NFL and Sky Sports team up for Sky Sports NFL channel
James R | On 15, Aug 2020
Sky and the NFL have agreed a new five-year deal to broadcast the NFL, with a new channel dedicated to the sport.
Sky Sports NFL marks the first time ever the league will partner with an international broadcaster to launch a dedicated channel. The channel will be the round-the-clock home of the NFL on television in the UK and Republic of Ireland from the regular season through to the playoffs, with Super Bowl LV live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on 7th February.
Sky Sports NFL viewers can look forward to a minimum of five live games each week, including the first-pick exclusive game on Sky Sports NFL in the 6pm and 9pm slot every Sunday and Thursday Night, Sunday Night and Monday Night Football. The channel will also air every minute of every playoff game, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl live, along with flagship programming from NFL Network, including the popular Good Morning Football and Total Access shows.
Other award-winning documentaries and content from NFL Films and NBC Sports will also be broadcast, plus brand new weekly shows to review the action and discuss the stories of the league, including original Sky Sports programming.
“Sky Sports has been a fantastic broadcast partner for a quarter of a century,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “This new five-year agreement and the launch of a dedicated Sky Sports NFL channel will undoubtedly continue our rapid growth in the UK and Ireland. We are excited that our expanded partnership with Sky will provide even more NFL content to our millions of UK and Irish fans.”
Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK & Europe added: “We are proud of our quarter-century partnership with the NFL and are hugely excited about launching a dedicated channel which will be a first for the NFL with an international broadcaster. Sky Sports NFL will allow us to take our customers even closer to the sport.
“Sky Sports has shown live NFL since 1995 and played a big role in growing the sport in the UK & Ireland over the last 25 years. Now, as part of Comcast, we are excited about taking our partnership to a whole new level. Our viewers are passionate sports fans and we look forward to capturing the drama of NFL for another five years.”
Sky Sports NFL, which will be Channel 407 on the Sky platform, joins the broadcaster’s portfolio of dedicated channels for Premier League, Football, Cricket, F1 and Golf.
The channel launches on 3rd September ahead of the new season, which kicks off on 10th September.