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EPL Commentators on NBC Sports: Dec. 7, 2018

NBC Sports and the Premier League will welcome fans to the largest U.S. celebration of Premier League fans to date at the “Premier League Mornings Live” Fan Fest this Saturday, December 8 in Manhattan., with festivities kicking off at 7 a.m. ET.

Saturday’s extensive coverage is highlighted by Chelsea v. 1st-place Manchester City at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Chelsea look to upset the league leaders at home, while Manchester City hope to remain unbeaten atop the table. Arlo White calls the match, joined by analysts Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Mornings studio team of host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino, and Robbie Mustoe will broadcast live from the event at New York City’s South Street Seaport beginning at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Premier League all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer will join the day’s activities and the broadcast, helping bring the celebration to viewers all across the country.

The Fan Fest will span four-match windows from 7a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET for the first time, starting with Bournemouth v. Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will feature an indoor pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots, an EA Sports FIFA 19 gaming zone, airbrush tattoo and pancake artists, special giveaways and more.

NBC Sports will also bring cameras to additional markets for “live look-ins” across the nation for passionate Premier League viewers to join the celebration.

Live match coverage continues from the Fan Fest in New York City on Saturday with Bournemouth v. Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed at 10 a.m. with Manchester United v. Fulham on NBCSN, Arsenal v. Huddersfield on CNBC, and three exclusive matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley v. Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City v. Southampton and West Ham v. Crystal Palace.

Saturday’s event concludes with coverage of Leicester City v. Tottenham at 2:45 pm ET on NBCSN. Leicester City come off a 2-0 win over Watford, while Tottenham look to rebound after last weekend’s loss against Arsenal.

Premier League action continues on Sunday, Dec. 9 with Newcastle v. Wolverhampton Wanderers at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, and concludes on Monday, Dec. 10 with Everton v. Watford at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

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

 

Saturday, December 8

Bournemouth vs. Liverpool, 7:30am, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Daniel Mann and Kevin Kilbane

Man United vs. Fulham, 10am, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Jim Proudfoot and Matt Holland

Arsenal vs. Huddersfield, 10am, CNBC, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Tony Jones and Andy Walker

Burnley vs. Brighton, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — David Stowell and Keith Andrews

Cardiff vs. Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Gary Taphouse and Iain Dowie

West Ham vs. Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Guy Havord and Tony Gale

Chelsea vs. Man City, 12:30pm, NBC, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux

Leicester vs. Spurs, 2:45pm, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Peter Drury and Leon Osman

 

Sunday, December 9

Newcastle vs. Wolves, 11am, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Jon Champion and Jim Beglin

 

Monday, December 10

Everton vs. Watford, 3pm, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue — Martin Tyler and Danny Higginbotham

 

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8 Comments

  1. cliff

    December 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Sent this to Jon : “Blimey. Bad news for 1 who feels he’s the best voice covering the English game not only PL,but lower leagues, cups, & Champions League.Not yet a fan of MSL & so the problem is following the best commentator or the higher quality game.”
    And the decent chap he is replied: “Thanks for your kind words Cliff. I have loved covering English football for over 30 years and hope to do so again in the future but for now the challenge of working in a country where the game is growing is appealing.”
    Sure going to miss him on the EPL & the rest. Know Martin Tyler was once considered the gold standard of English broadcasters but In my
    opinion Jon’s the best. Need Ian Darke to replace him especially with Steve Maca as his wingman as well as Peter Drury doing more games.

  2. cmasia

    December 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Bad news for all of us!

    If only the MLS footy was half as good as the commentary.
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    Renowned British Broadcaster Jon Champion Will Move to the United States as ESPN’s New Play-by-Play Voice for Major League Soccer.

    Will be paired with top analyst Taylor Twellman on MLS, beginning in 2019

    One of the world’s best soccer commentators is moving to the United States to join ESPN. Renowned British broadcaster Jon Champion, who has excelled at calling the English Premier League and top global football events for three decades will be ESPN’s new play-by-play voice for Major League Soccer. Beginning in 2019, Champion will be paired with top analyst Taylor Twellman on MLS matches. Champion, who has been part of ESPN’s FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and other major events, will be a leading voice in the company’s year-round coverage of the sport.

    This new role marks Champion’s second run as a full-time ESPN commentator. He was ESPN UK’s lead football announcer, covering the English Premier League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup Final from 2009-2013. Champion currently lives in the United Kingdom and will soon relocate to the United States with his family for this new, multi-year assignment.

    “I am thrilled to be joining ESPN on a full-time basis to cover MLS and the other soccer properties now in the company’s growing portfolio,” said Champion. “It’s a big adventure to move my family to the U.S. and a significant personal challenge after more than 30 years of covering the sport in Europe. I’ve really enjoyed working on MLS on my frequent visits and now I get the chance to call the matches on a weekly basis and to relate the whole story as the league enters an exciting phase of its development.”

    Champion added: “I’m also looking forward to working with Taylor Twellman, who has carved out such a strong reputation as an analyst. Taylor and I have had great fun when we’ve worked together in the past and it will be great to develop that rapport further.”

    Champion joined ESPN in the United States in 2014 as a play-by-play commentator for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil – his first international soccer event for the U.S. audience. His work garnered critical acclaim and led to assignments on other marquee events, including the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France, UEFA’s FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, and the International Champions Cup (ICC) when he was the English-language voice of El Clásico Miami, the first-ever meeting in North America between Spain’s powerhouse club teams – Barcelona FC vs. Real Madrid – in July 2017.

    “Jon is one of the most beloved voices in soccer, so we are thrilled that fans in the U.S. who have enjoyed his commentary during major global tournaments on ESPN will now have the opportunity to hear him weekly on Major League Soccer,” said Amy Rosenfeld, Senior Coordinating Producer, ESPN.

    With his new role focused on MLS, Champion joins ESPN’s talented roster of soccer play-by-play voices, which also includes Ian Darke, Adrian Healey, Mark Donaldson, Max Bretos and others.

    For the past 25 years, Champion’s voice has become synonymous with English football around the world. Since the inception of the English Premier League, he has called top matches each week providing the soundtrack to some of the sport’s most memorable moments to an international audience, including the United States.

    Champion began his broadcasting career with BBC Radio in the 1980’s, covering his first World Cup in Italy at 25 years of age. In 1995, he was invited to join the commentary team on the iconic BBC TV show ‘Match of the Day’. In 2001, he transferred to ITV, where he called games in the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in addition to seven League Cup Finals.

    In 2010, ESPN loaned the in-demand Champion back to ITV, where he called the FIFA World Cup in South Africa alongside former Scotland National Team player and ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley. In all, he has commentated on eight straight FIFA World Cup tournaments.

    • nosferatu

      December 11, 2018 at 2:21 am

      Good for Jon but I sure will miss him on Premier League telecasts. I just wish NBC had hired him to be their main voice. No offense to Arlo; Jon is hands-down the best in the business in my book.

      I’ll be curious to see what else he calls for ESPN–maybe some other properties off a monitor? I know he had been their main guy already for the UEFA Nations League in that capacity, so I’m sure that will continue.

    • Jon

      December 12, 2018 at 4:01 am

      That is awful, awful news. He’s the best and this year I’ve enjoyed his Friday Championship broadcasts as much as the Premier League ones. If only he’d switch to NBC and cover Prem games there. I don’t mind MLS but he’ll be wasted there.

  3. Selepe

    December 8, 2018 at 12:15 am

    It’s interesting to see Daniel Mann on non 3pm games which premier league is no longer using Jim Proudfoot

    • Jon

      December 8, 2018 at 4:15 am

      Only a week since Jim Proudfoot was on Man City v Bournemouth.

  4. Azer

    December 7, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    The biggest game of the weekend Chelsea vs Manchester City will have a three men commentary team. Are you kidding? Is NBC Sports ever going to learn? The day NBC Sports loses the Premier League rights will be a day all of cancer gets cured.

  5. Jon

    December 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Ten games, ten different commentators. No one will be able to complain overmuch.

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