AMERICAN FOOTBALL: BBC to air Monday night NFL matches on Red Button/Online

UPDATE: Live Monday night NFL matches on BBC Red Button will have a new look from week 10 of the regular season.

Beginning with the clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, the BBC’s coverage will now feature a new studio-based show, produced by NFL International in conjunction with USP Content.

The shows will be presented by BBC Radio 5 live’s Darren Fletcher, with former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman joining him in the studio to provide expert analysis.

NFL analyst Neil Reynolds, a regular on Sky Sports’ coverage, was due to co-present alongside Fletcher on the BBC live shows, but pulled out shortly after the original announcement was made.

He said on Twitter: “I will no longer be able to do MNF on BBC with @fletch5live. Sorry to all those hoping to see our double act. It is not a personal matter. It is a business matter”.

BBC’s Monday Night Football coverage is available via the Red Button interactive service and the BBC Sport website and is available for seven days via the BBC iPlayer.

A rerun also airs on the Red Button at 10pm on Tuesdays.

From next week, audio of the live broadcast will be aired on BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra.

CLICK HERE for more details on the BBC’s NFL coverage.



The BBC has reached an agreement to broadcast live coverage of Monday night NFL matches during the 2012 regular season.

All Monday night games will be shown via the BBC’s Red Button service and simulcast online on the BBC Sport website.

BBC TV will also continue to air live coverage of the Super Bowl, with the 2013 edition being played in New Orleans on February 3, plus highlights of the NFL London game at Wembley on October 28, and weekly playoff highlights in January.

The new deal guarantees the most extensive free-to-air coverage of the NFL ever seen in the UK, with Sunday night regular season games also being screened on Channel 4.

The 2012/13 Monday Night Football season kicks off with a double-header on Monday, September 10, with the Cincinnati Bengals travelling to the Baltimore Ravens, followed by the San Diego Chargers facing the Oakland.

Viewers can access live NFL matches every Monday during the regular season by pressing red on their digital remote from any BBC TV channel (including cable, satellite and Freeview), and online coverage is be available via the BBC Sport website.

Each match will be available for up to seven days after transmission on BBC iPlayer, and a full repeat will be shown via the Red Button on the following evening.

Barbara Slater, the BBC’s director of sport, said: “We look forward to bringing Monday Night Football to our audience, who this summer have shown a great appetite for sport content via our Online and Red Button streams.

“We’re delighted that our relationship with the NFL continues to grow and we look forward to a great season.”

David Murray, BBC Sport’s head of rights, said: “We look forward to bringing Monday Night Football to our audience, who this summer have shown a great appetite for sport content via our online and red button streams.

“We’re delighted that our relationship with the NFL continues to grow and we look forward to a great season.”  

BBC TV has covered American Football since 2007 when it took over free-to-air NFL rights, covering their first Super Bowl in 2008.

At least one live game commentary per week will also air on BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra, beginning with the season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl champion New York Giants this Wednesday night.

“We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with the BBC in this way,” said Alistair Kirkwood, Managing Director of NFLUK.

“Monday Night Football is one of the jewels of the NFL season and the ability for our fans to see it free of charge is very exciting.”

From Week 2 of the season, Monday Night Football will revert to its usual 1.30 a.m. start time.

In Week 2 (September 17), viewers will be able to see Peyton Manning lead the Denver Broncos into battle at the Atlanta Falcons, while Week 3 features NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers taking on the Seattle Seahawks.

The BBC will be taking the ESPN US coverage of Monday night matches, featuring Mike Tirico and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden.

The Monday Night Football deal completes the package of NFL coverage in the UK for the 2012 season, following previous announcements that Sky Sports will carry Sunday double-headers and all Thursday night games throughout the regular season, plus all postseason games live, as part of a new three-year deal; and Channel 4 will air Sunday Night Football live, this year in HD.

ESPN UK previously aired live coverage of Monday night matches, but there were delays in announcing the distribution of live TV rights for the forthcoming season, with fans frustrated by the timing of the deals being confirmed just hours before the start of the new season.

NFLUK, the sport’s UK representation, issued a statement on the matter, saying: “We would like to acknowledge and apologise for the frustration and uncertainty that many fans have experienced due to the late finalisation of this year’s UK television line-up and thank everyone for their patience and continued support of the NFL.”

“NFLUK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood is inviting fans to send in questions for a Q and A that will explain some of the issues involved in this year’s TV negotiations. Further details of that will follow soon.”


Confirmed Monday night regular season matches
All LIVE on BBC Sport

Week 1 – Cincinnati @ Baltimore; San Diego @ Oakland

Week 2 – Denver @ Atlanta

Week 3 – Green Bay @ Seattle

Week 4 – Chicago @ Dallas

Week 5 – Houston @ NY Jets

Week 6 – Denver @ San Diego

Week 7 – Detroit @ Chicago

Week 8 – San Francisco @ Arizona

Week 9 – Philadelphia @ New Orleans

Week 10 – Kansas City @ Pittsburgh

Week 11 – Chicago @ San Francisco

Week 12 – Carolina @ Philadelphia

Week 13 – NY Giants @ Washington

Week 14 – Houston @ New England

Week 15 – NY Jets @ Tennessee

Week 16 – Atlanta @ Detroit (Saturday night)




4 Responses to AMERICAN FOOTBALL: BBC to air Monday night NFL matches on Red Button/Online

  1. Seamus says:

    Any idea why Nfl is on the red button . Cant record on the red button . Strange to me

  2. John says:

    Totally agree with Seamus. I like the majority pay my license fee and also work so am unable to sit up all night. At least when the games were shown on Channel 4/5 they didn’t hide the games on the red button. Also i checked the tv schedule and it’s all repeats of repeats. Well done bbc.

  3. Dave says:

    Might as well not bother at all, red button indeed.

  4. Ian says:

    Why don’t the bbc just show it on bbc1 can’tbe much on that time off night

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