Soccer Media Notes: NBC Heads To U.K. For EPL Kickoff Weekend
The AP's Joe Reedy noted NBC's EPL broadcast team "will be in England for the start of the season" for the third straight year. The net will feature "on-site coverage from three stadiums" from Aug. 9-11 as well as show off its "synergy" with Sky Sports News. The NBC crew of Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will "visit training sites for two teams" and visit the EPL's VAR match center in London. NBC's coverage "begins on Aug. 8 with a transfer day deadline show in London before heading to Liverpool for the Aug. 9 opener against Norwich City" (AP, 7/31).
GOING DEUTSCH: ESPN+ is in the "final stages of picking up Germany's Bundesliga" to add to its "growing array of soccer offerings," according to sources. A package of games is "expected to be exclusively" on the streaming service beginning in '20-21. It "remains possible there could be some games on linear TV," but an "extremely high percentage will be on ESPN+." This year, U.S. coverage of the Bundesliga will be on Fox Sports, which "includes games on FS1 and the Fox network." But the German league in the future "should become ESPN+’s top soccer driver" (N.Y. POST, 7/31).
Every athlete has moments that define their career. #DAZN gives fans an in-depth look of the games that defined the careers of @neymarjr @Cristiano and José Mourinho in the new #DAZNOriginals, The Making Of. pic.twitter.com/JCLcDig6mA— DAZN (@daznglobal) August 1, 2019
WATCH THE PROCESS: VARIETY's Stewart Clarke notes Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will "talk about the games that defined them" for DAZN's new "The Making Of" series. The docu-series is DAZN's "most ambitious original to date." In three half-hour episodes apiece, each of the personalities will "talk about the matches that made them." The new series "differs in that it will roll out across all of DAZN's services internationally." The streaming service is "currently in nine markets," and plans to "drop all nine episodes at once" (VARIETY.com, 8/1).