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Premier League on United States television

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. The Premier League is broadcast in the United States through NBC Sports.[1] Premier League viewership has increased rapidly, with NBC and NBCSN averaging a record 479,000 viewers in the 2014–15 season, up 118% from 2012–13 when coverage still aired on Fox Soccer and ESPN/ESPN2 (220,000 viewers),[2] and NBC Sports has been widely praised for its coverage.[2][3][4] NBC Sports reached a six-year extension with the Premier League in 2015 to broadcast the league through the 2021–22 season in a deal valued at $1 billion (£640 million).[5][6]

Early history

Founded in 1888 as the Football League, the league is the oldest such competition in world football. It was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split away to form the Premier League.

PBS (1978-1983)

Beginning in 1978, highlights of select games were broadcast on PBS[7] under the title All Star Soccer[8] with Mario Machado[9] providing the commentary. For the 1980-81 league season, Star Soccer switched from Mario Machado and used the ITV feed with commentary from Brian Moore.

Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup (1980)

In 1980, the first ever Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup, a friendly association football competition that was hosted by the New York Cosmos, of the original North American Soccer League took place. The Trans-Atlantic Cup featured teams from Europe competing against teams from North America. Manchester City's matches against the New York Cosmos and Vancouver Whitecaps were televised on American television.

FNN/SCORE (1987)

The 1987 FA Cup Final between Tottenham and Coventry was be televised by FNN/SCORE[10] on tape delay.

English Soccer (1990-1992)

During the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, Jim Rosenthal hosted English Soccer[11], which was broadcast on regional sports networks across the United States. The format of English Soccer was similar in that to BBC's Match of the Day, where the majority of the highlights were focused on the biggest game of the week, and a shorter amount of time was given to showing the goal highlights from the other matches.

Since 1992

SportsChannel America and Prime Network (1992-1996)

Prime Network was of one of the first media companies to purchase the US rights to overseas soccer leagues[12]. When the Premier League officially launched in August 1992, Prime provided a match of the week on a delayed basis. The matches were also edited and condensed to 90 minutes (with commercial breaks). Meanwhile, around this same time, SportsChannel America[13] aired a 1-hour weekly highlights package on Friday nights[14][15][16].

Prime Network later provided live coverage[17] of the 1995 English FA Cup Final (Everton-Manchester United), with JP Dellacamera and Ty Keough hosting the pre-game, half-time, and post-game "wraps" from Houston's Liberty SportsComm studio.

ESPN (1996-1998; 2010–2013)

ESPN2 formerly aired matches from the Premier League between 1996–1998[18], and the from 2010–2013. ESPN had initially shown select games were shown on tape delay in 1981. From 2010–2013, ESPN2 had its own commentary team live in England. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman called the action live in England, with Darrell Currie, Dave Beckett, or Alicia Ferguson reporting pitchside. On occasion, the network would simulcast ESPN UK's coverage with full studio coverage from host Ray Stubbs or Rebecca Lowe and commentary from Jon Champion and Chris Waddle. In the U.S., ESPN's studio team was host Andrew Orsatti or Georgie Bingham with analyst Robbie Mustoe.

Fox Sports (1998-2013)

Fox Soccer aired the English Premier League from 1998-2013. At the start of the season, Fox Sports Net or Fox Sports World broadcast weekly highlights from Premier League matches, with Lionel Bienvenu acting as host. Meanwhile, the live match broadcast is broadcast on a pay-per-view basis through several providers. Later, Fox Soccer aired live and tape-delayed matches each week, plus weekly magazine (Premier League World), preview (Premier League Preview Show, and Matchday) and recap (Premier League Review and Goals on Sunday) shows. Besides matches on Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes and Fox Soccer Plus, up to 3 matches each season were available live free-to-air on Fox. Up to 74 matches each season were sublicensed to ESPN, Inc. Contract ran through May 2013, at which point coverage went to NBC Sports/NBCSN to the present day. In the later years of their coverage, Fox had a studio pregame show first hosted by Christian Miles until 2011, than by Rob Stone. Studio analysts were Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride and Keith Costigan. Commentary was provided by former corporate sibling Sky Sports.

America One syndicated many of these broadcasts to various regional sports networks in the US (usually, those not part of the Fox Sports Net family). America One also carried tape-delayed broadcasts of the English Premier League, specifically Bolton Wanderers and Everton.

NBC Sports (2013-present)

NBC acquired rights to the Premier League in 2013, replacing Fox Sports and ESPN.[19] NBC's studio programming for the league includes the pre-match show Premier League Live, and the highlights shows Premier League Goal Zone and Match of the Day (modeled upon the similar BBC series).[20] NBC Sports president of programming Jon Miller explained that their main goal was to not "Americanize" their coverage (besides providing explanations of terminology unfamiliar to U.S. viewers, such as derbies), citing their decision to employ talent (such as former ESPN UK and BBC Sport presenter Rebecca Lowe, who became NBC's lead host) who "know the Premier League and can talk about it intelligently".[21][22] In 2014, NBC also hired the duo of Michael Davies and Roger Bennett—the "Men in Blazers"—to provide soccer-oriented content across NBC Sports' platforms.[23]

During larger matchdays, NBCSN operates pop-up channels branded as Premier League Extra Time, which broadcast overflow matches not shown by other NBC networks.[24] However in 2017, NBC began to paywall many of these overflow games behind the "Premier League Pass" service on NBC Sports Gold.[25] On Survival Sunday, the majority of NBCUniversal's cable networks carry games, including several networks not normally dedicated to sports.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ "English Premier League gets a big American stage on NBC". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Paulsen (28 May 2015). "Premier League Viewership Up in Year Two on NBC". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  3. ^ Yoder, Matt (11 August 2015). "NBC AND THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WILL CONTINUE THE BEST MARRIAGE IN SPORTS MEDIA". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ Rashid, Saad (28 July 2015). "NBC Sports deserves new Premier League rights deal". World Soccer Talk. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "NBC retains Premier League rights until 2021–22 season". ESPN FC. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  6. ^ Sandomir, Richard (10 August 2015). "NBC Retains Rights to Premier League in Six-Year Deal". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  7. ^ Meyer, John (June 23, 2014). "Soccer's U.S. popularity a long way from closed circuit TV four decades ago". Denver Post.
  8. ^ All Star Soccer 1978 TV open on YouTube
  9. ^ "Mario Machado, LA's 1st Asian-American Newscaster, Dies At 78". CBS Local. May 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Stewart, Larry (May 15, 1987). "Celtic-Buck Game Tonight Is Added to WTBS Schedule". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Krohe Jr., James (June 7, 1990). "Sport: Watching the World Cup". Chicago Reader.
  12. ^ Boehm, Charles (April 23, 2020). "How to become a soccer announcer: Broadcasters share their path to the big time".
  13. ^ Sports Channel America Promo 1992 on YouTube
  14. ^ Grimes, William (April 9, 1993). "Purveyors of Requisites". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "AMERICA'S `INVISIBLE SPORT' NEEDS TO START YOUNG, WORK FROM THERE". Deseret News. June 2, 1991.
  16. ^ "Retro: San Francisco/Sacramento/Monterey Sat, Sept 18, 1993". Radio Discussions. March 31, 2008.
  17. ^ Treker, Jerry (May 12, 1995). "SOCCER". The New York Daily News.
  18. ^ Harris, Christopher (July 22, 2009). "History of Premier League televised on US TV". World Soccer Talk.
  19. ^ "NBC wins $250m rights to broadcast English Premier League in US". London. Associated Press. October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  20. ^ Parker, Graham (2013-04-16). "Gary Lineker and Match of the Day feature in NBC's Premier League plans". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  21. ^ "Premier League: How NBC Sports Got Soccer Fans Out of Bed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  22. ^ "Has NBC Sports Found the Secret of Selling Soccer to U.S. TV Viewers?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  23. ^ Connors, Will (2014-08-10). "Men in Blazers Jump to NBC". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  24. ^ Reynolds, Mike. "Four More Providers Join NBCSN's Premier League Extra Time Roster". Multichannel. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  25. ^ Tannenwald, Jonathan. "NBC to launch paid subscription English Premier League soccer streaming service". Inquirer.com. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  26. ^ "How to watch all of Premier League's season finales". SI.com. Retrieved 2019-06-30.

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