English Premier League setting viewing records on NBCSN

EPLlogoLast Sunday’s Manchester-United clash was the fifth most-watched EPL game ever on cable, according to NBCSN.

The sports network announced that an average of 779,000 viewers watched Liverpool dismantle once-mighty United 3-0.

NBCSN has had four of the top five most-watched EPL games in cable history in the two years since it began broadcasting.

The game was part of a doubleheader with the north London Arsenal-Spurs derby and an average of 725,000 viewers watched both games, making it the top-viewed cable doubleheader in EPL history.

To put all these figures in perspective, consider that the 37 MLS games on NBCSN in 2013 averaged a puny 112,000 viewers, according to Wikipedia.

And, just to get you ready early for the upcoming slate of games this coming weekend in the EPL, which includes a match between first-place Chelsea and third-place-Arsenal Saturday, check out the comprehensive, stat-packed preview to all the games here.

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English Premier League Weekend Preview

EPLlogoWith the FA Cup under way there’s an abbreviated EPL schedule this weekend with the pick of the games being Chelsea-Spurs at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN.

A full preview of all the EPL games is here. Find your game here.

As for the FA Cup, at 4:30 a.m. Saturday there’s Arsenal-Everton on Fox Sports 1, while at 9 a.m. Sunday the Manchester City-Wigan Athletic clash is on Fox Sports 2.

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Weekend Preview: LA Galaxy, EPL, Ontario Fury & more

Three things to know this weekend:

  • The Galaxy play their first preseason game at 6 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center against reigning Armenian champions FC Shirak. Tickets start t $17, while parking is free. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Deportes.
  • The indoor Ontario Fury wrap up their season Sunday against the Las Vegas Legends.
  • If the EPL is your thing, note that fourth-place Liverpool hosts first-place Arsenal at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on the USA Network because the Winter Olympics is hogging the airtime over at NBCSN. Click here to find your EPL game this weekend. And click here for a comprehensive preview of all the weekend games.
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English Premier League Preview

EPLlogoYou don’t want to go to the mall this weekend. Trust me.

Stay inside and watch Cardiff City-Liverpool (live at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN) and see if striker Luis Suarez is worth $400,000 (or thereabouts) a week or Fulham-Manchester City (live at 7 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN).

Of course, the game of the “weekend” is undoubtedly Arsenal-Chelsea (live at noon Monday on NBCSN).
A full preview of all the Barclay Premier League games is here.

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Thursday Kicks: Galaxy Open house, EPL Preview & more

It’s been a busy day for soccer news. Here’s what else has fallen through the cracks lately:

  • openhouse2014The Galaxy’s open house from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday is all about selling fans a season ticket, but there’s lots of cool, free stuff going on, too, including a town hall meeting with Galaxy exec Chris Klein and playmaker Landon Donovan, on field coaching clinics and stadium tours. Full details here.
  • Former AEG president Tim Leiweke, now trying to resurrect Toronto, has returned to his old stomping grounds and scooped up Galaxy Academy U-14 coach Greg Vanney as assistant general manager and Academy defender, replacing former Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen in that post.
  • U.S. Soccer is asking fans to vote on the best male and female players for the  all-time U.S. teams. Details here.
  • There’s some big games in the EPL this weekend with the pick of them seeing league leaders Arsenal visiting Manchester City (4 a.m. NBCSN). A complete preview is here.
  • UniMás’ broadcast of MLS Cup outdrew ESPN by 14 percent, drawing 514,000 total viewers.
  • College seniors with local ties invited to the annual MLS Combine as announced today are UCLA’s Victor Chavez from Fontana and his Bruin teammate midfielder Victor Munoz, who is from Spain.
  • Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra is a guest at 12:30 p.m. Friday on Fox Soccer Daily (Fox Sports 1). He will break down the U.S. World Cup draw with former U.S. forwards Brian McBride and Cobi Jones.
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English Premier League Weekend Preview

EPLlogoThe Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton gets the weekend’s games under way at 4:45 a.m. on NBCSN (ulp), title contenders Arsenal face Southampton at 7 a.m., while at 9:30 a.m. on NBC it’s West ham united taking on Chelsea.

At 5:30 a.m. Sunday it’s Manchester City-Spurs, while Cardiff City-Manchester United follows at 7 a.m. Both games are on NBCSN.

Preview every game this weekend here.


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Is MLS Expansion Club New York City FC Making the same Marketing Mistake as Chivas USA?

It’s a question worth asking on a day when Orlando became the 21st MLS franchise and will start play the same season as New York’s Manchester City offshoot.

Somehow I doubt that fans of Manchester United, one of the world’s best supported teams, will embrace the club over Red Bull New York.

Sound familiar Chivas USA/CD Guadalajara fans?

What do you think?

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Wednesday Kicks: Galaxy, MLS Playoffs and more

A few links for today:
*With neither of tonight’s playoff games on free TV (yup, including Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls), we may as well look forward to the Real Salt Lake-Galaxy game where the home team is looking for penetrating passes and a goal or two to overcome their 1-0 first leg deficit.
*Guess which former Galaxy defender is the new Columbus Crew coach?
*Here’s your weekend EPL preview. The slate of games includes an 8 a.m. Sunday Manchester United-Arsenal encounter on NBCSN.

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EPL Viewership Dwarfing MLS ratings

NBCSN logoEPL ratings, led by the 852,000 viewers who watched Sunday’s Manchester United-Manchester City derby on NBCSN — making it the second most-watched EPL game on cable television ever, — are again fast outpacing MLS.

Still, MLS games, Soccer America reported, are getting a modest lift from EPL coverage and are now averaging 142,000 per game, up 60 percent.

The bottom line for NBC, according to a news release today:

The 27 English-language games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC drew a total of 9.1 million viewers – up 92% from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year. In addition, NBCSN’s Premier League telecasts are averaging 391,000 viewers – a 70% jump over the average posted by ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer after five weeks last year (230,000).

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