The 2013 English Premier League gets underway tomorrow and football fans can't wait! The Barclays Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues (soccer to fans in the U.S.) in the entire world and this year NBC Sports is bringing a lot of the action across the pond for American fans via live stream on NBC Live Extra.
According to a newstimes.com report on Aug. 16, NBC is taking a big risk and betting some big dollars that broadcasting soccer will be a hit here in the U.S. - as in $250 million!
News Times reports:
"As part of its three-year contract, NBC Sports Group will broadcast all 380 games from the Premier League this season in some form — more than what's even available in the United Kingdom. The main U.S. outlet for the EPL will shift from Fox Soccer to NBC Sports Network, doubling the number of homes in which those games are available."
NBC Sports is really grabbing the bull by the horns as they have invested three times more than FOX Sports' $80 million on soccer hoping they bring U.S. fans aboard. With teams like Liverpool and Manchester United in action tomorrow, NBC is hoping to get off to a good start.
No matter how many fans are watching, a lot of them sure like to wager on the games, especially in the UK. The odds to win the 2013-14 EPL title are out and to no one's surprise Manchester United and Chelsea are the top two teams favored.
Here is a look at the schedule and odds for tomorrow's games, and the overall championship odds for the 2013-14 EPL season.
Aug. 17 schedule and odds:
• Liverpool vs. Stoke City (4/9) - 7:45AM EST
• Arsenal vs. Aston Villa 10:00 (4/9) AM EST
• West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton (13/10) - 10:00 AM EST
• West Ham United vs. Cardiff City (EVEN) - 10:00 AM EST
• Norwich City vs. Everton (2/1) - 10:00 AM EST
• Sunderland vs. Fulham (5/4) - 10:00 AM EST
• Swansea City vs. Manchester United (11/4) - 12:30PM EST
Odds to win the 2013-14 EPL Championship
- Man City 9/4
- Newcastle 1000/1
- Sunderland 2500/1
- Chelsea 9/4
- Swansea 1500/1
- Stoke 4000/1
- Man Utd 5/2
- West Brom 1500/1
- Cardiff 4000/1
- Arsenal 11/1
- Fulham 2000/1
- Norwich 5000/1
- Tottenham 25/1
- Aston Villa 2000/1
- Hull 7500/1
- Liverpool 28/1
- West Ham 2000/1
- Crystal Palace 10000/1
- Everton 250/1
- Southampton 2000/1