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NBC Universal acquires exclusive English Premier League rights in United States

Oct 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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NBCUniversal will soon become the exclusive U.S. media rights holder for English Premier League soccer, officials from NBC and the NBC Sports Group announced Sunday night.

The multi-year agreement begins with the 2013-14 season. NBCUniversal will have both the English- and Spanish-language media rights to all 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States.

So games previously seen in the United States on Fox Soccer Channel or across the ESPN networks will be seen on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBCSports.com. Spanish-language broadcasts will be seen on Telemundo and mun2.

NBC’s soccer properties now include Major League Soccer, U.S. men’s and women’s national team contests, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer coverage and the venerable Premier League (beginning in 10 months).

Here is the official announcement from NBC:

NEW YORK – October 28, 2012 – NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, has acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Premier League through a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season, both parties announced today. Per the agreement, NBCUniversal becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States.

“The Barclays Premier League is the preeminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the U.S.,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “NBCU will provide the broadest programming and promotional commitment that the league has ever experienced here in the United States. The Premier League provides NBCU with best-in-class content for 10 months of the year across our far-reaching broadcast, cable and digital platforms. This is a perfect match.”

“The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting and will showcase the Barclays Premier League to fans across the USA through its extensive network of channels and high quality production,” said Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore. “We are extremely pleased that NBC has chosen to invest in the Premier League and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Each of the 20 Premier League teams plays 38 matches over a 41-week period from August to May. Although specific programming details will be announced at a later date, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBCSports.com will all be utilized to present live Premier League coverage, as well as Telemundo and mun2 for Spanish-language coverage. Additional NBCUniversal platforms and networks will occasionally be scheduled to air Premier League matches, while NBC Sports Live Extra will provide the live streaming platform across web, tablet and mobile devices.

The NBC Sports Group will also produce comprehensive shoulder programming around its live-event coverage of the Premier League, including pre- and post-match shows, as well as highlight and weekly wrap-up programs. It is also developing a package to make sure the most avid fans have access to every Premier League match.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage The NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premiere League matches, as well comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

  1. sinc79 - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    @Mark Lazarus

    I’m 33 and affluent. Ian Darke introduced me to the World Cup and the EPL. If you actually listen really carefully to him, he’s probably the best commentator in all of sports. He’s factual, has historical references, has amazing quirky British sayings (I learn a new one every game), and has made already made some timeless calls (see the World Cup and Man City 2011).

    I guess what I want to say is that I like watching the EPL, but I have to watch every game he and Macca call on ESPN now. If you can deliver Sir Ian and while I’m at it, Macca too, you will have that must-watch broadcast every network surely seeks.

    #KeepDarkeInMyLivingRoom

  2. footballer4ever - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    @sinc79

    Who does America love again?

  3. tottenhamhotspursfan - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    You’ve just made a seriously good move signing Barclay’s Premier League! Now if you could just get some cricket on too, you’d be batting 1000!

    Thanks

  4. footballer4ever - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    @tottenhamhotspursfan

    To ask for cricket at this point, it’s asking too much too soon. Let NBC develop the sport and both league’s (MLS/EPL) popularity before pushing the envelope.

  5. chmba - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    GREAT!!! Now they won’t be cluttering up ESPN and I can watch real sports.

  6. footballer4ever - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    ROTFLMAO, whatever hater!

  7. fblovinyankee - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    DO NOT SCREW THIS UP NBC. The very best commentator of English football, hell any football, is Ian Darke! Steal him from ESPN – buy him a home in the U. S. pay him piles of money!!! His pairing with Steve McManaman on ESPN2 is the reason to get up at Saturday 6:30am cst to watch a match. Ian Darke can make the dullest of matches seem grand – his personality, knowledge of the sport and bloody fabulous use of the english language cannot be matched. NBC do not make the mistake of utilizing american former players who do not have first hand knowledge of the EPL, England and European football and its history. I will watch because I adore football and EPL football in particular but I will mute that bloody tv if you leave it to the likes of former MSL players and american commentators and watch matches in silence. It so frustrating to live in america and have European football left to the likes of amateurs and the bloody mysterious from Quatar!!!

  8. footballer4ever - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    @fblovinyankee

    You sure love Ian Darke, don’t you?

    I must admit he is a great football sportscaster who knows what to say, how to say it and most importantly when not to say anything at all when the situation requires it. I don’t like to criticize American sportscasters because they are contributing to our sport. They must realize babbling nonsense info or anecdotes during a game only makes it feel worthless. Stick to the main thing, narrate the game.

  9. tracylake2002 - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    English premiere league have a great attraction to soccer loving people.They have the teams of having same potential line up for matches.They have many popular clubs such as Man city,Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool,Arsenal, Tottenham.All these club have many valuable and talented players.The matches of EPL represents exciting moment.Most of the matches are so much exciting for the viewers.I congratulates their next step in US.

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