NFL and BBC agree two-year deal that includes live coverage of the Super Bowl

Sky Sports had previously been the only UK broadcaster for this season

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The BBC have announced that they will be showing the NFL this coming season with live coverage of all three London games and the Super Bowl.

Sky Sports had sole rights to the season - they will show more than 100 live games this season - but after Channel 4 opted against renewing their coverage, leaving terrestrial TV without a broadcaster, the BBC have moved in.

The two-year deal includes coverage of Super Bowl 50 in TV, radio and the BBC Sport website, with a weekly highlights show to run on BBC Two, although that will begin in November after the end of the third game at Wembley Stadium.

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The website will include various video highlights clips after the season starts on Thursday. The first London game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins on 4 October will be shown exclusively on BBC Two, the second will be shown on both Sky Sports and the BBC, while the final game will not be shown on BBC Two but on the Red Button and the website.

"NFL has a growing fanbase in the UK and I'm delighted that the BBC can bring it free to air for our audience," said BBC director of sport Barbara Slater.

The BBC last showed the Super Bowl in 2008.

NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood added: "We are very pleased and excited to be back on the BBC."

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