FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
PREMIER LEAGUE PACKED HOLIDAY: 30 PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES IN 10 DAYS + 20-HOUR MARATHONS ON DEC. 26 AND JAN. 2
Second-Place Liverpool v. Third-Place Manchester City on Sat., Dec. 31, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Fifth-place Tottenham v. First-place Chelsea on Wed., Jan. 4, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
New Live Episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW from the Premier League Live Studio on Wed., Jan. 4
New It’s Called Football Program, New Premier League Downloads featuring Swansea City Manager Bob Bradley and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola & Behind the Badge: Watford F.C. Marathons Throughout the Week
All Matches Streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 21, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents a Premier League packed holiday season in the next two weeks, highlighted by 30 Premier League matches in 10 days, and 20 consecutive hours of Premier League programming on Boxing Day, Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. Coverage also features matches between four of the top five Premier League clubs as second-place Liverpool host third-place Manchester City on Saturday, December 31, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, and fifth-place Tottenham host first-place Chelsea on Wednesday, January 4, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
In addition, NBC Sports Group will debut the It’s Called Football program; present two new Premier League Downloads; feature a new live episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW; plus marathons of Behind the Badge: Watford F.C.
This week’s live Premier League match coverage begins this Monday, Dec. 26, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Watford v. Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET. Monday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN hosts coverage of Manchester United v. Sunderland, with coverage of first-place Chelsea v. Bournemouth on CNBC. Chelsea head into the holidays riding 11 straight league wins, conceding only two goals in the process.
All matches not on NBCSN or CNBC in the Monday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN. In addition, on Monday at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Premier League’s Goal Rush product will be featured on Premier League Extra Time as well as via the NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com.
Coverage continues Monday at 12:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Hull City v. third-place Manchester City. Manchester City most recently defeated Arsenal 2-1 to claim the third-place position heading into the holidays. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play commentator Arlo White calls the match, joined by analyst Lee Dixon.
Premier League match coverage continues Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by second-place Liverpool v. Stoke City at 12:15 p.m. ET, and Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Southampton v. fifth-place Tottenham at 2:45 p.m. ET. Liverpool defeated rivals Everton 1-0 in the Merseyside Derby yesterday, while Tottenham defeated Burnley 2-1 on Sunday.
Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by a combination of former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle, former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.
NEW PREMIER LEAGUE SHOWS & MARATHONS
As a part of NBC Sports Group’s 20 consecutive hours of Premier League programming, NBCSN will present two new Premier League Downloads, one focusing on Swansea City manager Bob Bradley Monday, Dec. 26, at 3:30 p.m. ET, and one featuring Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 2. Hosted by the Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett, Premier League Download: Bob Bradley – A Football Odyssey is a one-on-one interview with Bradley about his managerial career and becoming the first American manager in Premier League history. Bennett also hosts Premier League Download: Inside the Mind of Pep Guardiola, which features an in-depth discussion on the unique aspects of football that motivate the Manchester City manager.
Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN will premiere back-to-back episode of a new show, It’s Called Football. Hosted by the YouTube sensation F2 Freestylers, the six-part series will present viewers with the jaw-dropping trick shots the F2 Freestylers have become known for, as well as an in-depth look at what makes the Premier League unlike any other league in the world. Click here for more information.
In addition, encores of both programs will air on NBC Sports Group’s 20 consecutive hours of programming on Monday, Jan. 2. NBCSN will also present encore presentations of all four Behind the Badge: Watford FC shows Monday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. ET and Monday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. ET.
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, NBCSN presents a new live episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Bennett and Michael Davies at 5:30 p.m. ET, from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. – their first show in NBC Sports Group’s studios.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app will stream all matches via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
NBC Sports Digital presents four Premier League Productions programs each week throughout the season, available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as Premier League Shorts, a short-form, digital-exclusive video series. Click here for more information.
Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage through Jan. 4 (all times ET):
|Mon., Dec. 26||7 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||7:30 a.m.||Watford v. Crystal Palace||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Manchester United v. Sunderland||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Chelsea v. Bournemouth||CNBC|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Arsenal v. West Bromwich Albion||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Burnley v. Middlesbrough||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Leicester City v. Everton||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Swansea City v. West Ham United||Extra Time|
|Mon., Dec. 26||12:15 p.m.||Hull City v. Manchester City||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Mon., Dec. 26||2:15 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||3:30 p.m.||Premier League Download: Bob Bradley – A Football Odyssey||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||4:30 p.m.||It’s Called Football: Chelsea||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||5:00 p.m.||It’s Called Football: Arsenal||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||5:30 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW: Boxing Day Special||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||8 p.m.||Behind the Badge: Watford FC (Episodes 1-4)||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 26||10 p.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Tues., Dec. 27||11 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Tues., Dec. 27||12:15 p.m.||Liverpool v. Stoke City||NBCSN|
|Tues., Dec. 27||2:15 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., Dec. 28||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., Dec. 28||2:45 p.m.||Southampton v. Tottenham||NBCSN|
|Wed., Dec. 28||4:45 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Fri., Dec. 30||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Fri., Dec. 30||3 p.m.||Hull City v. Everton||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 31||6 a.m.||Premier League World||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 31||9 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 31||10 a.m.||Burnley v. Sunderland||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 31||10 a.m.||Chelsea v. Stoke City||CNBC|
|Sat., Dec. 31||10 a.m.||Leicester City v. West Ham||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 31||10 a.m.||Manchester United v. Middlesbrough||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 31||10 a.m.||Southampton v. West Bromwich Albion||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 31||10 a.m.||Swansea City v. Bournemouth||Extra Time|
|Sat., Dec. 31||12:30 p.m.||Liverpool v. Manchester City||NBC, UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Dec. 31||2:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBC|
|Sat., Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Behind the Badge: Watford FC||NBC|
|Sun., Jan. 1||7:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., Jan. 1||8:30 a.m.||Watford v. Tottenham||NBCSN|
|Sun., Jan. 1||11 a.m.||Arsenal v. Crystal Palace||NBCSN, TELEMUNDO|
|Sun., Jan. 1||1 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan. 2||7 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan. 2||7:30 a.m.||Middlesbrough v. Leicester City||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Everton v. Southampton||Extra Time|
|Mon., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Manchester City v. Burnley||CNBC|
|Mon., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||Sunderland v. Liverpool||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan. 2||10 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion v. Hull City||Extra Time|
|Mon., Jan. 2||12:15 p.m.||West Ham v. Manchester United||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Mon., Jan. 2||2:15 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan 2||4 p.m.||Premier League Download: Inside the Mind of Pep Guardiola||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan. 2||7 p.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Mon., Jan. 2||9 p.m.||Match of the Week||NBCSN|
|Tues., Jan. 3||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Tues., Jan. 3||2:45 p.m.||Bournemouth v. Arsenal||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Tues., Jan. 3||3 p.m.||Crystal Palace v. Swansea City||Extra Time|
|Tues., Jan. 3||3 p.m.||Stoke City v. Watford||Extra Time|
|Tues., Jan. 3||4:45 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 4||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 4||3 p.m.||Tottenham v. Chelsea||NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Wed., Jan. 4||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 4||5:30 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW||NBCSN|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–