When NBC purchased their behemoth Premiership package, they also committed to over 600 hours of original programming.
They started in the summer with some preview pieces aimed at introducing an American audience to the game, while helping them pick a team. The shows, hosted by Rebecca Lowe and Kyle Martino at a bar in New York City, were a little cringeworthy for English eyes, but were a useful, engaging and well-produced tool for new fans.
NBC's main highlights show is Match of the Day, a two-hour Saturday night broadcast that mimics the BBC show of the same name. Viewers get extended highlights of seven matches and the studio expertise of Lowe, Earle, Mustoe and Martino. The highlights are usually more extended versions than the BBC would show, but the punditry has been a little staid at times (perhaps because the punditry team is tired from doing so much every weekend).
One of the best shows on offer is Barclays Premier League Review, a highlights package put together by the league each week that is loaded with stats and more condensed highlights. NBC should do more to promote it, and should stop throwing it around their schedule.
Perhaps the only disappointing non-match coverage has been during NBC's non-soccer dedicated programming. Following Chelsea's trip to Manchester Utd, for example, the channel switched immediately to The Crossover, a show with American talent who clearly do not specialise in the beautiful game. It felt uninformative and insincere when they tried to analyse the action.