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EPL Commentators on NBC for gameweek 8

EPL Commentator Schedule

Many American fans of European soccer are looking for the EPL commentator schedule for gameweek 8. Now, NBC released the crews for all ten games in England’s top flight.

This week, there are not an absurd number of marquee games. Yet, every game seems to be competitive in this league.

Starting off, Liverpool, which sits at second in the table, travels to newly promoted Watford. This is Watford’s first game under Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester to the 2015-16 EPL title. Kickoff is set for 7:30 a.m.

Also, before kickoff, be sure to get caught up on EPL news with Premier League Mornings on Peacock. Rebecca Lowe takes her place behind the desk with Robbie Earle and Tim Howard joining.

After the Liverpool-Watford contest, there are five games in the Saturday 10 a.m. window. Obviously, no one can watch and keep up with all five contests. Fortunately, Goal Rush returns this week. The whip-around show featuring goals and highlights from all games in the window is available on Peacock.

Notable games in that window include Manchester United traveling to Leicester City and Aston Villa hosting Wolves.

Rounding off Saturday’s action is a contest between top-of-the-table Chelsea and newcomers Brentford. While the other promoted teams struggle, Brentford remains in the top half of the Premier League. Coverage for the game is on NBC and Universo following Premier League Live on NBCSN.

Next, there are just two games on Sunday. A two-hour Premier League Mornings on NBCSN precedes Everton hosting West Ham. Then, Newcastle, under new ownership, hosts Harry Kane and Tottenham.

Finally, Patrick Vieira returns to Arsenal as the manager of Crystal Palace on Monday. Of course, Vieira is part of the famous Arsenal Invincibles.

EPL Commentator Schedule on NBC

All of the following times in the EPL commentator schedule are in Eastern Time. Premier League Mornings, Premier League Live and Goal Zone are on between games throughout the weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 16

7:30 a.m. – Liverpool vs. Watford. Peacock Premium. — Peter Drury and Jim Beglin.

10 a.m. – Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. NBCSN, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Seb Hutchinson and Lee Hendrie.

10 a.m. – Leicester City vs. Manchester United. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Rob Hawthorne and Davie Provan.

10 a.m. – Manchester City vs. Burnley. Peacock Premium. — David Stowell and Rob Green.

10 a.m. – Norwich City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones Efan Ekoku.

10 a.m. – Southampton vs. Leeds United. Peacock Premium. — Gary Taphouse and Matthew Upson.

12:30 p.m. – Brentford vs. Chelsea. NBC, Peacock Premium, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Arlo White and Lee Dixon.

Sunday, Oct. 17

9 a.m. – Everton vs. West Ham United. NBCSN, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Jim Proudfoot and Jim Beglin.

11:30 a.m. – Newcastle vs. Tottenham. NBCSN, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Arlo White and Stephen Warnock.

Monday, Oct. 18

3 p.m. – Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium. — Martin Tyler and Andy Townsend.

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Shriniwas Patwardhan

    October 21, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Do you have the commentary schedule for game week 9 ? Is this proprietary information or is this publicly available ?

    • Christopher Harris

      October 22, 2021 at 7:32 am

      We release it at Noon Eastern time (United States) every Friday. We’re usually one of the only resources that publishes it.

  2. Mercator

    October 19, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    The Athletic article has some really interesting stuff.

    “A $3 billion deal over nine years is possible”

    “According to research by market analysis specialists Neilsen this summer, soccer is the fourth most popular sport in the US, behind American football, basketball and baseball but ahead of ice hockey.
    Furthermore, soccer fans are younger, more diverse and wealthier than fans of America’s traditional “big four” sports, and soccer’s following is growing at a faster rate, too. MLS has the biggest overall following, but the Premier League has the largest number of “core” fans. This audience, carefully nurtured by NBC, has more than doubled since 2013, and more than half of all US soccer fans watch Premier League games. In fact, more than a quarter of them only watch the Premier League.”

    I don’t see any issue with splitting the packages. It’s basically split already on NBC, randomly, across 3 channels and Peacock. I don’t care if I’m changing to ESPN or USA, I still have to mess with the remote and it all gets confusing. 9 years seems very long though and would limit the EPL’s ability to go DTC in the US. I guess if the number is right.

    Also, very disrespectful the way Arlo and Stephen spent half the match talking and speculating about Steve Bruce getting sacked. On his 1000th match, have a little class and focus on the football, it was like they were packing his bags for him. Bruce is right, if he hasn’t kept Newcastle up none of this would have happened. He has been disrespected throughout this whole situation, shame to see NBC piling on.

  3. locofooty

    October 19, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Is Mickey making room for EPL by not renewing the Euros? lol

  4. JP

    October 19, 2021 at 8:59 am

    @SteveK, for the sake of EPL fans they should wish for a 1st option outcome.
    2nd option might be ok if the two providers have dedicated match days (Fri/Sat and Sun/Mon etc) and not matches on both each day.
    3rd/4th option would be chaos with the schedule waiting for them to “draft” the matches they want for each round before a schedule could come out!

  5. SteveK

    October 19, 2021 at 7:41 am

    dave I think MLS rights are on hold because no one wants to repeat the mistake ESPN made overpaying for a lesser league like La Liga while still in the bidding for the crown jewel. Here’s the link to the Athletic article which is subscription only:

    https://theathletic.com/2891177/2021/10/19/premier-league-us-tv-rights-billion-deal-nine-years-possible/

  6. SteveK

    October 19, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Significant article in the Athletic about the Premier League bids with a breakdown of how possible split rights would be awarded:

    “ For the first time in the US, the league is offering four different packages.
    The first is the status quo: all 380 matches, to be split between the bidder’s various platforms. The second is new: all 380 games but shared on a co-exclusive basis between two partners.
    The third and fourth are single, exclusive packages of 190 games each. One package would bring the first-, third-, fifth-, seventh- and ninth-choice games in odd rounds of matches, and the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and 10th picks in even rounds. The other package would flip the picks.”

    Hadn’t seen that spelled out so explicitly before.

  7. dave

    October 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    @MIB, thanks for the link. I found this quote intriguing: “Sources said that media companies told MLS execs that they wanted to wait until after the Premier League’s bidding process ended before getting serious with negotiations around the domestic league’s rights”. It is just one article referencing “sources said”, but an interesting reversal of what I assumed were the timelines.
    .
    @JP, good points about pros and cons of splitting streaming rights. Every major US sport splits rights, but those are still mostly linear plays. If EPL split and stream in the US, there are options to minimize confusion (e.g., NFL is NBC Sunday night, ESPN Monday night). I contend to an extent that NBC currently splits EPL, since I am never quite sure if I need my NBC Sports app or my Peacock app or my OTA for a specific game. Luckily WST keeps track and publishes that.

  8. JP

    October 18, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    @MIB, good stuff. Euros to Fox gives them all the relevant national team tournaments

    Interesting they note EPL is open to splitting the rights. For American based leagues that strategy makes sense, since fans are usuallybib tune with where the games are and willing to follow.
    With European soccer going primarily streaming, think its dangerous to split. The simplicity of one platform owning the rights and knowing ALL matches can be found there no matter what day or time is great.
    With a split, some may balk at getting another subscription (if a service they don’t already have) for half the matches if they’re already subscribed to a service which carries the other half. Plus, talk about annoying needing to look which matches are on which service constantly.
    In the days where everything was on cable it was less annoying (ESPN/Fox Soccer), but still not ideal.

    They mention Fox bidding too. Want to see them get it just for the angry reactions from all their haters haha.

  9. MIB Fan

    October 18, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    For everyone who wants ESPN+/Paramount+ to have a duopoly on football rights, cry me a river: https://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/en/SB-Blogs/Newsletter-Media/2021/10/18

    #ThatsSoSpursy

  10. greg

    October 18, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    I think Higginbotham’s primary job is with the Philadelphia Union and fits NBS appearances around that, so perhaps he can’t go to LA. But if the next fan fest is in Philly (as the spring 2020 one was to be) then he’ll be there.

  11. MIB Fan

    October 18, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    shame on NBC Sports for not bringing Danny Higginbotham to the LA Fan Fest

  12. Lou

    October 18, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    “Commentators”

  13. Lou

    October 18, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    @Michael F. Exactly. Some folks don’t understand that part of a commutators job is to provide perspective around the match and that would include newsworthy issues. Not everyone watches the pregame show. Arlo not mentioning the new ownership situation would have been odd and neglectful.

  14. MIB Fan

    October 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Paul Burmeister just announced that the new season of Men in Blazers premieres on Sunday November 7 at 2:30 pm ET
    #TakeThatGloria

  15. Ra

    October 18, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    I think all streams should provide also the option for Natural Sound. We will never reach consensus with narration, but this option should be a no-brainer. Even with commentators that I enjoy, I like to turn narration off from time to time to feel the atmosphere. I’ve been doing it with F1TV. Just the noise of the engines in loud 5.1 engine audio for some minutes The difference from being in the race is that I don’t need the earmuffs… 🙂

  16. Michael F

    October 18, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    @cmasia. I am sick of whining posts like yours complaining about Arlo White. Talk about ad nauseas.

    Every play by play announcer would take a moment to mention the present situation for casual spectator fans tuning in to watch. Get over it, or keep it to yourself.

    Provide some constructive comments on this site for a change.

  17. Niall B

    October 18, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I also appreciate this list. As a Spurs fan I do appreciate Arlo White. But not Lee Dixon commentary he is OK but not on a Spurs match he is a buzz kill and irritates. Keep Dixon off Spurs games. It was refreshing to hear someone other than Lee or Graeme beside Arlo calling Newcastle vs Spurs. I had to look up who was doing the game with Arlo: Stephen Warnock and enjoyed his take on the game and his opinion on Eric Dier stood out.
    BTW: having the wrong commentator can ruin a game for a fan. NBC is pretty good in general. I hated Tommie Smith on ESPN. There are others who can annoy and ruin it.
    Thanks for making the list!!

  18. cmasia

    October 18, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Typical Arlo “The Human Brain Leak” White… felt the need to bloviate for 1 minute and 6 seconds after kickoff about the Newcastle / Saudi situation.
    1) It has been covered ad nauseum for the last 2 weeks.
    2) Arlo, we don’t give a rip what you think. You are paid to call a match, and for the last 9 years, you have proven you are incapable of recognizing you are on TV, not radio.

    White is the only reason I would not mind if NBC loses the Premier League contract. He has put himself above the game.

    God, I am sick of him.

  19. greg

    October 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

    @SteveK – EXACTLY! I grew up in Philadelphia, have a loooong history with Comcast. They were our cable provider way back when in the Philly suburbs, and were decent as a small operator. Good customer service, good prices & product. As they grew, especially when they started buying up other franchises and providers, they grew exponentially worse. No sense of customer service by default – extortionist prices & policies on routers, high prices for the actual service. If there’s on thing they do well as now it’s as an ISP. Speeds & reliability are good (in SF Bay Area, FWIW).

    But this “whatever” attitude to customers definitely extends to EPL scheduling. They had a Mecum rerun and American Ninja on NBCSN while Watford v Liverpool was on. Not sure what was on USA. So yeah, why not put the match on one of those channels? Or at least offer DVR or on-demand start on Peacock? And why not have an intro show before the match? Or a glitch-free start for something they’ve done literally thousands of times since 2013.

    Why not? Because they’re a multi-billion $$ cash machine who know they only have to do half-assed things to keep the money flowing. Which is basically where we are with late-stage monopoly capitalism. Which relates to why I find @Mercator’s cynical acceptance of the EPL as a money & talent behemoth so depressing. It buys into that entire ethos.

    But I digress…saw the highlights…Salah’s goal, how about that?

  20. Stevek

    October 16, 2021 at 7:29 am

    Greg says “That Liverpool Watford match could be good, but it’s friggin 4:30am here on the west coast. At least if it were on NBCSN or USA I could DVR and start when I wake up”

    Probably the most legitimate complaint when it comes to Comcast’s handling of peacock and I empathize with you Greg. If Comcast cared one whit about customer service the early game would never be on peacock, it should always be on NBCSN or USA for precisely this reason. Liverpool on peacock in this time slot is a shameless grab for subscriptions, as if anyone who isn’t already subscribed 8 weeks into the season will suddenly sign up just to watch this game 8. In the 10am slot I’ve never minded Comcast intentionally scheduling any of the big 6 onto peacock as much, it seems less egregious and I don’t begrudge them trying to pimp peacock because most of the country is up by then.

    If you were up at 4am West coast time it was amateur hour yet again for peacock with a false start to Liverpool Watford coverage without sound at 7am…at 7:06am someone not actually asleep at the switch started the scripted Rebecca Lowe intro on Newcastle.

  21. bill

    October 16, 2021 at 7:08 am

    no premier league morning on peacock at 7 am.. same as usual… they will pop on at 725 with the lineups… amateur hour again from NBC. If NBCSN doesnt have the early game theres no 30 minute pre show… lol now it starts at 707am

  22. Jon

    October 16, 2021 at 5:09 am

    @John Culea you had my hopes up with the mention of Jon Champion but sadly not in the listings these days. Nice to catch the genial Ian Darke on La Liga games these days.

  23. greg

    October 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Good lord Peacock needs a DVR or delayed start option. That Liverpool Watford match could be good, but it’s friggin 4:30am here on the west coast. At least if it were on NBCSN or USA I could DVR and start when I wake up.

  24. bill

    October 15, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    soooooooo, where is EPL mornings? lol If the early matches are on NBCSN they would start the coverage at 7am. Since the 730 match is on peacock is there a 30 minute “pre game” show or just the “725 am heres the lineup”

    as my 26 yr old son continues to say regarding Peacock, CLUNKY

    • Christopher Harris

      October 15, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      Bill, the article above mentions “before kickoff, be sure to get caught up on EPL news with Premier League Mornings on Peacock. Rebecca Lowe takes her place behind the desk with Robbie Earle and Tim Howard joining.”

  25. Jimmy Pitaro

    October 15, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    What implications would there be if Disney were to spin off ESPN into it’s own company? It’s being reported that leadership is seriously considering such a change. Given the numerous tie-ins to showcasing games on ABC for La Liga and Bundesliga, would a decision like this cause leagues like the Premier League to hesitate to accept a bid from Disney/ESPN if the ABC option was no longer on the table?

  26. Ra

    October 15, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    @Chris. Thanks. Does ESPN use the world feed or do they always have their own commentators? Does ESPN know in advance? My best current approach right now is to follow the commentators I like. I just saw a post from Derek that besides the game today, he will also do a couple of others this weekend.

    “Refreshed after the (commentary) break & back with 3 games in 3 days.
    Hoffenheim-Köln (Fri): ESPN 2 📺/ESPN Plus 🇺🇸 co-comm
    @JanuszMichallik
    Gladbach-Stuttgart (Sat): Bundesliga world feed co-comm
    @SteffenFreund
    Barcelona-Valencia (Sun): ESPN Plus 🇺🇸 co-comm
    @DiegoForlan7”

  27. Ra

    October 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Is it possible to do something similar for the Bundesliga? If you were able to add commentators to your soccer listings app, you’d have a differentiated product.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 15, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      We’d love to but we’ve been unable to get this information from the Bundesliga. We’ve asked in the past, but no luck.

  28. John Culea

    October 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks, Kyle. I look for this each week, hoping Lee Dixon will be on at least one of the games. Glad he is doing Brentford-Chelsea. I never look forward to Martin Tyler. Good voices are Proudfoot, Beglin, Drury, Rob Green, and Warnock. Ekoku puts me to sleep. Jon Champion is superb as is Ian Darke, and it is too bad Mark Donaldson is with ESPN.

  29. SaintsFan

    October 15, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks as always for this listing.
    Means I’ll def have Fulham v QPR as the main game tomorrow morning. A proper West London derby. Should be a cracker.

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