It’s time for fans of soccer — or should we say football? — to rejoice. NBC’s networks have come out on top and secured the rights to air the English Premier League following the success of the soccer broadcasts during the summer Olympics.
“The Barclays Premier League is the pre-eminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the U.S.,” NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus says, according to CBS News.
Unlike the Olympics, NBC won’t use a tape delay for these games, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on what time zone you’re in. NBC’s English-language networks like NBC Sports Network will air six live games of week, while some of the company’s other channels like Telemundo and mun2 might be used as well. In addition, other games that aren’t aired on television will be streamed live online.
All in all, NBC paid under $250 million for a three-year deal that will go into effect next season. The network’s offer was not accepted until Friday Oct. 26. So whether you’re a fan of Manchester United or you’re pulling for Liverpool, it’s time to grab your team’s scarf and a bottle of Newcastle and look forward to a much easier time following your favorite British football league going forward.