NFL and Sky Sports agree new five-year deal

As you would expect, I am delighted by the news that broke this morning as Sky Sports and the NFL have agreed on a new television deal beginning in 2015.

One of the biggest points of interest was the fact that the deal spans five years – I certainly cannot recall a longer agreement between the NFL and Sky Sports. It also includes live coverage of Monday Night Football.

I think the Monday Night Football show will give us a perfect opportunity to reflect on each busy weekend in the NFL. There is so much to talk about after an NFL Sunday and Monday Night Football will give us the chance to watch another great game but also to chat about everything that took place the day before. As we all know, there are no shortage of talking points in the NFL!

Here are some of the excerpts from the official press release that was circulated this morning, including highlights of the new deal that will bring British viewers more than 80 live fixtures per season:

  • Monday Night Football: More regular season matches than before including Thursday and Saturday nights, Sunday double-headers and Monday Night Football.
  • International Series: Live coverage of every match as American football continues to bring regular season games overseas including match-ups at Wembley.
  • Super Bowl: Every playoff fixture live as the NFL season reaches the dramatic knockout stages, including the hugely anticipated Super Bowl and Pro Bowl.
  • NFL RedZone: All the drama and scores from around the NFL each Sunday of the regular season from RedZone, available via the red button.
  • Viewers can also enjoy NFL shows throughout the season, including NFL Total Access, keeping fans informed as the stories develop in between the live games.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said:

“We’re delighted to be awarded the rights to Monday Night Football as part of this fantastic new deal for even more live American Football.  The agreement means Sky Sports viewers can enjoy all the drama, excitement and unpredictability from the NFL until at least 2019.  Our partnership with the NFL spans two decades and we look forward to helping the sport continue its huge growth in popularity in the UK and Ireland for years to come.”

Managing Director of NFL UK Alistair Kirkwood said:

“Sky Sports has been a fantastic partner for 20 years and we are delighted to have agreed a deal that will extend that partnership to a quarter of a century. Sky’s coverage of the NFL and their support for the sport in this country has been an important element of our growth and we look forward to seeing their coverage expand and develop over the next five years. It is fantastic for our fans to have long-term certainty about where they can watch so many NFL games and I am sure they will welcome this exciting news.”

 

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