ESPN brings NFL play-offs and Super Bowl to Africa
January 12, 2015
ESPN’s media distribution arm has agreed one-year deals to televise this season’s NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl in Africa with two of the continent’s leading sports broadcasters – Supersport and Zuku Sport.
In a new deal in time for the crunch post-season action, ESPN has negotiated rights with Supersport, the African sports channel, for all territories in Sub-Saharan Africa, to broadcast live coverage of the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl XLIX.
ESPN Media Distribution’s agreement with Zuku Sport adds to the broadcaster’s rights to air two regular season games per week, and it will now show all the postseason action. The deal will see the playoffs and Super Bowl aired in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Heather White, Director, Sports Distribution, ESPN, commented: “We are delighted to finalise these agreements to bring the climax of the NFL season to sports fans in Africa. The deals are a further extension of ESPN’s long and successful relationship with the NFL as we bring the league’s best action to fans worldwide. The Supersport deal and extension to our contract with Zuku Sport will ensure millions of NFL fans across Africa don’t miss a second of thrilling postseason action.”