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Old 25.09.2014, 12:11 PM
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Sky Sports has won the rights to the ‘Monday Night Football’, as part of a new five-year agreement for even more live American Football from the NFL.

From 2015, Sky Sports viewers will be able to enjoy over 80 live fixtures a season, including up to five games each week of the regular season, the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Sky Sports’ coverage will also include all matches from the NFL’s International Series as teams travel to the UK for regular season match ups, which has seen sell out games at Wembley since 2007.

The new deal – the 23nd live rights agreement announced by Sky Sports this year - offers viewers:

• 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.”

Sky Sports’ live NFL coverage is presented by Kevin Cadle, joined in the studio by Neil Reynolds as well as other special guests throughout the season. This season will see triple header days with three live games shown on 26 October to coincide with the second Wembley match, and Thanksgiving in November.

Sky Sports News HQ will also provide up to date NFL news, views and previews from its brand new studio, while skysports.com/NFL has the big news, Fantasy Football advice, previews and big game reports, along with six episodes a week of NFL Total Access available to watch online.
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The good news is that it saves us an offseason of wondering when a deal will be made and the inevitable announcement on the Wednesday before the Thursday night kick off. Also, does this mean that the Sunday night game will stay on channel 4? As I see no mention of it in the announcement.
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So what does that actually change going forward?

Basically, EuroSport won't show MNF anymore?

Channel 4 still have the late game on Sunday, correct?
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So what does that actually change going forward?

Basically, EuroSport won't show MNF anymore?

Channel 4 still have the late game on Sunday, correct?
IIRC C4's deal with the NFL is also up this year. So SNF will be up for grabs.
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Old 25.09.2014, 12:33 PM
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Is this Sky monopoly a good thing?? They will have everything sown up soon forcing people with no alternative. Hard to fault the coverage all the same.
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Is this Sky monopoly a good thing?? They will have everything sown up soon forcing people with no alternative. Hard to fault the coverage all the same.
I dont see why any fan of a sport, would want the coverage spread around amoungst different channels, when that could mean potentially more subscription fees?
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IIRC C4's deal with the NFL is also up this year. So SNF will be up for grabs.
The intention is clearly for SNF and the IS games to remain on a main FTA channel, along with a highlights package and some other programming where possible (C4 would presumably remain in "pole position" for that).

Since SNF hasn't been bundled in with Sky's deal, NFLUK clearly think they can achieve this in 2015 and beyond.
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Does the new agreement hold any changes to the "blackout" of sky games on Gamepass?
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MNF will not be blacked out on Game Pass
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Might be a stupid question, but will the blackouts still be 24 hours on Gamepass for the two Sunday games on Sky?

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