Thanks to its new deal with NBC, the Premier League will be casting out the tyrannical domination of the U.S. airwaves by the likes of the Kardashians, supposedly real housewives, and golf. If only for a couple of hours on a Sunday.
NBC paid $250 million to acquire Premier League broadcasting rights and they're going all out to ensure they get their money's worth. In a programming schedule that dwarfs the efforts of previous rights holders Fox and ESPN (and NBC's own MLS coverage), NBC will broadcast all 380 matches next season. And on the final day of the season, all 10 matches will be aired live on 10 different channels, including E!, Golf Channel, Bravo and Syfy.
But the actual matches are only the beginning of NBC's 600 hours of original Premier League programming. They will also attempt their own version of the BBC's Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2, plus a lot more. Here's the lengthy NBC Sports press release that explains everything and might make you feel a bit light-headed by the end of it...
Details of the 2013-2014 NBC Sports Group Premier League programming include:
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Every Barclays 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. The vast majority of Barclays Premier League matches will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of these services.
NBC Sports Live Extra provides a primary and second screen experience across mobile, tablet and desktop, delivering high quality video, match/player stats and video highlights while aggregating Premier League content from social media.
PREMIER LEAGUE EXTRA TIME: All games not aired on a designated NBCUniversal channel will be made available to distributors on 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: The biggest day on the Premier League schedule is the last day of the season when all 20 teams play at the same time. NBCUniversal will present each match of Championship Sunday live across a host of NBCU channels, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, MSNBC, E! and more.
STUDIO AND ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING: NBC Sports Network will present more than 600 hours each year of studio and original programming surrounding Premier League. Shows include:
Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Soux will serve as NBC's match commentators, while Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle will handle the studio coverage. Gary Lineker will also be a "special contributor."
Yes, this is the United States of the Premier League. It won't be long now until Wayne Rooney's face appears on the $100 bill.