BBC Sport secures new NFL rights deal.
The BBC and NFL have agreed a new two-year rights deal to include live coverage of all three International Series games at Wembley, as well as the league’s world-famous showpiece event, the Super Bowl.
The new deal also includes a weekly highlights show on BBC Two and online, The Road To The Super Bowl, which will run from the final Wembley game at the start of November until the climax of the season in February.
This season the Wembley clash between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins (4 October) will be live and exclusive on BBC Two. The Jacksonville Jaguars against the Buffalo Bills (25 October) will also be live on BBC Two, while the Detroit Lions against the Kansas City Chiefs (1 November) will be available on the Red Button and BBC Sport website, with highlights on BBC Two. The BBC Sport website and app will also bring the best on-demand video clips throughout each season.
The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl next year, an event as famous for its legendary half-time entertainment as for the action on the field. Super Bowl 50 takes place in San Francisco on 7 February 2016 and will be live on BBC TV, Radio and Online.
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says: “NFL has a growing fan base in the UK and I’m delighted that the BBC can bring it free-to-air for our audience. We look forward to delivering all the best action and drama of American Football for the next two years on BBC TV, Radio and Online at the BBC Sport website.”
Alistair Kirkwood, Managing Director of NFLUK, says: “We are very pleased and excited to be back on the BBC. As we look to expand our reach and create new fans, the BBC’s free-to-air and digital platforms offer us a fantastic opportunity for further growth of our sport. The range of programming will offer an entry point for new fans as well as providing great content for existing NFL fans.”