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BBC extends NFL rights deal ahead of new season

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has renewed its rights agreement with the NFL American football league.

The length of the new deal was not disclosed, but it will at least cover the 2017 NFL season.

Under the agreement, the BBC will broadcast exclusive live coverage of the New Orleans Saints’ game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 1, as well as the Minnesota Vikings’ clash with the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham on October 29.

The BBC will also show highlights of the two other games scheduled for London this year: the Baltimore Ravens versus the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley on September 24 and the Arizona Cardinals versus the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham on October 22.

Live coverage of the season-ending Super Bowl LII will also be shown on February 4.

The NFL Show will also return to BBC One tomorrow (Friday). The programme will run throughout the season on the channel, airing either on Friday or Saturday nights. The NFL This Week show will also air on Tuesdays on the BBC Two channel from September 12. All shows will be made available through the BBC iPlayer digital service.

From this season, The NFL Show and NFL This Week will be available in various territories around the world, including Africa and Australia.