Category: NBC Sports

Big changes coming to Premier League on US TV

Now that the Premier League television deals have been completed in the United Kingdom for five out of the seven main TV packages, the changes are going to have a big impact on how the Premier League is watched in the United States for the 2019/20 through 2021/22 seasons. Under the new TV deal, the Premier League, Sky Sports and BT Sport in the United Kingdom will introduce new kickoff times for many of the matches scheduled to begin August 2019. The changes that soccer fans in the United States will experience are: • Early Sunday kickoff times moved from 8:30am ... Read more

NBC’s Man City-Leicester broadcast is most-watched game in more than 12 months

Saturday’s live broadcast of the Manchester City against Leicester City game on the over-the-air NBC network averaged 1.24 million viewers this past Saturday, February 10. The live Premier League match, which league leaders Manchester City won 5-1, delivered NBC’s largest Premier League audience in more than a year with an average of 1.15 million viewers. The previous record was 1.16 million for Manchester United-Tottenham on January 21, 2017. Combined with the average viewing audience for the game (118,000) on the Spanish-language Universo network, the Manchester City-Leicester match averaged 1,245,000 viewers. Meanwhile, helped by an Olympics lead-in, NBCSN’s Chelsea-West Brom match ... Read more

Arsenal-Manchester United game surpasses 1 million viewers on NBC and Universo

One of the most entertaining soccer games of the 2017/18 season was rewarded with more than 1 million viewers on US television, according to the latest Nielsen numbers. The match between Arsenal and Manchester United aired on Saturday, December 2 from 12:30-2:30pm ET on NBC and Universo. The game averaged 1.07 million viewers. For the NBC network broadcast, 1.017 million tuned in. Plus, 56,000 watched the Spanish-language broadcast of the game on Universo. For viewers in the United States, the English-language broadcast featured commentators Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux. The million plus viewers for the game represents ... Read more

Referee Mark Clattenburg joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League coverage

Referee Mark Clattenburg has joined NBC Sports as a new studio analyst in the network’s coverage of the Premier League, World Soccer Talk has learned. According to a NBC Sports spokesman, “[Clattenburg] will join us periodically throughout the season.” Clattenburg made his NBC Sports debut appearance on Friday’s pre-match coverage of the West Ham United versus Leicester City game. With his strong Geordie accent, he made an immediate impact providing viewers with rare insight into how referees prepare for games. The Englishman also shared his analysis regarding a few different controversial refereeing decisions from the past several weeks of the ... Read more

NBC Sports to broadcast Premier League Live from Manhattan in special fan festival

NBC Sports will be televising a special Premier League Live on Saturday, November 25 live from Manhattan as part of a soccer fan festival for supporters in the United States. The live telecast will feature Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle broadcasting live from a “Premier League Mornings Fan Festival” in the South Street Seaport on Saturday, November 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The Premier League Live team will broadcast from around the event throughout the day. The event will include supporters of many clubs, a turf pitch, match-viewing areas, a special glimpse at the Premier League trophy ... Read more

Derek Rae joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League TV coverage

In a period of dark and depressing news for soccer fans in the United States, the best news this week is that Derek Rae has been signed by NBC Sports to be a match commentator. Rae’s debut for NBC Sports will be the Liverpool-Manchester United match, which will be televised live in the United States on NBCSN at 7:30am ET on Saturday. Rae calls the match, joined by Phil Neville at Anfield. Saturday’s coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team ... Read more

NBC Sports Gold subscribers receive apology after Premier League Pass outages

NBC Sports has issued an apology to subscribers of their NBC Sports Gold service after the debacle that occurred Saturday, which resulted in a major online outage at the same time that Manchester United played away against Southampton. “We apologize for the disruptions and inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding as we continue to look for new ways to bring you the best sports content in the world,” NBC Sports wrote in an e-mail to NBC Sports Gold subscribers. The outage Saturday caused fans of Premier League clubs in the US to flock to social media to vent their anger at ... Read more

NBC Sports Gold crashes, causing havoc for Premier League coverage

NBC Sports Gold suffered its worst outage of the season today when the Premier League Pass paid-subscription service crashed, causing soccer fans across the United States to miss valuable minutes of seeing their team in action. As a result, soccer fans stormed to social media to vent their anger at NBC Sports. Last weekend, NBC Sports suffered a similar outage that caused Liverpool fans to miss precious minutes of their game against Burnley, which was only available on NBC Sports Gold. And with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all playing during the same 10am-Noon ET window today, NBC Sports ... Read more