L'Equipe picks up rights to weekly NFL game
NFL American football is to be made available on free-to-air television in France for the first time after L’Equipe, the free-to-air digital terrestrial channel, acquired the rights ahead of the 2020 season, which gets under way tomorrow.
According to reports in France, the non-exclusive, three-year deal is worth €1.5 million ($1.76 million) in total.
L'Equipe will show one regular-season game per week, a total of 17, at 7pm (CET) every Sunday. The package also includes one game per day from the play-offs and the showpiece Super Bowl.
Highlights of all other regular-season matches will be streamed on L'Equipe's digital channels the following day.
The first two live NFL games on L'Equipe will be Atlanta Falcons versus Seattle Seahawks on 13 September, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Carolina Panthers a week later.
The 2020 season opens tomorrow with reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans.
The NFL has been shown in France by pay-TV's BeIN Sports since 2013, before which the league was shown (in English language) on ESPN America, only for the channel to be wound up in continental Europe and the Middle East.