Sky Sports secures NFL TV rights deal

Monday, September 7 2009, 15:38 BST

By Andrew Laughlin,

Sky Sports has agreed a new three-year broadcasting deal with the NFL to show live games during the season.

Building on a relationship established since 1995, the new arrangement will see Sky Sports show live NFL games at 6pm and 9pm every Sunday night.

During the final seven weeks of the season, it will also broadcast live coverage from the Saturday and Thursday night matches, as well as post-season games.

Kevin Cadle and Nick Halling will anchor the Sky Sports' 2009 NFL presentation team, with coverage starting on September 10 at 1am for Super Bowl champions the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Tennessee Titans.

Coverage from week one will then continue on September 13 at 6pm for Brett Favre's Minnesota Vikings at the Cleveland Browns, followed by the New York Giants versus the Washington Redskins at 9pm.

"Sky ongoing coverage of the NFL is great news for NFL fans across the UK," said NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood. "We are very pleased to be working with them for the 14th consecutive season."

Last month, Five extended its broadcasting deal with the NFL for the twelfth season running to show live Sunday Night Football in the UK, with coverage starting on September 13 for the Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers.