With two weeks of the English Premier League in the books, their new American television home is receiving positive reviews with unprecedented coverage of the event.
For many soccer fans, the EPL is, if not the best, soccer league in the world. NBC, who’s trying desperately to build their own sports network, beat out ESPN for the package.
In a review by Greg Howard on Deadspin today, he explains why NBC has been a terrific new home for the soccer league.
It was always kind of impossible to affordably watch your favorite club week-in and week-out without breaking copyright laws, though, until NBC Sports came along and decided to show every match.
Granted, the bar for what constitutes “good soccer coverage” sits just above “has soccer coverage.” But what networks surpass it?
Howard mostly praises the convenience of being able to watch the games on laptops and other mobile devices instead of being locked into the TV. He also applauded how NBC Sports Network switched to a different match when one match was over, citing how big of an upset the one they switched to was.
NBC Sports isn’t blowing anyone away, but they’re using common sense. They’ve got good, accessible coverage, and knowledgeable commentators. …NBC Sports is revolutionizing American coverage in that they’re not really trying to revolutionize anything. They’re just throwing the game on and getting out of the way.