The most popular soccer league in the world is set to return to television this month. On June 17, NBSCN will air a triple header of English Premier League action. In order to get the word out about what the restart of the league will look like, the network held a conference call with reporters on Thursday.
Pierre Moossa, the coordinating producer of Premier League matches on NBCSN, stressed that he hopes fans will not notice much difference on their screens. The network will still have broadcast teams on site. Behind the scenes though, things will be run very differently.
“Our mentality and approach is to treat it like an Olympic or World Cup tournament. It’s 35 shows in 40 days,” Moosa said. “We will cover the matches, the storylines, the reviews and previews and we’re going to approach it very differently from that standpoint.”
Studio host Rebecca Lowe added that the focus on storytelling is important. The way a season unfolds in the Premier League, there are plenty of storylines fans get invested in beyond just a championship.
“I don’t want to ever forget as we begin that we are storytellers and our story stopped rather abruptly like so many did three months ago and we are here to tell, not just Liverpool story, which of course is a headline story, the 30‑year‑wait, plus a few months, she said. “But all the stories of relegation and the stories of all the other teams within the Premier League, whether it be a Sheffield United story and how fantastic they have done this season only to be stopped and how will they end.”
Although initially he wanted to give viewers a realistic sense of what it is like to be in a British soccer stadium right now, Moosa says he and producers from Sky Networks in the UK are in agreement that crowd noise is essential for watching soccer on television. NBCSN will utilize sounds recorded for EA Sports’s FIFA video game series during the broadcast.
EA has sampled 92 different crowds to obtain those sounds. Moosa says it will be possible to draw authentic sounds from specific matchups to give viewers at home an accurate version of what the game’s atmosphere would be like under normal conditions.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.