For those cultured in America, rejoice. Gone are the days of streaming games online and taking long lunch breaks because your team was on TV for the only time during the season. NBC has bought the rights to have the 2013-2014 EPL season on the tele. So get ready for the most popular sport to be brought to a television near you!
Disclaimer: If you haven’t played since the days of YMCA soccer, a forward, midfielder, or defender can all go on any part of the field, and aren’t roped into their respective sections. It makes the game a little more exciting to say the least.
If you don’t have a team yet for the season, NBC Sports has a nifty way to figure out where your loyalties lie. The usual suspects of Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea are in the top tier. However, for the first time in since the mid ’80s United will be playing without Sir Alex Ferguson on the sidelines, while star player Wayne Rooney wants a transfer to Chelsea. United hopes these distractions won’t slow down the chance to defend their crown, while City and Chelsea are looking to knock them off their throne. Don’t count out Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, or Liverpool though. All are primed to sneak into the top three if any of the powerhouses falter.
There is constant change in this wonderful sport, and one of the most novel concepts is regulation. The bottom three teams are regulated to the second tier division, while the top three teams from said division move up to the EPL. Newcomers Cardiff City, Crystal Place, and Hull City will be hoping to avoid this being a one term trip and make a name for themselves, while last years teams that just escaped regulation, Sunderland, Newcastle, Aston Villa, and Southampton, all are looking to give their fans a reason to give a sigh of relief for one more year.
It’s going to be an exciting year and I for one look forward to getting up at 9am every Saturday morning, hangover or not, to take in as much fútbol as I can.
- English Premier League Preview 2013/14 (sportsturntable.wordpress.com)
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