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NBC releases first three months of EPL TV schedule

Eight of Tottenham's first 13 matches will be televised in the USA on either NBC or one of it's cable group channels. All of its matches will be streamed live (and legally!) online.

Russ Thaler and Arlo White prepare to announce a match on NBC Sports Network
Russ Thaler and Arlo White prepare to announce a match on NBC Sports Network

NBC Sports Group announced the English Premier League television schedule for the first three months of the upcoming season today for their broadcasts in the United States and Spurs will have at least one match broadcast on free-to-air NBC.

The highlight is Spurs' match at Manchester City on Saturday, November 23, which will be shown in high definition on the NBC mothership. Below are Spurs' matches that will be broadcast on NBC Sports Group channels:

  • Opening match @ Crystal Palace (August 18, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
  • North London Derby @ Arsenal (September 1, 11:00 a.m. ET, NBCSN, mun2)
  • Home to Chelsea (September 28, 7:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN, mun2)
  • @ Aston Villa (October 20, 11:00 a.m. ET, NBCSN, mun2)
  • @ Everton (November 3, 11:00 a.m. ET, CNBC)
  • Home to Newcastle (November 10, 7:00 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
  • @ Manchester City (November 23, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, mun2)
  • Home to Manchester United (November 30, 7:45 am., NBCSN, Telemundo)

NBC has promised that every EPL match will be available for viewing this season. Numerous games will be broadcast on one of the NBC Sports Group channels (NBC, NBCSN, mun2, CNBC, Telemundo).

Certain cable and satellite carriers will also receive Premier League Extra Time, where games not on one of the channels listed above will be broadcast on alternate cable channels. Those of you with AT&T U-verse, Cablevision's Optimum, Comcast's Xfinity TV, DIRECTV, DISH or Suddenlink will get Extra Time, allowing you to watch every Premier League match on TV.

For those with cable or satellite carriers that don't receive Premier League Extra Time, NBC has stated that all matches will be streamed online in high definition on NBC Sports Extra, a streaming service similar to WatchESPN/ESPN3 and made available free to most subscribers who receive NBCSN.

In this initial schedule, NBC has done a pretty good job of spreading exposure around, though it's of course tilted heavily towards the teams expected to be at the top of the table. Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal get two games on NBC in the first three months; Manchester United, Tottenham, and Everton get one. Most EPL teams don't get any.

At present, five of Spurs' matches are listed as "TBD": vs. Swansea (Aug. 25), vs. Norwich (Sept. 14), @ Cardiff (Sept. 21), vs. West Ham (Nov. 5), and vs. Hull (Oct. 26). These games may be televised, or they may only be on Extra Time, we don't yet know. But they will be streamed on NBC Sports Extra, which is nice if you get it. Those TBD games will be announced prior to each month.

BIG HONKING CAVEAT HERE: the EPL schedule is extremely fluid, and games get rescheduled all the time due to cup and European competition obligations. If Spurs progress far in the Europa League this season, you can expect that a bunch of our Saturday matches will get rescheduled to Sundays. What this means for television is anyone's guess -- games could be shunted off of basic cable channels to Extra Time, or may not be televised at all.

With apologies to our U.K. readership, because nothing in this post applies to you one iota. 'MERICA.

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