NBC has sent its Premier League Live crew to the UK the last three seasons and it’s usually been an in-season trip basing all of its studio programming live from three different stadiums. But to mark the beginning of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, NBC will send host Rebecca Lowe and her merry band of analysts, Kyle Martino and the two Robbies, Earle and Martino to the UK to once again be on-site from three games. They’ll be joined by the UK-based on-air staff of Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.
It’ll begin on August 11 for the first-ever Friday night Premier League season opener from Emirates Stadium as Arsenal hosts 2016 champion Leicester City. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. ET with a one-hour preview show followed by Premier League Live with Lowe, Le Saux and Mustoe in the on-site studio while White, Dixon and Earlie will man the pitch-side set. And White and Martino will call the match.
Then on Saturday, August 12, the networks of NBC will have eight hours of coverage originating from Brighton & Hove’s first-ever Premier League match vs. Manchester City. NBCSN and CNBC will have matches at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET followed by Brighton & Hove-Manchester City on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET. Lowe, Dixon and Martino will be in the on-site studio. White, Le Saux and Mustoe will be pitch-side. Then White and Earle will be in the commentary box for the match.
Three games in the 10 a.m. ET window will be streamed on the NBC Sports Gold over the top subscription service as it takes over for Premier League Extra Time. Fans who were used to seeing them for free on cable, satellite or the NBC Sports app will no longer have access to the overflow games unless they pay for them.
On Sunday, NBC wraps up its UK road trip, the announcers head to the iconic Old Trafford for the Manchester United vs. West Ham United game which will air at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Lowe, Earle and Le Saux will host in the on-site studio while White, Dixon and Martino will be on the pitch. White and Mustoe call the match.
Here’s the entire Premier League opening weekend schedule:
The previous road trips were a nice complement to NBC’s Premier League coverage and expect this latest trip to be more of the same.