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ESPN Media Release

  • June

ESPN, NFL reach expanded multi-year deal for Australia and New Zealand.

Up to 64 games LIVE on ESPN, NFL RedZone coming to ESPN2.

Australian and New Zealand NFL fans can get ready for more NFL coverage than ever before, with ESPN today announcing an expanded multi-year rights agreement for NFL coverage in both countries. ESPN will televise three live regular season games each week of the NFL regular season, kicking off Friday, September 5 at 10am.

ESPN’s expanded NFL line up will mean it is the subscription television home of the Super Bowl in Australia and New Zealand, and feature a season long schedule that includes:

  • The season-opening matchup of the Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks (10am, Sept. 5)
  • 17 Sunday Night Football Games
  • 17 Monday Night Football Games
  • 16 Thursday Night Football Games
  • One Thanksgiving Day Game
  • The entire NFL Playoffs (4 Wildcard Playoff Games, 2 AFC Divisional Playoffs Games, 2 NFC Divisional Playoff Games, AFC and NFC Divisional Championship Games)
  • The Pro Bowl
  • The Super Bowl

Additionally, for the first time, ESPN will bring Australian NFL fans the NFL RedZone.  Accessed on ESPN2 each week, NFL Red Zone whips around every NFL game being played on Sunday afternoons in the US (3am and 7:15am kickoff times AEST), delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments as they happen and in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, NFL RedZone takes fans there. It keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see key plays. http://youtu.be/7M5jkWq2Z5E

Surrounding the live NFL coverage on ESPN will be the network’s award-winning studio programming including NFL Sunday Countdown, NFL Monday Countdown, NFL Primetime, NFL Live, NFL Kickoff and NFL Films. ESPN’s industry-leading lineup of experts, analysts and commentators includes Monday Night Football commentators Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden; hosts Chris Berman, Stuart Scott and Trey Wingo; analysts Chris Carter, Ron Jaworski, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Herm Edwards, Tedy Bruschi, Mark Schlereth and Merril Hoge; and reporters Lisa Salters, Adam Schefter, John Clayton, Chris Mortensen, Suzy Kolber and John Trotter.   Australian fans can also find the deepest and broadest coverage of the NFL online and on mobile devices through ESPN.com/nfl, including the NFL Nation blog network, with 32 team-specific blogs providing daily coverage of every NFL team.

“We’re very excited to announce our expanded NFL package for the 2014/15 season,” said Haydn Arndt, ESPN’s General Manager Aus./NZ. “We will now bring fans up to 64 LIVE games per season, as well as NFL Red Zone each week and ESPN’s unparalleled array of ‘game around the game’ programming. Aussie and New Zealand NFL fans have never had such an outstanding lineup of NFL coverage before and it comes at a time when the popularity of the NFL in the region is growing.”

"ESPN is an important global partner for the NFL. We are thrilled to extend and expand our partnership in Australia and New Zealand, said Julie Moeller, NFL Vice President of International Media and Business Development, “We are particularly excited for them to showcase NFL RedZone on television for the first time in these markets.”

Last season, NFL on ESPN continued to grow among key demographic groups, including young Men 18-34 (ratings up 19% from prior season).  The 2013-14 season also delivered the number one NFL regular season broadcast on record for ESPN (49ers vs. Falcons on Dec. 24th). NFL post-season ratings on ESPN in Australia, were up 39 percent with Men 25-54, and has nearly doubled in the past four seasons. Last year’s Super Bowl was the most watched in ESPN’s history in Australia, and during the Super Bowl telecast ESPN was the top television network in Australia - registering a massive 49.7% share of Men 18-34 (among subscription TV universe).  Super Bowl ratings have increased nearly 70 percent since 2011.