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First two home games get high-profile TV slot in US

17/07/2014  Comments (14)  jump
Arsenal and Chelsea games set for NBC
Everton's first two home games of the new season against Arsenal and Chelsea will both be screened live on NBC's main channel in the United States, giving American audiences the chance to see World Cup hero Tim Howard in action in the Premier League.

The Blues will also get high-profile billing on NBCSN on five other occasions between September and the end of November with the trips to Liverpool, Manchester United, Burnley, Sunderland and Tottenham all being scheduled for live broadcast on the network's main sport channel.

NBC acquired the distribution rights for the Premier League from 2013 to 2017 when they outbid Fox last year and committed to show all 380 matches from the season live across their network, a first for US audiences and a boon for football across The Pond.

There are hopes that Howard's exploits in Brazil, combined with a general increase in interest in football in America on the back of the USA's plucky showing in the World Cup, will lead to even better viewing figures for NBC's coverage.

The schedule for the first three months of live games on the main NBC channels includes the following Everton matches:

August 23rd
Everton vs Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

August 30th
Everton vs Chelsea, 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

September 27th
Liverpool vs Everton, 7:45 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

October 5th
Manchester United vs Everton, 7 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

October 26th
Burnley vs Everton, 9:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

November 9th
Sunderland vs. Everton, 8:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

November 30th
Tottenham vs Everton, 11 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

Televised Everton matches: 2014-15

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Paul Andrews
1 Posted 18/07/2014 at 06:38:49
To use an Americanism:– The chairman and his board will do zilch to promote the club. A fantastic opportunity to get people interested in our club, on the back of Tim's performances will be lost.
Kieran Fitzgerald
2 Posted 18/07/2014 at 07:33:07
Now Paul, that is just a stupid idea. Why should the board and our commercial department have to try and increase revenue and promote the club to as wide an audience as possible? Go to America? Build on all the very recent hype around the World Cup? Build on one of our players, the American goal keeper having a great tournament? Why all of that's just crass and so beneath the Board. Really Paul, grow up, will you.

On a serious note, it is a great opportunity. You would hope that something will be done to make the most out of this. I don't know if there will be enough time to organise something before the season starts. Maybe the international break in September might allow us to do something.

James Hughes
3 Posted 18/07/2014 at 07:42:34
To continue Paul’s theme... NOW is the time to wake up and smell the coffee.

Big visible presence, on-line, in stores, in studios get some ex-players as pundits, American TW so they be eased gently into the fold and maybe understand irony.

In short, boys, drink the coffee and make some bucks for the club!!!!

Stephen Karnes
4 Posted 18/07/2014 at 09:37:57
As an American, I've been yelling to anyone that will listen that Everton should do everything in their power to stake a claim to the American fan base. Americans love to support our own and we love a plucky underdog.
Paul Andrews
5 Posted 18/07/2014 at 11:13:53

We wasted the opportunity in Australia with Tim Cahill.
USA is a developing nation as far as football coverage goes.
Football will be massive over there soon.
An ideal opportunity to get in on the ground floor.
An opportunity we will not take.

Kieran Fitzgerald
6 Posted 18/07/2014 at 13:24:53
Paul. I hope I didn't come across as sarcastic towards you, I was trying to be tongue in cheek. Any sarcasm in my post was directed at the Bard.

We absolutely missed a trick with Tim the first time around and we're certainly doing it again with the impact he's had in the MSL.

Paul Andrews
7 Posted 18/07/2014 at 13:48:13

Not at all, mate, I knew what you were saying.

Agree with you 100%

Tim Greeley
8 Posted 18/07/2014 at 19:27:49
SOCCER is going to be the third most popular sport in this country within the next ten years and with all of the concussion/brain injury drama starting to surround the NFL it will steadily make more inroads - parents (moms) are not going to allow their kids to play football (except in Texas and Florida....), the youth of today thinks baseball is boring and basketball is largely urban focused. Soccer, come on down!

Everton could really, really establish themselves here if they tried. Tim Howard is, finally, a (mostly) household name and face here after the Cup. Jump on it. Can a football club run TV commercials here ??? Does the EPL allow them to do that ?? By which I mean, would NBC and EPL allow a commercial just for Everton or does it always have to be about the entire League....I really wonder.

No matter, I just freakin' love the fact that with the NBC deal I get to watch basically every Everton game (with the online access). I can't even overstate how cool it is. Season starts in a month - crazypants!

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 18/07/2014 at 19:45:16
Well done to NBC for understanding the promotional opportunity. There is NO way we would ever have gotten this kind of exposure a year ago, but the TV ratings for Howard’s brilliance against Belgium broke records here.

The only bummer is we won’t get to enjoy Roberto’s brilliant color commentary!

Andrew McLean
10 Posted 18/07/2014 at 23:55:14
I thought it was the job of the player's agent and management team to promote their client and their client's image rights, to increase wealth for them and their client, regardless of what country they try it in. Only when the player appears in an official team shirt does the club or country get involved right?

Following the Twitter trend that Tim had, if was his agent I would have been approaching loads of US ad agencies with ideas based around the tweets and his performance as well as talk shows and cameos in sitcoms. Can only hope they have.

David Ellis
11 Posted 19/07/2014 at 06:31:54
This is good news. And to be fair the club has been promoting itself in the States with regular summer tours there. Personally I think America is a better hunting ground for fans than Asia - Asians don't really go for underdogs, and we don't have any Asian players.

Take a bow Tim Howard for being the catalyst for this increased US exposure.

Eric Myles
12 Posted 19/07/2014 at 07:18:37
Andrew #10, I read an article a few days ago stating that Howard is able to cash in (responsibly) on his new found popularity after the Belgium game, something which the Club could not have forseen and so have been a late part of.
Kev Clark
13 Posted 19/07/2014 at 21:53:17
That's good, I'm in Florida on the 23rd!
Kevin Kaval
14 Posted 22/07/2014 at 14:46:23
IÂ’m an American and am very much looking forward to jumping on the Everton bandwagon. Timmy Howard has peaked my interest in the sport.

IÂ’m a sports fanatic in general, so why not add EPL to the list of leagues to follow?

Everton and EPL would be wise to capitalize on HowardÂ’s popularity in the US.

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