NBC Acquires EPL Rights

NBC Acquires EPL Rights

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 29, 2012
  • EPL, NBC

This news broke last night while I was in the middle of a MLS game (great timing folks!). But it is big news nonetheless for soccer fans in the US.

NBC Universal has acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Premier League through a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season. NBCUniversal becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States.

Yes, English and Spanish rights holders. That is huge folks. Especially since some of these games will be broadcasted over the air. That is absolutely huge for the growth of the sport in the US in my view.

The deal calls for the EPL to receive $250 million — more than three times what it received under the terms of its current deal with Fox — and the primary network will be NBC Sports Network — which is available in about twice as many homes as Fox Soccer.

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

I said it when MLS signed with NBC last year that it was a big deal but I’ll say it again. With NBC getting involved in soccer, it can only mean good things for the future of the sport here in the US.

I am pumped for this to begin happening. I’ve enjoyed FSC and ESPN’s coverage of the EPL over the years but some fresh blood with NBC will only make coverage of the sport better here.