NBC Nabs English Soccer Rights

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Wayne Rooney and other English soccer stars are coming to NBC

Soccer fanatics in the United States are in for a big change, with the news over the weekend that one of the world’s top soccer leagues is changing television homes.

The Comcast-owned NBC Sports Group posted the winning bid for English- and Spanish-language broadcast rights to the English Premier League, the top soccer league in England and one of the best in the world.

The 20-team EPL, which consists of such major clubs as Manchester United, FC Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, is currently broadcast in the U.S. by a combination of Fox and ESPN networks. Both Fox and ESPN reportedly were outbid by NBC.

The new deal, which according to the AP is $250 million over three years, goes into effect with the 2013-’14 season. The league, which runs for 41 weeks a year, will run on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and other NBC and Comcast properties.

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