US broadcaster NBCUniversal has acquired the exclusive stateside rights to broadcast Premier League football, RadioTimes.com can confirm.
The multi-year agreement, which was announced yesterday, will give the network access to all 380 Premier League matches each season in a deal reported to be worth $80-$85 million per year. NBCU is expected to take over as sole broadcaster from Fox, who previously licenced some fixtures to ESPN, and will show all games live.
“The Barclays Premier League is the preeminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the US,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.
“NBCU will provide the broadest programming and promotional commitment that the league has ever experienced here in the United States. The Premier League provides NBCU with best-in-class content for 10 months of the year across our far-reaching broadcast, cable and digital platforms. This is a perfect match.”
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said he was “extremely pleased that NBC has chosen to invest in the Premier League.”
Last November, a tape-delayed showing of Chelsea v Liverpool drew a US record audience of 1.7 million on Fox’s free-to-air channel.
The new deal will come into effect in time for the 2013-14 season.