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5 days until Premier League season begins on NBC Sports

Aug 12, 2013, 4:40 PM EST

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The countdown has begun. Get excited folks, it all kicks off later this week.

You should have realized by now, but here’s another reminder that the 2013-14 Premier League season is creeping up on us.

Over the past week at ProSoccerTalk, we’ve been working our little socks off previewing all the teams and looking at how the season will pan out. Check out all our Premier League previews here.

So, five days from today – Saturday, August 17 – NBC Sports Group kicks off the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world.

PREMIER LEAGUE NUMBER OF THE DAY: 5

5 current players have scored more than 120 career Premier League goals: Robin van Persie (122), Nicolas Anelka (123), Jermain Defoe (123), Wayne Rooney (156), and Frank Lampard (165).

And talking of all those current Premier League greats, here’s a former star, NBC Sports Group’s Premier League analyst Lee Dixon. He caught up with NBC before the start of the season to answer a few questions:

What I am most looking forward to this Premier League season is…

A more competitive race for the title. It’s very interesting with what is happening in the transfer window at the moment. People ask me who I think will win the league, but the fact that the window doesn’t close for another three weeks makes it impossible to decide. With Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, and Wayne Rooney there are still some massive moves to happen, but to where?

Before I go on air, I need…

A cup of tea! Ha. Notes are done. Prep is complete. I always find the first five minutes of a game very interesting with the formations, energy levels and tempo of each team. It sets the game. I concentrate on this period very intently as it’s very important, which normally makes me quite focused and irritable pre-match!

There is no way…

Manchester United will have it as easy as they did last year. Manchester City were complacent after their win in 2012. Not this year.

The game that I’m looking forward to in the first few months of the season is…

The first one I’m calling! Swansea v. Manchester United (12:30 PM ET on NBC). What a great start to NBC’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League.

If I’m not watching soccer…

I like to ride my bike; I’m a very keen cyclist. I will probably be riding to some of the stadiums during the season — cut down on NBC expenses!

Coverage begins Saturday at 7 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the Liverpool-Stoke City match and continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group will make available in the United States all 380 games from the Premier League. That’s more than anywhere else on the globe (including the U.K.).  All games will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

  1. mvktr2 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    He’s looking forward to, “A more competitive race for the title.” Really?

    Newsflash Alert ALERT ALERT!!!
    There are maybe 5 teams in the EPL capable of winning the title … maybe 5, more like 3. It isn’t going to be more competitive anytime soon. It might be a more even race among some of them but it’s not like Sunderland or Everton or any of the other 14, 15, 16, or even 17 teams outside the top 3 have any chance at all thus such a statement is a total nonstarter.

    I suspect few fans watch the EPL for the title race … well at least the fans of the non top 3 or 4, they watch it for the game day competition and overall class on display. Very poor analysis indeed!

    • danielofthedale - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Man you need to chill out and look up the word competitive. Man U pretty had a Sunday stroll to the title last season with pressure from no team. If just one team is within 6pts coming to April it will be a more competitive season this year.

    • midtec2005 - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Absolutely. This is kind of irritating because this will likely suck a lot of money out of MLS too… to funnel it to a league that’s across an ocean! I can drive to see Columbus, not Man. U. The EPL in this country is a niche market, and will always remain so, but MLS has a chance to be something much larger.

      • geojock - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Yeah, NBC did great things since they picked up MLS, hopefully NBC will have them compliment each other and didnt just use MLS to transition to EPL.

      • joeyt360 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        Doesn’t bother me. If it hadn’t been for the Premier League, Clint Dempsey wouldn’t have had such fanfare signing with MLS as he did. He wouldn’t have gotten to do like a dozen national/international interviews on the topic.

        The extra Premier League coverage will mean that a few years down the road, it’ll be worth just that much more to an MLS team to take a run at a Wayne Rooney.

  2. geojock - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Premier League on NBC. Premier League on NBC. Premier League on NBC.

  3. atxnole - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Is there a link to a detailed analysis from NBC of what each game will be on and what is available for people with NBC Sports Network on their TV package? Will all games be available for online streaming via NBC Sports Live Extra? Stuff like this.

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