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Tuesday, July 11th, 2023
JON CHAMPION JOINS NBC SPORTS AS PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR
Champion to Call Matches in Prominent Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET Game Window
One Month to Kickoff! Opening Weekend of 2023-24 Premier League Season is August 11-14 on NBC, Peacock and USA Network
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 11, 2023 – Jon Champion, a signature voice of the Premier League in the U.K. and on many matches presented across NBCUniversal platforms over the past decade, has joined NBC Sports as a Premier League commentator.
Champion, who has called nine World Cups, including the 2022 event for ITV, will serve as the primary voice of Premier League matches in the high-profile Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET window across NBC, Peacock and USA Network. Opening the season – which kicks off one month from today on Friday, Aug. 11 – Champion will call the season’s first match as champion Manchester City visit Burnley (Friday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network) and Chelsea v. Liverpool on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET on Peacock.
“For decades, Jon has been a distinguished voice of football matches around the world,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage. “We are excited to welcome him to our NBC Sports team and back to the Premier League.”
“I’m thrilled to join NBC Sports. I’ve been an avid viewer of their Premier League coverage whilst living in the U.S. for the past four years, so it is with great excitement that I return to calling the weekly drama of the world’s most exciting football competition,” Champion said.
Champion began his broadcast career with BBC Radio in the 1980s, before working on the iconic “Match of the Day” show on BBC TV. He has been calling Premier League matches since the competition’s inception in 1992 – first for the BBC, then at ITV, before joining Setanta Sports in 2007 and ESPN UK in 2009. He has been one of the League’s signature voices around the world for three decades and most recently served as Lead Commentator for ESPN’s coverage of MLS and the US Men’s National Team.
In his decorated career, Champion has also called UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches, and multiple FA Cup and League Cup Finals. In addition to his football work, Champion has called rugby and cricket at World Cups and has broadcast from three Olympic Games.
Peter Drury, who joined NBC Sports last season, will continue to call the Saturday 12:30 p.m. ET matches on NBC and Peacock. In addition, Drury will call Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET matches for Sky Sports in the U.K., which since its acquisition by Comcast in 2018 has collaborated with NBC Sports across numerous properties and events.
This summer, NBC Sports begins its 11th season as exclusive U.S. media home of the Premier League, and will present matches, studio programming and additional coverage across NBC, Peacock, and USA Network. The 2023-24 season kicks off August 11-14.