NBC Sports changes the game for football in America with exclusive Premier League TV line-up
Michelle Clancy | 17-04-2013
In what marks a watershed moment for the appreciation of 'soccer' in the United States, NBC Sports has announced that it will carry all 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League football season.
The matches will be presented live on NBC Sports Group's television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels. NBC Sports Group's schedule, which begins on Saturday 17 August, includes live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA.
NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, acquired the exclusive US media rights to the Premier League through a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season. Per the agreement, NBCUniversal becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches across all media platforms and devices in the United States, knocking FOX Sports and ESPN out of the tournament.
Programming will include: the matches with studio pre- and post-game coverage; all games available online live via NBC Sports Live Extra; 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; and on Championship Sunday – 11 May 2014 — all ten Premier League matches will be available live on a different NBCUniversal channel. The line-up will also include 76 Spanish-language telecasts – ten on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2 – and more than 600 hours of Premier League original programming.