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Old 25.09.2014, 11:11 AM
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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.
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Old 25.09.2014, 11:18 AM
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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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Old 25.09.2014, 11:28 AM
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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, 11:33 AM
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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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Old 25.09.2014, 11:39 AM
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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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