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NBC Plan Calls For On Air, Online Broadcast Of All 380 EPL Matches During '13-14 Season

All 380 games of the '13-14 Premier League season will be shown live on NBC Sports Group’s TV and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels. NBC Sports Group’s schedule, which begins Aug. 17, includes live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow TV channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA. Details include:

  • All 380 matches will be presented live on TV with studio pre- and post-game coverage.
  • All 380 matches will be 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.
  • On Championship Sunday -- May 11, 2014 -- all 10 Premier League matches will be available live on a different NBCUniversal channel.
  • There will be 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2.
  • More than 600 hours of Premier League original programming.
Every 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. Original programming includes a Premier League Countdown -- a preview of the '13-14  season; Premier League 36 -- a series that follows athletes for the 36 hours leading up to a game/match/race; and 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. NBC's on-air talent will include play-by-play voice Arlo White, analysts Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux and special contributor Gary Lineker. Former Jamaican national team player Robbie Earle and former English footballer Robbie Mustoe will serve as studio analysts, alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe (NBC).

A STEP UP: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Richard Deitsch reported a source said that NBCUniversal's winning bid was $250M for a three-year agreement, "more than triple" the $23M per year that Fox currently pays for its deal (SI, 4/16). In London, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson reported EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said the deal with NBC "will be a step-change in audience." Scudamore: "The big shift is going from niche sports channels to broadcast" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 4/16).