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EPL Commentators on NBC: May 12, 2017

With just 11 days remaining until Championship Sunday, league-leaders Chelsea can clinch the Premier League title with a win over West Bromwich Albion this Friday, May 12, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. If the Blues drop points on Friday, they are still guaranteed the title unless second-place Tottenham, facing Manchester United on Sunday, better their result. A win this season would mark Chelsea’s fifth Premier League title in history, all five won in the past 13 years.

NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by analysts Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux at The Hawthorns. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by joined by a combination of former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle, former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino, and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.

Coverage of eight match days in a nine-day span begins today, Wednesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Southampton v. Arsenal at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Sixth-place Arsenal look to keep their Champions League hopes alive amongst three fellow Premier League giants – third-place Liverpool, fourth-place Manchester City and fifth-place Manchester United. The Gunners have two games in hand on the Reds after their 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday, and look to keep the race alive with a win this afternoon.

Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, May 13, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Manchester City v. Leicester City on NBCSN and Universo. Fourth-Place Manchester City enter the match coming off a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, which featured goals from five different players: David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, and Nicolás Otamendi.

Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN presents coverage of Sunderland v. 17th-place Swansea City, followed by Stoke City v. Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Swans look to avoid becoming the third team relegated this season, and further distance themselves from 18th-place Hull City.

Following Saturday’s match coverage, NBCSN presents a new Premier League Download at 3:30 p.m. ET – The Noisy Neighbours – focusing on the final day of the 2011-12 season, which saw Manchester City clinch the Premier League title in dramatic fashion.

Premier League Sunday coverage begins this Sunday, May 14, at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on CNBC, followed by Crystal Palace v. relegation-threatened Hull City at 7 a.m. ET, and West Ham v. Liverpool at 9:15 a.m. ET on CNBC.

Premier League Sunday coverage continues at 11 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by second-place Tottenham v. Manchester United in the final match at historic White Hart Lane at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. If Chelsea draw or lose against West Bromwich Albion, Spurs can keep their title hopes alive by bettering the result against the Red Devils.

Next week, NBCSN presents four matches prior to Championship Sunday: Chelsea v. Watford on Monday, May 15, at 3 p.m. ET; Manchester City v. West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, May 16, at 3 p.m. ET; Southampton v. Manchester United on Wednesday, May 17, at 2:45 p.m. ET; and Leicester City v. Tottenham on Thursday, May 18, at 2:45 p.m. ET. Coverage on all four match days begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN.

 

Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for this weekend’s Premier League matches:

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Everton vs. Watford, 2:45pm, NBC Sports App — Tony Jones and Iain Dowie

West Brom vs. Chelsea, 3pm, NBCSN, Universo, NBC Sports App, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier — Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Manchester City vs. Leicester, 7:30am, NBCSN, Universo, NBC Sports App, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier — Ian Darke and David Prutton

Sunderland vs. Swansea, 10am, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier — Jim Proudfoot and Matt Holland

Bournemouth vs. Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports App — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale

Middlesbrough vs. Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports App — David Stowell and Danny Higginbotham

Stoke vs. Arsenal, 12:30pm, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier — Jon Champion and David Pleat

 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Crystal Palace vs. Hull, 7am, CNBC, NBC Sports App, Sling Blue (with World News Extra package) and fubo Premier — Joe Speight and Kevin Kilbane

West Ham vs. Liverpool, 9:15am, CNBC, NBC Sports App, Sling Blue (with World News Extra package) and fubo Premier — Jon Champion and Andy Townsend

Spurs vs. Manchester United, 11:30am, NBCSN, Telemundo, NBC Sports App, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier — Arlo White and Lee Dixon

 

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. R.O

    May 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Arlo White and Lee Dixon have become so annoying. They have adopted a US Sports commentor/co-commentor style. Yacky yack-yack. Going on and on about non pitch action. If I mute sound, miss the crowd noise. They were going on an on about 1930’s and who did what, etc. Yes it was Tottenham’s last game at White Hart Lane but those things should be saved for either pre or post match talk and not when there is action on the field.

  2. Oliver Tse

    May 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I was able to watch WBA vs Chelsea on NBCSN live on Friday afternoon, as I have Fridays off from my day job and my “moonlighting” event work doesn’t start until 1900 local time.

    (I have not had a day off without work since April 11. My next day off, if I am not able find anything to fill the date, will be May 25. The economy in the San Francisco Bay Area is ridiculously overheated, just like it was in 1999.)

    Good to see NBC Sports spend a little bit of money to pick up post-match interview video from British Sky Broadcasting (which is part of the FOX empire.)

    The “code” words I used in the comments section to describe the Premier League on NBC Sports product 4 weeks ago (when the entire studio team was in the UK), i.e. using the word “corporate” to describe the feel of the product, describing the host as “all business”, and observing that the pundits were “cordial”, certainly got the attention of NBC Sports production executive Pierre Moossa (and likely his boss Sam Flood.)

    One can see the difference today compared to 4 weeks ago:

    1. The pundits are showing more passion, more energy, and more fire. Kyle Martino and Robbie Earle have both stepped up their game. While I don’t expect Mr. Martino and the two Robbies to turn themselves into FS1-style combative debaters, I do know that American viewers like to see pundits display more passion, energy, and fire.

    2. Rebecca Lowe is the undisputed star of the studio. However, one would not use the word “fun” to associate with Ms. Lowe’s on-camera personality 4 weeks ago. She has begun to loosen up, with a few moments of laughter during Friday’s broadcast. Ms. Lowe has shown every week that she is a pro’s pro. She is worth every dollar NBC Sports is paying her.

    For those of us who like to study people and how they turn themselves into leaders over time, we can add Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to the long list of people we need to study.

    We can also add Jose Mourinho to the list of so-called leaders who have not been able to correct their fatal flaws. “The Special One” has become a classic hero of a Greek tragedy. Even though Mourinho is on the verge of winning the Europa League (Manchester United should be favored to beat Ajax 12 days from now), one has to wonder how long Mourinho will last at Manchester United, as he has been blaming everyone other than himself all season. His appalling treatment of Luke Shaw should ring alarm bells.

    • LIguy

      May 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      You think your comments here had an influence on the broadcast? You may be a little full of yourself.

    • vsqz

      May 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      You think the suits at NBC picked up on code words you posted here in one of your long winded posts that usually make no sense and decided to make changes? WTH are you even talking about half the time, are you out of your mind?

      • Jon

        May 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

        We’re all desperate to come on here and find out when Oliver next has a day off from work, aren’t we?!

  3. Vsqz

    May 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    In before CM Asia Arlo comments.

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