The "Why is English soccer on my TV & cutting into my SVU reruns" Day
American tradition like no other
— Jared Kight (@Jarebear81787) May 15, 2016
Championship Sunday. One of the best days of the year for any fan of English soccer. These days it’s even better if you’re a fan in America as thanks to the NBC/Universal family of networks every game is show live on US TV. With 10 games originally set to be shown live, that means networks such as E! Esquire, MSNBC, SyFy, and Bravo preempt their regular Sunday morning programming not only to show sports, but a foreign sport nonetheless.
It’s important to remember, NBC doesn’t exactly have a choice in the matter. One of the ways they won the TV contract for the Premier League was their ability to show every game on the last day of the season live. They’re contractually obligated to do this.
Despite the fact that this happens every year, it still seems to catch the loyal viewers of these channels by surprise and they’ve taken to twitter to not only express their displeasure, but to also make complete fools of themselves. Remember, the idea of America was a melting pot. By definition that means it’s a place welcoming of foreign cultures that then blend together. Apparently there are many Americans who have forgotten this and therefore think NBC showing a foreign culture is very un-American.
This year thanks to NBCSN showing a Formula One race prior to their Premier League coverage they were able to piss off an even larger group of people.
So, being in the US, I don't get to see any post-race interviews, because NBC just left for soccer. Ridiculous! #SpanishGP #F1
— Jeffrey N Kirk (@JeffreyNKirk) May 15, 2016
Seems NBC is pushing soccer today.
— rdowns (@rdowns) May 15, 2016
Very astute observation. Now onto the fun stuff. It’s an election year and MSNBC just maybe one of those important channels. I know it’s only May but apparently if you don’t give people their election coverage for two hours on a May Sunday morning it’ll swing the entire election. Joy Anne who hosts a popular show weekend mornings sent out a warning, but apparently twitter was not the place to warn people who were then going to complain on twitter.
#reiders: We are off today for Premiere League soccer, but #amJoy will be back next Saturday at 10AM ET @MSNBC!
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) May 15, 2016
No politics on MSNBC and no Meet the Press on NBC, this could decide the election and people needed to have their say!
HEY NBC THANKS FOR PRE-EMPTING @meetthepress WITH SOCCER DO YOU WANNA ANSWER ALL THE ANGRY CALLS?
ITS ONLY BEEN ON TV SINCE THE CIVIL WAR…
— Kevin O'Neill (@KevinBuffalo) May 15, 2016
I can't wait till #Trump is my president to hopefully ban #barclayspremiereleague from US cable systems. #Merica #WTF soccer on #MSNBC?
— Chops WLS (@ChopsWLS) May 15, 2016
Yes, because Trump can do things about TV contracts.
Sunday morning on a election year and democratic #MSNBC is showing soccer while republican Fox news hammers Hillary into the ground.
— Harleen 3000 (@Harleen3000) May 15, 2016
My favorite one. Fox News is hammering Hillary into the ground on this May Sunday morning. She’ll obviously never recover from this and it will cost her the election!
@meetthepress @DublDownDrew MTP needs to be reliably aired. No excuse NBC
— Tom Delaware (@TomSDelaware) May 15, 2016
Reliably aired? This happens one Sunday a year! Come on guys we do this every year! How hard is it to remember that one Sunday in May this is going to happen?
@nbc Thanks for ruining our Sunday morning by putting soccer on every station. It's a real nut punch. #nbcfail #soccer #ChampionshipSunday
— Christian Gontarek (@usfmtnman) May 15, 2016
Ruined Sunday morning or gave us the best Sunday morning ever?
Wow. Liberal media really does hate America. RT @HumanityCritic Why in the fuck is @MSNBC showing soccer?
— A$AP Aspie (@ProfessorBLove) May 15, 2016
Love this one. Sorry for the colorful language but clearly soccer is the fault of liberals! Bringing in other cultures is what America was built on but now if you do it your an anti-American liberal!
@chucktodd so its Sunday & I turn on TV at 10 am to watch @meetthepress & find that @nbc has preempted it just so @joenbc can watch soccer!
— Jack N Rosenthal (@jacknicorose) May 15, 2016
He’s not the only one!
It's 2016 so I'm getting a bloody soccer match on American network TV but gotta wait til brunch for @meetthepress re air. #FirstWorldProb
— J. Seo (@TheRealJSeo) May 15, 2016
Progressive America! Isn’t it great?
Set my alarm to watch the Sunday shows only to see that MSNBC & NBC are both airing a soccer game instead… pic.twitter.com/KkYWhLukSw
— James K. Holder II (@JKH2) May 15, 2016
Tried to watch @meetthepress and there was a damn soccer game on instead. What is this @chucktodd?
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) May 15, 2016
@MSNBC Really? Soccer? @JoyAnnReid show preempted week 2! There is that little network @nbc broadcasting the same damned match.
— Robbin Moore (@RobbinMoore) May 15, 2016
To the untrained eye all soccer matches may look alike but I can assure you these were different games.
— Barbara Madea (@BarbaraMadea) May 15, 2016
@meetthepress @DublDownDrew But why do we need soccer on every NBC owned channel? Couldn't one of them air #MTP ? Like MSNBC?
— The Albany Area (@albanyregion) May 15, 2016
@chucktodd i was looking for an excuse not to do laundry. @meetthepress was it. @nbc has ruined my morning. @JoeNBC
— Jack N Rosenthal (@jacknicorose) May 15, 2016
Again, I’m pretty sure they just made it better. Let’s just say you’re getting “cultured.”
@meetthepress @nbc I'm a soccer fan but isn't this why the network owns multiple channels? #MTP #MeetThePress #FreeChuck
— The Last Statesman (@LastStatesman) May 15, 2016
Yes, but if you’re a soccer fan you should know there are 10 games and they therefore need 10 channels.
NBC is canceling all the Sunday morning program on all channels to show English Premiere League finals (even Oxygen). That's an odd decision
— Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW) May 15, 2016
It’s a very lucrative decision actually.
Why the hell is soccer on 7 channels, but Team USA hockey is on none?
— #CruzOrBust Kevin (@GoshKevin) May 15, 2016
I’m a huge hockey fan but come on dude even this is extreme. It’s the World Championships and look at that roster. USA Hockey is completely mailing it in saving everyone for the World Cup in September. The team even struggled to beat France last week. They’re doing you a favor.
Having to navigate between NBC, SyFy, USA, and E networks to watch all these matches is quite inconvenient #PremierLeague
— Kellen Fadler (@KellenF) May 15, 2016
And then there’s the other side. Apparently we’re no longer complaining that soccer is on TV but now we’re complaining that it’s on channels located all over the channel guide that it’s not easy to just scroll through? Come on Kellen! Be appreciative of what we have.
Now that they cancelled the United match can they switch Everton to NBC please? #EFCvNOR #COYB #TimHowardAppreciationDay
— Oren Glickman (@GlickmanOren) May 15, 2016
Seriously NBC. A lot of fans apparently either don’t have Esquire network or don’t have it in HD. Once that the Manchester United vs. Bournemouth game was cancelled it just makes sense to move Tim Howard’s final Everton match over to a network everyone has. Let us enjoy Timmy just one more time before we’re crying about his performances this summer at the Copa America!
It’s a shame we didn’t get a tweet from America’s leading soccer hater Ann Coulter this year. Maybe she’s learned what a TV contract is and how insignificant two hours on a Mid-May Sunday morning really is. Maybe the next year the rest of America will remember that this happens every year.
I doubt it, but maybe. Otherwise this blog will see you again next year!