English Premier League Preview: Merseyside, North London Derby Weekend on NBCSN

Your comprehensive, interactive EPL statspack is here.

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No English Premier League this weekend? No problem as European Qualifying action takes center stage

Recommended viewing:

6 p.m. Friday Brazil-Colombia on BeIn Sports
10 a.m. Saturday Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone on BeIn Sports (featuring former MLS player Kei Kamara of Lawndale)
6 p.m. Saturday Mexico-Chile on UniMas
11:30 a.m. Sunday Portugal-Albania on ESPN2
11:30 a.m. Sunday Germany-Scotland on Fox Sports 1
11:30 a.m. Monday Switzerland-England on Fox Sports 1
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Norway-Italy on Fox Sports 1

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Week 3: Barclays Premier League Preview

The NBC TV schedule of games is here. (Sadly though, no Labor Day game).

Can United beat newly-promoted Burnley and get back on track? Set that DVR!

A comprehensive, interactive, stats-laden preview is here.

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English Premier League’s World Cup bump arrives

APTOPIX Britain Soccer Premier LeagueConverted: Record numbers of U.S. viewers watched the opening weekend of EPL action that included this Wayne Rooney goal for Manchester United in a losing cause against Swansea City (Associated Press photo).

That World Cup bump I wrote about a couple of weeks ago? It’s here.

NBC said today that:

  • Saturday’s Arsenal-Crystal Palace game on NBC averaged 885,000 viewers and became the most-watched opening weekend match in U.S. history. It out-drew last year’s corresponding fixture by 12 percent.
  • Sunday’s Newcastle-Manchester City game on NBCSN averaged 514,000 viewers, ranking it as the most-watched opening weekend game on cable in U.S. history. It topped the previous record holder in 2012 when ESPN showed the game.
  • All told, 3.3 million watched the five games that aired on NBC and NBCSN, the most ever for the opening weekend of EPL action.
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Watch: English Premier League Season Preview

Recommended reading:
Wondering what channel your team is on? Find it here.
A look at NBC’s coverage plans is here.
A preview via England’s respected The Telegraph newspaper is here.
The comprehensive, interactive official preview is here.

Where will you watch the game?

Others?

Everton fans click here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: NBC’s Barclays Premier League coverage begins Saturday

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Host Rebecca Lowe and NBC returns Saturday with their second season of Barclays Premier League coverage.

Read more in this week’s column about NBC’s coverage plans for the new season.

Wondering what games are on what channel this coming weekend (and for the first three months of the season)? Click here.

Check out a comprehensive team-by-team guide to the new season here.

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Watch: EPL returns Sunday with Arsenal-Manchester City, while NBC’s Coach Lasso/Jason Sudeikis explains the basics of English football for the uninitiated

The traditional curtain-raiser to the EPL season is 7 a.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1 — the annual Charity shield game that pits the EPL champions, in this case Manchester City against the FA Cup winners, which last season was Arsenal.

NBC’s coverage of the EPL begins the following weekend and while you wait, don’t miss the hilarious video above.

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Reaction: Will the 7-0 LA Galaxy mauling by Manchester United help, harm or make no difference to MLS?

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Will the lopsided Wednesday night game at the Rose Bowl (and elsewhere in other games between clubs in the two leagues) help or hinder MLS’ efforts to broaden its fan base? Discuss:

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