Premier League in talks with major broadcaster to play 39th game in USA 16 years after controversial plans failed

NBC SPORTS are “pressing” the Prem for a 39th match in the USA.

The broadcaster claim top-flight bosses have been “receptive” in talks – despite such plans being rejected in 2008 amid a public outcry in England.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters suggested last week the door remained “ajar” on an historic extra round of games overseas.

But fans might still be surprised to hear NBC Sports’ confident words over extending their exclusive coverage.

Jon Miller, the organisation’s president of acquisitions and partnerships, told The Athletic: “We’ve had conversations with the Premier League.

“They’ve been very open and receptive to listening to me.

“We did the Premier League Summer Series last year where we had… Fulham, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford. 

“Nine games in seven days in five cities around America. It was great.”

Miller is also dreaming of better audio links – players, coaches and fourth officials being mic’sd up so fans can hear more revealing stuff.

Demand for the Prem in the US was highlighted when Manchester United‘s tour last summer attracted a record crowd for the sport Stateside.


The Red Devils’ 2-0 friendly win over Arsenal was watched by a sell-out 82,262 at the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford in New Jersey.

NBC Sports won an exclusive six-year contract in 2022 for continuing to show Prem games.

The deal reportedly earns the top flight about £360million a season.

The Athletic say the arrangement is “more than five times the first deal signed with NBC… in 2012”.

Miller added: “There are two things that really bring the viewer and the fan closer to the action: access and audio. 

“People love to hear what Jurgen Klopp is saying to his team or what he’s saying on the sidelines. 

‘We realize there’s got to be some protection against that. But those are the kind of things we’re continuing to push the envelope on.

“And the Premier League is responsive. They’re really good when we come to them with ideas. Far be it for me to try to tell the Premier League what makes a good product. Their product is spectacular.

‘But much like we do with the NFL, and golf, we constantly have conversations with our partners and brainstorm on things we can do to make the games better and more appealing to try to grow our audience.”

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