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NBCSN Sets 'Championship Sunday' Pub Viewing Parties

Programmer's Nets Will Air Circuit's Final 10 Matches Live 5/10/2014 1:45 PM Eastern
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NBCSN will send its first Premier League season off with a bang, as 10 networks will air 10 Championship Sunday matches live simultaneously -- in 70 pubs and homes around the country.

 

NBCSN will turn 70 pubs nationwide into the venues for Premier League viewing party extravaganzas that will bring fans together May 11 on the final day of the circuit’s season, Championship Sunday.

 

Top soccer pubs throughout New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami will present NBCUniversal's most extensive and comprehensive Championship Sunday coverage ever in U.S. history, as patrons will be able to watch all 10 matches live simultaneously on 10 of the programmer’s networks. This will mark the first time in U.S. history that all Championship Sunday matches, kicking off at 10 a.m. (ET), will be available on linear networks.

 

 

As the exclusive home for the Premier League, NBCSN netted significant Nielsen advances averaging 395,000 viewers with its first-year coverage, up 80% from the 220,000 watchers during last year's full-season cable average on the former Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN2. Nine of the 10 most-watched Premier League games ever on cable have screened on NBCSN this season.

 

 

 

The Championship Sunday matches will air on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Esquire Network and Syfy. In addition, Spanish-language networks Telemundo and mun2 will each televise one match. (see matchups and announce-teams below)

 

"We started the season in soccer bars greeting the fans with the chant - every week, every game, on TV and streaming live," said John Miller, chief marketing officer, NBC Sports Group. "They liked what they heard so we decided to end the season back in the bars to thank our loyal fans for a great season."

 

Click here to see a city-by-city list of NBCSN's official Premier League viewing party pubs throughout the country.

 

 

 

With the league title still up for grabs between Manchester City and Liverpool,  Champions and Europa Leagues spots available, and relegation at stake, NBCU will set the stage at 9 a.m., with an exclusive Premier League Live pregame show on CNBC, featuring Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe, Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino. Check out some of the key scenarios here.

 

Lowe, Mustoe, Earle and Martino will return following the matches for a special Goal Zone season wrap-up postgame show on NBC at 12 Noon ET.  NBCSN will simulcast Goal Zone. At 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN wraps up the day’s coverage with a special look back at the newly crowned champions’ path to the title on Premier League Live: The Champions.

 

The following are the broadcast teams for Premier League “Championship Sunday” matches on Sunday, May 11th at 10 a.m. ET:

 

Home v. Away

Network

Commentators

Manchester City v. West Ham United

NBC

Arlo White, Lee Dixon

Liverpool v. Newcastle

NBCSN

Jon Champion, Graeme Le Saux

Tottenham Hotspur v. Aston Villa

USA

Steve Banyard, David Pleat

Cardiff City v. Chelsea

CNBC

Jonathan Beck, Tony Gale

Norwich City v. Arsenal

MSNBC

Joe Speight, Efan Ekoku

Hull City v. Everton

Bravo

Tony Jones, Dean Sturridge

Southampton v. Manchester United

Syfy

Gary Taphouse, Ray Houghton

Sunderland v. Swansea City

Esquire Network

Phil Blacker, Barry Horne

Fulham v. Crystal Palace

E!

Jon Driscoll, Bradley Allen

West Bromwich Albion v. Stoke City

Oxygen

Daniel Mann, Garry Birtles

Manchester City v. West Ham United

Telemundo*

Andres Cantor, Carlos Hermosillo

Liverpool v. Newcastle United

mun2*

Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol

 

*Spanish-language telecast

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