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NFL and Super Bowl to air on Channel 4 in UK

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The NFL and Super Bowl will air on Channel 4 in the UK, after the American football league signed a two-year deal with the terrestrial broadcaster.

Channel 4 will air the NFL's annual games at Wembley Stadium live, a weekly highlights show and Hard Knocks, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about life at an NFL training camp, amongst other specialised programming.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Rudy Carpenter (11) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kheeston Randall (97) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game

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Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4 sports editor, said: "The NFL has always had a connection with the Channel 4 audience and it's fantastic that after the return of Sunday Night Football we now can tell the story of the whole season right up to its spectacular conclusion.

"The Super Bowl is an iconic event and alongside the live Wembley games we can showcase the sport in all its glory. We are proud to be the NFL's sole terrestrial partner."

Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK, said: "We are thrilled to be announcing a new partnership with Channel 4 and very pleased with the commitment to the sport the station is demonstrating through its extensive line-up of NFL programming across a range of time slots.

"NFL popularity is at an all-time high in the UK as we continue to grow more fans and this new deal will help introduce even more people to our incredibly dynamic sport.

"Alongside our long-standing relationship with Sky Sports, who have been partners for more than two decades and will be airing approximately 70 live games again this year, we feel we have the ideal television package for the UK."

Channel 4 was the first UK broadcaster to show regular NFL highlights in 1982. After a 12-year absence from the station, the US sport returned to Channel 4 in 2010 with a weekly live broadcast of Sunday Night Football.

The new deal begins when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants, airing Sunday, September 8 on Channel 4.

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