Thursday, August 11th, 2016


A Look at One of the Promoted Clubs – Middlesbrough

 “It’s been a while, but the Boro are back!” – Robbie Mustoe, Middlesbrough Midfielder from 1990-2002

Coverage Debuts This Saturday, August 13 at 6:30 a.m. ET on CNBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 11, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2016-17 Premier League season kicks off two days from today, on Saturday, August 13. Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on CNBC followed by newly promoted Hull City v. last season’s champions Leicester City at 7:30 a.m. ET. Coverage continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on and the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States. All games will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

New Season, Newly Promoted Teams: Middlesbrough

First match: Middlesbrough v. Stoke City, Sat., August 13, 10 a.m. ET

After finishing second in the Championship, Middlesbrough earned promotion to the Premier League and will play in the top flight for the first time since 2008-09. The club went unbeaten in their final 10 matches to secure a spot in England’s top division. After seven straight seasons in the second tier, Middlesbrough enter the 2016-17 campaign hoping to avoid their fourth relegation from the Premier League. Led by Head Coach Aitor Karanka, former assistant to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Middlesbrough hope to put their defensive prowess on display.

Located in the northeast of England, Middlesbrough are one of English football’s oldest clubs, having been established in 1876. One of the Premier League’s 22 founding members, Middlesbrough are also a former club of NBC Sports Group Premier League analyst Robbie Mustoe, who made 351 appearances for the club.

“It’s been a while, but the Boro are back,” said Mustoe. “Middlesbrough will be a fun team to watch this season with lots of new players, an intelligent manager, and a fantastic owner in Steve Gibson.”

Following is the match schedule for the first week of the 2016-17 Premier League Season:

Date Time (ET) Match Network
Sat., Aug. 13 6:30 a.m. Premier League Live CNBC
Sat., Aug. 13 7:30 a.m. Hull City v. Leicester City CNBC, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., Aug. 13 10 a.m. Everton v. Tottenham CNBC
Sat., Aug. 13 10 a.m. Southampton v. Watford Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 13 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. West Bromwich Albion Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 13 10 a.m. Burnley v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 13 10 a.m. Middlesbrough v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 13 12:30 p.m. Manchester City v. Sunderland CNBC
Sat., Aug. 13 2:30 p.m. Goal Zone CNBC
Sun., Aug. 14 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 14 8:30 a.m. Bournemouth v. Manchester United NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., Aug. 14 11 a.m. Arsenal v. Liverpool NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 15 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live USA
Mon., Aug. 15 3 p.m. Chelsea v. West Ham USA
Mon., Aug. 15 5 p.m. Goal Zone USA

For NBC Sports Group’s Premier League television schedule for the first two months of the season, click here.