Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NBC Announces Premiership Broadcast Plans

NBC has announced their coverage plan for the first few months of the Premiership season. Beginning this weekend with the big double-header at Twickenham stadium featuring Saracens vs. Worcester and Harlequins vs. Bristol. The Saracens Worcester match will be on NBCSN albeit on delay. NBCSN will also carry Wasps vs. Exeter on September 4th, Exeter vs. Saracens on September 11th, and Leicester vs. Bath on September 25th to round out the month's television coverage.

The bulk of NBC's coverage will be streaming through and the NBC Sports App. That includes two matches on both week's one and two, and throughout the rest of the month. In total through November 20th 16 matches will be available to be streamed with nine on NBCSN (nearly all on delay).

Former Premiership and England player Alex Corbisiero will be a studio analyst joining host Leigh Diffey. Corbisiero also qualified for the U.S. before playing for England.

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Date Coverage Time (ET) Network
  • Fri., Sept. 2 Gloucester Rugby vs. Leicester Tigers 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Sept. 3 Saracens vs. Worcester Warriors* 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
    • Harlequins vs. Bristol Rugby 11:30 a.m. Streaming
  • Sun., Sept. 4 Wasps vs. Exeter Chiefs* 10:30 a.m. NBCSN
  • Fri., Sept. 9 Worcester Warriors vs. Gloucester Rugby 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Sept. 10 Leicester Tigers vs. Wasps 10 a.m. Streaming
  • Sun., Sept. 11 Exeter Chiefs vs. Saracens 2 p.m. NBCSN
  • Fri., Sept. 16 Sale Sharks vs. Gloucester Rugby 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Sept. 17 Saracens vs. Northampton Saints 10 a.m. Streaming
  • Sun., Sept. 18 Newcastle vs. Leicester Tigers 10 a.m. Streaming
  • Fri., Sept. 23 Bristol Rugby vs. Exeter Chiefs 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Sept. 24 Northampton Saints vs. Wasps 10 a.m. Streaming
  • Sun., Sept. 25 Leicester Tigers vs. Bath Rugby* 7 p.m. NBCSN
  • Fri., Sept. 30 Northampton Saints vs. Exeter Chiefs 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Oct. 1 Gloucester Rugby vs. Bath Rugby* 8 p.m. NBCSN
  • Sun., Oct. 2 Worcester Warriors vs. Newcastle Falcons* 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
  • Fri., Oct. 7 Bath Rugby vs. Sale Sharks 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Oct. 8 Harlequins vs. Northampton Saints 10 a.m. NBCSN
  • Sun., Oct. 9 Saracens vs. Wasps* 11 a.m. NBCSN
  • Fri., Oct. 28 Northampton Saints vs. Gloucester Rugby 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sat., Oct. 29 Saracens vs. Leicester Tigers* 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
  • Sun., Oct. 30 Exeter Chiefs vs. Bath Rugby 10 a.m. Streaming
  • Fri., Nov. 18 Bath Rugby vs. Bristol Rugby 2:45 p.m. Streaming
  • Sun., Nov. 20 Sale Sharks vs. Saracens 8 a.m. Streaming
    • Leicester Tigers vs. Harlequins 10 a.m. Streaming


  1. Someday NBC will have something on live...

  2. I'll take what I can get. This gets me Saracens and Sale. Bravo!

  3. I know ESPN3 has replay capability for watching later. Does NBCSN have that too? I couldn't find any.

  4. NBCSN app worked perfect throughout the Olympics (replay and live). They've currently got 9 Premier League soccer games from last weekend available for replay, so I assume rugby will get the same treatment.
    Can't wait.

    1. I hate to quibble, but I had tons of problems during the Olympics. They got better after the opening weekend, but the live feed didn't work at first and even showed water polo in place of rugby at one point. The app tended to skip around a lot as well. I don't think they've fully debugged the advertisement integration.

      But overall I agree, we're moving in the right direction.

  5. Streaming only reaches the converted, like people reading this. All the really matters is the live on NBC on television. That is what the masses watch and where the game will gain popularity.

  6. The Premier League is where the money is at so it's pretty much impossible to go live. However, delays on NBCSN & NBC Live Extra is a much better situation than what we had with beIN. So many people had issues using their live stream on beIN Connect.