Don’t worry, Everton fans. Tim Howard, the American goalkeeper who broke a World Cup record by making 15 saves in a single game this year, isn’t retiring from Premier League play. Instead the “Secretary of Defense” is simply piling activities onto his already packed schedule. While remaining the starting goalkeeper for Everton, Howard signed a multi-year contract to join NBC Sports as a Premier League commentator, ProSoccerTalk.com reports. An NBC press release says:
Howard will work up to 10 Premier League games this season, serving as game analyst in the booth or in an on-site studio for the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. His assignments will be scheduled around Everton matches and will focus on top-tier games.
Howard, 35, is not new to commentary, however. He served as an NBCSN analyst for seven matches last season.
“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,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage in NBC’s statement. “As an active Premier League player, he contributes unique perspective and insight to our broadcasts.”
I am excited & honored to re-join the NBC Premier League broadcast team (on my off days, don’t worry!). Hope you all will be tuning in!
— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) July 29, 2014
There is no word, however, on whether Howard will broadcast without his shirt on.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 14, 2014