Sky Sports celebrates 20 years of NFL coverage


NFL is back for the new season in September and Sky Sports will be marking 20 years of coverage with a bumper schedule of live games and support programming.

Presenter Kevin Cadle, lead analyst Neil Reynolds and a host of special guests will be back throughout the season to bring fans the very best from the gridiron across the pond, complete with a fresh on-air look and a brand new studio as the Sky Sports team celebrates two decades of NFL coverage. 

More than 70 live games will be broadcast throughout the campaign, with Sky’s regular season coverage kicking off on the opening night as Super Bowl winners Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers in a mouth-watering first game of the season on Thursday night (September 4).

The usual Sky Sports team will be on-air every Sunday evening with its regular double-header of live games, which also includes the popular NFL RedZone channel available via pressing the red button, ensuring fans do not miss a single touchdown.

Sky’s opening Sunday double-bill of the season starts with Tom Brady and the New England Patritos facing divisional rivals Miami Dolphins, before two old NFC rivals lock horns again with San Francisco 49ers hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

In addition to the regular Sunday night coverage, Sky Sports will also screen Thursday Night Football every week, as well as exclusively live coverage of the Thanksgiving Day marathon on week 13. 

Sky Sports will also screen live coverage all three NFL International Series games from Wembley this year, which will also be simulcast free-to-air on Channel 4.

Into the new year, every play-off game from the wildcard games to the championship contests will again be exclusively live on Sky Sports, as the Seattle Seahawks aim to successfully defend the Super Bowl title they won so dominantly against Denver in New Jersey in 2014.

After a gruelling regular season and the drama of the play-offs, it all leads up to the big one on February 1 as Sky Sports screens comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLIS, which will come live from Arizona in 2015.

Along with all the live action, Sky Sports has more support programming and additional content for viewers to enjoy, as for the first time the pre-game show broadcast by US broadcaster CBS will be screened ahead of those Thursday night games on Sky Sports.

‘Inside the NFL’ will air every Wednesday and also be repeated on Thursday night ahead of the live game, while online via fans can find all the big news stories, previews and big game reports, along with six episodes a week of NFL Total Access available for free.

There will also be regular episodes of ‘A Football Life’ and ‘America’s Game’ series, ensuring Sky Sports viewers are for choice with its NFL offerings this season, all marking 20 years of screening live coverage of the America’s greatest sporting export.

Watch the big NFL kick-off live on Sky Sports when the Green Bay Packers play the Seattle Seahawks at 1.00am on Thursday night/Friday morning on September 4.

Alongside Sky Sports’ live coverage, Channel 4 and British Eurosport will also screen live coverage of the 2014/15 NFL season.

Channel 4 will screen 21 live games throughout the season, including terrestrial live coverage of the Super Bowl in February, as well as all late-night Sunday matches and the three Wembley contests. 

British Eurosport also will continue to screen exclusively live coverage of NFL’s Monday Night Football during the regular season, having made its NFL broadcasting debut last season.

For more information about the National Football League, visit its UK website or log on to Sky Sports’ dedicated NFL site.




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