By RYAN TOLMICH
Fans of NBC’s presentation of the Premier League will be happy to know that coverage will not be leaving the channel any time soon.
The Premier League announced Monday that NBC has won exclusive live broadcasting rights in the U.S. for an additional six years. The agreement, which extends until after the 2021-22 season, continues a partnership that was entering the final year of a three-year, $250-million deal.
“NBC Sports has done a fantastic job broadcasting the Barclays Premier League for the last two seasons and we are extremely pleased that they have invested in our U.S. rights for seasons 2016/17 to 2021/22,” said Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore,. “Outstanding production, expert analysis, and wide audience reach have all been beyond expectations. First-rate creative marketing and promotional campaigns have driven interest in our clubs, and the competition as a whole, to unprecedented levels.
“NBC Sports has committed to extend partnership activation and promotion of clubs in future seasons – a significant factor in the awarding of these rights – and we look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with them for the next seven years.”
In addition to English language rights, the new agreement also includes exclusive rights for Spanish language coverage of the league in the U.S.
“We are excited to continue our tremendous partnership with the Premier League,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus, “and we look forward to presenting the world’s finest soccer league to Americans for many years to come.
“As sports fans, there’s nothing better than waking up on a weekend morning to live and relevant events, and we at NBC Sports are thrilled to continue to be this outlet for the fast-growing Premier League fan base.”
Available to 95 percent of U.S. homes in total, NBC saw the Premier League’s opening round of action achieve record viewership this past weekend.
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