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NBC Sports goes all in with new Premier League coverage; early schedule announced

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 30, 2013

NBC Sports begins its coverage of the Premier League on Aug. 17. The sports group announced its schedule for the English's soccer league on Monday. The TV package is moving from Fox Sports and ESPN to NBC. NBC's plan is to make every match available in the U.S. They announced the first three months of coverage.

Here is a report from Multichannel.coom

Reflective of its all-in approach, NBC Sports Group  released its coverage plans Monday for the first three months of the 2013-14 Premier League that will incorporate streamed "TV Everywhere" presentations, as well as ad hoc channels with key distributors on Saturday mornings.

NBC Sports Network will televise the first match under NBC Sports Group’s three-year, $250 million pact -- Premiere League rights in the U.S. were previously held by Fox Sports Media Group, which sublicensed some action to ESPN -- with England's top soccer circuit on Aug. 17 at 7:45 a.m. with Liverpool hosting Stoke at Anfield.

A quintet of matches will follow at 10 a.m., including four that will be televised on the Premiere League Extra Time Package -- comprising a series of ad hoc channels, a la out-of-market sports services -- that MPVDs will offer free of charge to NBC Sports Network subscribers. NBC Sports Network also will carry one of the five games in the 10 a.m. window. NBC and mun2 will simulcast the Swansea-Manchester United match at 12:30 p.m. on opening day, while NBC Sports Network will present a doubleheader -- Crystal Palace-Tottenham at 8:30 a.m. and Chelsea-Hull at 11 a.m. – on Aug. 18. The first weekend of the campaign concludes with NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Manchester City-Newcastle on Monday, Aug.19 at 3 p.m.

Here is more on the story, including the early schedule, from Multichannel.com.

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