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Tim Howard joins NBC Sports’ Premier League broadcast team on multi-year deal

Jul 29, 2014, 9:42 AM EST

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You loved watching him play for the U.S. at the World Cup this summer and now, as well as seeing him play for Everton, you can listen to his thoughts on Premier League games live on NBC Sports once again this season.

On Tuesday it was confirmed that Tim Howard will be in the booth and in the studio this PL season for NBC, as the U.S. national team hero returns to work for the NBC Sports Group after agreeing a new multi-year contract.

Howard, 35, was involved seven times last season and in the upcoming 2014-15 campaign he will work on up to 10 games as he slots in his broadcasts commitments around his main job of being Everton’s goalkeeper. Of course.

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Down in Brazil this summer Howard became an icon for the U.S. national team as he recorded the most saves by any ‘keeper ever in a single World Cup match. In the USA’s brave 2-1 extra time defeat to Belgium in the Round of 16 match, Howard stood on his head as he made 16 saves and his popularity rose exponentially across America.

Here’s more information on Howard’s deal with NBC Sports from the press release.

Tim Howard, goalkeeper for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2014 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and for Everton in the Barclays Premier League, will join NBC Sports Group’s Premier League on-air team in a multi-year agreement, it was announced today.

Howard will work up to 10 Premier League games this season, serving as game analyst in the booth or in an on-site studio for the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. His assignments will be scheduled around Everton matches and will focus on top-tier games.

Howard served as a NBCSN analyst on six game telecasts and one on-site studio last season.  In the seven matches immediately prior to Howard’s NBCSN appearances, Everton recorded six victories and one loss.

“Tim had an impressive debut on our telecasts last season and we are excited to have him join our Premier League team on a more extensive basis,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. “As an active Premier League player, he contributes unique perspective and insight to our broadcasts.”

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Isn’t this a conflict of interest, since he still plays in that league? And also a distraction from his job with Everton? I don’t know why this is permitted by his team or the league.

    • r8drbehindenemylines - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Why? One word: Revenue. Good for Timmy. Great opportunity to extend his brand while helping to continue build popularity of The Beautiful Game with the American audience.

    • Greg - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      It’s only 10 games, in the UK players often appear as pundits on SKY’s coverage as long as their team isn’t involved (or playing that day). He”s not going to be commentating on a Everton game, though a wireless mic might be interesting

    • jslip1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      If it doesn’t interfere with his duties at the club I highly doubt they could stop him. He’s not commentating on Everton games. He’s not missing their games. He’s not missing practice.

      NBC would bend over backwards to have him on set anyway. Dude is a recognizable and popular face for US fans.

  2. djp141 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Love Timmy, but he’s unlistenable as a color analyst.

    • jhnyr45 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      anything beats Taylor Twellman

    • geejon - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Really? Curious as to what you don’t like about his work. We’re all entitled to our opinions of course but I thought he was pretty good and enjoyed Howard’s games …. unlike Kasey Keller’s.

      • djp141 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        What didn’t I like about his work? The fact that he sounded like a guy who had never done color commentary before. I’m all for on-the-job training, but not on broadcast tv. He was also very reluctant to criticize players, for obvious reasons. Just don’t feel like he added very much. Five years from now, he might be great. But he’s got a ways to go.

    • carvivlie - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      I agree. He has an awful on air voice. Further, I don’t want to listen to a current player call my team’s games. Cut to him during halftime for studio analysis fine, but do not want to listen to him all game!!!!!!

      And I’ve never watched a premier game in England where a current player was calling the game. Why is this acceptable? Does Tom Brady call Cowboys games? Is Derek Jeter calling Boston games? No.

      I love that NBC shows all of the games but their officiating crews suck for the most part. Pay the extra money and use some Brit broadcasters who can really provide insights from decades long experience.

  3. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Speaking of “building a brand”, I’m surprised we haven’t seen Tim show up in a half-dozen ad campaigns yet.

    • r8drbehindenemylines - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      It’s coming. He was one the cover of Adweek a couple of weeks ago and the story alluded to a number opportunities that are in front of him. This is just the first gig he’s going to get.

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