NBC bets big on English Premier League soccer

August 17, 2013 • Entertainment

FILE – This is a Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013 file photo Southampton’s Maya Yoshida, right, controls the ball as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, challenges him during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. The new English Premier League season begins on Saturday Aug. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — British sports announcer Arlo White remembers visiting relatives in Chicago more than two decades ago and flipping through a seemingly endless array of television channels.

“I was somewhere in the 300s, I think, on cable TV, and suddenly I saw a 17-year-old Ryan Giggs thrashing in a volley from Manchester United against West Ham United,” he said this week. “And I was overjoyed that I managed to find this little snippet of English football action.”

Starting Saturday, White will call NBC’s $250 million experiment that tests how many Americans now find joy in a glimpse of Premier League soccer — and how many more will latch on with the games no longer buried in the hinterlands of the channel lineup.

“It’s so ironic that 22 years later there’s every chance that I’ll be commenting on Manchester United and a team Login to read more

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