Last Sunday’s Liverpool-Chelsea Match is Most-Watched Early Match in U.S. History
All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra
Stamford, Conn. – April 29, 2014 – “They are not going to enjoy coming to our place. We are not going to make it easy for them,”saidU.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard regarding Everton’s match this Saturday against Manchester City. Howard commented immediately following Sunday’s Crystal Palace-Manchester City match, which he called on NBCSN.
As Championship Sunday approaches, third-place Manchester City, with a game in hand over fellow title contenders Liverpool and Chelsea, visit Everton Saturday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by Lee Dixon for the call from Goodison Park.
Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday averaged 940,000 viewers and ranks as the most-watched early (pre-10 a.m. ET kickoff)game ever in the U.S., and the third most-watched game ever on cable (behind 1.033 million for the “Manchester Derby” on ESPN, 4/30/12; and 1.019 million for Chelsea-Manchester United on NBCSN, 1/19/14).
NBC Sports Group’s coverage on Saturday kicks off with West Ham v. Tottenham at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by Manchester United v. Sunderland at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET 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.
NBCSN’s slate of matches on Sunday includes fourth-place Arsenal, who could secure a Champions League spot with a win, against West Bromwich Albion at 8:30 a.m. ET and second-place Chelsea, coming off of a victory against first-place Liverpool, host relegation-threatened Norwich City at 11 a.m. ET. White is joined by Graeme Le Saux to call Chelsea-Norwich City Sunday on NBCSN.
This Sunday’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day II at 1:30 p.m. ET features host Rebecca Lowe, former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, and former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle providing in-depth analysis, post-match interviews and reaction, plus extended highlights with match commentators.
Premier League coverage continues on Monday, May 5, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when first-place Liverpool and league-leading scorer Luis Suárez (30 goals) visit Crystal Palace. White and Dixon have the call from Selhurst Park.
All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Mustoe and Earle.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.
Below is the schedule for the 37th week of the Premier League season (all times ET):
|Date||Time||Home v. Away||Network|
|Sat., May 3||6 a.m.||Barclays Premier League Match Pack||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 3||6:30 a.m.||Barclays Premier League Preview||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 3||7 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 3||7:45 a.m.||West Ham v. Tottenham||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 3||10 a.m.||Manchester United v. Sunderland||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 3||10 a.m.||Stoke City v. Fulham||Extra Time|
|Sat., May 3||10 a.m.||Newcastle v. Cardiff City||Extra Time|
|Sat., May 3||10 a.m.||Aston Villa v. Hull City||Extra Time|
|Sat., May 3||10 a.m.||Swansea City v. Southampton||Extra Time|
|Sat., May 3||Noon||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 3||12:30 p.m.||Everton v. Manchester City||CNBC|
|Sun., May 4||2 a.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||6 a.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||8 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||8:30 a.m.||Arsenal v. West Bromwich Albion||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||11 a.m.||Chelsea v. Norwich City||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||1 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN’s Match of the Day II||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 4||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN’s Match of the Week||NBCSN|
|Mon., May 5||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Mon., May 5||3 p.m.||Crystal Palace v. Liverpool||NBCSN|
|Mon., May 5||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Tues., May 6||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Tues., May 6||2:45 p.m.||Manchester United v. Hull City||NBCSN|
|Tues., May 6||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., May 7||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., May 7||2:45 p.m.||Manchester City v. Aston Villa||NBCSN|
|Wed., May 7||2:45 p.m.||Sunderland v. West Bromwich Albion||Extra Time|
|Wed., May 7||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., May 7||11:30 p.m.||Barclays Premier League Review||NBCSN|
|Thurs., May 8||2:30 a.m.||Barclays Premier League World||NBCSN|
NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.
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