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Sky Sports been awarded the rights to the NFL's Sunday Night Football for the next two years, in a move it claims will offer fans more extensive coverage than ever before.

The signing of the new deal means viewers can now watch over 100 live matches over the season, with coverage across a variety of different platforms, including TV, online and on mobile devices.

The updated schedule will include five matches a week during the regular season, with Monday Night Football also a new addition to the schedule, alongside Thursday and Sunday games.

As well as extended regular season coverage, fans can also enjoy every play-off match and the showpiece Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events.

Sky is also set to offer exclusively live pre-season coverage for the first time in seven years, beginning with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Houston Texans this Bank Holiday Sunday (August 30th).

The first game of the regular season will be shown on Thursday September 10th as defending Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the first Sunday Night Football will feature the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants on September 13th.

Jonathan Licht, Director of Sky Sports Strategy, said: “We’re excited to add Sunday Night Football to our extensive NFL coverage this season.

"NFL fans in the UK and Ireland are going to be in for a fantastic season.”

Alistair Kirkwood, Managing Director of NFL UK, added: “We are very excited about Sky Sports' plans for NFL coverage over the next five years.

"We are looking forward to the programming and promotion of the NFL that they will be bringing to UK and Irish fans in this upcoming season and beyond.”

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