EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 18

Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, December 16, at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Leicester City v. Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET. Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Chelsea v. Southampton, with Arsenal v. Newcastle United at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC. NBC Sports Gold presents three exclusive matches Saturday at 10 a.m. ET: Brighton & Hove Albion v. Burnley; Stoke City v. West Ham; and Watford v. Huddersfield. Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC presents league-leaders Manchester City v. sixth-place Tottenham. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play ... Read more

Man Utd-Man City viewership beats MLS Cup final by 18%

Sunday’s Manchester derby that aired on NBCSN and Telemundo averaged 1.4 million viewers, which was 18% greater than the viewership for the 2017 MLS Cup final that aired on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes. Manchester City won the match 2-1 in an impressive performance at Old Trafford to continue their unbeaten streak to 14 matches in the Premier League. With anticipation reaching a fever pitch for the Manchester United-Manchester City game, the game averaged 902,000 viewers on NBCSN. Plus, the derby averaged 495,000 viewers on Telemundo for a combined total of 1,397,000 viewers. The 902,000 viewing number means it’s the ... Read more

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final. On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes. In isolation, the 1,143,000 viewing number is understandable given the competition for eyeballs as many sports fans were watching a college football game instead. Plus this year’s final was not on network television like it was last year when the game was on the FOX over-the-air network. ... Read more

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network — one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The World Cup Draw wrap-up show on ESPN2 was watched by more viewers than the Draw itself on FS1. And importantly, ESPN2’s broadcast doubled the viewership from FS1’s post ... Read more

World Cup TV coverage FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV schedule

For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips. World Cup TV coverage FAQ:   Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States? A: FOX Sports has the exclusive English-language rights to World Cup 2018, while Telemundo has the exclusive Spanish-language rights to World Cup 2018.   Q: How many games will be televised live ... Read more

Download free viewing guides for Premier League, LaLiga, Sling TV and fuboTV

World Soccer Talk has published four separate downloadable viewing guides that you can get when you subscribe to our daily e-mail newsletter. The guides are for: • Premier League viewing guide, • LaLiga viewing guide, • fubo Premier viewing guide, • Sling World Sports viewing guide. Each guide is packed with tips, links and all of the details you need to better understand how to watch the best soccer on the planet. For the past 12 months, I’ve been writing a guidebook on how to watch soccer on TV and streaming in the United States. After writing 15,000 words of copy, I’ve been close ... Read more

DIRECTV NOW vs. Sling TV vs. fuboTV comparison of top streaming services

Between DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV and fuboTV, which is the better streaming service for residents in the United States? The short answer is it depends on you. Each streaming service is different in many ways. Not every streaming service offers the same channels. Some offer DVR functionality, some do not. The pricing is different with each one, and each of them offers different special offers. So, at the end of the day, it all depends what you and your family or partner wants or needs. To make the process easier, we’ve compiled the most up-to-date listing of all of the ... Read more

Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

If a side boasts an 11-point lead at the top of any domestic division, suddenly games involving those outfits challenging for the title feel a little less significant. Yet on the flipside, if the runaway leaders have strung together 15 wins playing irrepressible attacking football, then they’re always worth a watch, as is the case in the Premier League. In truth, heavyweight clashes from across Europe are in short supply this weekend, meaning we’ll need to look at other nuances to relieve our footballing itch. In Spain we have a Basque derby to enjoy, in Italy we’ll see if the ... Read more

Walker needs brains not just brawn, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kyle Walker has been told by Pep Guardiola he is physically one of the best full-backs in the world, but needs to improve his football brain to maintain his form into his thirties. The 27-year-old Manchester City full-back has enjoyed an excellent season since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in July for a fee that could rise to £52million ($69million) with performance-related bonus clauses. Walker has played a key role as City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field, dropping just two points in their opening 17 matches. “Right now I’d rate him ... Read more

AC Milan faces UEFA financial fair-play penalties

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Lausanne (AFP) – AC Milan face penalties from UEFA after European football’s governing body said on Friday it had failed to strike a deal with the Italian club over its spending. Seven-time European champions Milan have run up losses of 255 million euros ($300 million) in the last three seasons, way above the 30 million euros permitted by the rules that are designed to stop clubs from over-spending. “After careful examination of all the documentation and explanations provided, the Chamber decided not to conclude a voluntary agreement with AC Milan,” a UEFA statement said. The key concerns focus on the ... Read more

Klopp ridicules idea the ‘dark days are back’

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp took issue on Friday with the notion that because Liverpool have drawn their last two games the “dark days are back” in terms of inconsistency. The 50-year-old German — whose side have drawn successive games against Everton and West Brom which dampened spirits followed a stunning 7-0 Champions League humbling of Spartak Moscow — said his players had not lost their creative spark. Up until the two draws that have left Liverpool fifth in the table, Klopp’s forwards — Sadio Mane, Robert Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah — had earned the sobriquet of the ... Read more

Neymar ready to face Rennes says Emery

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar, who made a three-day trip to Brazil earlier in the week, should be ready to play for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this weekend, manager Unai Emery said on Friday. Neymar flew home to Brazil for three days because of a “family problem” and returned to France on Wednesday. French league leaders PSG play Rennes on Saturday afternoon. “He’s sorted out his problem,” Emery told a press conference at PSG’s training ground. “He was here yesterday (Thursday) and trained well and for the match you would expect him to be ready to play.” Asked if Neymar’s ... Read more

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom retires

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Stockholm (AFP) – Kim Kallstrom, who won 131 caps for Sweden, announced on Friday that he was hanging up his boots at the age of 35. The left-sided midfielder had returned to one of his first clubs, Djurgardens, in Stockholm, on a two-year deal before the recently completed Swedish season.  Kallstrom won national league titles with Djurgardens and Lyon and also played for Rennes, Spartak Moscow, Grasshoppers and Arsenal. “That adrenaline rush that you experience in every on-field duel is a big part of what I’ve built my career on. If you do not have that any more, you’re in ... Read more

Griezmann will leave Atletico: Simeone

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone admitted on Friday that French forward Antoine Griezmann would likely leave the club in the near future. The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move in the close season, but with Atletico under a transfer ban, signed a new contract to stay until 2022. “Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, as Diego Costa, Diego Ribas and Arda Turan have gone,” Simeone told French sports daily L’Equipe. “If one day Griezmann leaves Atletico and goes to a more offensive team, he’ll be much better.” Griezmann has struggled ... Read more