BBC hails relationship with NFL

The BBC has hailed its relationship with the National Football League (NFL) after securing American football coverage for the upcoming season.

According to bbc.co.uk, the broadcaster will show Monday Night Football for the duration of the campaign, which ends on February 3rd 2013 with the Super Bowl. Last season, the programme was screened on ESPN.

Barbara Slater, director of sport at the BBC, said: “We look forward to bringing Monday Night Football to our audience, who this summer have shown a great appetite for sport content via our online and red button streams. We’re delighted that our relationship with the NFL continues to grow and we look forward to a great season.”

Fans will be able to see games live by using the BBC’s red button or online facility, with Radio Five Sports Extra providing commentary for one game each week. However, it is not only staff in broadcast jobs at the terrestrial broadcaster who will be dealing with the sport, as Sky has also invested in it.

C21media.net reported that the pay-TV brand swooped in with a “last-minute deal” to show live matches – this will be the 20th consecutive season that Sky has shown NFL games. It will broadcast 60 matches per season as part of the three-year agreement.

by Paul Smithson on September 7, 2012

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