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NBC Sports announces TV schedule for ‘Championship Sunday’

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NBC Sports has announced the TV lineup for its final day of Premier League 2014/15 coverage with all 10 matches being shown live across TV networks in the United States.

The matches will be shown across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, Oxygen, CNBC, E!, USA, MSNBC, Esquire Network, Bravo and SyFy.

All matches kick off simultaneously at 10am ET on Sunday, May 24.

The marquee match will be Hull City against Manchester United on NBC. If Hull City wins the match and Newcastle fails to beat West Ham, then Newcastle will be relegated.

In the other matches, Chelsea will be presented with the Premier League trophy in the match on NBCSN.

Newcastle’s fight to stay in the Premier League will be on the USA Network.

Meanwhile, Liverpool, Southampton and Spurs will be fighting it out in separate matches who determine who finishes 5th through 7th. Right now, 5th and 6th place will qualify for the Europa League. Seventh place would qualify for Europa League if Arsenal wins the FA Cup against Aston Villa on May 30.

Here’s the TV schedule for ‘Championship Sunday’:

Hull vs Man United, 10am, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra
Newcastle vs West Ham, 10am, USA and NBC Sports Live Extra

Arsenal vs West Brom, 10am, Bravo and NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs Burnley, 10am, Esquire and NBC Sports Live Extra
Chelsea vs Sunderland, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Crystal Palace vs Swansea, 10am, E! and NBC Sports Live Extra
Everton vs Spurs, 10am, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra
Leicester vs QPR, 10am, Oxygen and NBC Sports Live Extra
Man City vs Southampton, 10am, MSNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra
Stoke vs Liverpool, 10am, SyFy and NBC Sports Live Extra

What’s your opinion about the TV lineup that NBC selected?

 

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Karo

    May 20, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    The reason the Newcastle game is on USA and not NBCSN is because more people in the States have access to USA.

  2. daniel

    May 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    why cant the NBC Group do this the entire season????what are on these channels at 10 am eastern on a saturday that nbc thinks no one would watch?what is on these channels when sunday matches overlap???can anyone answer these questions???

    • Jeff

      May 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Being a smart ass for a minute, NBC does do during the rest of the season – it’s called ‘Extra Time’ (apologizes if your provider doesn’t provide access).

      To answer your question, NBC could do it quite easily every weekend if they wanted to. However imagine for a minute you’re the programming head for Bravo/Oxygen (both female-skewing networks) or MSNBC (a news/political commentary network) to use two examples. If NBC Sports went to you and ask that you give up two hours of your network’s schedule at least 33 Saturday’s a year (let alone midweek rounds/rescheduled games) – would you do it considering it would go completely against what your network’s focus is? Ignoring your support for football for a minute, it would be a hard thing to justify on a regular basis. For example it would mean that the commentary program MSNBC has at 10am ET on Saturday’s & Sunday’s would just air once a week.

      Championship Sunday is a ‘special event’ like the Olympics which NBC Sports can justify to the need to use various networks which they don’t normally use.

    • Guy

      May 20, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Daniel, I can not answer your questions without doing a lot of googling, but you might be surprised. I have checked ratings for erstwhile “useless” shows in the past and been stunned. For instance the outdoor/fishing shows regularly blew PL matches out of the water.

      Beyond that, I think Jeff has hit the most reasonable answer. WE looove footy, but the rest of the USA hasn’t caught up to us yet. 😉

      • jtm371

        May 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

        yeah and it is their loss! 🙂

        GO FOREST! 🙂

  3. FreddyFreak

    May 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    The biggest throw away game is on NBCSN, great planning!

    • Jeff

      May 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I was surprised when I saw that too. Would have thought the Newcastle game would be on NBCSN & Chelsea would be on USA or CNBC if the title celebration game had to be on a ‘back-up EPL network’.

      In reality it’s a minor point since every game will be available on a network however it’s strange considering NBCSN should have the 2nd most important game (following NBC) as the ‘main EPL network’ for NBC

    • StellaWasAlwaysDown

      May 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Maybe this was set up when Sunderland were still fighting relegation? It would have been as good as Hull if they hadn’t of gotten a point yesterday.

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