Great news for Premier League fans in the United States: The Athletic has learned that Rebecca Lowe will continue in her role as the lead studio host for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. Lowe’s contract was up this summer but there is an agreement in place for Lowe to continue to serve as the host of NBC’s Premier League pre-and post-match shows.
Lowe has been with NBC since it acquired the rights to the property in 2013 and she relocated to the U.S. from England for the position.
The Athletic has learned that Lowe’s contract with NBC Sports will track in years with the company’s recent deal with the Premier League that runs until the end of the 2027-28 season. Last November, NBC Sports extended its partnership with the Premier League to exclusively broadcast games in the U.S. The new six-year deal will run from the start of the 2022-23 season until the end of the 2027-28 campaign.
The Athletic placed the value of that deal at $2.7 billion. All 380 games each season will be broadcast live across NBC Universal platforms in English and Spanish. As part of Lowe’s new deal, she is expected to continue her work as an Olympic host as well as a role in the Kentucky Derby.
Lowe was a guest on the Sports Media Podcast last August and was asked if her professional future tied professionally to NBC having the Premier League rights.
“Well, I think we have seen with the NHL and the losing of the NHL for NBC that anything can happen,” Lowe said at the time. “I was at Setanta Sports and that went bust under my feet. ESPN lost the (World Cup) rights when I was there. I really don’t take anything for granted. I don’t see myself tied to anything or anyone. I love my job. I love doing the Premier League. I love working on the Premier League at NBC.
I think they’ve done an incredible job of raising the profile of this league in this country to something that I don’t think anyone saw coming, and certainly not when I joined in 2013. I joined thinking I’ll be here for a few years and go back to England. That would just be a great experience. This has turned into a bit of a juggernaut, which I’m incredibly proud of.”
NBC’s Premier League viewers will have a different sound on their game broadcasts this August as Peter Drury was brought in to replace Arlo White as the lead announcer for the package. White had served as the lead play-by-play voice for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage since the network acquired the U.S. media rights. White is now the lead broadcaster for the LIV Golf International Series.
Drury served on commentary this season for CBS Sports’ coverage of the Champions League. He had a long run with ITV Sport as their No. 2 soccer commentator and has recently worked for Amazon Prime Video for its Premier League coverage in the UK as well as BT.
Lowe’s retention gives NBC’s Premier League fans some stability on the high-end talent that has been part of their weekend viewership for the past eight years.
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