ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the last two match days of the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season beginning Sunday, Oct. 16, with back-to-back telecasts of Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC at 3 p.m. ET and MLS Cup reigning champions Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids at 5:15 p.m. The matches on Major League Soccer’s “Final Push to the Playoffs” will also be carried on ESPN Deportes and streamed on WatchESPN.
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3 will combine to televise 35 matches during the second FIFA International Match Week of the 2016-2017 soccer calendar year (Thursday, Oct. 6, through Tuesday, Oct. 11). Thirty-two of the 35 matches will feature 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches from two FIFA confederations: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
NBC Sports Group’s Lead Play-by-Play Announcer Arlo White Calls the Match Joined by Analyst Graeme Le Saux
Everton v. Crystal Palace Kicks Off Week This Friday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network
Swansea City v. Liverpool on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN
New Premier League Download: Inside the Mind of Arsene Wenger Debuts This Saturday at 12:30 PM ET on NBCSN
All Matches Streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 27, 2016 – Tottenham host Manchester City in a match between the Premier League’s only two unbeaten clubs this Sunday, October 2, at 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN and TELEMUNDO.
Under new manager Pep Guardiola, first-place Manchester City have won all six of their league matches this season. Last week, Sergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City, with the forward now tied for the Premier League lead with five goals.
Second-place Tottenham remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough last weekend, with both goals coming from forward Heung-Min Son. Tottenham have four wins and two draws through six matches this season.
NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by analyst Graeme Le Saux at White Hart Lane.
This weekend’s live Premier League match coverage begins Friday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on USA Network, followed by Everton v. Crystal Palace at 3:00 p.m. ET. Following the match, NBCSN presents a live Goal Zone at 5 p.m. ET.
Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live and Goal Zone, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Jamaican National Team Player Robbie Earle.
Match coverage this Saturday, October 1, begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Swansea City v. Liverpool at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. Saturday’s coverage continues at 10 a.m. ET with Hull City v. Chelsea on NBCSN.
All matches not on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET television window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN. In addition, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Premier League’s new Goal Rush product will be featured on Premier League Extra Time as well as via the NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com. Hull City v. Chelsea will be this week’s featured match on Goal Rush.
Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents a new Premier League Download: Inside the Mind of Arsene Wenger, hosted by The Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett. With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrating his 20th anniversary at the club, Bennett traveled to London to interview Wenger on his legacy, philosophy as a manager, and more.
On Sunday, CNBC presents coverage of Leicester City v. Southampton at 9:15 a.m. ET, with live match coverage wrapping up at 11:30 a.m. ET with Burnley v. Arsenal on NBCSN and TELEMUNDO.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app will stream all matches via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
NBC Sports Digital presents four Premier League Productions programs each week throughout the season, available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as Premier League Shorts, a short-form, digital-exclusive video series. Click here for more information.
Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage this week (all times ET):
|Fri., Sept. 30||2:30 p.m.||Premier League Live||USA|
|Fri., Sept. 30||3 p.m.||Everton v. Crystal Palace||USA|
|Fri., Sept. 30||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sat., Oct. 1||6:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., Oct. 1||7:30 a.m.||Swansea City v. Liverpool||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Oct. 1||10 a.m.||Hull City v. Chelsea||NBCSN|
|Sat., Oct. 1||10 a.m.||West Ham v. Middlesbrough||Extra Time|
|Sat., Oct. 1||10 a.m.||Sunderland v. West Bromwich Albion||Extra Time|
|Sat., Oct. 1||10 a.m.||Watford v. Bournemouth||Extra Time|
|Sat., Oct. 1||10 a.m.||Goal Rush||Extra Time|
|Sat., Oct. 1||Noon||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sat., Oct. 1||12:30 p.m.||Premier League Download: Inside the Mind of Arsene Wenger||NBCSN|
|Sat., Oct. 1||10 p.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Sun., Oct. 2||6 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., Oct. 2||7 a.m.||Manchester United v. Stoke City||NBCSN, TELEMUNDO|
|Sun., Oct. 2||9 a.m.||Premier League Live||CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 2||9:15 a.m.||Tottenham v. Manchester City||NBCSN, TELEMUNDO|
|Sun., Oct. 2||9:15 a.m.||Leicester City v. Southampton||CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 2||11:30 a.m.||Burnley v. Arsenal||NBCSN, TELEMUNDO|
|Sun., Oct. 2||Midnight||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Mon., Oct. 3||1 a.m.||Match of the Week||NBCSN|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–
The UEFA Champions League returns to ESPN this Tuesday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m., with Barcelona vs. Celtic live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes +.
The second installment of ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Preview, Part 2: Revenge of the Offense highlights features with Los Angeles Rams rookie quarterback Todd Gurley, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, John Elway’s continued drive for success, and more.
ESPN has reached an agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the rights to the UEFA European Football Championship 2020™ and all UEFA national team matches between 2018 and 2022. ESPN will be the exclusive English-language home in the United States for UEFA EURO 2020, which will be played in stadiums across 13 European nations to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition.
Leading up to the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, this year’s Major League Soccer matches on ESPN and ESPN2 have delivered an average audience of 312,000 viewers (227,000 household impressions), an increase of 32 percent in viewers (235,000) and 44 percent in television homes (158,000) from the same period in 2015.
ESPN will televise the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Presented by Audi on Thursday, July 28, live from Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The game will feature a team of Major League Soccer All-Stars playing against English Premier League powerhouse Arsenal FC. ESPN’s match coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The MLS All-Star Game will also be streamed on WatchESPN.
ESPN and ESPN Deportes will combine to present exclusive bilingual coverage of the 2016 International Champions Cup (ICC) beginning Friday, July 22 through Saturday, August 13. Matches will air live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes. All ICC telecasts on ESPN networks will be streamed live on WatchESPN.
For the first time, SportsCenter on the Road will originate from the site of a Major League Soccer matchup on Saturday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m. ET, live from Providence Park in Portland, Ore. – site of that day’s special MLS Special Edition featuring defending MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 3:45 p.m.