The Everton goalkeeper will return to the NBC Sports booth for Premier League matches after a successful trial run.Tim Howard has completed a successful trial and signed a new multi-year deal. He's not leaving Everton, where he's starred at goalkeeper since 2006, but will return to the commentary booth after signing a deal with NBC Sports to be on its Premier League coverage, the network announced Tuesday.
The U.S. international worked six games as an analyst and was in the studio once during the last Premier League season. His duties going forward will include both commentary and being in an on-site studio, with Howard set to call up to 10 matches this season, the release stated.
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“I had such a great experience last season and am excited and honored to re-join the NBC Sports team,” Howard said in an NBC news release. “Their coverage of the Premier League is fantastic and helps bring the passion of the games to America. I look forward to doing what I can to add to that.”
The network only puts Howard on a broadcast crew the day after he's played in a Premier League match so as not to interfere with his playing career. While network executives sweated broadcast responsibilities distracting a current player, Howard led Everton to six wins and just one loss the day before working with NBC Sports, according to Sports Illustrated.
"I think I got the balance right," Howard said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. "To be honest, my schedule is eat, train, sleep, and try and recover. I spend a lot of time in my home in Manchester, feet up on the bed, just resting."
For the network, bringing in the World Cup star for another year made sense.
“Tim had an impressive debut on our telecasts last season and we are excited to have him join our Premier League team on a more extensive basis,” Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage, said in a news release. “As an active Premier League player, he contributes unique perspective and insight to our broadcasts.”
His insights gained praise after his Oct. 27 booth debut, calling a Chelsea-Manchester City clash alongside the network's No. 1 play-by-play voice Arlo White. While Howard's debut was a successful one, he has since improved on his broadcasting.
"The evolution of his broadcasting over the course of his first season was stark. He went from a softly spoken, rather shy presence, to a confident and sharp analyst in very little time," White told SI.