ESPN and the NFL expand rights deal in Australia and NZ

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 28 August 2019

ESPN Australia has revealed an expanded rights deal for the upcoming NFL season, resulting in more American Football for Australian fans.

Under the new deal, ESPN will air five games per week during the regular season (all US times), including two games on Sunday afternoon, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football.

ESPN will also air all Thanksgiving Day games, all Postseason games (including Wild Card games, Divisional Round, Conference Championships), the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl, resulting in an additional 36 games compared to the 2018/19 season.

The network will also launch a special NFL edition of SportsCenter Australia, hosted by Phil Murphy, Trevor Scales, and Mark Brown and airing immediately before Sunday Night Football, which will recap all the highlights from all the Sunday afternoon games.

Following on last year’s success, ESPN will again produce a live broadcast of Super Bowl LIV specifically for Australia & New Zealand viewers.

The game will be called by ESPN Monday Night Football’s team of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland with Lisa Salters on the sidelines.

ESPN will have a digital linear simulcast of the live games via the ESPN app and affiliate streaming services.

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our NFL coverage and bringing fans more games than ever before. The appetite for NFL is growing, and with plenty of prominent Aussies in the NFL, Valentine Holmes, Lachlan Edwards, Mitch Wishnowsky, Adam Gotsis, there are so many great local stories to follow," ESPN ANZ general manager Haydn Arndt says.

ESPN’s networks are available to subscribers on Foxtel, Kayo Sport, Fetch and Sky New Zealand.

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