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NBC Sports pulls out all stops with plans for EPL coverage

By Paul Kennedy

NBC Sports will provide live coverage of all 380 English Premier League in an ambitious plan to blanket the airwaves with English soccer.

Coverage, which begins Aug. 17, will include 20 games on NBC and 154 on NBC Sports Network.

Moreover ...

-- All 380 matches will air live on television with studio pre- and post-game coverage;
-- All 380 matches be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra on desktop, mobile and tablets;
-- Games not aired on a designated NBCUniversal channel will be made available to distributors via Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow television channels available at no extra cost for each of their customers who receives NBC Sports Network;
-- Championship Sunday on May 11, 2014, will feature all 10 EPL matches available live on a different NBCUniversal channel;
-- There will be 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2;
-- NBC will produce than 600 hours of studio and original programming surrounding Premier League.

The studio and magazine shows will include the usual preview and wrapup shows -- even a two-hour Match of the Day show -- and NBC's 36 series following the lives of EPL players over 36 hours leading up to a match.

It will also offer Game Cut-Downs, a two-hour show featuring cut-down versions of Manchester United and Manchester City matches on Mondays and Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham matches on Tuesdays.

NBC'S EPL TALENT. Arlo White, the voice of MLS since NBC Sports began MLS coverage in 2011, will return to his native England to serve as the lead play-by-play voice for its EPL coverage.

Former Premier League stars Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will join White as analysts. Former England star and BBC presenter Gary Lineker will serve as a special contributor to NBC Sports' Premier League coverage and occasionally host on-site studio coverage.

Former Jamaican international Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will serve as studio analysts, alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe, from NBC Sports' Premier League studio in Stamford, Conn.

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4 comments about "NBC Sports pulls out all stops with plans for EPL coverage".
  1. Tom Symonds, April 17, 2013 at 6:27 p.m.

    Bravo, NBC! I am so glad to be rid of Fox. If NBC covers soccer as well as they're covering (and improving) Formula One, then we are in for a real treat next season.

  2. ROBERT BOND, April 18, 2013 at 9:43 a.m.

    Paul, any chance Buendesliga gets better coverage?

  3. Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan, April 18, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.

    Interesting! And While the English Premier League 'hogs' a lot more lime-light, whose Football and which 'leagues' will continue their helter-skelter into oblivion? 'ADD VALUE TO THE FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE!' This 'global-village' is not working well for anyone

  4. john kotselas, April 18, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.

    Used to watch EPL on PBS in the 80's with Toby Charles commentating..."what a wicked shot!!!!" I hope NBC utilizes someone with some enthusiasm and passion for the game like "Toby", instead of these boring, modern, American soccer sportscasters who seem to be on qualudes.

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