Monday 29 October 2012

NBC Sports Group acquires Premier League rights in USA

Broadcaster secures live audio visual rights for three seasons from 2013/14

The Barclays Premier League could reach 95% of the USA's viewing public each month

The Premier League is pleased to announce that NBCUniversal via the NBC Sports Group has been awarded the live audio-visual broadcast rights for all 380 Barclays Premier League matches per season for seasons 2013/14 – 2015/16 in the United States.

"The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting"
Richard Scudamore

The deal brings the Barclays Premier League to one of the largest broadcasters in the world. the NBC Sports Group already televises such major sporting events as the NFL, NHL, the Summer and Winter Olympics, MLS, the US Open (golf) and the Ryder Cup.

The proposition from the NBC Sports Group is that it will deliver to the Premier League the biggest and broadest programming and promotion commitment ever in the United States.

Although specific programming details will be announced at a later date, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBCSports.com will all be used to present live Barclays Premier League coverage, as well as Telemundo and mun2 for Spanish-language coverage.

The channels that will be used have a combined reach of 95% of the US's viewing public each month.

'High-quality production'

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: "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.

"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."

Mark Lazarus, Chairman NBC Sports Group, said: “The Barclays Premier League is the pre-eminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the US.

“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.”

For more information please contact the Premier League Press Office on +44 20 7864 9190 or press@premierleague.com.

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Key Points

  • NBCUniversal awarded live audio visual broadcast rights for all Barclays Premier League matches
  • The agreement runs from the 2013/14 season until the 2015/16 season
  • NBC Sports Group promises to deliver to the Premier League the biggest and broadest programming and promotion commitment ever in the United States