Watching sports is a communal thing. We like watching games together whether it be at the stadium, arena, sports bars, our friend’s homes or having people over at our own houses. With social media, we can converse with people all over in real-time.

NBC is trying to tap into this communal spirit with its new MatchMaker app for the English Premier League. Now stay with us, the app activates maps showing where fans of a particular club are meeting, which bars and restaurants to watch the games and even better, invite friends to gather at a certain establishment.

Here are some of the features of the NBC Sports MatchMaker app.

  • Locate fans in real time on an interactive map
  • Find the best bars and restaurants to watch your team as voted by real fans
  • Invite friends to watch a game with a match, friend and venue picker
  • Group chat with anyone invited to your meet-up
  • View match schedules, NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule, and news and highlights from ProSoccerTalk on
  • Elect to receive push notifications to alert fans of impending kickoffs for their team, breaking BPL news, new chat comments from friends, and exclusive offers for app users

The MatchMaker app is synced to NBC’s EPL schedule so fans get reminders on when their team is playing plus they get the latest news through the auspices of NBC Sports.

So while teams are playing in the early window at 7:45 a.m. ET on Saturdays or 8:30 a.m. ET on Sundays, you can find that one place that serves beer early to gather with your fellow Arsenal or Chelsea fans (preferably Chelsea) and drink to your heart’s content.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.