FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP SURROUNDS THE MANCHESTER DERBY – THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 20, AT NOON ET ON NBC
First-Ever Manchester Derby on U.S. Broadcast Television
“This Sunday’s Manchester Derby is not just about football, it’s about territory as an entire city witnesses an evolution of sorts. What a day.” – Rebecca Lowe
“You can’t always win the title, but you can never, ever, lose the Derby.” – NBC Sports Group Marketing Spot
NHL Live Studio Analyst Jeremy Roenick to Guest on THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW this Monday, Mar. 21, at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 17, 2016 – NBC Sports Group surrounds the Manchester Derby between rivals Manchester City and Manchester United this Sunday, March 20, at Noon ET on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra with marketing, social, and digital content.
One of the most anticipated matches of the season, this is the first-ever Manchester Derby on U.S. broadcast television. The pressure is mounting for both clubs, as Manchester City look to hold onto their Champions League position with a top-four finish, and Manchester United work to avoid missing out on Champions League play for the second time in three seasons.
NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the Manchester Derby, joined at the Etihad Stadium by analyst Graeme Le Saux.
Sunday’s coverage kicks off at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Live. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.
REBECCA LOWE, ROBBIE MUSTOE & KYLE MARTINO ON THE MANCHESTER DERBY
REBECCA LOWE: “For decades, the city of Manchester has been dominated by one club – Manchester United. But now, you have to say the tables have turned, the times have shifted, and Manchester City have finally asserted themselves as just as, if not more, likely to be dominant in the coming years. This Sunday’s Manchester Derby is not just about football, it’s about territory as an entire city witnesses an evolution of sorts. What a day.”
ROBBIE MUSTOE: “Manchester clubs are underperforming. A top-four finish to clinch a Champions League spot is now the target for both teams in the Premier League, and that’s just not good enough. The Manchester Derby has become bigger in recent years, and this one will be keenly fought as Champions League football is essential to both clubs.”
KYLE MARTINO: “Both Manchester clubs are currently far from the great heights expected of them, but make no mistake, this is still the Manchester Derby.”
NBCSports.com’s ProSoccerTalk features the latest news, clips and storylines, headed into Sunday. Joe Prince Wright will be on “Facebook Live” following the match, providing his reaction to the result and taking fan questions. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will have its “Tactical Cam,” a high-sideline camera meant to show all 22 players on the pitch at the same time, available for the match.
The NBC Sports Soccer social media handles are one-stop shopping for Premier League fans, with the latest news from around the Premier League on Facebook and Twitter heading into Sunday, including score updates, recaps and analysis. Manchester City and Manchester United fans can tweet photos from their Manchester Derby viewing parties by tagging @NBCSportsSoccer or using #BPLonNBC. Select fan photos on social media using #BPLonNBC will be showcased on air throughout day.
In addition, NBC Sports Group is airing a special Manchester Derby promo this week, featuring a saying around Manchester, “you can’t always win the title, but you can never, ever, lose the Derby.” Click here to view the spot.
THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett will recap the Manchester Derby this Monday, Mar. 21, at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NHL Live studio analyst Jeremy Roenick is this week’s guest.
Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage this week (subject to change, all times ET), and click here for more information.
|Sat., Mar. 19||8 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., Mar. 19||8:45 a.m.||Everton v. Arsenal||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Mar. 19||11 a.m.||Crystal Palace v. Leicester City||NBCSN|
|Sat., Mar. 19||11 a.m.||Chelsea v. West Ham||USA, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Mar. 19||11 a.m.||Watford v. Stoke City||Extra Time|
|Sat., Mar. 19||11 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion v. Norwich City||Extra Time|
|Sat., Mar. 19||1:30 p.m.||Swansea City v. Aston Villa||NBCSN|
|Sat., Mar. 19||3:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sun., Mar. 20||8:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., Mar. 20||9:30 a.m.||Newcastle v. Sunderland||NBCSN|
|Sun., Mar. 20||9:30 a.m.||Southampton v. Liverpool||Extra Time|
|Sun., Mar. 20||Noon||Manchester City v. Manchester United||NBC, TELEMUNDO|
|Sun., Mar. 20||Noon||Tottenham v. Bournemouth||Extra Time|
|Sun., Mar. 20||2 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBC|
|Sun., Mar. 20||Midnight||Match of the Day II||NBCSN|
|Mon., Mar. 21||1 a.m.||Match of the Week||NBCSN|
|Mon., Mar. 21||11 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW||NBCSN|
|Mon., Mar. 21||11:30 p.m.||Barclays Premier League Review||NBCSN|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–