NBC Sports Re-ups EPL Rights For Six More Years
The deal will extend through the 2021-22 season.
NBC Sports has extended its television contract with the English Premier League for six more years, which would take it through the 2021-2022 season, the New York Times reports. The terms of the deal are yet to be disclosed, but considering the current deal is for $83 million per year, it's safe to assume the figure will approach, if not surpass, $1 billion.
This is great news for American soccer fans. NBC Sports falls for few of the annoying traditions of American sports broadcasts. Every game is available live through your cable provider or streaming at no extra cost. The studio personalities are calm, measured, and intelligent rather than competing in a stupidity arms race. The game itself is presented with minimal distractions, unlike the obtrusive advertisements Fox Sports deploys during soccer broadcasts which usurp a third of the screen. It doesn't make me feel like I'm opening wide for some soccer.
There's so much cause for misery in the soccer world. Sepp Blatter is still FIFA president. CONCACAF is a corrupt mess. The 2022 World Cup is still causing people to die. Fox still has the rights to the next three World Cups and the Champions League through 2018. Gus Johnson still hasn't ruled out the possibility of calling 2018 World Cup games. An Azerbaijani journalist was killed after being attacked by local soccer fans. A bunch of jackasses in New Jersey got into a fist fight over a team that didn't exist a year ago. These are all bad, stupid things. But NBC Sports keeping the EPL is a good thing. Let's just enjoy that for a minute, before someone else dies or whatever.