NBC's "Championship Sunday" was the finale to the 38 match season in which all 10 games were shown on every cable channel NBC/Universal owns.
Even though Premier League soccer fans around the U.S. could watch their favorite club today for the last time this season, there were only two games that really mattered.
Liverpool-New Castle on NBCSN and Manchester City-West Ham United on NBC.
The scenario was simple. If Manchester City won, they clinched their second title in three season. If Liverpool won and Machester City lost, it would be the Reds first top division title since the 1989-90 season.
There are three things that could happen on the final day of the Premier season. There might be a chase for one of the top four spots to the Champions League, avoiding relegation, and fighting for the league title. The only thing at risk was the Premier League title. Nothing else.
Liverpool rallied after going down 1-0 early to win 2-1, but Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-0, so there was little to no drama toward the end of each match. Both matches ended within minutes of each other.
Everyone was hoping for something big to happen in the final day of competition. Instead, we were left with Manchester City winning their second title in three years, and Liverpool wishing they had not blown a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace back on May 5.
In the end, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal qualify for UEFA Champions League play, and Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff are relegated into the Football League Championship for finishing in the bottom three.
This was the first year for Premier League coverage on NBC. Many can agree that the network did a great job presenting the game on NBC and NBCSN this season, they did have a nice boost in ratings for matches in February, and it did bring out more fans of soccer and the English Premier League in the United States.
When the final numbers come in for the Liverpool and Manchester City matches, it can give NBC a good idea of how they did in their first season of coverage, and where it's going in the future. The ratings should be good.
It should be expected that the other eight matches that were shown on channels like Oxygen, E! and Bravo probably didn't achieve the same type of numbers in the networks promotion of the matches, with just about a month to go before the World Cup begins in Brazil.
Personally, I am not a big soccer fan, but the Barclays Premier League has grabbed my attention.
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