English Premier League

Dial Global Secures Exclusive U.S. Radio Rights to English Premier League

Dial Global has reached a deal to become the exclusive U.S. radio rights holder for the English Premier League.

Here are the details from Dial Global PR:

Dial Global, the largest independent national audio media company in the U.S., today announced an exclusive terrestrial, three-season partnership with talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station based in London, U.K., to broadcast live coverage of Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.  The partnership includes play-by-play commentary of nearly 400 soccer matches per year, in both English and Spanish languages, on a soon-to-be-announced digital platform as well as weekend morning Barclays Premier League games of the week throughout the season for domestic radio stations which will all feed an avid and rapidly growing soccer fan base across the U.S.

As Global Audio Partner of the Barclays Premier League, talkSPORT has unparalleled access to the news, stories and people at the heart of the world’s most exciting soccer league. Last season’s programming included exclusive interviews with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Chelsea goal-scoring record breaker Frank Lampard and Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher, among many others.

“On the heels of reaching a major milestone with our 300th NBC Sports Radio affiliate, we couldn’t be more excited to be the resource delivering top-rate soccer coverage to a rabid fan base across the country,” said Paul Caine, Dial Global CEO.  “This partnership is another major step forward for Dial Global as we continue to bolster the strength of our sports offering through powerful programming, content and cross-platform promotions in audio, digital and mobile.”

Listeners will have access to talkSPORT’s official play-by-play commentary which will be broadcast live from the UK; an exclusive weekly Barclays Premier League preview show; a weekly highlights show; live interviews, and English-language documentary programming featuring profiles of sporting figures and Barclays Premier League clubs.

“In just the past year, since becoming the Global Audio Partner for the Premier League, we have witnessed a groundswell of demand for live soccer commentary around the world,” said Scott Taunton, Chief Executive, talkSPORT. “We are thrilled to be working with Dial Global who is just as passionate and committed as we are about delivering the best and most exciting soccer coverage to the ever increasing number of fans in the U.S. market.”

NBC Announces Schedule for First Three Months of the EPL Season

NBC takes over the reigns this season of airing every English Premier League soccer match in the United States.  Today the network unveiled its plans for coverage of games through the end of November.

A total of 69 Premier League matches – at least five games each week in the season’s first three months – will be presented on NBC Sports Network, NBC and CNBC with all games preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

The 61 remaining Premier League matches will be made available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBC Sports Network.

In addition, 27 matches in the season’s first three months will be telecast in Spanish by Telemundo and mun2.

Following is the NBCUniversal schedule for the first three months of the Premier League season:

(NOTE: TBD indicates that there will be one match in that time slot on NBCSN, in some cases one match on mun2, and remaining non-NBCSN games on Premier League Extra Time. Final channel assignments for those matches will be made in the coming weeks.)

Date Time (ET) Home Away Network
Sat., Aug. 17 7:45 a.m. Liverpool Stoke NBCSN
10 a.m. Arsenal Aston Villa TBD
10 a.m. Norwich Everton TBD
10 a.m. Sunderland Fulham TBD
10 a.m. West Ham Cardiff TBD
10 a.m. West Brom Southampton TBD
12:30 p.m. Swansea Man United NBC, mun2
Sun., Aug. 18 8:30 a.m. Crystal Palace Tottenham NBCSN
11 a.m. Chelsea Hull NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 19 3 p.m. Man City Newcastle NBCSN
Wed., Aug. 21 2:30 p.m. Chelsea Aston Villa NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 24 7:45 a.m. Fulham Arsenal NBCSN, mun2
10 a.m. Newcastle West Ham TBD
10 a.m. Everton West Brom TBD
10 a.m. Southampton Sunderland TBD
10 a.m. Hull Norwich TBD
10 a.m. Stoke Crystal Palace TBD
12:30 p.m. Aston Villa Liverpool NBC
Sun., Aug. 25 11 a.m. Tottenham Swansea TBD
11 a.m. Cardiff Man City TBD
Mon., Aug 26 3 p.m. Man United Chelsea NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 31 7:45 a.m. Man City Hull NBCSN
10 a.m. Newcastle Fulham TBD
10 a.m. Cardiff Everton TBD
10 a.m. West Ham Stoke TBD
10 a.m. West Brom Swansea TBD
10 a.m. Norwich Southampton TBD
12:30 p.m. Crystal Palace Sunderland NBC
Sun., Sept. 1 8:30 a.m. Liverpool Man United NBCSN, Telemundo
11 a.m. Arsenal Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Sept. 14 7:45 a.m. Man United Crystal Palace NBCSN, mun2
10 a.m. Sunderland Arsenal TBD
10 a.m. Stoke Man City TBD
10 a.m. Tottenham Norwich TBD
10 a.m. Aston Villa Newcastle TBD
10 a.m. Fulham West Brom TBD
10 a.m. Hull Cardiff TBD
12:30 p.m. Everton Chelsea NBC, mun2
Sun., Sept. 15 11 a.m. Southampton West Ham NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 16 3 p.m. Swansea Liverpool NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 21 7:45 a.m. Norwich Aston Villa NBCSN
10 a.m. Cardiff Tottenham TBD
10 a.m. Liverpool Southampton TBD
10 a.m. West Ham Everton TBD
10 a.m. West Brom Sunderland TBD
10 a.m. Newcastle Hull TBD
10 a.m. Crystal Palace Swansea TBD
12:30 p.m. Chelsea Fulham NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Sept. 22 8:30 a.m. Arsenal Stoke CNBC, mun2
11 a.m. Man City Man United NBCSN, Telemundo
Sat., Sept. 28 7:45 a.m. Tottenham Chelsea NBCSN, mun2
10 a.m. Aston Villa Man City TBD
10 a.m. Man United West Brom TBD
10 a.m. Fulham Cardiff TBD
10 a.m. Hull West Ham TBD
10 a.m. Southampton Crystal Palace TBD
12:30 p.m. Swansea Arsenal NBC
Sun., Sept. 29 8:30 a.m. Stoke Norwich NBCSN
11 a.m. Sunderland Liverpool NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 30 3 p.m. Everton Newcastle NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 7:45 a.m. Man City Everton NBCSN, mun2
10 a.m. Tottenham West Ham TBD
10 a.m. Liverpool Crystal Palace TBD
10 a.m. Cardiff Newcastle TBD
10 a.m. Fulham Stoke TBD
10 a.m. Hull Aston Villa TBD
10 a.m. Southampton Swansea TBD
12:30 p.m. Sunderland Man United NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 6 8:30 a.m. Norwich Chelsea NBCSN
11 a.m. West Brom Arsenal NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 19 7:45 a.m. Newcastle Liverpool NBCSN
10 a.m. Man United Southampton TBD
10 a.m. Arsenal Norwich TBD
10 a.m. Chelsea Cardiff TBD
10 a.m. Everton Hull TBD
10 a.m. Swansea Sunderland TBD
10 a.m. Stoke West Brom TBD
12:30 p.m. West Ham Man City NBC
Sun., Oct. 20 11 a.m. Aston Villa Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Oct. 21 3 p.m. Crystal Palace Fulham NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 26 7:45 a.m. Crystal Palace Arsenal NBCSN
10 a.m. Man United Stoke TBD
10 a.m. Liverpool West Brom TBD
10 a.m. Tottenham Hull TBD
10 a.m. Aston Villa Everton TBD
10 a.m. Swansea West Ham TBD
10 a.m. Norwich Cardiff TBD
12:30 p.m. Southampton Fulham NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 27 9:30 a.m. Chelsea Man City NBCSN, mun2
Noon Sunderland Newcastle NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 2 8:45 Newcastle Chelsea NBCSN
11 a.m. Fulham Man United TBD
11 a.m. Man City Norwich TBD
11 a.m. Hull Sunderland TBD
11 a.m. West Ham Aston Villa TBD
11 a.m. Stoke Southampton TBD
11 a.m. West Brom Crystal Palace TBD
1:30 Arsenal Liverpool NBC, mun2
Sun., Nov. 3 8:30 a.m. Everton Tottenham CNBC
11 a.m. Cardiff Swansea NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 9 10 a.m. Liverpool Fulham TBD
10 a.m. Crystal Palace Everton TBD
10 a.m. Swansea Stoke TBD
10 a.m. Aston Villa Cardiff TBD
10 a.m. Southampton Hull TBD
10 a.m. Chelsea West Brom TBD
12:30 p.m. Norwich West Ham NBC
Sun., Nov. 10 7 a.m. Tottenham Newcastle NBCSN
9:05 a.m. Sunderland Man City NBCSN
11:10 a.m. Man United Arsenal NBCSN, Telemundo
Sat., Nov. 23 7:45 a.m. Everton Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
10 a.m. Arsenal Southampton TBD
10 a.m. Fulham Swansea TBD
10 a.m. Stoke Sunderland TBD
10 a.m. Newcastle Norwich TBD
10 a.m. Hull Crystal Palace TBD
12:30 Man City Tottenham NBC, mun2
Sun., Nov. 24 8:30 a.m. West Ham Chelsea NBCSN
11 a.m. Cardiff Man United NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Nov. 25 3 p.m. West Brom Aston Villa NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 30 7:45 a.m. Tottenham Man United NBCSN, Telemundo
10 a.m. Man City Swansea TBD
10 a.m. Cardiff Arsenal TBD
10 a.m. Everton Stoke TBD
10 a.m. Aston Villa Sunderland TBD
10 a.m. West Ham Fulham TBD
10 a.m. Norwich Crystal Palace TBD
12:30 p.m. Newcastle West Brom NBC
Sun., Dec. 1 8:30 a.m. Hull Liverpool NBCSN
11 a.m. Chelsea Southampton NBCSN


NBC Sports Network Lays Out Its Plans for the English Premier League

The NBC Sports group today announced its plans for coverage later this season of the English Premier League.

Beginning Saturday, August 17th through the finale on May 11, 2014, all 380 games of the 2013-14 Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group’s television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels.  Liva matches will be available on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA.

Via NBC PR, here are other details of the network’s coverage next season:

  • All 380 matches presented live on television with studio pre- and post-game coverage;
  • All 380 matches 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;
  • Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014, when all 10 Premier League matches will be available live on a different NBCUniversal channel;
  • 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2;
  • More than 600 hours of Premier League original programming

Here is a breakdown of some of the special Premiere League Programming:

  • Premier League Countdown – A preview of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season;
  • Premier League Download – With the help of a number of high-profile celebrity supporters, comedians and journalists, Premier League Download will explore what it is that’s so intensely loved – and loathed – about England’s topflight league. Long-time supporters will enjoy the lively commentary, while new fans will learn the language of the only league that matters;
  • Premier League 36 – NBC Sports Network’s acclaimed36 series that follows athletes for the 36 hours leading up to a game/match/race comes to the Premier League;
  • 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;
  • Game Cut-Downs – On Monday nights, NBCSN will present a two-hour show featuring cut-down versions of the Manchester United and Manchester City matches. On Tuesdays, a two-hour program will feature the Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham matches;
  • Match of the Day – A two-hour show featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game on Saturday. This show is modeled after the highly-regarded BBC show of the same name. Match of the Day will re-air on Sunday mornings;
  • Match of the Day 2 – A 90-minute show featuring extended highlights with the natural calls of every game on Sunday. This show is modeled after the BBC show of the same name;
  • Match of the Week – On Sunday nights, NBCSN will re-air the best match of the weekend in its entirety;
  • Barclays Premier League World – A weekly magazine show produced by Premier League;
  • Barclays Premier League Preview – A weekly show produced by Premier League that previews the upcoming week’s matches;
  • Barclays Premier League Review – A weekly show produced by Premier League that recaps all the matches from the past week.

Here is a breakdown of how many matches will be carried by each of the NBC Sports Group Networks:

NBC 20
Premier League Extra Time 184
Telemundo/Mun2 76
Other NBCU Channels 22
NBC Sports Live Extra 380

NBC also announced its roster of announcers for the coming season.

  • Arlo White will serve as the lead play-by-play voice for NBC Sports Group’s Barclays Premier League coverage beginning in August, calling games on-site from the U.K.;
  • Former Premier League stars Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will join White, on-site in the U.K. as analysts on NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage;
  • Legendary U.K. footballer and presenter Gary Linekerwill serve as a special contributor to NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage, and occasionally host on-site studio coverage in the U.K.;
  • Former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and former English footballer Robbie Mustoe will serve as studio analysts, alongside studio host Rebecca Lowefrom NBC Sports Group’s Premier League studio in Stamford, Conn.

Soccer Action this Week on ESPN

ESPN has another comprehensive slate of soccer matches this week, capped off Sunday with the MLS Cup between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.  Here is the schedule:

Wed, Nov 28 2:40 p.m. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool ESPN3
2:40 p.m. Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion ESPN3
2:55 p.m. Manchester United vs. West Ham United ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
2:55 p.m. Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester City ESPN3
Sat, Dec 1 7:30 a.m. West Ham United vs. Chelsea ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  4:30 p.m. MLS Cup 2012
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
Mon, Dec 3 2:55 p.m. Newcastle United vs. Wigan Athletic ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN

Sports Media Weekly No. 125

Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern seaboard but did not deter us from producing a new Sports Media Weekly.

Our scheduled guest could not join us due to him being from the New York/New Jersey area, so Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are riding solo.

We begin the program by looking at the record low ratings for Fox Sports on the Giants’ four game sweep of the World Series.  Even though the viewership numbers were steady, the average rating of 7.6 was the lowest ever.

We then look at the big news that NBC Sports has secured the rights to English Premier League soccer beginning next season.  We discuss what the move means for NBC as well as incumbents Fox and ESPN.

We move on to the NBA season beginning tonight and our expectations for TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV this year.

We wrap-up the show on the news, broken by Ken a few weeks ago, that the Dan Patrick Radio Show will be simulcast on the NBC Sports Network beginning on Monday at 9:00a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group Secures Premier League U.S. Package

News began to leak at the end of last week and became official yesterday.  The NBC Sports Group has secured the U.S. rights to English Premier League Soccer beginning in the 2013-2014 season.  Reports are that NBC will pay between $80 to $85 million a year for the rights.

Under the three-year deal, NBC becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States.

Details of how the Premier League games will be distributed has yet to be determined, but NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBCSports.com will all be utilized to present live Premier League coverage, as well as Telemundo and mun2 for Spanish-language coverage.  NBC Sports Live Extra will provide the live streaming platform across web, tablet and mobile devices.

“The Barclays Premier League is the preeminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the U.S.,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “NBCU will provide the broadest programming and promotional commitment that the league has ever experienced here in the United States. The Premier League provides NBCU with best-in-class content for 10 months of the year across our far-reaching broadcast, cable and digital platforms. This is a perfect match.”

“The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting and will showcase the Barclays Premier League to fans across the USA through its extensive network of channels and high quality production,” said Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore. “We are extremely pleased that NBC has chosen to invest in the Premier League and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Fox Sports Announces Supplemental Programming on Non-NFL Doubleheader Sundays

Fox Sports today announced a series of programs for fans on Sundays when the network does not have doubleheader coverage of the NFL.  The events will revolve around the network’s schedule of Premier League soccer and UFC action.

This Sunday Fox plans to debut Being:Liverpool, a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the Premier League club.

Fox plans to televise Premier League matches on September 23rd, October 7th, and November 4th.  On December 2nd Fox plans to televise UFC’s Road to the Octogon, a one-hour, behind-the-scenes look at the fighters’ preparation leading up to the bouts on Saturday, December 8th.

Here is the Fox Sports schedule for the upcoming singleheader NFL Sundays:



3:00 – 4:00 PM ET for markets getting 4:00 PM NFL
4:30 – 5:30 PM ET for markets getting 1:00 PM NFL



Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Tape-Delayed)

2:00 – 4:00 PM ET for markets getting 4:00 PM NFL
4:30 – 6:30 PM ET for markets getting 1:00 PM NFL



Newcastle vs. Manchester United (Tape-Delayed)

2:00 – 4:00 PM ET for markets getting 4:00 PM NFL
4:30 – 6:30 PM ET for markets getting 1:00 PM NFL



Liverpool vs. Newcastle (Tape-Delayed)

2:00 – 4:00 PM ET for markets getting 4:00 PM NFL
4:30 – 6:30 PM ET for markets getting 1:00 PM NFL



3:00 – 4:00 PM ET for markets getting 4:00 PM NFL
4:30 – 5:30 PM ET for markets getting 1:00 PM NFL