just use the world feed audio.

  4. abdirahman says:

    Interestin point paul but i never heard or listen a world feed commentry in champions league group stages or qualifiers hence all commentators are from sky i.e rob palmer who do the barca &real matches in europe for sky as well kevin keatings. Gary weaver all those we heard on interenational feed in pl matches are from sky sport commentators exclude drury,champion,banyard. My question is will bt sport use the commentry of rob palmer or gary weaver whom is contracted at sky?

  5. abdirahman says:

    And also to add the rivaly between sky vs bt. All this commentators below belongs to sky :m.tyler.parry.howthorne.lessley.weaver.crocker.taphouse.palmer.keatings. Tony jones.d.mann.j.speight. All this 12 are contracted sky. will bt use any of those i don’t think.

    • Paul says:

      BSkyB handles the world feed English commentary to all international broadcasters for the CL. It doesn’t mean they’re contracted to Sky though – not all of them anyway. You’d never hear Martin Tyler on BT for example, because he’s specifically tied down to Sky in the UK. The vast majority of the commentators actually work for Premier League Productions and IMG as their ‘day jobs’. I don’t think there’s any reason as far as I’m aware for BT not to use the same teams as presently used, other than the Sky specific commentators obviously – Tyler, Neville, Hawthorne etc. It all depends if BT have agreed to handle the English commentary for world feeds like Sky have.

      On a side note – BT use Ian Darke for football commentary and Sky feature him on occasional boxing coverage. It all depends on whether or not the individual contracts are exclusive or not.

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