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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Live NFL - American Football back on Channel 4

It's coming home! Channel 4 to show live American football again on Sunday nights

Channel 4 will show American football again this season, bringing back a mountain of memories for long-time supporters of the sport.
The channel will screen the late Sunday match live every week, with coverage beginning at 1am and the matches at 1.20am.
The first match will be between Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys on September 12.

Almost three decades after first appearing on Channel 4, the NFL is returning to its original station in a new deal to broadcast Sunday Night Football.

The NFL was first shown back in 1982 on Channel 4, with its 'American Football' show. The coverage evolved into a mixture of live, highlights and magazines shows. For many fans, the channel will always be seen as the natural home for the sport on British televison.

The NFL was first introduced to the UK on a weekly basis when newly-launched Channel 4 began airing its 'American Football' show in November 1982. The station's coverage evolved into a mix of live, highlights and magazines shows and continued until January 1998, when the Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers in the last game to be aired on the channel.

Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK, said: 'This is very exciting news. Not only does this deal ensure that the NFL’s biggest game of the week and the sport’s most exciting stars are available on free-to-air television in the UK, but it takes the league back to the station that many of our fans grew up watching all those years ago.'

It was only a few years back that interest in the sport seemed to be in terminal decline in Britain.

But with the BBC screening the Super Bowl, and two live games on satellite broadcaster Sky every Sunday, together with the Monday match on ESPN, there has never been more opportunity to watch the action.

What else was happening when Channel 4 launched their coverage in 1982?

A pint of beer cost 62p
Culture Club were number one in the charts with 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me'
The first commercial CD was produced
England went home early from the World Cup finals (some things never change)
Daley Thompson was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Among the most popular shows on TV was Fame - the era's version of Glee
The mullet was the new men's hairstyle of choice
ET and Bladerunner were among the year's big movie releases

The deal with Channel 4 completes the line-up of NFL broadcasters for the 2010 season, which kicks off on Thursday September 9th:

Sky Sports - two lives games every Sunday (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.), plus Thursday and Saturday night games throughout the season and every playoff game live, including Super Bowl XLV from North Texas, on Sunday February 6.
Channel Four - Sunday Night Football every week.
ESPN - live Monday Night Football every week (1.30 a.m.)
BBC TV - Super Bowl XLV live; weekly playoff highlights; Wembley game highlights on October 31.
BBC Radio - weekly live game commentary (9 p.m.) on 5Live Sports Extra.

Sunday Night NFL Football fixtures:

1 Sunday, September 12 Dallas @ Washington

2 Sunday, September 19 NY Giants @ Indianapolis

3 Sunday, September 26 NY Jets @ Miami

4 Sunday, October 3 Chicago @ NY Giants

5 Sunday, October 10 Philadelphia @ San Francisco

6 Sunday, October 17 Indianapolis @ Washington

7 Sunday, October 24 Minnesota @ Green Bay

8 Sunday, October 31 Pittsburgh @ New Orleans

9 Sunday, November 7 Dallas @ Green Bay

10 Sunday, November 14 New England @ Pittsburgh

11 Sunday, November 21 NY Giants @ Philadelphia

12 Sunday, November 28 San Diego @ Indianapolis

13 Sunday, December 5 Pittsburgh @ Baltimore

14 Sunday, December 12 Philadelphia @ Dallas

15 Sunday, December 19 Green Bay @ New England

16 Sunday, December 26 San Diego @ Cincinnati

17 Sunday, January 2 TBD @ TBD

Sunday Night games in Weeks 11-16 are subject to change as part of the NFL's flexible scheduling policy.

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