NBC Keeps English Premier League Soccer for Six More YearsTariq Panja
Comcast Corp.’s NBC will be the sole broadcaster of live English Premier League soccer games in the U.S. for six more years through 2022.
NBC is in the final season of a $250 million, three-year accord with soccer’s richest domestic competition. Terms of the new deal, which begins next season, weren’t disclosed.
Six years is longer than most deals negotiated by the 20-team league, which usually limits domestic agreements to three years. In February, Sky Plc and BT Group Plc agreed to pay a record 5.14 billion pounds ($8 billion) for the U.K. rights to broadcast live games, 70 percent more than the prior agreement.
“As sports fans, there’s nothing better than waking up on a weekend morning to live and relevant events,” NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus said in an e-mailed statement Monday. “We at NBC Sports are thrilled to continue to be this outlet for the fast-growing Premier League fan base.”
NBC competes for live soccer rights with Fox Entertainment Group’s Fox Sports and Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN in the U.S. Interest in the sport peaked during the 2014 World Cup, when the U.S. men’s team reached the round of 16, and was boosted by last month’s win for the U.S. at the Women’s World Cup.
The new season of the Premier League, which includes Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, began Aug. 8 and runs through May 15.
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