Type of site
|Video on demand, OTT, Live streaming|
|Predecessor(s)||Tour de France Live|
|Area served||Varies by package|
|Owner||NBC Sports Group|
|Registration||Annual passes for various sports|
|Launched||June 9, 2016|
NBC Sports Gold is a subscription over-the-top service operated by NBC Sports providing expanded access to several sports' content. The pass for each sport is sold separately. NBC Sports Gold is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
On June 9, 2016, it was announced that the "NBC Sports Tour de France Live" app would be relaunched as NBC Sports Gold ahead of the 2016 edition of the race. The rebranded service would also provide live, commercial free streaming coverage of several other cycling events for which NBC Sports was the rights holder including the Vuelta A Espana and Paris-Roubaix. The service was initially priced at $29.99 for a year-long pass.
In March 2017, a separate "Rugby Pass" was announced. This pass provides live coverage of every Premiership Rugby match. The service was further expanded in April 2017 with a new "Track and Field Pass" which provided access to 25 track and field events including the Boston Marathon and Diamond League events. An additional "Pro Motocross Pass" was announced later that month providing access to every AMA Pro Motocross event. This was the first pass made available to users outside the United States.
A second season of the cycling pass was announced on June 6, 2017, with the addition of new events including the UCI Road World Championships, Colorado Classic, and Volta a Catalunya. The pass also included 30 hours of 2017 Tour de France coverage exclusive to the platform.
The platform expanded once again in June 2017 with the announcement of "Premier League Pass." Priced at $50, the pass includes 130 exclusive live Premier League matches, a minimum of three per club, as well as match replays and original programming from NBC Sports and Premier League Productions. The matches had previously been available at no additional charge to subscribers of participating cable and satellite providers as part of NBC's now defunct "Premier League Extra Time" package.
In August 2017, NBC Sports Gold introduced "Notre Dame Football Season Pass." This was the first pass made available exclusively to customers outside the United States. Among the eligible countries were the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Spain, and Japan. The purchase price was announced as $49.99 for a full season or $9.99 per individual game.
December 2017 saw a regional expansion to the platform with the addition of "Blazers Pass." Blazers Pass allows viewers in NBA-designated Portland Trail Blazers territory to access 15 Trail Blazers games without a subscription to NBC Sports Northwest. The first game aired as part of the package was the Trail Blazers December 11, 2017 game against the Golden State Warriors.
In April 2018, NBC announced NBC Sports Gold would begin offering an IndyCar pass in 2019 which was announced as part of a broader rights agreement between NBC Sports and IndyCar. NBC Sports Gold airs practice and qualifying sessions, Carb Day at the Indianapolis 500, and Indy Lights races.
In May 2018, NBC Sports announced to create new passes for Figure Skating and Speed Skating as part of a broader agreement with US Figure Skating. The Figure Skating Pass would replace US Figure Skating's IceNetwork.com service. Figure Skating Pass will include coverage from the US Championships as well as events from the International Skating Union.
On July 31, 2018, the PGA Tour announced that its PGA Tour Live service would move under NBC Sports Gold beginning in the 2019 season under a three-year deal; this includes featured groups coverage of early rounds prior to Golf Channel television coverage, and featured holes coverage during Golf Channel's window, as well as other supplemental content.
For the 2019-2020 season, Premier League Pass has been split into two options. The traditional "Premier League Pass" has added same day replays of televised matches along with select weekend programming from Sky Sports. These changes were accompanied by a price increase to $64.99. A second "Premier League MatchDay Pass" option has been added at $39.99. This pass only allows live streaming of NBC Sports Gold exclusive matches.
|Name||Sport||Year Debuted||Location Available|
|Cycling Pass||Cycling||2016||United States|
|Rugby Pass||Rugby union||2017||United States|
|Track and Field Pass||Track and field||2017||United States|
|Pro Motocross Pass||Motocross||2017||United States|
|Premier League Pass||Soccer||2017||United States|
|Notre Dame Football Season Pass||Football||2017||Select international locations|
|Blazers Pass||Basketball||2017||NBA designated Portland Trail Blazers Territory|
|Figure Skating Pass||Figure skating||2018||United States and select international locations|
|Speed Skating Pass||Speed skating||2018||United States|
|Snow Pass||Skiing and snowboarding||2018||United States|
|Philly Pass||Studio Shows- Various Sports||2018||United States|
|IndyCar Pass||Auto Racing||2019||United States|
|PGA Tour Live||Golf||2019||United States|
|Pro Supercross and Motocross Pass||Motocross||2019||United States|
|Supercross Pass||Supercross||2019||United States|
|Premier League MatchDay Pass||Soccer||2019||United States|
The creation of "Premier League Pass" was met with disappointment in the soccer community, with prominent soccer website World Soccer Talk describing it as "a giant step backward." The website further noted that the move was particularly harmful to fans of league's smaller clubs. The package was also criticized for not going far enough with 250 Premier League matches remaining exclusive to cable. World Soccer Talk expressed renewed concern following the 2019 update to the offering, due to the removal of match replays for authenticated cable and satellite subscribers. The website also criticized the decision not to make the new Gold replays available until hours after match completion.
NBC Sports Gold suffered serious outages on September 23, 2017, during a set of matches which included Manchester United against Southampton. The matches were moved to the NBC Sports App amid complaints on social media. NBC apologized for the outage, and offered refunds or credit to those affected.