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NBC Sports announces Premier League programming plans

Apr 16, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT


The on-air talent behind NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage wasn’t the only big announcement made Tuesday. NBC also rolled out its programming plans for the 2013-14 season that includes live multi-platform (television and digital) coverage of all 380 matches, live television coverage of Championship Sunday (May 11, 2014) on NBC Universal channels, and more than 600 hours of original and weekly studio programming on NBC Sports Network.

For the first time ever fans will have live access to all 380 games of the Barclays Premier League. Here’s how it works. All matches will be presented live on television with studio pre and post game coverage. The matches will also be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Games not aired on a designated NBC Universal channel will be made available to distributors via Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow television channels available at no extra cost for customers who receive NBC Sports Network. As NBC acquired both English and Spanish rights, the bundle will include 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2.

NBC will also be providing a host of new and traditional Premier League content, including (but not limited to): Premier League Countdown (a preview of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season); Premier League 36 ( NBC Sports Network’s acclaimed series that follows athletes for the 36 hours leading up to a game); and Premier League Goal Zone (a 30-minute program on Sunday highlighting all the goals of the weekend) as well as traditional favorites Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2 and Barclay’s Premier League Preview/Review/World and much more.

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Last October when NBC Universal shelled out the reported $250 million to acquire the three year package of rights for the English Premier League, many wondered what kind of coverage would be provided. The answer is now clear – unprecedented coverage. Whether you support Arsenal or Norwich, Manchester United or Swansea, you’ll be able to catch every single one of your squad’s matches live from your couch or standing in line at the airport. Say goodbye to monthly fees for digital platforms and say hello to a fully integrated multi-platform setup that looks poised to take the Premier League coverage in America to the next level.

Game on!

For more information, check out the full press release below:


Live Multi-Platform Coverage of All 380 Matches

Matches to Air Live on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra and Other NBCUniversal Channels

All 10 Matches on Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014 – Available Live on an NBCUniversal Television Channel

More than 600 Hours of Original and Weekly Studio Programming on NBC Sports Network

New York – April 16, 2013 – All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season 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, August 17, 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.

As previously announced in October 2012, NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, acquired the exclusive U.S. 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.

Details of the 2013-2014 NBC Sports Group Premier League programming include:

  • All 380 matches presented live on television with studio pre- and post-game coverage;
  • All 380 matches streamed 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;
  • Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014, when all 10 Premier League matches will be available live on a different NBCUniversal channel;
  • 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2;
  • More than 600 hours of Premier League original programming.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Every Barclays Premier League match will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets and, in most cases, on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services. The vast majority of Barclays Premier League matches will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of these services.

NBC Sports Live Extra provides a primary and second screen experience across mobile, tablet and desktop, delivering high quality video, match/player stats and video highlights while aggregating Premier League content from social media.

PREMIER LEAGUE EXTRA TIME: All games not aired on a designated NBCUniversal channel will be made available to distributors on 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: The biggest day on the Premier League schedule is the last day of the season when all 20 teams play at the same time. NBCUniversal will present each match of Championship Sunday live across a host of NBCU channels, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, MSNBC, E! and more.

STUDIO AND ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING: NBC Sports Network will present more than 600 hours each year of studio and original programming surrounding Premier League. Shows include:

  • Premier League Countdown – A preview of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season;
  • Premier League Download – With the help of a number of high-profile celebrity supporters, comedians and journalists, Premier League Download will explore what it is that’s so intensely loved – and loathed – about England’s topflight league. Long-time supporters will enjoy the lively commentary, while new fans will learn the language of the only league that matters;
  • Premier League 36 – NBC Sports Network’s acclaimed 36 series that follows athletes for the 36 hours leading up to a game/match/race comes to the Premier League;
  • Premier League Goal Zone – A 30-minute program airing after the matches on Sunday with highlights of all the goals scored on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Game Cut-Downs – On Monday nights, NBCSN will present a two-hour show featuring cut-down versions of the Manchester United and Manchester City matches. On Tuesdays, a two-hour program will feature the Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham matches;
  • Match of the Day – A two-hour show featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game on Saturday. This show is modeled after the highly-regarded BBC show of the same name. Match of the Day will re-air on Sunday mornings;
  • Match of the Day 2 – A 90-minute show featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game on Sunday. This show is modeled after the BBC show of the same name;
  • Match of the Week – On Sunday nights, NBCSN will re-air the best match of the weekend in its entirety;
  • Barclays Premier League World – A weekly magazine show produced by Premier League;
  • Barclays Premier League Preview – A weekly show produced by Premier League that previews the upcoming week’s matches;
  • Barclays Premier League Review – A weekly show produced by Premier League that recaps all the matches from the past week.

GAMES BY PLATFORM (Subject to Change)
NBC 20
Premier League Extra Time 184
Telemundo/Mun2 76
Other NBCU Channels 22
NBC Sports Live Extra 380

Saturday Sunday Monday/Midweek
7 a.m. – NBCSN 8 a.m. – NBCSN 2:30 p.m. – NBCSN
10 a.m. – NBCSN 11 a.m. – NBCSN/Telemundo
12:30 p.m. – NBC

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit (

  1. kentuckyfootballclub - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Will we be able to subscribe to NBC Sports Live Extra directly or will we have to have a cable subscription to access it?

    • barrenreich2013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      maybe i’m not reading your comment right, but you need an existing subscription to get anything.

      were you thinking you’d able to subscribe to NBC Sports Live Extra with an antenna connection?

      • kentuckyfootballclub - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        No. Like I can subscribe to Fox Soccer 2Go w/o having to get Fox Soccer or any cable TV package at all.

        I was wondering if there would be something similar offered by NBC.

    • barrenreich2013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Oh, got ya.

      Yeah I am not sure,

      • kentuckyfootballclub - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM


        They said “the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets and, in most cases, on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services.”

        I was not sure if that means they will offer one in addition to those other services or not. That was my biggest problem with beIN.

        We’ll find out eventually.

    • Dennis J - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      looks like need cable TV package, and only from a very limited list of providers.


    • ahmedgamin - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      looks like you have to have cable tv. I’ve given lots of money to Fox Soccer to go service for the last few years and would like to just give that money to NBC instead but they are going to force me to get cable TV which i don’t want or use. Please take my money and give me what i want which is to pay for online on demand access to EPL

      • kentuckyfootballclub - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        They can’t make me get cable. I’ll find other ways to watch what I want. They should take a lesson from MLS Live, it’s an AMAZING streaming service.

  2. krazymunky - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    i never say this. but i literally [edited] reading t

    • krazymunky - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      somehow dragged that link when i pressed post comment….

  3. jpan007 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    PL is going to kill MLS

    • walkoff3 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      I don’t think it will really. Between ESPN and Fox Soccer there is a big opportunity for someone to step up and deliver for MLS. Soccer programming is at a premium, and both these networks cant afford to pass on it.

    • barrenreich2013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      comparing MLS to EPL is like comparing college football to NFL.
      Hamburger to steak.
      Bud Light to homebrew
      itty bitties to tig ol’ bitties

      • scottdware - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Haha, my favorite comment :)

      • mvktr2 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        Generally I think you’re correct. However MLS would be sitting OH SO PRETTY if they were pulling SEC or Big 10 college football numbers, better yet a combo of the two. Such performance if equally or close to equally compensated would stuff hundreds of millions into the coffers annually meaning more talent could be purchased, more investments into academies, scouting, etc. In short it would be phenomenal as compared to it’s current tv ratings/financial package.

        Btw I’m glad you enjoy homebrew, I love it!

  4. goonah4life - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    GREAT news! They need some kind of red zone channel too hehe

  5. chroler142 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I’ve really enjoyed the NBC Sports renaissance, starting with IndyCar and MLS. Now, with F1 and the BPL, there are some natural pairings and lead-ins. JPan commented about MLS, but BPL games will lead into the MLS Saturday and Sunday evening fixtures. I think that will be a good thing for MLS.

    Insomnia led me to catch some of the Chinese Gran Prix and the coverage was excellent.

    One thing NBC, please do not go after the NBA again. It’s not basketball, and its model (and commissioner) is pushing the league toward extinction. Small market teams can’t survive.

    • bamabob - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      You mean teams like Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Portland, etc?

      • chroler142 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:31 AM

        Five franchises stand to lose $10m or more this year, with another three in the red. That is an improvement, actually. Portland is one of the 10+, Memphis, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Brooklyn are the others. We (Indiana) were in that boat not too long ago.

        Look, for some owners, the losses don’t matter. The Nets and Mavs in the red isn’t a big concern in terms of their future, but 8 out of 30 losing money doesn’t look great for the future.

      • chroler142 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        I used the word “extinction” and that was too strong. What I meant was a transition to a smaller league, aka “contraction,” which the NBA is fighting against. Hope it works out.

  6. udosean - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I actually think this will be GREAT for MLS. Some of the highest ratings for MLS matches on NBCSN occurred during the Olympics. Having a big EPL match as a potential lead-in to an MLS match should boost ratings.

    This will also be good because people will view NBC as a destination channel for soccer and a positive side effect of that will be increased exposure for MLS.

  7. mrtuktoyaktuk - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    The PL Extra Time channels thing is confusing me. So these will be alt channels that will essentially be game feeds only? Distributors have signed on to carry these extra feeds? Almost half the games are going to be shown via this method.

    Validated online access is a pain (and cuts out those without cable/sat sub) but at least it is free (ie not an additional charge).

  8. clinical5 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I hope NBC creates a better feed. Current feeds on NBC Sports Network have low image quality with what looks like 480i – can’t see players’ faces unless camera is specifically zoomed in on a player. Fox Soccer has so far provided the best soccer coverage with high quality feeds and commentators (although I think their feeds/commentators are from SkySports).

    • barrenreich2013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I don’t care what they do as long as I get to see Alexi Lallas doing halftime shows.

      He truly is the best thing going for American soccer. The guy has a ton of personality and I get a good giggle everytime he speaks. I don’t know why but the guy cracks me up.

      PS. Altidore sucks, can’t believe that guy is still playing for US, same with Beasley.
      One of the reasons why American soccer is practically a joke

  9. FeS - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I will miss the spanish announcers on Fox Deportes. Priority on Telemundo/Mun2 will always be the Mexican league, so the EPL it’s second tier.

  10. charliej11 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I just disagree with the idea that this is good for MLS.

    NBC seems to be choosing the foreign league over the American soccer. Hopefully that is not the case. But Arlo is gone.

    They are definitely going all in for English soccer.

    • jpan007 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      x2 it’s all wishful thinking
      All the people claiming this help MLS is just people that don’t watch MLS and don’t care anyway. at least be honest

    • mvktr2 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      I have a similar fear. I’m sure some TV exec. somewhere knows the answer one way or the other, only time will tell.

      My concern, maybe it’s a silver lining, is what this does for MLS when their TV contracts expire in 2014. Currently iirc every TV contract MLS has expires after the 2014 season conveniently on the heels of the 2014 World Cup. I was so looking forward to this as MLS was finally going to have ‘some’ bargaining power and was looking to see some significant jumps in TV revenue.

      How will this move impact the new TV contracts is my question. Will this move by NBC force ESPN’s hand and make MLS a more desired commodity to them or does it reduce the bidding war between the two as it’ll be safe to assume MLS is secondary soccer property to the EPL? One thing’s for sure MLS coverage is now a full fledged step-child to EPL coverage on NBC Sports simply due to the vast difference between investments. The more valuable investment will always be protected, promoted, etc. at the expense of lesser investments when push comes to shove.

  11. barrenreich2013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t mind MLS and I’m glad to see the league is doing well.

    But MLS can’t piss in the same toilet as the EPL.

    So this NBC deal is great news for the real soccer fans in this country.

    One more thing that is unrelated: to the MLS fans (not including Seattle and a few other good fan groups) who try to chant like the EPL fans:
    it doesn’t sound right when you have 50 fans singing, each one trying to amplify their voice to sound like that one individual is 50 fans himself.
    PS: im from Dallas, and the fan group here is borderline retarded. It probably didn’t help when they decided to build the stadium out in Frisco (AKA pleasantville), 40 miles from downtown Dallas.

    I haven’t been to a game in a while, but I doubt it has improved.

    And remember, this is coming from somebody who has more soccer blood in his pinky, than most of you in your entire bodies.

    • mvktr2 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      Your Eurosnob card is in the mail.

      You’re like the macho urbanite NFL ‘fan’ that can’t fathom the appeal of college football or the rabid alumni humping cfb fan that wouldn’t give a rip about his local high school team. A ‘real’ football fan would appreciate any of the 3 for what they are. The same analogy applies to ‘real soccer fans in this country’.

      If only I had more soccer blood in me! Send me a pic I’ll start a shrine to you oh great barren – his soccer holiness.

      Now get off the computer before your dad catches you.

  12. ndnut - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    No tv is needed for Live Extra. This is what NBC uses for SNF, Notre Dame Football, and all other sports on NBC networks. There is usually a link near the top of and there is also an app available. I have used this feature many times for American Football, and I look forward to using it for EPL.

  13. ndnut - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Also, can somebody explain EPL Extra Time? Do I need to request it, or does it automatically go on to my guide?

  14. danielofthedale - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Come one man! You give the EPL hours and hours of non game program time and nothing to MLS? I mean what will it take to get a review/preview show for MLS that is a half hour or an hour long? Is that really to much to ask for.

  15. footballer4ever - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Having English Football Premier league games on NBC/NBCSN and its affiliates only confirms football’s growth in the states is a steady growth. NBC is being smart to be the network to think “outside the box” by going after world football and other sports like rugby. NBC, you got my loyalty when it comes to watching sports in your networks.

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