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NFL strikes three-year deal with Channel 5 in UK for Monday Night Football and Sunday Magazine Show

The National Football League (NFL) have agreed a three-year deal with ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) which will see the return of the sport to UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5.

The deal with free-to-air network Channel 5 will also carry a Sunday morning magazine show, titled NFL End Zone.

Coverage starts next week with Pittsburgh Steelers against New York Giants.

Presenter Kirsten Watson will be accompanied by former All-Pro Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back Maurice Jones-Drew and other guests, while NFL End Zone will be hosted by American singer and actor Cori Yarckin.

The non-exclusive Monday Night Football coverage will also be aired on Sky’s new dedicated Sky Sports NFL channel, which launched ahead of the new season, after renewing its rights agreement for a further five years from 2020-2024.

Prior to the Channel 5 deal being struck, the BBC had non-exclusive rights to the Super Bowl and London Series matches, being the only free-to-air deal in the UK, however it remains unclear whether the BBC will renew these rights.

“We are very proud to have agreed a new partnership with ViacomCBS and Channel 5,” said Sameer Pabari, NFL Managing Director, International Media.

“The range of content available across different time slots and platforms means there is something for everyone – from established fans to those new to the sport. We look forward to working with the ViacomCBS family to develop a vibrant community around their coverage of our sport.”

Author: Charlie Farmer