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EPL Commentators on NBC: Aug. 8, 2018

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2018-19 Premier League season kicks off three days from today, on Friday, August 10, when Manchester United host Leicester City at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Continuing its annual tradition of a trip to the United Kingdom, 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 U.K. for kickoff of the 2018-19 Premier League season (more info below).

Man United – entering their third season under manager Jose Mourinho – are still in search of their first Premier League title since 2012-13, the club’s final season under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils are expected to be led once again by international superstars David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, who led the club with 16 Premier League goals last season. Meanwhile, Leicester City, led by forward Jamie Vardy (20 goals last season, fourth-most in PL), will be looking to improve upon last season’s ninth-place finish. Coverage begins Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Live.

On Saturday, August 11, live Premier League coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Mornings from Molineux Stadium on NBCSN, followed by Newcastle v. Tottenham at 7:30 a.m.ET on NBCSN and Universo. World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane and Tottenham are hoping to improve on last season’s 3rd-place finish.

Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN and Universo host coverage of Huddersfield v. Chelsea, with Bournemouth v. Cardiff City; Fulham v. Crystal Palace; and Watford v. Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 10 am ET on NBC Sports Gold. Coverage continues Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET when Wolverhampton Wanderers host Everton on NBC.

Live Premier League coverage on Sunday, August 12, begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Mornings from Emirates Stadium. Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET, Liverpool and last season’s top scorer Mohamed Salah begin their search of the club’s first ever Premier League title against West Ham on NBCSN and Telemundo. In addition, NBC Sports Gold hosts coverage of Southampton v. Burnley this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Manchester City begin their title defense against Arsenal, who will begin a new era under new head coach Unai Emery after 22 years under Arsene Wenger this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Man City broke every notable Premier League record last season – including points, wins, goals, goal difference and title-winning margin – en route to their third title in the last seven seasons. This season, Pep Guardiola’s men will look to become the first club to win back-to-back titles since Manchester United won three straight from 2007-09. The Gunners are coming off a sixth-place finish last season, their lowest finish since 1994-95.

Rebecca Lowe will host the Premier League Live and Premier League Mornings pre- and post-match shows 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 21 hours of live on-site Premier League coverage across four days.

Coverage begins this Thursday, August 9, with a special three-hour Premier League Live: Transfer Deadline Day show live from Old Trafford at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

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

 

Thursday, August 9

Premier League transfer deadline day (live from Old Trafford), 11am, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue

 

Friday, August 10

Manchester United vs. Leicester City, 3pm, NBCSN, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Arlo White and Robbie Mustoe

 

Saturday, August 11

Newcastle vs. Spurs, 7:30am, NBCSN, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Jim Proudfoot and Clive Allen

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Tony Jones and Keith Andrews

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale

Watford vs. Brighton, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Guy Havord and Don Goodman

Wolves vs. Everton, 12:30pm, NBC, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Arlo White and Robbie Earle

 

Sunday, August 12

Liverpool vs. West Ham, 8:30am, NBCSN, Telemundo, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Jon Champion and Jim Beglin

Southampton vs. Burnley, 8:30am, NBC Sports Gold — Ian Crocker and Andy Walker

Arsenal vs. Manchester City, 11am, NBCSN, Telemundo, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Arlo White and Kyle Martino

 

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. phako wilson

    August 12, 2018 at 5:06 am

    I just watched sky today they were showing Wolves v Everton highlights the games wasn’t live on sky was live on BT I was surprised they didn’t use BT/world feed commentary it was just quite can somebody tell me why?

  2. David

    August 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Having been an ardent critic of Arlo, I find myself having to slightly refine my view after today’s Chelsea game. He was a little less intrusive, allowed the game to breathe a bit more and didn’t engage in the usual shouted, off-topic banter – maybe he’s better when he has a more sedate (boring) color commentator. Comparing him to those on Fox is a pretty lame attempt to find something good about him. But, maybe, just maybe, he’s taking to heart the many criticisms on these pages.
    Someone needs to explain why he has to be fronting so many games in one weekend when terrific commentators like Jon Champion are so under-used.

    • Jon

      August 12, 2018 at 1:53 am

      The difference in style you noticed may have been because that was Jim Proudfoot doing the Chelsea game:) (Arlo was at Wolves)

  3. Azer

    August 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Darek Rae who was commentating on the Newcastle vs Tottenham game today for NBC Sports is flying to Germany to do the German Super Cup on Sunday at 2:30PM ET for the world feed alongside Thomas Hitzelsberger.
    Sadly viewers in the USA will not hear Darek Rae instead it’ll be Keith Costigan & Stuart Holden on FS2 from the studios in LA.

  4. cm asia

    August 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    NBCSN gave us a 90 minute pre-match build up.

    Yet, as the ref blew the whistle to start the game, Arlo felt obliged to give us a full 40 second monolgue before realizing he’s supposed to be commentating on the game.

    He’s in mid-season form.

    God help us all

  5. Alby Twenty

    August 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Christopher,
    Do you mind indicating the world feed commentators alongside in-house commentators where applicable?
    It could really benefit me!
    Keep up the good work.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      The only in-house commentators they use are the ones where either Arlo White and/or Derek Rae are the commentators. That’ll apply all season long.

      • Weber Niraechtoe

        August 11, 2018 at 12:56 am

        I think what he meant is posting world feed commentators while NBC uses Arlo White, so for example, the Man U vs Leicester game was commentated by Peter Drury and Jim Beglin on world feed.

  6. SaintsFan

    August 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Don’t mind Arlo.
    I’d pay extra if it meant NBC always overrode the world feed with him. Would mean we’d NEVER have to suffer Drury again! I’m not celebrating yet. I’m sure Drury will turn up sometime this season. Yuk.
    Anyway – predictions anyone? (That ain’t too predicable)
    Saints to finish top half – praps top 6.
    Arsenal to win the league.
    Burnley to get relegated.

  7. Timm

    August 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Gaffer — Have you heard any updates on whether NBC Sports Gold will be streamed in 60fps? I was disappointed in last year’s quality, especially paying the extra fee for access to those matches.

    Cheers.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      I asked NBC Sports the question and they never got back to me, so I would imagine that the video stream quality has not improved.

      • Timm

        August 10, 2018 at 9:17 am

        Just received this reply from NBC Sports Gold concerning 60fps v. 30fps:

        Timm.
        Thanks for reaching out.
        We will look into this and see if we can get this information for you.

        Thanks,
        Linda
        Customer Support

        • Dooley

          August 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm

          I’m only getting 30fps on the NBC Gold website running in the Chrome browser.

    • Weber Niraechtoe

      August 11, 2018 at 12:54 am

      No. 720p 29.97fps.

  8. David Miller

    August 9, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Arlo isn’t too bad – and agree with Sandra as to the annoying habits of US commentators.

    Too bad Jonathan Pearce isn’t employed by NBCSN. He might not be everyone’s proverbial cup of tea, but I really like his old-school nature. The guy uses his voice so well to capture significant moments. Somewhat in a subtle way – rather than the NBA-style screaming you get from US commentators.

  9. Sandra McGinnis

    August 8, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    There is a difference between Arlo and the typical American commentator. Arlo is at least attempting to call the game. The Americans use the game as a backdrop for their nonsensical chatter, trying to impress viewers with their vast knowledge of random “soccer” trivia. As a viewer if you don’t recognize the players or their jersey numbers it is difficult to follow the game since they aren’t calling the action on the ball. Fox was extremely guilty of this during the World Cup.

  10. David

    August 8, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Why, oh why, do we have to suffer Arlo White in so many games? His failure to allow pictures to speak and his non-stop radio banter is insufferable.

    • Peter305

      August 8, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      When compared to the dreadful commentary we got from Fox during the World Cup, Arlo is totally splendid.

    • Richard Steele

      August 8, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Arlo is as gabby as the typical American commentator. Love Jon Champion’s commentary; spare and elegant.

      • Jon

        August 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm

        Jon Champion is splendid. Pity he’s only on once this week.

    • Jon

      August 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      Arlo wasn’t too bad today. Robbie Mustoe was in really poor form though, saying repeatedly that the early penalty was harsh on Wes Morgan after Arlo had said twice it was on Amartey. Three replays later he still hadn’t figured it out.

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