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Behind the Broadcast Extra: NFL schedule, Masters and Premier League Soccer

It's your Tuesday edition of Behind the Broadcast Extra. Here are some media notes:

-- The 2013 NFL schedule will be announced Thursday night at 8 on NFL Network. Set aside some time, because it will be a three-hour show.

-- CBS Sports said its coverage of this past weekend's Masters was the second-most watched in the last 12 years.

Sunday's final-round coverage was watched in all-or-part by 37.4 million viewers, up 13 percent from last year's 33.1 million viewers.

Saturday's and Sunday's 44.3 million viewers was up 13 percent from 39.3 viewers in 2012. Saturday's third round was watched in all-or-part by 20.9 million viewers, up 19 percent from last year's 17.5 million viewers.

Sunday's coverage earned an average preliminary national household rating/share of 9.4/19, up 18 percent from last year’s 8.0/19. Saturday's third-round coverage earned an average preliminary national household rating/share of 5.8/13, up 16 percent from last year’s 5.0/12.

-- NBC Sports Group announced its coverage plans for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier Soccer League coverage, the first season of its multiyear deal.

All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group’s television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels. NBC Sports Group's schedule, which begins on Saturday, Aug. 17, includes live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA.

Here's a breakdown of the coverage:

-- All 380 matches presented live on television with studio pre- and post-game coverage.

-- All 380 matches streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

-- Games not aired on a designated NBCUniversal channel will be made available to distributors via Premier League Extra Time, a package of overflow television channels available at no extra cost for each of their customers who receives NBC Sports Network.

-- Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014, when all 10 Premier League matches will be available live on a different NBCUniversal channel.

-- 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2.

-- More than 600 hours of Premier League original programming.

Arlo White will the lead play-by-play announcer. Former Premier League stars Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will be the analysts. Rebecca Lowe will be the studio host, and will be joined by by former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and former English player Robbie Mustoe.

-- Finally, singer Faith Hill announced Monday on her Twitter account that she won't be back to open NBC's "Sunday Night Football."

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