NBC agree deal to show Premier League matches in the US

 

The Premier League will change broadcast partner in the United States from next season after announcing a two-year deal with the NBC Sports Group.

The financial details of the deal were not announced in a Premier League statement which confirmed that NBC would take over the rights to televise all matches from Fox.

"The Premier League is pleased to announce that NBCUniversal via the NBC Sports Group has been awarded the live audio visual broadcast rights for all 380 Barclays Premier League matches per season for seasons 2013/14 - 2015/16 in the USA," the statement read.

"The deal brings the Premier League to one of the largest broadcasters in the world; the NBC Sports Group already televises such major sporting events as the NFL, NHL, the Summer and Winter Olympics, MLS, the US Open (golf) and the Ryder Cup."

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore welcomed the deal while NBC chairman Mark Lazarus described the partnership as "a perfect match".

"The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting and will showcase the Barclays Premier League to fans across the USA through its extensive network of channels and high quality production," Scudamore said.

"We are extremely pleased that NBC has chosen to invest in the Premier League and look forward to working with them for many years to come."

Lazarus added: "The Barclays Premier League is the pre-eminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the US.

"NBCU will provide the broadest programming and promotional commitment that the league has ever experienced here in the United States. The Premier League provides NBCU with best-in-class content for 10 months of the year across our far-reaching broadcast, cable and digital platforms. This is a perfect match."

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