NBCUniversal Networks To Televise All 10 EPL Matches Sunday
Sunday marks the final day of the EPL season, and all 10 of the matches scheduled for that day will be televised live simultaneously at 10:00am ET across 10 NBCUniversal networks: NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Esquire Network, Syfy, Oxygen, E! and Bravo. Spanish-language networks Telemundo and mun2 "will televise one match each, as well." NBC Sports Group President of Programming Jon Miller said, "There is no precedent for it in sports broadcasting" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/5 issue). Viewers also can stream all 10 matches via NBC Sports Live Extra. The "long awaited lineup" of matches was revealed earlier this week (NBCSPORTS.com, 5/7).
In conjunction with the matches, NBCSN is staging watch parties at 70 soccer pubs in the U.S. that will show all of Sunday's games. Pubs in N.Y., DC, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, S.F., L.A. and Miami are participating (NBCSN).
Meanwhile, EPL club Aston Villa will head into a "summer of uncertainty," with "question marks hanging over the heads" of Owner Randy Lerner and manager Paul Lambert. The club could finish as high as 12th or as low as 17th after Sunday's home match against Tottenham, with a difference in prize money of US$112.2M or US$122.3M (EXPRESSANDSTAR.com, 5/9).