Madrid – September, 4th 2013 – FOX International Channels, 21st Century Fox multimedia business, announced today a 2-year agreement with NFL International to broadcast one NFL game per window in English across parts of Europe on FOX Sports channels, FOX Sports branded blocks, and FOX Sports services beginning with the 2013 season.
NFL fans in Europe will be able to watch on FIC Sunday games, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football and all three U.S. Thanksgiving Day Games in English. FIC will also broadcast all NFL postseason games in English, including the Super Bowl.
The new deal also provides FIC access to NFL programming, such as NFL Game Day, NFL Extra, Road to Playoffs and Road to Super Bowl, as well as select programs from the NFL Network. Subscribers to FIC will also be able to watch NFL content on a variety of FIC’s services.
Jesus Perezagua, President of FIC Europe and Africa commented: “21st Century Fox has a longstanding relationship with the NFL in the US, and it has been a fundamental part of the FOX Network and FOX Sports brand there. As we roll out our FOX Sports brand across Europe, we are excited to make the NFL one of our key content partners, and we are committed to deliver on our promise of bringing the most passionate sports in the world to some of the most passionate sports fans in the world.”
Julie Moeller, NFL Vice President of International Media Business Development said, “We have partnered with FOX in many areas of the world and are pleased to extend this to Europe to enhance the content offering to our fans in that region.”
The partnership with the NFL follows FIC’s ongoing global expansion into sports, which over the past two years has rapidly grown from 17 million households outside of the United States to over 71 million homes across Latin America, South East Asia and Japan and Europe. In Europe, FOX Sports recently launched in the Netherlands and Italy, and is also present in Turkey and Cyprus.
FOX Sports is known worldwide as an innovator in the areas of live sports broadcasting, news and presentation and has quickly set a new standard of excellence in recently launched markets through its bold production values, engaging commentary and presenters.