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EPL commentators on NBC: August 5 to 7

Even though it has not even been four months, this feels like a long-awaited season of Premier League play. New signings, new managers and new teams entering the fold shape up for more drama in the Premier League.

As seen back in November, NBC reupped its TV and streaming rights deal with the Premier League to be the lone home in the United States. In fact, this deal stretches all the way through the 2027/28 season.

For now, NBC enters its 10th-straight season broadcasting the top flight in England to American viewers. There is plenty of drama in store throughout the season, and that starts in matchday one.

It all starts in London. Crystal Palace welcomes a revamped Arsenal side that absolutely blitzed through its opposition in its preseason friendlies. New signing Gabriel Jesus racked up the goals with the Gunners, looking to match that in league play.

On Saturday, all three of the clubs promoted from the Championship return to the Premier League. Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are the three clubs entering the top flight. They play Liverpool, Aston Villa and Newcastle, respectively.

Sunday’s highlight game is likely West Ham United against Manchester City. The defending champions look poised to continue their domination at the top of the Premier League. Can any club slow down the Citizens, which have won four of the last five Premier League titles?

NBC coverage on opening weekend in the Premier League

The majority of the games discussed above are exclusively airing on Peacock this weekend. The early start to the season coincides with NBC’s coverage of the 2022 Women’s Open Championship. The only games airing on TV are Friday’s London derby between Arsenal and Palace. Then, on Saturday, Everton and Chelsea play at 12:30. Both of these games air on USA Network and Universo.

Not all is doom and gloom, however. Goal Rush, the whip-around show that covers all the goals and major moments for one window of games, makes its return, as well, on Saturday at 10 in the morning. In that time frame, there are four games on the schedule.

Peacock is also the home of much of NBC’s studio coverage this weekend. Premier League Live on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at noon are both on USA Network, as is the concluding Goal Zone for those days.

However, the pregame and postgame shows for the other windows are on Peacock, just like the games.

Also, keep an eye out for games airing in 4K. You do need a certain subscription and hardware, but there are games each weekend airing in 4K. For the opening weekend in the Premier League, that is Friday’s Arsenal-Palace game. Then, on Saturday, the Everton-Chelsea contest is also in 4K.

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EPL commentators on NBC: Matchday One

All of the following times are U.S. Eastern Time.

Friday, August 5

3 p.m. — Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVDirecTV StreamSling Blue — Peter Drury, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux. – IN 4K.

Saturday, August 6

7:30 a.m. — Fulham vs. Liverpool. Peacock Premium — Jim Proudfoot and Jim Beglin.

10 a.m. — Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa. Peacock Premium — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale.

10 a.m. — Leeds United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Peacock Premium — David Stowell and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

10 a.m. — Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest. Peacock Premium — Ian Crocker and Andy Walker.

10 a.m. — Tottenham vs. Southampton. Peacock Premium — Seb Hutchinson and Efan Ekoku.

12:30 p.m. — Everton vs. Chelsea. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVDirecTV StreamSling Blue — Peter Drury, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux. – IN 4K.

Sunday, August 7

9 a.m. — Leicester City vs. Brentford. Peacock Premium — Tony Jones and Leon Osman.

9 a.m. — Manchester United vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium — Daniel Mann and Jim Beglin.

11:30 a.m. — West Ham United vs. Manchester City. Peacock Premium — Peter Drury, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Fat Bastard

    August 7, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Odd that the sport (golf) that had the gold standard of commentary set by Henry Longhurst has now been invaded by Arlo White. Old Henry knew when to shut up and let the game be the star. Arlo will bludgeon golf with inane statistics. Now NBC needs to let Tim Howard go after his Lukaku debacle.

  2. MIB Fan

    August 6, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    Peacock app on my Flex device was updated. New navigation UI that was smoother. Joining a match in the middle gave the option to watch major moments before going live.

    At noon, it looked like USA feed cut off Peter Drury in the middle of his soliloquy to go to commercial

  3. Lou Bruno

    August 6, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    After hearing more from Peter Drury and the on the pitch team does any of the American listeners on USA Network think that an “American” voice in the broadcast booth would be a good addition? No ugly American here and truly appreciate all the English play by play commentators but just thinking it would help the American audience.

    • MarkB

      August 8, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      My personal opinion would be ,no. I don’t really want to hear: “In the six”, “on frame” or “pee-kays” or other americanisms when I’m watching matches from another country.

  4. Paul

    August 6, 2022 at 7:28 am

    It was so nice to watch the Arsenal-Crystal Palace match on USA and having Peter Drury on the call, a vast improvement over listening to Arlo White!

    • greg

      August 7, 2022 at 1:41 am

      I didn’t see much of that but did watch lots of Everton-Chelsea. I’ve heard him lots of times before of course, but I was struck here, with LeSeaux and Dixon, that there was much less chatter during the match. Drury does have his soliloquy moments to start and end matches (and sometimes after big goals in big matches), but he often does just let the action speak for itself, which results in Dixon and LeSeaux speaking less. I thought Drury’s penchant for speaking less was due to being on British tv with Beglin and other less talkative co-coms. But he’s carried it over here and it works.

      A welcome change in dynamic from White…can’t say I miss him. Hope he’s happy with his Saudi blood money.

  5. Big Dan

    August 6, 2022 at 6:34 am

    New for 2022-23 season:

    Spanish-language world feed commentators have been hired by Telemundo in conjunction with Premier League Productions/IMG.

    For Matchweek 1, only those based at Telemundo Center in Miami will be deployed:

    Fulham v Liverpool – Jesús Eduardo Acosta (VEN) & Jaime Fernando Macías (ECU)
    Bournemouth v Aston Villa – Diego Pessolano (ARG) & Walter Reinardo Roque (VEN)
    Newcastle v Nottingham Forest – Oscar Salazar (VEN) & Juan Guillermo Arango (COL)
    Tottenham v Southampton – Jorge Calvo (MEX) & Luis Gerardo Bucci (VEN)

    Man Utd v Brighton – Acosta & Macías
    Leicester v Brentford – Calvo & Bucci

    Spanish-language world feed commentators based at Telemundo’s Mexico City bureau will be deployed starting Matchweek 2.

    Only Paramount+ Mexico/Central America & Star+ South America (except Brazil) are using the Spanish-language world feed commentary as of Matchweek 1.

    Don’t know if Peacock Premium (US) will ever offer Spanish-language world feed commentary.

    • Timely78

      August 6, 2022 at 12:25 pm

      Spanish world feed do other leagues do that

      • Big Dan

        August 7, 2022 at 7:11 pm

        @Timely78:

        Spain’s LaLiga offers English-language world feed commentary with English-language graphics, and Spanish-language world feed commentary with Spanish-language graphics.

        Argentine 1st Division offers Spanish-language world feed commentary with Spanish-language graphics ONLY. The English-language feed available via Paramount+ US is produced exclusively for Paramount+ US.

  6. Jon

    August 6, 2022 at 4:28 am

    No Banshee, old favourites like Tony Jones, Gary Taphouse, and Tony Gale, and Drury-free World feed options all weekend. Chuffed to bits!

  7. Azer

    August 5, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    It’s the same old, same old with NBC Sports. Nothing has changed for the new season. I was expecting new graphics, new score bug, etc. How hard is it to hire a digital graphic designer. Is that too much to ask? I guess so. Why does a yellow card look like a pretzel stick. At the pre-game show, I noticed they used the lineups from Premier League production instead of the lineups graphics from last season. Improve your product NBC, give us something new. Rebecca and the analysts are awesome, great team, the people behind the scenes are beyond clueless.

    • greg

      August 6, 2022 at 6:26 am

      That line-up presentation was awful. Their bottom-screen banner covered the names of the subs. I hope they realize how bad it was and fix it. Wonder if they even do a tech rehearsal to spot things like that.

    • Buckles

      August 8, 2022 at 5:04 am

      Yup all the same. Yet they changed the NFL graphics package for the Super Bowl. Soccer is always the last to get the updates (fox does the same thing).

  8. Lou Bruno

    August 5, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    While I didn’t favor letting Arlo go I will admit to enjoying the call of the match by Peter Druy today.

  9. bill

    August 5, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    ahhhhhh its back!!! I am able to work from home as needed and of course I was sitting in front of the TV at 2pm, work laptop on my lap, to watch opening day.

    GREAT to have the NBC team back in the studio for an hour. It felt kinda wierd not having Arlo with the 2 guys but I’m a big Peter Drury guy so it was fun.

    Gunners Gunners Gunners!!!

    My son is 27, lifelong Liverpool guy, I’m in North Carolina he is in Rhode Island but we will be eating Breakfast tommorrow together (virtualy) as we watch Liverpool vs Fulham. good times!

  10. John

    August 5, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Great to see Rebecca & some of the chaps back today!

    It is too bad USA has to carry the live golf from Scotland at the same time as so many matches this weekend. But, As a former Arlo defender (until the LIV move), I wish all the best to Peter Drury, who we know is terrific, for a long relationship with NBC . I hope the chemistry with Graehm & Lee will be good, too. Here we go week 1

  11. cmasia

    August 5, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    The 9 year history of Arlo white was completely whitewashed and ignored in the first “Premier League Live” pre-match show!

    • greg

      August 6, 2022 at 6:25 am

      Yeah, his departure must have been fairly negative behind the scenes. Weird, how of three significant on-air people who’ve left (Neil Ashton, Kyle Martino, Arlo) only Ashton got anything resembling a decent goodbye. I was surprised that Martino’s leaving didn’t really register anything.

  12. Dstorm

    August 5, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Worth noting that historically the 4k feed has NOT been the NBC broadcasters but it is the world feed. Assuming that will continue this year.

  13. Cooper Jones

    August 5, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Why did World Feed not bring back Steve Banyard to replace Peter Drury? I am not a huge fan of Conor McNamara’s commentary.

  14. locofooty

    August 5, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Seems like McNamara and Proudfoot.

  15. MIB Fan

    August 5, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Who is on the call for the world feed? i.e. who is Peter Drury’s replacement? Jim Proudfoot?

    • Canada Rules, Baby!

      August 6, 2022 at 6:19 am

      English world feed & 4K commentators:

      Crystal Palace v Arsenal – Conor McNamara & Andy Townsend

      Everton v Chelsea – Conor McNamara & Matt Holland

      West Ham v Man City – Jim Proudfoot & Andy Townsend

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