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EPL Commentators on NBC: Aug. 10, 2017

For the first time, NBC Sports Group’s U.S.-based Premier League team will open the season on the road, as the entire announce team works together on-location in the United Kingdom for kickoff of the 2017-18 Premier League season, August 11-13. Similar to NBC’s full in-stadium presentation of the season-opening NFL Kickoff Game for the past decade, immersive Premier League coverage will be presented on-site from the U.K. across the season’s opening three days from three different grounds, featuring on-site studios for pre-match, halftime and post-game shows as well as pitch-side locations just a few feet from the playing field.

Rebecca Lowe will return to her native U.K. to host the Premier League Live pre- and post-match show on-site at each match, joined by a revolving combination of analysts, including the U.S.-based team of Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe. Arlo White will call the matches, and make pre-match and post-match appearances from NBC’s pitch-side locations. Earle, Martino and Mustoe will each call a match with White. They will join NBC’s UK-based team of Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux for nearly 20 hours of live on-site Premier League coverage across three days.

On Friday, August 11, in the first ever Friday night opener in the Premier League, the team will be live at Emirates Stadium, when Arsenal host Leicester City at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with Lowe, Le Saux, and Mustoe in the on-site studio; White, Dixon, and Earle pitch side; and White calling the match alongside Martino. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a special one-hour season preview show followed by Premier League Live.

On Saturday, August 12, NBC Sports Group presents eight hours of live coverage from American Express Community Stadium for the first ever Premier League match for the newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, who face Manchester City at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Lowe will be joined in the studio by Dixon and Martino, while White, Le Saux, and Mustoe provide the pitch-side perspective. White calls the match with Earle. Premier League Mornings begin Saturday at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live.

On Sunday, August 13, NBC Sports Group’s announce team travels to Old Trafford for Manchester United v. West Ham United at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. The match marks recent West Ham signing Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s return to Old Trafford, having scored 37 goals in 103 Premier League appearances for Manchester United from 2010-2015. Lowe will be joined in the studio by Earle and Le Saux, White hosts the pitch-side desk coverage joined by Dixon and Martino, and calls the match with Mustoe.

 

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

 

Friday, August 11

Arsenal vs. Leicester, 2:45pm, NBCSN, Sling Blue, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo App, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Arlo White and Kyle Martino

 

Saturday, August 12

Watford vs. Liverpool, 7:30am, NBCSN, Sling Blue, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo App, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Jon Champion and Jim Beglin

Chelsea vs. Burnley, 10am, NBCSN, Universo, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Jim Proudfoot and Matt Holland

Everton vs. Stoke, 10am, CNBC, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo App, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Ian Crocker and Keith Andrews

Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield, 10am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season) — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale

Southampton vs. Swansea, 10am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season) — Tony Jones and Don Goodman

West Brom vs. Bournemouth, 10am, Premier League Pass ($50 per season) — David Stowell and Andy Walker

Brighton vs. Manchester City, 12:30pm, NBC, Universo, Sling Blue (in select cities), DIRECTV NOW (in select cities) and fubo Premier (in select cities) — Arlo White and Robbie Earle

 

Sunday, August 13

Newcastle vs. Spurs, 8:30am, NBCSN, Universo, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Jon Champion and David Prutton

Manchester United vs. West Ham, 11am, NBCSN, Telemundo, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Arlo White and Robbie Mustoe

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34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Oliver Tse

    August 14, 2017 at 3:29 am

    A great broadcaster knows how to make adjustments. They are not stubborn. They never stop learning and they are not afraid to try new things.

    Andres Cantor used to do 4 to 5 long gooooooooooool calls after each goal.

    At the Sydney Olympics, he was instructed by the producer to cut down to 2 long gooooooooool calls in English-language broadcasts because those extra gooooooooool calls took place during the instant replay and got in the way of his co-commentators (Alexi Lalas for men’s matches, Amy Allmann Griffin for women’s matches.)

    On Sunday, Cantor did 2 goooooooool calls after the first goal and the 2nd call got in the way of co-commentator Manuel Sol doing his job.

    http://www.telemundodeportes.com/liga-premier/video/golazo-de-romelu-lukaku-tras-contragolpe-fulminante

    Premier League world feeds are produced with the English-language world feed commentary so there isn’t as much time between a goal and the start of instant replay compared to a Liga MX match (in which the producer will delay the instant replay by another 5 to 10 seconds to allow the Spanish-language announcer to get the 2nd long gooooooooooooo call in after each goal.)

    What did Cantor do in the 2nd half of Man Utd vs West Ham? He only did one long goooooooooool call after each of the 3 goals so that he got out of the way for Manuel Sol to do his job.

    http://www.telemundodeportes.com/liga-premier/video/sensacional-gol-de-cabeza-de-romelu-lukaku-ante-west-ham

    http://www.telemundodeportes.com/liga-premier/video/anthony-martial-sentencia-la-goleada-con-un-golazo

    http://www.telemundodeportes.com/liga-premier/video/paul-pogba-no-tiene-piedad-y-marca-el-cuarto-gol-del-partido

  2. Oliver Tse

    August 14, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Video link to Andres Cantor’s appearance on NBCSN, with Arlo White interviewing Andres Cantor at Old Trafford:

    vplayer.nbcsports.com/p/BxmELC/nbcsports_embed/select/media/SbEEIKlNYfoA

    Cantor’s English-language skills in 2017 are light years ahead of his English-language skills in 2000, when David Neal hired him to call Olympic matches for NBC Sports (mostly on MSNBC):

    youtu.be/xFNKfD4w22I

    Specifically, Cantor can now think in English, but he could not think in English 17 years ago so he had to translate from Spanish to English in his head while he was calling an Olympic match on MSNBC.

    Translating from Spanish to English on the fly while doing live play-by-play in the booth does NOT work. The play-by-play becomes very choppy and hesitant, and the goal calls are always late by 2-3 seconds. Andres Cantor understood this and he taught his son Nico (who no doubt relayed that instruction to his colleague Ramses Sandoval) NOT to translate in his head while broadcasting in English. In order to broadcast in English, one must be able to think in English.

  3. Jon

    August 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Yes, Drury completely ruins a game for many of us. Pleat is terrible but can add a bit of enteratinment value by butchering all the foreign names in hilarious ways.

  4. Saints Fan

    August 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    No Drury. No Pleat. Superb!
    (wish this would happen every weekend but sadly I know I’ll have to suffer each of them at some point this season).
    Saints 3 Swansea 1.

  5. Oliver Tse

    August 11, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    The video clip in the link below aired at the start of NBCSN’s presentation of Premier League Live on Friday afternoon:

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    Pierre Moossa definitely reads what I write.

    The producers and the on-air talent put a lot of thought to put together the script for the opening Saturday Night Live-style comedy skit, as each on-air talent understood his/her “image” among many viewers and they proceeded to poke fun of themselves:

    First one on camera was of course Rebecca Lowe. She is a trained actress and she had both the first and the last words in the skit. She was all business at the start of the skit, as she was wondering why the rest of the cast was late. She did the “cold open” at the end of the skit as the cast got ready to run out of the tunnel: “Live from Emirates Stadium, it’s Premier League Live.”

    Arlo White was practicing his opening monologue in front of a merchant’s stand. Arlo was using too many words, as usual. Arlo will always be Arlo. He will never change.

    Lee Dixon kept admiring himself.

    Robbie Mustoe was practicing his tactical analysis at a pub.

    Kyle Martino, who has the image of a “pretty boy”, was at a high-end hair salon getting his hair styled.

    Robbie Earle was working out outside Emirates Stadium. Why asked by Rebecca why he was working out of match day, Earle replied, “To start the season right, you got to get pumped up.”

    They all got my message from April after I complained about their last on-site weekend.

    Sports television is supposed to be fun

    • Jon

      August 12, 2017 at 1:52 am

      I watched the Premier League Live show back and there is indeed a point where Rebecca mentions that they all read Oliver’s posts avidly, definitely “got his message” from last April and made adjustments to the show.

      • francis

        August 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        Yup, Rebecca, Julie Stewart-Binks, Aly Wagner et al owe all their sucess to Oliver

    • Oliver Tse

      August 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Link to the Saturday Night Live-inspired “cold open” skit to start Premier League Live on Friday:

      vplayer.nbcsports.com/p/BxmELC/nbcsports_embed/select/media/ejzrsrAwICVy

      Unless the viewer were already familiar with SNL, the viewer would not know that concept of the skit originated from an American comedy television program that has aired on NBC for the past 42 years.

      The cast members played exaggerated versions of themselves to poke fun at themselves.

  6. David

    August 11, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I agree entirely with cm asia & burnsey. Today’s exciting game between Arsenal & Leicester was partly ruined by Arlo’s insistence on delivering speeches full of statistics regardless of the action onscreen that we were following. His in-your-face, recitation of prepared figures was a constant distraction from what we were looking at. To be fair, NBC did a good job pairing him with Kyle Martino who delivered pungent, to-the-point, color commentary; he reined in some of Arlo’s excesses and we avoided the annoying male bonding repartee he usually has with Lee Dixon.

    • Jon

      August 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I like Lee Dixon but I agree that Kyle Martino has been good since they’ve been dropping him in the booth from time to time.

  7. burnsey

    August 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I’d really like to hear Arlo’s fans explain what it is they enjoy about his commentary. We all have our favorites, but are their viewers out there who really like his style? It’s a pity because he is knowledgeable about the game, but he’s just so smug and overbearing….Jamie Vardy….2-1.

    • Jim

      August 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Oh Lord, another nine months of you and cmasia saying the same boring thing every week.

      • cm asia

        August 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        Jim,
        Let me ask you a favor.
        Go and listen to the August 3 podcast featuring an interview with Jon Champion.
        Start at the 113 minute mark and try to imagine your beloved Arlo saying what Champion says about how a good TV commentator approaches his job.
        And please, for the 100th time, explain to us idiots why you’re right and we’re wrong.
        Please

        • Jim

          August 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm

          I wouldn’t begin to class Arlo with Jon Champion. Champion is in a different league to,the other commentators, in my opinion. Fantastic podcast this week–I’m sure we’d agree on that.

  8. cm asia

    August 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    The season has begun and it’s sad to see Arlo picked right up where he left off.

    After a 105 minute pregame show, he felt compelled to make a 48 second speech at kickoff before mentioning what was happening on the pitch.

    Another season of Arlo thinking he’s doing radio…

    • David

      August 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      What a perfect description “Arlo thinking he’s doing radio”. Spot on.

  9. RedCard

    August 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Any sign of Goal Rush tomorrow?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      It’s supposed to available via NBC Sports App, according to NBC.

  10. Brendan Soraghan

    August 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I watched the Bury v Sunderland League Cup game on ESPN3 today and Jon Champion was the commentor the game wasn’t great but Jon kept it interesting throughout with knowledge and expertise of the teams , competition players & coaches . I like listening to him

    • Jon

      August 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      I enjoyed that too. He enhanced the game beautifully and articulately without drawing the attention to himself and his oratory a la Drury. The ganes wasn’t great, aside from a few Honeyman touches for Sunderland.

  11. David

    August 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    For the Gaffer:

    Chris,
    Congratulations on a terrific interview with Jon Champion on your podcast. What an entertaining, humble and informed gentleman. His verbal fluency and approach to the differences between tv and radio were really interesting, particularly his opinion that less is more. As he put it, some of his colleagues continuously talk painting the very picture at which we are looking, whereas he constrains himself to doing this only before and after the match. Maybe he had in mind Arlo White who talks incessantly and doesn’t appear to know the difference between the two genres. Why isn’t Jon the main commentator for NBC? The thought of three consecutive days with Arlo this coming weekend is too much!

    • Christopher Harris

      August 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      The words that Jon used were illuminating. You can tell he keeps a close eye on the soccer industry when it comes to commentating. At the same time, he’s the perfect gentleman and doesn’t try to put anyone down. But he isn’t afraid of sharing his comments either.

      It’d be great if NBC would hire him full-time, but Jon seems to be happy working for BT Sport as well as TWI/IMG and other networks (such as ESPN) which hire him for other broadcasts.

      • Nosferatu

        August 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        Any chance Turner could make him their lead commentator for the Champions League? He seemingly could continue most of his other work, and he would give the new network’s coverage some serious credibility.

        • Christopher Harris

          August 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm

          It’s possible but it’s difficult to say right now given that we don’t know anything about Turner’s vision for the Champions League as well as how much or how little they’re planning to spend. But it’s do-able.

          • Oliver Tse

            August 11, 2017 at 12:07 am

            Furthermore, Turner Sports has NOT signed contracts with UEFA for U.S. English-language rights to UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League for 2018-2021 as of July 21, 2017, according to documents made public by UEFA and its designated marketing agency TEAM AG.

            One suspect that the ongoing drama from the pending sale of Time Warner, Inc. (which owns Turner Sports) to AT&T is causing the delay.

            At this point, we have no idea whether AT&T will sell certain Turner properties such as CNN. We also have no idea whether Turner Sports will still exist after the merger, as there is some overlap in personnel between Turner Sports and AT&T SportsNet. regional networks (AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, Utah, Southwest, Pittsburgh; plus 40% stake in Root Sports Northwest in Seattle.)

            In contrast, Univision Deportes signed contracts several months ago, made an announcement during its May 2017 Upfront presentation in New York City, and have started pitching sponsorships to prospective advertisers.

            Because Univision Deportes has been around for over 30 years and has built up enough of a reputation as a bully that will cut off the flow of information to media outlets that dare to criticize Univision for disrespecting viewers, such as the way Univision ran advertising for 3 minutes instead of going directly to kickoff of the USA-Jamaica Gold Cup Final after the Santos Laguna-Chivas Copa MX match ended late, Univision can get away with treating its viewers badly and not have any fear of reprisal from viewers or the media.

            Indeed, Univision drew 2.28 million viewers for the USA-Jamaica match and trounced FOX’s FS1, which drew only 1.77 million viewers despite the fact that FS1 had a pre-game show and aired the entire match, whereas Univision and Univision Deportes Network did not and Univision Deportes tried to cover up what it did by starting its Gold Cup Final broadcast with the kickoff on 3-minute delay, followed by a quick cut to the U.S. bench, before going to live action.

            Even if Turner Sports were to do everything right with its presentation of UEFA on truTV, it may still lose big to Univision Deportes in viewership. Turner Sports’ contract with the NBA and the NCAA prohibit Turner from running announcements of other sports products such as the UEFA club properties. The only way for Turner Sports to “cross promote” UEFA on truTV is to use its ELEAGUE video gaming TV show.

            If Turner Sports COO Matthew Hong, who spends as little as possible on NBA TV, and Turner Sports EVP of Content Craig Barry, who needs to find $5-6 million/year from other Turner Sports products to cover ongoing annual losses from its ELEAGUE video gaming a.k.a. “eSports” business, are going to play “tight” with UEFA on truTV, then they will have to play “MoneyBall” by hiring “good enough” talent at affordable prices.

            That could mean 1) hiring the cheapest available host who already lives in Atlanta, i.e. Atlanta United TV host Brittany Arnold, for as little as $40,000 for 46 days of work each season (and let her learn on the job) instead of any of the more expensive Atlanta-based CNN International World Sport anchors (Kate Riley, Patrick Snell, Don Riddell, Andy Scholes), 2) hiring a pundit who already lives in Atlanta such as Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra (who actually played EPL and UEFA Europa League for Fulham), and 3) take World Feeds from Input Media.

            The World Feeds from Input Media do vary in quality.

            Some UEFA Champions League World Feeds have off-duty Sky Sports announcers such as Ian Crocker who is excellent, but the UEFA Europa League group stage World Feeds are generally crap, with inexperienced announcers calling matches solo.

            Input Media likes to use the team of Tony Jones and David Pleat to call the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Europa League Final. and the UEFA Champions League Final. Jones and Pleat are only at the stadium for the UEFA Champions League Final. Jones and Pleat are very average, but are they “good enough” for Turner Sports?

            The likes of Jon Champion, Derek Rae, and Ian Darke command top dollar, i.e. over $3000, to call a big match, whereas World Feeds with voices are available for “free”.

            My read: Turner Sports is not even close to getting its act together with regards to UEFA on truTV at this time. The contracts have been delayed, liley because of merger drama.

            • Eddie

              August 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm

              where does at&t sportsnet comes to turner sports regionals in the future and when there they signed by people and the coverge on promo on tv for the fans about next year.

    • Oliver Tse

      August 11, 2017 at 12:26 am

      Jon Champion is a freelancer who keeps track of everyone in multiple markets.

      One would suspect that Derek Rae, who is also a freelancer as he has chosen to leave the UK after his contract with BT Sport expired in May 2017, is doing the same. (Rae will commute from Boston to Cologne to call Bundesliga World Feeds this season.)

      Some of the “more affordable” announcers know the difference between TV and radio, such as Minnesota United play-by-play man Callum Williams (an Englishman who started at BBC Radio at age 19), who sounds just like Derek Rae and uses similar vocabulary as Derek Rae.

      Williams calls Minnesota matches for both TV and radio simulcast, but he is clearly treating the broadcast as a TV broadcast as he limits his verbiage. Further, Williams will call regional matches down the middle. He is NOT a Minnesota United “homer”. At Minnesota United, Williams works with a female co-commentator, Minnesota native Kyndra de St. Albin (who was on the #2 team at FOX Sports during FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015). Consultant Ben Grossman (who also consults for FOX Sports) is responsible for hiring Williams and de St. Albin, as Grossman is a minority owner of Minnesota United.

      Check out the Minnesota United vs DC United match telecast from July 29, which is available for free for a limited time at live.mlssocer.com

      On the other hand, one BBC radio “football” broadcasting legend is struggling to adapt to TV. The issues Atlanta United play-by-play man Alan Green had on his 5 broadcasts in a brutal 18-day period in June-July are well documented: too many words, mispronouncing players’ names, and misidentifying one goal scorer on his first broadcast. Mr. Green has been off from Atlanta United TV duty since July 4. We’ll see how much work he has put in to improve when he returns to the booth on August 23.

  12. Oliver Tse

    August 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Man Utd vs West Ham

    Telemundo (Spanish, U.S. and Puerto Rico): Andres Cantor and Manuel Sol, both on site at Old Trafford.

    Cantor is scheduled to appear on NBCSN in English during pre-match.

    I am recording everything from NBCSN and NBC, plus the Sunday 10:30am-2pm Eastern Time window on Telemundo, for study.

    • Stranger Things

      August 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Wow, you really need a life.

      • Jon

        August 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        Nice one, Stranger Things. We’re all waiting breathlessly for Oliver to tell us his work schedule for the week.

        • francis

          August 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

          Slow weekend at mall security, so he can get his studies in

  13. Klemens

    August 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    In Africa on Supersport tv…….Arsenal vs Leicester – Drury n Beglin
    Man U vs W.Ham-Drury n Begli

    • Akash

      August 12, 2017 at 1:25 am

      Where did you check for MU V WHU game?
      Is there any website?

      I can also guess it’ll be Peter Drury for United game because him and Jon Champion are the two main PL commentators for world feed. Since Jon is doing Spurs game that leaves Peter for ours.

      But is there any website that tells who will be commentating in advance?

      • Klemens

        August 18, 2017 at 3:56 am

        Follow them on twitter and follow the IMG world feed commentators for EPL.

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