NBC retains U.S. Premier League TV rights for six more seasons

Written By Marc Lancaster
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American soccer fans can get comfortable turning to NBC's networks for Premier League coverage.

NBC Sports Group has reached a six-year extension of its rights to broadcast Premier League games in the U.S., the network announced Monday.

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The network is in the third and final season of its original deal, which it secured for $250 million. The New York Times reports the extension, which runs through the 2021-22 season, is expected to include a "significant increase" in rights fees.

NBC already has made a significant commitment to the sport, with most of its coverage on NBCSN but also spreading across other channels under the network's umbrella. NBC announced last week that the USA Network would air weekly games throughout this season, generally on Saturdays at 10 a.m. ET.

NBC has won acclaim among fans for its all-out coverage of the final day of the season, in particular, with games aired simultaneously across 10 channels — from the flagship broadcast network to the likes of E!, Oxygen and SyFy.

The network said games on NBC and NBCSN averaged 479,000 viewers last season, up 9 percent from its first year carrying EPL games.

Fox Sports also submitted a bid for U.S. Premier League rights, but will have to wait until the next decade to try again.

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