NBC acquires broadcast rights to all Premier League games in the United States

Michael Regan

Fox and ESPN will no longer broadcast Premier League games in the United States next season, as NBC Universal has the rights to all 380 games.

American fans have had a pair of networks to chooses from when looking for Premier League soccer over the last several years. ESPN and Fox have both owned the rights to show games in certain time-slots, and Fox even launched a pair of soccer networks for their coverage. That is all going to change next season, as the rights to every Premier League game in the United States will all belong to NBC Universal.

NBC plans to broadcast games on NBC and NBC Sports Network, and they'll be streaming games on their website. They will also be carrying games in Spanish on mun2 and Telemundo. They have not yet mentioned if games will be archived on their website, but here's hoping they will be.

ESPN will likely be just fine without the Premier League, but I can see FSC going under if they don't acquire some broadcast rights quickly. The rights to Serie A, Ligue 1, and La Liga all belong to beIN, and NBC Universal owns MLS , the US national teams, and the Premier League. It's unclear what exactly FSC will be showing on the weekends next season, but I've usually got a hankering for some Bundesliga and Eredivisie if they want suggestions.

I'm not sure how NBC will do with their coverage, but hopefully I'll never be subjected to Warren Barton or Eric Wynalda again. That treat for my eardrums alone would make the move to NBC an overwhelming success in my book. I'm also glad to see the value of the product going up, as more money going into the game can only help with FFP.


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