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EPL Commentators on NBC Sports: Dec. 18, 2020

Beginning this weekend, NBC Sports presents a Premier League packed holiday season with 40 “festive fixtures” in 17 days, highlighted by Everton hosting Arsenal this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo and a top-five matchup this Sunday as Leicester City visit Tottenham at 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is tied for the Premier League lead with 11 goals, and fifth-place Everton topped Leicester City, 2-0, yesterday. Also on Wednesday, Arsenal drew with Southampton, 1-1, behind a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arlo White and former Premier League player Graeme Le Saux will call the match live from Goodison Park.

Sunday’s match between second-place Tottenham and fourth-place Leicester City features three of the Premier League’s top five scorers this season: Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son (tied for first with 11 goals) and Harry Kane (tied for fifth with nine goals), and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (fourth with 10 goals). Kane also leads the PL with 10 assists this season.

This weekend’s coverage begins Saturday at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Mornings, followed by Mohamed Salah and Liverpool, who defeated Tottenham yesterday to move atop the table, visiting Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Next at 10 a.m. ET, third-place Southampton host Manchester City on NBCSN and Universo. Following Everton-Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET, Newcastle host Fulham at 3 p.m. ET on Peacock Premium.

Liam McHugh (Saturday) and Ahmed Fareed (Sunday) host Goal Zone, Premier League Mornings, and Premier League Live this weekend, joined by former Premier League footballers Danny Higginbotham and Robbie Mustoe. Fareed hosts coverage on Monday with Higginbotham and former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle.

Sunday’s match action begins at 7 a.m. on Peacock Premium as Sheffield United visit Brighton & Hove Albion. At 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo, Marcus Rashford and Manchester United host Patrick Bamford and Leeds United. White and Le Saux will call the action live from Old Trafford. Following Manchester United-Leeds United, West Brom host Aston Villa at 2:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

On Monday, Premier League coverage begins at Noon ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Burnley v. Wolverhampton Wanderers at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN). The weekend’s match action concludes at 3 p.m. ET as Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host West Ham at Stamford Bridge on NBCSN and Universo.

 

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

 

Saturday, December 19

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, 7:30am, NBCSN, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Joe Speight and Don Hutchinson

Southampton vs. Man City, 10am, NBCSN, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Jim Proudfoot and Matt Holland

Everton vs. Arsenal, 12:30pm, NBC, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Newcastle vs. Fulham, 3pm, Peacock Premium — Seb Hutchinson and Rob Green

 

Sunday, December 20

Brighton vs. Sheffield United, 7am, Peacock Premium — Steve Wilson and David Prutton

Spurs vs. Leicester, 9:15am, NBCSN, Telemundo, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Peter Drury and Andy Townsend

Man United vs. Leeds United, 11:30am, NBCSN, Telemundo, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

West Brom vs. Aston Villa, 2:15pm, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Jim Proudfoot and Tony Gale

 

Monday, December 21

Burnley vs. Wolves, 12:30pm, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Conor McNamara and Leon Osman

Chelsea vs. West Ham, 3pm, NBCSN, Universo, fuboTV, Sling Blue, Hulu + Live TV — Martin Tyler and Andy Townsend

 

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Nosferatu

    December 21, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I don’t think McNamara is that bad–he’s got a hell of a voice, and at least he stays pretty focused on the game at hand. There’s potential there.

    I did see that he’s done some work calling games on the radio in the past; I wonder if that might partly be influencing his style? Maybe Arlo did, too, though that would be a ways in the past now.

  2. cm asia

    December 21, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Watching Burnley v Wolves.

    I’m beginning to think Conor McNamara IS Arlo White.

    Another guy who thinks he is paid by the word, and thinks every kick of the ball will decide the World Cup!

  3. Jon

    December 20, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    @Edward That’s interesting. I think we all make a lot of over-generalizations about American announcers (no doubt I do it as well). Al Michaels and Frank Gifford are two excellent examples of NFL announcers who complement the game without filling it with constant chatter. Pat Summerall was another. Arlo might not emulate their styles but he certainly recognizes quality when he hears it.
    PS I take back what I said about Romo; he’s as annoying as ever today.

  4. Azer

    December 20, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    At halftime of the Tottenham vs Leicester City game, Peter Drury asked his co-commentator Andy Townsend for his final thoughts. Ahmed Fareed in the studio cut away from the feed and went straight to a commercial break. We didn’t hear what Andy Townsend said. I’m guessing the idiots in the control room told Mr. Fareed to cut and go to a commercial. Why won’t they let the commentators finish talking. Is this also a money issue with NBC? Also today. Graeme Le Saux said something to Arlo White about the ”Lexus stoppage time”. I didn’t hear what he said. Arlo than responded to him and said ” I don’t own a Lexus ” Did anyone else catch this today?

  5. Edward

    December 20, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    for ppl who are complaining about Arlo White, in interviews with Richard Deitsch’s Sports Media Podcast (back when RD was with Sports Illustrated) and Men In Blazers, Arlo is on the record about looking up to American broadcasters like Al Michaels, Frank Gifford etc

  6. Slug

    December 20, 2020 at 9:49 am

    For those having a go at Arlo and comentary style let’s not forget what we were being served up before NBC came to the rescue here in the US. So Arlo talks a little and likes to be a bit “blokesy” as someone said, beats what’s his name Johnson was serving up on Fox. I think Arlo works better with Lee DIxon than Graheam Le Saux but when it’s all three and Arlo let’s em’ at it, its pure gold.

  7. Jon

    December 20, 2020 at 4:47 am

    @Nosferatu I agree, it sometimes feels like Arlo is trying to style himself for an American audience, including the stat-giving and blokey banter. He needn’t. At least NBC soccer hasn’t introduced that worst of all American sports broadcasting features—the in-game interview with the celebrity who’s dropped by the booth. Arlo would probably relish it, whereas Jon Champion seemed a trifle embarrassed to have to interview rapper Jeezy during an MLS broadcast last season as the play was going on.

  8. cm asia

    December 20, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Nosferatu,
    You make an interesting point, and it makes me think about Arlo from a different standpoint.
    For years, we have been treated to – and educated by – truly “British” commentary, mostly from PL Productions and IMG.
    With few exceptions, the Brits understand the pace of a game, but more importantly, the lack of a need to have a “narrative” for every 90 minutes.

    Arlo is the first guy hired as an “American” announcer. He is not a match caller. He is part of a “production”.

    I’m not forgiving Arlo by any means. He is still terrible.

    But your point made me think it’s the idiots at NBC who, after 6 years, still think Arlo is who we want to hear.

    He is not.

  9. Nosferatu

    December 20, 2020 at 2:18 am

    @Jon, to me the way Arlo calls a game feels more modeled on American announcers for other sports who treat national broadcasts of games as sort of a stage to talk about all things happening around the league, oftentimes ignoring the action on the playing surface in front of them in order to have a bigger conversation.

    If you’ve ever watched, say, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, or some of the NBC NHL broadcasts with Mike Emrick, I think you’ll see where I’m coming from. I find it quite annoying and even outdated in a way; maybe these kinds of conversations would have been more interesting for viewers in the pre-internet age, but these days, between the internet and social media and even cable and streaming services, we can easily get our fill of news and talk around the various leagues.

  10. Jon

    December 19, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    @cm asia you’re so right. Arlo has some assets like a good voice and good knowledge of the game; so if virtually everyone has the same complaint about his incessant nattering why don’t his producers get him to tone it down so we can enjoy the broadcasts? On NFL broadcasts Tony Romo used to talk non-stop (predicting every play as the teams came to the line of scrimmage and talking over top of Jim Nance during the play by play). Apparently CBS coached him about talking less and fitting in with his broadcast partner and I don’t mind him now (he is talented, it’s just his style that can grate). NBC could do the same with Arlo if they cared to.

  11. John Culea

    December 19, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for the news on Lee Dixon. He is greatly missed.

  12. David

    December 19, 2020 at 7:13 am

    How right you are “cm asia”. Jon Champion is the BEST – it was good to hear him again on Amazon UK – such a good complement to the visual action, unlike Arlo White with his non-stop distractions and musings.

  13. cm asia

    December 19, 2020 at 1:08 am

    @ Jon. Agree about McNamara. He has studied from the playbook of Arlo “I’m calling games on the radio” White.

    How is it so difficult for these guys to not understand one thing?

    Enhance the action – Jon Champion.

    Trample the action: White and McNamara.

  14. Jim

    December 19, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Jon Champion, brilliant news! I’ve only seen him lately on Amazon Prime, where he’s paired with Ally McCoist (a great team, but Jon Champion is great paired with anyone).

  15. Edward

    December 18, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    should we expect Amazon to be using WF commentators exclusively for the UK?

  16. FlatBackFour

    December 18, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    It looks like Jim Beglin will also be on the WF for Arsenal v Everton.

  17. FlatBackFour

    December 18, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Jon Champion and Jim Beglin for Man U/Leeds and Jonathan Pearce for Arsenal/Everton.

  18. Gunnes

    December 18, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Who commentates for everton arsenal n man utd leeds for world feed

  19. Bryan

    December 18, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Where has Lee Dixon been?

    • Christopher Harris

      December 18, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      He’ll be back before the end of the year or early January. Taking a much-needed break.

  20. Jon

    December 18, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I haven’t enjoyed Conor McNamara (typo alert) so far, although he might get better at fitting in with the rhythm of the game over time, Rob Green is a really sharp analyst—should be a good match with Seb Hutchinson on Newcastle v Fulham.

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