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Comcast/NBC tries to gobble up FOX Sports: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 72, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer covers a range of topics including:

• What the implications are for soccer fans if Comcast (who owns NBC Sports) acquires FOX Sports and Sky Sports,

• Which streaming provider the former president of ESPN has joined,

• Coverage news about the English Football League playoffs on ESPN+,

• Huge viewing numbers for el Clásico on beIN SPORTS,

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

IMG combining FA Cup TV rights with Serie A to try to force sale in USA, says source

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With the current TV and streaming rights deals for both The FA Cup and Serie A expiring at the end of this season in the United States, media broker IMG is having such a difficult time trying to sell the FA Cup rights that they’re now offering the FA Cup and Serie A rights together to try to land a deal, according to a World Soccer Talk source.

English Premier League

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 35

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Live weekend Premier League coverage begins Saturday, April 21, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by West Bromwich Albion v. third-place Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. ET. Liverpool come off a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, featuring a goal from Premier League-leading scorer Mohamed Salah (30 goals).

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 35

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Live weekend Premier League coverage begins Saturday, April 21, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by West Bromwich Albion v. third-place Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. ET. Liverpool come off a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, featuring a goal from Premier League-leading scorer Mohamed Salah (30 goals).

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 34

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This Saturday kicks of six straight days of Premier League action, with 14 matches through Thursday, April 19. League-leaders Manchester City come off a 3-2 loss to rivals Manchester United in a thrilling Manchester Derby, but can still clinch the 2017-18 Premier League title with a win over Tottenham on Saturday (2:45 p.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 34

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This Saturday kicks of six straight days of Premier League action, with 14 matches through Thursday, April 19. League-leaders Manchester City come off a 3-2 loss to rivals Manchester United in a thrilling Manchester Derby, but can still clinch the 2017-18 Premier League title with a win over Tottenham on Saturday (2:45 p.

Top 10 most-watched Premier League games in US TV history

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The viewing figures for the top 10 most-watched Premier League games in US TV history make incredible reading.

The top 10 chart (see below) shows how important it is for Manchester United to be playing well. Out of the top 10 games, they’re featured in eight of them. But it’s not just the red half of Manchester that has a huge impact on record-breaking viewing numbers in the United States.

Man City-Man United derby delivers 1.7 million viewers to break all-time US TV record

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Saturday’s derby between Manchester City and Manchester United was the most-watched Premier League game ever on US television history after 1.72 million people tuned in to watch one of the games of the season.

NBC delivered 1.35 million viewers, while 309,000 soccer fans tuned in to watch the game on Telemundo to combine for an average of 1.

Man City-Man United derby delivers 1.7 million viewers to break all-time US TV record

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Saturday’s derby between Manchester City and Manchester United was the most-watched Premier League game ever on US television history after 1.72 million people tuned in to watch one of the games of the season.

NBC delivered 1.35 million viewers, while 309,000 soccer fans tuned in to watch the game on Telemundo to combine for an average of 1.

ESPN+ is another smack in the face for soccer fans

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ESPN recently revealed what will be included as part of their April 12 launch of ESPN+ and there is cause to be concerned

Among the highlights: the price of $49.99 per year, out-of-market MLS broadcasts, UEFA Nations League, the Championship, the EFL Cup and a World Cup show called The Last Train to Russia that will be exclusive to the OTT (over-the-top) service.

ESPN+ is another smack in the face for soccer fans

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ESPN recently revealed what will be included as part of their April 12 launch of ESPN+ and there is cause to be concerned

Among the highlights: the price of $49.99 per year, out-of-market MLS broadcasts, UEFA Nations League, the Championship, the EFL Cup and a World Cup show called The Last Train to Russia that will be exclusive to the OTT (over-the-top) service.

NBC’s Premier League pundits to swap places this weekend

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NBC’s Premier League pundits will swap places this weekend to add variety to the coverage of the world’s most popular sports league on US television.

US-based pundits Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will head to England to commentate games and offer their pitchside analysis, while UK-based pundits Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will head to the United States to add their analysis in the NBC studio in Stamford, Connecticut.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 30

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Second-place Manchester United host third-place Liverpool this Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week. The Red Devils come off a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Place, with Nemanja Matic scoring the game-winning goal in stoppage time.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 30

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Second-place Manchester United host third-place Liverpool this Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week. The Red Devils come off a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Place, with Nemanja Matic scoring the game-winning goal in stoppage time.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 29

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NBC Sports Group’s live Premier League coverage continues this Saturday, March 3, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Burnley v. Everton at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Live match coverage on Saturday continues at 10 a.m. ET, with Southampton v. Stoke City at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC and fourth-place Tottenham v.

Big changes coming to Premier League on US TV

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Now that the Premier League television deals have been completed in the United Kingdom for five out of the seven main TV packages, the changes are going to have a big impact on how the Premier League is watched in the United States for the 2019/20 through 2021/22 seasons.

Under the new TV deal, the Premier League, Sky Sports and BT Sport in the United Kingdom will introduce new kickoff times for many of the matches scheduled to begin August 2019.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 27

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Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the weekend Premier League matches (all times Eastern):

Saturday, February 10

Spurs vs. Arsenal, 7:30am, CNBC, Universo, Sling Blue (with World News Extra), DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier - Derek Rae and Lee Dixon

Stoke vs.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 27

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Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the weekend Premier League matches (all times Eastern):

Saturday, February 10

Spurs vs. Arsenal, 7:30am, CNBC, Universo, Sling Blue (with World News Extra), DIRECTV NOW and fubo Premier - Derek Rae and Lee Dixon

Stoke vs.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 26

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Live Premier League coverage this weekend begins Saturday, February 3, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Burnley v. first-place Manchester City on NBCSN and Universo. Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN and Universo present coverage of Manchester United v. Huddersfield Town.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 25

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For the midweek Premier League games on US television on Tuesday and Wednesday, Derek Rae returns to the NBC Sports studio to host the studio show.

Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the midweek Premier League matches (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, January 30

Swansea vs.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 25

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For the midweek Premier League games on US television on Tuesday and Wednesday, Derek Rae returns to the NBC Sports studio to host the studio show.

Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the midweek Premier League matches (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, January 30

Swansea vs.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 24

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NBC Sports Group’s live Premier League coverage continues this weekend, highlighted by a match between league-leaders Manchester City and Newcastle this Saturday, January 20, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo. City look to bounce back following a 4-3 loss to Liverpool, which was their first Premier League loss of the season.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 24

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NBC Sports Group’s live Premier League coverage continues this weekend, highlighted by a match between league-leaders Manchester City and Newcastle this Saturday, January 20, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo. City look to bounce back following a 4-3 loss to Liverpool, which was their first Premier League loss of the season.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 23

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First-place Manchester City visit fourth-place Liverpool this Sunday, January 14, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend. Manchester City remain unbeaten this season, winning 20 of their 22 Premier League matches, which includes a record 18-match winning streak.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 23

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First-place Manchester City visit fourth-place Liverpool this Sunday, January 14, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend. Manchester City remain unbeaten this season, winning 20 of their 22 Premier League matches, which includes a record 18-match winning streak.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 22

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Live match coverage on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Brighton & Hove Albion v. Bournemouth. Monday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Burnley v. Liverpool, with Stoke City v. Newcastle on CNBC and Leicester City v.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 22

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Live match coverage on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Brighton & Hove Albion v. Bournemouth. Monday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Burnley v. Liverpool, with Stoke City v. Newcastle on CNBC and Leicester City v.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 21

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NBC Sports Group’s Premier League packed holiday season of 40 “festive fixtures” in 14 days continues this week, as Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City enter the weekend on an 18-match Premier League winning streak, the longest streak in top-flight history. Manchester City, who are 15 points clear at the top of the table, next visit Crystal Palace this Sunday, December 31, at 7 a.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 21

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NBC Sports Group’s Premier League packed holiday season of 40 “festive fixtures” in 14 days continues this week, as Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City enter the weekend on an 18-match Premier League winning streak, the longest streak in top-flight history. Manchester City, who are 15 points clear at the top of the table, next visit Crystal Palace this Sunday, December 31, at 7 a.

Leicester-Man United scores 1.17 million viewers on NBC Sports

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Saturday’s broadcast of Leicester City against Manchester United averaged 1.179 million viewers across NBC and Telemundo in an entertaining 2-2 game.

The 2:45-4:45pm ET broadcast averaged 991,000 viewers on the over-the-air NBC network, while Telemundo averaged 188,000 viewers for a combined audience total of 1,179,000.

Leicester-Man United scores 1.17 million viewers on NBC Sports

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Saturday’s broadcast of Leicester City against Manchester United averaged 1.179 million viewers across NBC and Telemundo in an entertaining 2-2 game.

The 2:45-4:45pm ET broadcast averaged 991,000 viewers on the over-the-air NBC network, while Telemundo averaged 188,000 viewers for a combined audience total of 1,179,000.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 18

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Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, December 16, at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Leicester City v. Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET. Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Chelsea v. Southampton, with Arsenal v. Newcastle United at 10 a.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 18

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Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, December 16, at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Leicester City v. Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET. Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Chelsea v. Southampton, with Arsenal v. Newcastle United at 10 a.

Can MLS TV ratings improve without promotion/relegation?

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 54, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• A discussion about whether MLS TV ratings can improve without promotion/relegation,

• News on how FOX Sports is planning to promote the 2018 FIFA World Cup,

• Our opinions about the MLS Cup final TV coverage,

• Big news from NBC Sports regarding more Premier League coverage,

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

NBC Sports had it right, now it’s wrong

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Christian Sandler sees some problems with NBC's "Premier League Pass"

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 17

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Mid-week match coverage begins Tuesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Huddersfield Town v. Chelsea at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage on Wednesday, December 13, begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Swansea versus Manchester City at 2:45 p.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 17

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Mid-week match coverage begins Tuesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Huddersfield Town v. Chelsea at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage on Wednesday, December 13, begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Swansea versus Manchester City at 2:45 p.

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Lee Dixon Interview: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 58, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An interview with NBC Sports analyst Lee Dixon about the wonderful new documentary entitled 89 that’s now available in the United States through Amazon,

• News about Rebecca Lowe’s temporary replacement at NBC while she’s in Korea,

• Facebook is making big moves to try to acquire soccer rights and much more.