NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will bring back its “Tactical Cam” for the 2015-16 Premier League season. The “Tactical Cam” is a high-sideline camera meant to show all 22 players on the pitch at the same time, enabling fans to see formations and evaluate each team’s attacking and defending tactics as the game progresses.
The “Tactical Cam” will be available in both the NBC Sports Live Extra desktop and mobile & tablet presentations of the game. This second screen application can be viewed in a Picture-in-Picture presentation on desktop where the user has the option of utilizing the “Tactical Cam” as a pop-up in the main screen while following the main coverage in a smaller viewing window. On a mobile device or tablet, “Tactical Cam” can be viewed as a separate stream to complement the traditional broadcast view.
First match: Norwich City v. Crystal Palace, Sat., August 8, 10 a.m. ET
Norwich City earned promotion by winning the Championship Playoff Final 2-0 against Middlesbrough, just one year after being relegated from the Premier League. Credit for the Canaries’ late-season success has been given to manager Alex Neil, who was virtually unknown when he was hired in January. The 34-year-old was previously serving as a player-manager of a Scottish Premier League team, but since joining English football he has earned a reputation for his meticulous planning and approach. More than two-thirds of the current team have Premier League experience, many with Norwich just two seasons ago.
One of the Premier League’s 22 founding members in 1992, Norwich City have spent most of the last 23 years between the top two tiers of English football (the exception was one season spent in the third tier in 2009-10). The Canaries are now entering their 25th top-division season overall, which is notable given that the club did not first earn a spot in the top flight until 1972, 70 years after they were founded. The only major trophy ever won by the club is the League Cup, which they have lifted twice (1962, 1985).
In their eye-catching “canary yellow” and green kits, Norwich have played home matches at Carrow Road, by the banks of the River Umber in east England, since 1935. At the time of the club’s founding, the area had been known for canary breeding ever since the bird was brought to the city by Dutch weavers in the 16th century, and the nickname “the Canaries” was adopted.
First match: Everton v. Watford, Sat., August 8, 10 a.m. ET
Watford earned automatic promotion to the 2015-16 Premier League by finishing second in the Football League Championship last season. This will be the club’s first Premier League season since 2006-07, and supporters are hoping that they can improve on their previous two Premier League campaigns, when they were immediately relegated following last-place finishes. Watford are inexperienced when it comes to the top tier of English football, having competed in just eight previous top-flight seasons. With new manager Quique Sanchez Flores at the helm, Watford face an uphill fight for Premier League survival, and bookmakers have made the Hornets the odds-on favorites for relegation.
The club is located northwest of London, in the county of Hertfordshire, and boasts one of the most famous celebrity fans in all of English football, Sir Elton John. He was born five miles from the team’s stadium, Vicarage Road, and is a lifelong fan, former owner, and current Honorary Life-President of the club.
In continuation of FIFA’s unprecedented skid, on Wednesday, Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for two former officials and four executives with charges of racketeering and corruption.
NBCUniversal presents a blockbuster “Championship Sunday,” with all 10 matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m. ET. NBC and TELEMUNDO host coverage of Hull City v. Manchester United, with 2014-15 Champions Chelsea v. Sunderland on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. In addition, all 10 matches will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.
Chelsea, this season’s Premier League champions, will be presented with the trophy this Sunday. Following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal today, the club is clear of relegation danger, while Newcastle and Hull City aim to avoid the final relegation position on Sunday.
NBCUniversal presents a blockbuster “Championship Sunday,” with all 10 matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m. ET. In addition, Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO will each televise one match in Spanish, and all 10 matches will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.
Chelsea, this season’s Premier League champions, will be presented with the trophy this Sunday, while Newcastle and Hull City aim to avoid the final relegation position. Depending on the result of their match against Arsenal on Wednesday, 16th-place Sunderland could join Newcastle and Hull City in Sunday’s fight to avoid relegation.
The first-ever set from Panini America that pays tribute to the world’s most prominent club and national teams, 2015 Donruss Soccer includes cards devoted to such prominent club teams as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Club America. National teams featured include the United States, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy, Spain and Mexico.
2015 Donruss Soccer is bolstered by autographs from 50 of the greatest soccer players in the world including Angel Di Maria, Iker Casillas, Wesley Sneijder, Miroslav Klose, David de Gea, Mats Hummels and more.
The US Soccer Federation conducted the draw for Round 3 of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, as the 101st edition of the tournament adds all eight of the US-based NASL (Division II pro) teams.
The Third Round, which will take place on May 28, will see the NASL teams join the 24 Round 2 winners to decide which clubs will earn a date with Major League Soccer. All US-based MLS clubs enter the tournament in Round 4 as a result of this year’s record number of partcipating teams (80).