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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
PREMIER LEAGUE FOR THE HOLIDAYS – 40 MATCHES IN 16 DAYS ON THE NETWORKS OF NBCUNIVERSAL
Second-Place Arsenal v. Third-Place Manchester City This Monday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN & NBC UNIVERSO
Tim Howard Joins Arlo White & Lee Dixon to Call Arsenal v. Manchester City
First-Ever Premier League Doubleheader on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 26, Beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET
Special Premier League Breakaway Whip-Around Show Returns Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Promoted: The Story of A.F.C. Bournemouth – a Three-Part NBC Sports Digital Shorts Series – Premieres This Weekend on NBCSports.com
Special Episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Featuring Guest Rebecca Lowe Monday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 16, 2015 – NBC Sports Group presents 40 matches in 16 days beginning this Saturday, Dec. 19, and running through Sunday, Jan. 3. This week’s coverage is highlighted by a match between second-place Arsenal and third-place Manchester City on Monday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. ET. U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard joins NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White and analyst Lee Dixon to call Arsenal-Manchester City two days after suiting up for Everton’s match against first-place Leicester City (Sat., Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. ET on Extra Time).
Arsenal and their leading scorer Olivier Giroud (nine goals) come off a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, while Manchester City found their rhythm beating Swansea 2-1 this week after previously falling to Stoke City 2-0. Both clubs are within three points of first-place Leicester City.
Weekend Premier League coverage begins this Saturday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Chelsea v. Sunderland on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO, and fourth-place Manchester United v. Norwich City on USA Network. The pressure is mounting for last season’s champions Chelsea, as they come off losses against Leicester City on Monday and Bournemouth on Saturday, Dec. 5. Manchester United, coming off a 2-1 loss against Bournemouth, will be out to prove they are serious title contenders this Saturday.
Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC hosts coverage of Newcastle v. Aston Villa followed by a live Goal Zone. White calls the match joined by Dixon at St James’ Park. Rebecca Lowe hosts Goal Zone and Premier League Live, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Jamaican National Team Player Robbie Earle.
Premier League coverage this Sunday, Dec. 20, begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live followed by Watford v. Liverpool at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Watford have risen to seventh place in the Premier League after winning their last three matches, and will look to prove themselves against Premier League giants Liverpool. Coverage continues at 11 a.m. ET with Swansea City v. West Ham on NBCSN.
Matches not featured on NBCSN or USA Network in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET and Sunday 11 a.m. ET television windows will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.
NBC SPORTS GROUP PREMIER LEAGUE HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
NBC Sports Group is providing unprecedented coverage of the Premier League this holiday season, highlighted by the first-ever NBC doubleheader on Boxing Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, and the special Premier League Breakaway returning on Mon., Dec. 28. NBC’s Dec. 26 doubleheader will feature Newcastle v. Everton at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by Southampton v. Arsenal at 2:45 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group will bring back its Premier League Breakaway program at 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 28, a special two-hour show featuring RedZone-like live look-ins on the best action from all five Premier League matches in the 10 a.m. ET window. NBC Sports Group’s Breakaway program gives viewers the most compelling action in real time and on replay, including every goal in every match, so viewers won’t miss a single score or key play. Rebecca Lowe will guide the program as it cuts from match to match to follow the most important stories with minimal interruption.
In addition, all matches in the 10 a.m. ET window on Dec. 28 will be available in their entirety via live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra and on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN. Premier League Breakaway will also be available on NBC Sports Live Extra.
A special episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett and featuring Lowe will air on Mon., Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will recap the first half of the Premier League season.
PROMOTED: THE STORY OF A.F.C. BOURNEMOUTH – A THREE-PART NBC SPORTS DIGITAL SHORTS SERIES – PREMIERES THIS WEEKEND ON NBCSPORTS.COM
Promoted: The Story of A.F.C. Bournemouth, a three-part digital-exclusive series featuring the people surrounding the team, stadium, and town of Bournemouth, debuts this weekend on NBCSports.com. This is the second project of NBC Sports Digital Shorts, an initiative focused on producing short-form original digital content for NBCSports.com and other NBC Sports Digital platforms.
The videos, which run 5-8 minutes, focus on the team’s rich history and their unlikely meteoric rise from narrowly avoiding relegation from the Football League in 2009, followed by promotion to League One in 2010, promotion to the Championship in 2013 and promotion to the Premier League in 2015, which marked the first time the club would play in the top-division of English football in their 125-year history. The videos also highlight the town of Bournemouth and 11,464-seat Vitality Stadium, the second-smallest venue in the history of the Premier League.
Saturdays throughout the Premier League season, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit NBCSportsRadio.com.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.
Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage through Jan. 3, 2016 (all times ET):
|Sat., Dec. 19||8 a.m.||Barclays Premier League Preview||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 19||9 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 19||10 a.m.||Chelsea v. Sunderland||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Dec. 19||10 a.m.||Manchester United v. Norwich City||USA|
|Sat., Dec. 19||10 a.m.||Everton v. Leicester City||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 19||10 a.m.||Southampton v. Tottenham||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 19||10 a.m.||Stoke City v. Crystal Palace||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 19||10 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion v. Bournemouth||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 19||12:30 p.m.||Newcastle v. Aston Villa||NBC|
|Sat., Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBC|
|Sun., Dec. 20||6 a.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 20||7:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 20||8:30 a.m.||Watford v. Liverpool||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 20||11 a.m.||Swansea City v. West Ham||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 20||1 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 20||2 p.m.||Match of the Day II||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 20||Midnight||Match of the Week||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 21||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 21||3 p.m.||Arsenal v. Manchester City||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Mon., Dec. 21||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 21||11:30 p.m.||Barclays Premier League Review||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 26||7:45 a.m.||Stoke City v. Manchester United||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Aston Villa v. West Ham||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Bournemouth v. Crystal Palace||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Chelsea v. Watford||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Liverpool v. Leicester City||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Manchester City v. Sunderland||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Swansea City v. West Bromwich Albion||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Tottenham v. Norwich City||TBD|
|Sat., Dec. 26||12:30 p.m.||Newcastle v. Everton||NBC|
|Sat., Dec. 26||2:45 p.m.||Southampton v. Arsenal||NBC|
|Mon., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Premier League Breakaway||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Crystal Palace v. Swansea City||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Everton v. Stoke City||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Norwich City v. Aston Villa||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Watford v. Tottenham||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion v. Newcastle||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 28||12:30 p.m.||Manchester United v. Chelsea||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 28||12:30 p.m.||Arsenal v. Bournemouth||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 28||12:30 p.m.||West Ham v. Southampton||Extra Time|
|Tue., Dec. 29||2:45 p.m.||Leicester City v. Manchester City||NBCSN|
|Wed., Dec. 30||2:45 p.m.||Sunderland v. Liverpool||NBCSN|
|Sat., Jan. 2||7:45 a.m.||West Ham v. Liverpool||NBCSN|
|Sat., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Arsenal v. Newcastle||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Leicester City v. Bournemouth||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Manchester United v. Swansea City||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Norwich City v. Southampton||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Sunderland v. Aston Villa||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion v. Stoke City||TBD|
|Sat., Jan. 2||12:30 p.m.||Watford v. Manchester City||NBC|
|Sun., Jan. 3||8:30 a.m.||Crystal Palace v. Chelsea||NBCSN|
|Sun., Jan. 3||11 a.m.||Everton v. Tottenham||NBCSN|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–