Category: NBC

Top 10 Premier League TV markets in the United States

NBC Sports Group has revealed the top 10 U.S. markets with the highest combined ratings across NBC, NBCSN and USA Network for Premier League matches this season (through Feb. 14): Here’s the list: 1. Washington, DC 2. Hartford & New Haven 3. West Palm Beach 4. Boston 4. Philadelphia 6. New York 7. Dallas 8. Columbus, OH 8. Tulsa 10. Baltimore As a comparison, here’s the top 10 TV markets for last summer’s Women’s World Cup, which was shown across the FOX networks: 1. St. Louis 2. Washington D.C. 3. Richmond 4. Kansas City 5. Sacramento 6. Baltimore 7. Orlando ... Read more

Count your lucky stars you’re watching the Premier League in the US, not UK

The majesty of Jamie Vardy’s goal for Leicester against Liverpool on Tuesday night will live long in the memory of soccer fans who witnessed it. If you were fortunate to watch it live, it’s was incredulous. If you watched it on delay, it was still sublime. But if you lived in the United Kingdom, it wasn’t on TV. The best you could have hoped for on TV was a highlight at the end of Tuesday night or on Wednesday morning. Instead, UK TV showed West Ham United versus Aston Villa live. God bless them. Leicester against Liverpool, the most attractive game of the ... Read more

Premier League TV rights battle in US has begun

The battle for Premier League TV rights in the United States for seasons 2016-2019 has begun. According to a World Soccer Talk source, the Premier League sent out invitation to tender letters during the first week of July. The interested bidders — such as FOX Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports and others — will have an opportunity to begin the process of gathering materials and readying their bids. The Premier League uses a closed-bidding system where none of the TV networks knows what the rivals are bidding. The process can often take several weeks. Plus, there’s a chance that the bidding ... Read more

Telemundo draws record-breaking audience for Women’s World Cup final

Over 1.2 million viewers tuned in to Telemundo for the final game of the 2015 Women’s World Cup to watch the highly anticipated rematch between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Japan. Called by the legendary Andrés Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik, Telemundo’s ratings saw an increase of 97% from the 2011 final with a staggering 342% increase from the tournament average during the network’s digital stream. Telemundo has been broadcasting the Women’s World Cup alongside FOX, utilizing their partnership of NBC UNIVERSO and bringing all 52 games in the World Cup across the multiple platforms making it the most games ... Read more

Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux to join Arlo White in announcing Hull-Man United match

Sunday’s finale to the 2014/15 Premier League season will feature three people in the booth for the first time this season when commentator Arlo White will be joined by co-commentators Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux to announce the Hull City against Manchester United match, live on NBC from 10am-Noon ET. The complete list of announcers for this Sunday’s 10am-Noon ET matches are: Hull City v. Manchester United, NBC, Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux Chelsea v. Sunderland, NBCSN, Peter Drury and Jim Beglin Newcastle v. West Ham United, USA, Jim Proudfoot and Danny Mills Stoke City v. Liverpool, ... Read more

How the Premier League could split US TV Packages for 2016-19

Sports Business Daily reported on Tuesday that the Premier League is considering splitting packages for the next round US TV rights, which will run from 2016 to 2019. This would follow the precedent set by the league in other major markets such as the UK. The Premier League has experienced a surge of popularity in the American market since 2010. Much of this upswing in US interest has occurred on the watch of incumbent rights-holder, NBC. The report also outlined that ESPN and FOX do not plan a joint bid for the Premier League rights. The previous bidding cycle saw ... Read more

Who do you think will win the Premier League US TV rights for 2016-19?

In May or June of this year, the bidding for the 2016-19 Premier League TV rights is expected to begin with FOX Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports ready to begin a bidding war to determine who will acquire the rights to the world’s most popular sports league. Despite NBC raising the bar on soccer coverage in the United States and growing the average Premier League viewing audience by 10% compared to last year, nothing is guaranteed. Distribution on NBC’s free-to-air network is a bonus for the Premier League as well as the increased exposure the league has received these past two years thanks ... Read more

Manchester derby ranks as most-watched Premier League game in US cable TV history

Sunday’s Manchester United against Manchester City derby televised on NBCSN averaged 1.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched Premier League match in US cable TV history. The broadcast, which peaked at 1.3 million viewers, was aired from 11am-1pm ET live from Old Trafford in England. The game was also the third-most streamed Premier League match on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC’s streaming app service. NBCSN featured live on-site coverage from Old Trafford on Sunday, including in-stadium and pitch-side studios, with the entire Premier League announce team working together on-location in the United Kingdom for the first time since NBC Sports ... Read more