Channel 4 and Absolute Radio sign new NFL deal

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Channel 4 have increased their NFL television coverage ahead of the 2013 season.

Channel 4 will have live coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII, the two international series to be held at Wembley as well as their usual broadcast of Sunday Night football.

Nat Coombs and Michael Carlson will once again host the show, which sees the biggest game of the week (the equivalent of Sky’s Premier League Super Sunday).

Along with the live coverage Channel 4 will show weekly highlights on a Saturday morning on ‘The American Football show’ and the have also negotiated the rights to show the HBO documentary series ‘Hard Knocks’ which follows a team throughout training camp. The Jets, Bengals, Cowboys and Dolphins have all given the cameras access to their facilities.

In another deal Absolute Radio has taken over the radio rights for the UK, taking over from its predecessor BBC radio 5 Live. They will broadcast a live game every Sunday at 9pm as well as coverage of the Super Bowl from New York in February.

There is also expected to be an announcement in the near future about the coverage of Monday Night Football in the UK. The BBC had owned the rights to it but they have subsequently given up their stake in NFL coverage and the rights are seemingly up for grabs.

In previous years ESPN, BBC, Channel 5 and Sky have all been responsible for the coverage, it is thought that an institution like Monday Night Football will find a more permanent home in the UK.

There looks to be an announcement very soon as the first Monday night games are this week as the Eagles take on the Redskins and the Chargers take on the Texans. Last year it was announced with just days to spare.

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