BBC signs two-year deal to show NFL American football

The BBC will show three live American football games from Wembley and the Super Bowl after signing a two-year deal with the National Football League (NFL). The deal also includes a weekly highlights show, which begins in November.

The first two games, between the New York Jets and MiamiDolphins, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills willeach be shown live on BBC Two on 4 October and 24 Octoberrespectively. The third and final clash between Detroit Lions andKansas City on 1 November will be available via the BBC Sportwebsite and Red Button. Highlights will also be on BBC Two.

A weekly highlights package called the The Road To The SuperBowl will also be shown from the beginning of November. The showwill feature action from every game in the run up to the 50th SuperBowl, which will be live on BBC TV, radio and online on 7 February2016.

Sky Sport looked set to the sole broadcaster of NFL action thisseason after Channel 4 opted out of renewing its deal for coverage.However, doing so has opened the door for the BBC to get the livematches and highlights, as well as on-demand video clips throughits mobile app and website.

BBC Sport Director Barbara Slater said: "NFL has a growing fanbase in the UK and I'm delighted that the BBC can bring itfree-to-air for our audience. We look forward to delivering all thebest action and drama of American Football for the next two yearson BBC TV, Radio and Online at the BBC Sport website."

Source: BBC

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