ITV signs new NFL deal to broadcast Super Bowl with former Sky Sports presenter Laura Woods set to host
After seven years of the BBC hosting various NFL games and the Super Bowl throughout the year, ITV has now signed a new partnership, ending BBC coverage.
It was announced on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 that ITV had acquired the NFL show on a three-year basis and they are now set to show official American football coverage for the first time since 2007.
The NFL is currently in its third week of preseason games with the Seahawks and Bears playing later tonight (Friday, August 19 at 1:00 a.m. BST) before the other franchises play their third game this weekend. .
The Los Angeles Rams are hoping for another successful run this year after surprising the NFL world by winning the 2022 Super Bowl.
The Rams cruised to a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, with Rams receiver Cooper Kupp named Super Bowl MVP due to his eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was the game-winning score for 1 yard with just 1.29 minutes remaining.
It was the first time since 2000 that the Rams won the prized Lombardi Trophy.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to follow this season’s NFL from the UK…
How to watch NFL 2022
After seven years of BBC coverage, ITV will now host a weekly highlights show on a Friday night and three live matches.
These include the Super Bowl and two of the season’s three London Games. Laura Woods will host the program with current BBC program presenters Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell who are transitioning to ITV.
The first of these weekly flagship shows will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022 and will air at 11:30 p.m. BST following the Rams’ home opener against Buffalo Bills which takes place the evening before.
Fans will be able to catch up on these games across the ITV hub.
What was said?
Dan Walker had previously been the presenter of the BBC’s NFL show and took to Twitter to congratulate the new host on ITV: “You may have seen the news about the show going from the NFL at ITV. It was still one of my favorite shows to do.
“We will remain good friends and are proud of the awards the show has won, the record ratings and the stacks of lovely messages we receive every week from loyal NFL fans across the UK. I wish the best at ITV Sport and I know at Woods they have one of the best in the business.
“It will only get better with her at the helm. I’m going to watch and, as the boys would say, ‘keep playing’”.
In a statement posted on the NFL’s official website, Woods added, “I’ve been an NFL fan for many years, so with the new season just weeks away, I’m thrilled to be part of the team that will bring ITV viewers its best action and biggest stories every week.