NBC Sports will debut a Premier League Breakaway show on New Year’s Day that will feature live action from eight EPL matches being played concurrently during the 10am-Noon ET timeslot. The programming is part of NBC’s plans to televise an unprecedented 30 Premier League matches during 7 days of the holiday season.
Premier League Breakaway will feature a NFL RedZone-like look-ins to eight matches including Southampton vs Arsenal, Liverpool vs Leicester, Manchester City vs Burnley and five other Premier League games. Producers will go from game-to-game whenever an exciting moment or goal happens in the match, allowing viewers to be able to take in all eight games without missing any major action.
Rebecca Lowe will guide the program as it cuts from match to match to follow the most important stories with minimal interruption.
The eight matches in Premier League Breakaway will feature seven of the Premier League’s top 10 goal scorers, including Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (9 goals, fourth-most in BPL) and Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin (11 goals, third-most in BPL), as well as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré. At the end of the telecast, Premier League Breakaway will feature a comprehensive recap of all the action.
In addition, NBCSN will present Stoke City v. Manchester United at 7:45 a.m. ET and Tottenham v. Chelsea at 12:30 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.
Lowe will be joined by U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe for Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows.
For viewers who want to watch any of the eight games uninterrupted, they can watch their game live on NBC Sports Live Extra and/or Premier League Extra Time.
Hats off to NBCSN for willing to try something different in its Premier League coverage. Other than Boxing Day and the final day of the Premier League season, you never get all 20 Premier League teams playing on the same day, so the New Year’s Day debut of Premier League Breakaway is perfect timing to see how the format works.
With so many games (8) being played simultaneously, it’s usually impossible to follow all of the action during 90 minutes. But with Premier League Breakaway, it’s the ideal concept to stay on top of all of the action, highlights and goals as they happen around the league. Plus for those who want to watch the full 90 minutes of their team, they can too.
NBC’s schedule of Premier League matches from December 26-January 1 is as follows:
Friday, December 26 (Boxing Day):
Chelsea vs West Ham, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Manchester United vs Newcastle, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Burnley vs Liverpool, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Crystal Palace vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Everton vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Leicester vs Spurs, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunderland vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Swansea vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Brom vs Manchester City, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Arsenal vs QPR, 12:30pm, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunday, December 28:
Spurs vs Manchester United, 7am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Southampton vs Chelsea, 9:05am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Hull vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Manchester City vs Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
QPR vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Stoke vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Ham vs Arsenal, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Newcastle vs Everton, 11:15am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Monday, December 29:
Liverpool vs Swansea, 3pm, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Thursday, January 1 (New Years Day):
Stoke City vs Manchester United, 7:45am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Hull vs Everton, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Liverpool vs Leicester, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Man City vs Sunderland, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Newcastle vs Burnley, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
QPR vs Swansea, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Southampton vs Arsenal, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
West Ham vs West Brom, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Spurs vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
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