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NBC Signs Tim Howard to Multi-Year Deal to Work as Analyst

NBC Sports has announced that Everton and USA World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed a multi-year agreement to be an analyst for the network’s Premier League coverage.

Howard will serve as an analyst at up to 10 Premier League matches and on-site studio in the United Kingdom. He will work as a game analyst in the booth or in an on-site studio for the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. His assignments will be scheduled around Everton matches and will focus on top-tier games.

Howard served as a NBCSN analyst on six game telecasts and one on-site studio last season.

“Tim had an impressive debut on our telecasts last season and we are excited to have him join our Premier League team on a more extensive basis,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. “As an active Premier League player, he contributes unique perspective and insight to our broadcasts.”

“I had such a great experience last season and am excited and honored to re-join the NBC Sports team,” said Howard. “Their coverage of the Premier League is fantastic and helps bring the passion of the games to America. I look forward to doing what I can to add to that.”

In the recently concluded FIFA World Cup, Howard led the United States to a second-place finish in group play and recorded 16 saves in the U.S. team’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 – the most saves in a World Cup match since 1966. Howard has been the top goalkeeper for the U.S. Men’s National Team since 2007. He earned FIFA’s Golden Glove award (best goalkeeper) for his performance in the 2009 Confederations Cup, which included an eight-save showing in the team’s semifinal win over Spain.

Tim Howard began his Premier League career 11 years ago, when he was acquired from Major League Soccer’s Metrostars by then-reigning Premier League champions Manchester United. Howard impressed in his first season as United’s #1 in goal, earning a spot on the Premier League Team of the Year. In 2006, Howard made the switch to Everton, where he has been the Toffees’ starting goalkeeper for the past eight seasons. The New Jersey-born goalkeeper holds the record for most consecutive BPL appearances with one club (210), and is one of five goalkeepers in Premier League history to score a goal.

During a conference call with Tim Howard on Tuesday, NBC Sports confirmed that Howard will work as a game analyst for only Premier League games, and no MLS matches.

The Premier League season returns to NBC Sports on August 16. Here’s the complete TV schedule.

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  1. Armando

    July 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I’m inverted.

  2. rkujay

    July 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I am underwhelmed.

  3. Jeff

    July 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    This is pretty much formalizing/making it contractually binding what Howard did last year in terms of covering selected games in what was a ‘guest role’.

    Also, it appears some commentors (with all due respect) overlooked the 2nd paragraph of Christopher’s article. Howard’s agreement isn’t to do up to 10 games SOLELY in the commentary booth. Some of the games he’ll be involved in will be being with Lineker in the studio.

    Assuming Howard does do 10 games and there’s a split between the time he spends in the two positions – he’ll only be actually commentating with Arlo between say 5 – 7 games. If you don’t like Howard’s style then put on the TALKsport/BBC 5 Live commentary for those games. Heck, chuck it on Telemundo/mun2 if they’re covering the game in Spanish – Univision was a big hit during the World Cup judging by WST commentors!

    Although to suggest that NBC is somehow “standing pat” or “slipping” because Howard is calling a limited amount of games is a harsh call this early in the season. There’s always FOX’s coverage for you to enjoy if you’re unhappy… *siring the pot*

    • jtm371

      July 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      I am not sure it is harsh and it is not really early since we had to deal with it last season.

      So by your logic if we have a problem with Arlo or Howard we must enjoy Fox. Is it a problem if some of us would hope NBC would strive to improve their coverage on a annual basis.

      • Jeff

        July 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        jtm, I think you’re confusing my two separate points about Arlo/Tim & FOX. The point about Arlo/Tim was that seeing the combination will be doing a small % of all games broadcast, there’s other audio commentary options available for those few games. Judging by some of the comments, you would have thought the pair were doing the majority of games & hence it’s a ‘nightmare’ scenario. If that was the situation, then that’s a valid point for concern considering Howard’s okay but not great performance in the role last year. My point about FOX was that (again) judging by the comments made, NBCSN based on this one move is the new FOX in how they present football.

        About your second point, I’m not saying NBC shouldn’t be striving to improve their coverage. In fact, they should be doing that even more considering there’s another broadcast rights auction coming soon with significant interest from FOX/ESPN.

    • Jake

      July 30, 2014 at 12:50 am

      We pay good money to watch The premier league and as such expect good pundits and commentators.
      Howard is a decent pundit but he is a horrible color commentator.

      • Jeff

        July 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

        I agree completely, Howard is much better as an studio pundit rather than an analyst in the commentary box.

  4. Joe

    July 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    He does not have a British accent…So naturally the readers of WST are upset.

    • Brad

      July 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

      ha ha….so true.

  5. jtm371

    July 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Poor decision from NBC if you think they listen to the paeans your dreaming.Tim is a keeper not a color analyst. Very disappointing NBC not improving standing pat.

  6. Burnsey

    July 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    This was a given after his World Cup. Why can’t they leave the commentating to the professionals. Tim is a good premier GK… Stickbto that. He is not going to attract viewers any more than Gus will. NBC starting to slip.

  7. Smokey Bacon

    July 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Smart business move if NBC to capitalize on Howard’s World Cup performances. Not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m ok with him in the booth if it keeps idiot play by play announcers.

    • Babak Moazzami

      July 29, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      NBC only has 2 years left on its contract, will have to first see who has the rights long term before we worry who is worse Tim or Gus.

  8. Biff

    July 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I just don’t understand a current player who plays in the same league calling games. I can’t say I have ever seen it before. Seems like a possible conflict of interests.

    • CTBlues

      July 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Only time I see this is if it is the playoffs and the player’s team is not participating.

    • Babak Moazzami

      July 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      If I were MArtinez and Everton I would sell him to another club. In the NBA Lamar Odom thought he could play basketball and do a TV show with his wife and the Lakers showed him the door. If Everton and Martinez have any guts they would do the same to Tim Howard.

  9. goatslookshifty

    July 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Apparently neither NBCSN or FOX Sports read our posts regarding their coverage/commentators.
    Maybe he’ll be really good by the time he retires.

  10. Flyvanescence

    July 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I may be in the minority here but i enjoyed howard’s insight into the game last year when he was co-commentating. His commentary style needs some work though but i would expect that to improve as he gains more experience.

    And if anyone follows Steve Amoia (@worldfootballcm), a longtime student and historian of the Italian and European game (and critic of USSF), on twitter, they would know that he endorsed him as well. Not your typical, posterior-kissing American soccer journalist.

  11. Cantona

    July 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Don’t mind Tim as a pundit, cannot stand him as a cocommentator, he doesn’t bring anything different to the booth except an American accent. There are much better pxp analysts. Him and Arlo are NOT a good combination.

    Hopefully NBC doesn’t start tinkering with a good thing.


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