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EPL Commentators on NBC Sports: Oct. 13, 2017

Second-place Manchester United visit Liverpool in a match between the two most successful clubs in the history of English football, this Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo, kicking off NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week. Manchester United, who are coming off a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, are level on points with first-place Manchester City, and remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season (six wins, one draw). Liverpool are coming off a 1-1 draw at Newcastle. United have won the most top-flight titles (20) in the history of English football, while Liverpool have won the 2nd-most (18).

Derek Rae calls the match in his NBC Sports Group debut, joined by Phil Neville at Anfield. Saturday’s coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino, and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.

Live match coverage continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET with Crystal Palace v. fourth-place Chelsea on NBCSN, and third-place Tottenham v. Bournemouth on CNBC. Spurs are coming off a 4-0 win at Huddersfield, with two goals from their leading scorer Harry Kane. Also Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, first-place Manchester City make their debut on NBC Sports Gold’s “Premier League Pass,” as they host Stoke City.

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC and Universo host coverage of Watford v. Arsenal. The Gunners, currently in fifth place, are coming off a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, while Watford are coming off a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion thanks to a goal by Richarlison in 2nd-half stoppage time.

NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play commentator Arlo White calls the match, joined by Graeme Le Saux.

NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage on Sunday, October 15, begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Brighton & Hove Albion v. Everton. Sunday at 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN and Telemundo present coverage of Southampton v. Newcastle.


Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for this weekend’s Premier League matches (all times Eastern):


Saturday, October 14

Liverpool vs. Manchester United, 7:30am, NBCSN, Universo, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Derek Rae and Phil Neville

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Jim Proudfoot and Clive Allen

Spurs vs. Bournemouth, 10am, CNBC, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fuboTV — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale

Burnley vs. West Ham, 10am, Universo, Premier League Pass and fubo Premier — David Stowell and Iain Dowie (on NBC Sports Gold)

Manchester City vs. Stoke, 10am, Premier League Pass — Ian Crocker and Andy Walker

Swansea vs. Huddersfield, 10am, Premier League Pass — Jonathan Beck and Garry Birtles

Watford vs. Arsenal, 12:30pm, NBC, Universo, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux



Sunday, October 15

Brighton vs. Everton, 8:30am, NBCSN, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Jon Champion and Phil Neville

Southampton vs. Newcastle, 11am, NBCSN, Telemundo, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Peter Drury and Andy Townsend


Monday, October 16

Leicester vs. West Brom, 3pm, NBCSN, Sling Blue, DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier — Martin Tyler and Danny Higginbotham


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  1. Oliver Tse

    October 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Rebecca Lowe is slipping.

    She said “up top” during her opening monologue on Sunday’s pre-match show.

    That’s what happens when one spends too much time around American soccer coaches.

    Jon Champion of course used the more superior term “UP FRONT”.

    • MAHLUF

      October 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Yes, NBC should fire Rebecca for saying ‘up top’ – it is so unauthentic. How dare she say something so blasphemous on the air!

      • Oliver Tse

        October 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        I was surprised that Rebecca Lowe would allow an American soccer coaching jargon to slip into her broadcast vocabulary. I am guessing she did not proofread the script that a writer prepared for her.

        She is usually very careful to avoid using American soccer coaching jargon as she wants to maintain her authenticity as an English football broadcaster.

    • Bizarre

      October 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

      You are so creepy acting like you know these people and are friends with them, a life

  2. R.O

    October 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Happy that Derek Rae has joined NBCSN to do some EPL games. For me, Rae and Jon Champion are the best. Arlo White is not my cup of tea, too talky. Seems to have adopted the US sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, etc) method & chats about everything and anything often which is none game related. Dislike that. Ian Darke can be ok, but when he does USMNT I find he gets too cheerleader like.

    • Oliver Tse

      October 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

      In a separate thread, I refer to Arlo White as an “American soccer” commentator with a British accent.

      In particular, Arlo White may be the only British-born announcer who uses American soccer coaching jargon such as “outshot” and “up top”, vocabulary viewers usually associate with women’s soccer commentators in the U.S.

  3. Jon

    October 14, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Drury shows up on most big Sunday EPL games, every England World Cup Qualifier, the World Cup, the Euros… He’s virtually inescapable. I would admire his work ethic if I didn’t hate to listen to him so much.

    • HZ

      October 16, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Wonder why? I’ll take Peter Drury over any us-based commentators on any match day.

      • Jon

        October 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm

        We’re comparing him to other Premier League broadcasters not American commentators you dork.

  4. Oliver Tse

    October 13, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Is Peter Drury really that intolerable?

    I can tolerate him.

    Which Martin Tyler will show up on Monday?

    Expect Liam McHugh to host the studio again on Monday, as Rebecca Lowe should be long gone from Connecticut by Sunday afternoon now that she commutes 2500 miles each way to work during American soccer season (February to November.)

    • ClownTSE

      October 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Who cares about that, luckily Arlo doesn’t have to travel on Sunday Oliver.

    • Jon

      October 14, 2017 at 2:18 am

      I hope you’re wrong. I’d much rather have Rebecca Lowe hosting. She does a great job.

      • Oliver Tse

        October 15, 2017 at 2:14 am

        Yes, Rebecca Lowe does a great job. Only quibble: she is too serious (i.e. “CNBC” instead of NBCSN) when she moderates discussion among the pundits. The “fun” version of Rebecca Lowe that come out when she “yuks it up” with the Men in Blazers doesn’t come out enough.

        However, Rebecca Lowe’s husband, Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle, has to be in Sacramento from early February through November now that the USL season runs from 1st week of March through November.

        Like many other sports TV talent with spouses and children, it makes more sense for the talent to commute to work. Examples: Samantha Ponder, Sage Steele, and Charles Barkley all live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and commute thousands of miles to their jobs.

        Rebecca Lowe is no different as she now commutes every week to NBC Sports Group in Stamford, Connecticut from Sacramento, California. The commute is brutal as there is no direct flight from Sacramento to New York (LaGuardia is the nearest commercial airport to NBC Sports Group studios.) A connection is required, presumably in Chicago.

        • Jon

          October 15, 2017 at 3:31 am

          I have a feeling Paul Buckle will return to English management in the Football League one day. Could spell the end for Rebecca at NBC, which I would be sorry to see.

          • Oliver Tse

            October 15, 2017 at 3:56 am

            On the contrary, I would be surprised if Mr. and Mrs. Buckle were to return to the UK to work in the near future.

            Given the choice, the U.S. is better in every way than the U.K. for Paul Buckle, Rebecca Lowe, and their son.

            Mr. and Mrs. Buckle are treated with respect in the U.S. as professionals by their colleagues.

            Away from their jobs, no one really knows who they are. They can go shopping at the mall or eat out at a restaurant during the summer in the Sacramento area and no one would bother them.

            In contrast, lower division football managers in the U.K. are hounded by tabloids, and female sports TV talent in the U.K. are treated badly by spectators.

            Prior to an FA Cup match at Leeds United in 2012 that was televised on ESPN UK, idiots in the stands pelted Rebecca Lowe with hot dogs and coins. Those idiots essentially treated Rebecca Lowe like a common pr-st-t-t-.

            Does Rebecca Lowe really want to return to a country to work under those conditions if the likes of NBC still wants her to work here stateside? I don’t think so.

        • MAHLUF

          October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

          Check your sources – Jet Blue flies direct from Sacramento to JFK. You’d think a “reporter” with your extensive background in everything that relates to the travel of soccer broadcasters would know this…

          • Oliver Tse

            October 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

            Thank you for the correction.

            I was thinking of United, American, and Southwest, which all require a connection between SMF and LGA (at ORD for UA and AA, or MDW for WN)

            Jet Blue’s direct flights from SMF and JFK must have started recently.

            In any case, Liam McHugh is hosting Monday Night EPL on NBCSN again, as expected, as Rebecca Lowe is no doubt busy with her most important job right now: taking care of her son.

            • Oliver Tse

              October 17, 2017 at 12:40 am

              With the info from MAHLUF, we now know exactly why Rebecca Lowe does NOT host on Mondays anymore.

              JetBlue’s flight from JFK to SMF departs around 6pm Eastern Time.

              Monday night EPL telecasts don’t end until 5:30pm Eastern Time. That means Rebecca Lowe can’t return to Sacramento until Tuesday afternoon (by flying early Tuesday morning, requiring a connection in Chicago) if she were to host on Mondays.

              In contrast, the Sunday late EPL telecast ends no later than 3pm Eastern Time, leaving plenty of time for Rebecca Lowe to travel from NBC Sports Group in Stamford, CT to JFK Airport (about 1 hour driving) to board the 6pm flight so she can return to Sacramento around 10pm Pacific Time.

              Even with nonstop flights, the commute between Sacramento and Stamford, CT is still brutal: 8 hours door-to-door each way.

  5. Saints Fan

    October 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Can someone please poison Drury before Sunday (in a non life threatening way of course). I’d rather no commentator at all than have to suffer his dirge during a Saints game.
    Still – better than nothing. At least we have a game on TV and not just the stream.
    Saints 3 Newcastle 1.

    • Jose Mourinho

      October 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Your team is not enough to say those things.

      • Saints Fan

        October 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

        I guarantee Saints v Newcastle is way more watchable than that awful Lpool v Man Utd game I just had to endure.

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