American football lands back in the UK for the 2014 NFL regular season with an explosive match-up between Miami Dolphins and designated hosts Oakland Raiders, live on Channel 4 and Sky Sports.
This season’s NFL International Series gets a whole lot bigger and better as in a ground-breaking and historic move, the NFL will play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, sending some of the biggest stars from America’s most popular sports league to London.
Two fan favourites will clash as the Oakland Raiders take on the Miami Dolphins in the first of the three Wembley visits on September 28, while there should be plenty of points on offer when the Atlanta Falcons host the Detroit Lions in October.
The UK’s adopted team – the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have committed to play in London each year through 2016 – will take on America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, in November, ensuring British fans have never had it so good as far as the NFL goes.
Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins are the first two teams to make the trip over to British soil in this campaign and this first Wembley clash throws up an enticing match-up between the AFC West and AFC East teams.
The Raiders are perennial under-achievers, but have high hopes that rookie quarterback Derek Carr can inspire them to a reversal of fortunes, while the Dolphins will have been buoyed by their unexpected victory over New England Patriots in the opening round of fixtures.
Five of the eight London games played to date, since the sport returned to British shores in 2007, have been decided by a single score, eight points or less, so expectations are high for another thrilling contest at the home of English association football.
UK fans will not have to miss a second of the fast-paced and dramatic gridiron action heading their way as all three NFL games at Wembley this this season will be broadcast live on free-to-air television by Channel 4, as well as on Sky Sports.
Channel 4 and More4 will have all the action covered for free-to-air NFL fans as the sport makes its first trip of the season to the UK as the Oakland Raiders play Miami Dolphins.
Colin Murray anchors coverage alongside Vernon Kay, with analysis and comment in the studio comes from respected NFL broadcaster Mike Carlson as well as number of special guests, plus pitchside reports come from Nat Coombs and Rachael Latham.
Build-up to the game begins half-an-hour before kick-off at 6.00pm and the majority of the match will be shown on Channel 4 and in high-definition on Channel 4 HD.
Live coverage will switch to Channel 4’s digital station More4 at 7.55pm and run through to 9.30pm, featuring the conclusion of the game plus further analysis and post-match reaction.
Highlights of the Wembley contest, as well as a full round-up of the action from week 4, will be shown in Channel 4’s The American Football Show on Monday night at 11.25pm, presented by Vernon Kay.
Channel 4 regained its status as the home of the NFL on terrestrial television last season after signing a two-year deal to screen Sunday night games, the three Wembley international contests, and the Super Bowl.
Sky Sports will also provide comprehensive live coverage of the NFL’s first visit to Wembley this season.
Kevin Cadle introduces coverage of the match with a half-hour build-up ahead of a 6.00pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 2 and in high-definition on Sky Sports 2 HD.
Regular Sky Sports analysts Neil Reynolds and Cecil Martin join Cadle in the studio.
Subscribers can view the game on the move via Sky Go on PCs, mobiles and tablet devices, plus a special half-hour preview show will be shown on Saturday evening on Sky Sports 3 at 7.00pm.
On the eve of the first Wembley match of the 2014 regular season, Sky Sports signed a new five-year deal to continue screening live NFL games until at least 2019, with the new arrangement including Monday night games from 2015 onwards.
Both Channel 4 and Sky Sports will be taking the coverage and commentary feed provided by host broadcaster CBS, who will be screening the game in the United States.
Saturday 27th September
NFL London Game Preview
7.00pm-7.30pm Sky Sports 3
Sunday 28th September
MIAMI DOLPHINS @ OAKLAND RAIDERS
Kick-off: 18:00 | Wembley Stadium
LIVE: 5.30pm-8.00pm Channel 4 / 7.55pm-9.30pm More4
LIVE: 5.30pm-9.15pm Sky Sports 2
Monday 29th September
NFL: The American Football Show
11.25pm-12.20am Channel 4