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Sky Sports agree new 3-year NFL deal -- and not a moment too soon

There’s brinksmanship and then there’s brinksmanship. We’re just glad that this got sorted before tonight’s season opener.

Eli Manning: his attempt to lead the Giants to back-to-back Super Bowls begins tonight.
Eli Manning: his attempt to lead the Giants to back-to-back Super Bowls begins tonight.
Image: Julio Cortez/AP/Press Association Images

AMERICAN FOOTBALL FANS, rejoice — you won’t need to suffer through a world without Sky Sports coverage this NFL season.

The road to Super Bowl XLVII begins tonight when reigning champions the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys but until yesterday, no deal had been agreed between Rupert Murdoch’s plaything and Roger Goodell’s plaything regarding the main TV package on this side of the world.

Thankfully that has all been sorted after a three-year deal was hammered out by the bosses at the last minute, ensuring that we won’t have to endure any more of this nerve-wracking posturing until 2015 at the earliest.

Somewhere out there, Kevin Cadle is smiling.

According to the press release:

The agreement takes the partnership between Sky Sports and the NFL into its 20th year with coverage across TV, mobile, online and tablet devices, and it starts with Wednesday night’s season-opening clash between Dallas and the New York Giants.

Two live prime time fixtures will be shown every Sunday kicking off at 6pm and 9.15pm, three Thanksgiving Day clashes, plus regular matches on Thursday nights.

There will also be live coverage of every wild card, divisional and Conference Championship playoff match and the annual season ending Super Bowl.

The NFL’s RedZone score update show every Sunday of the regular season will be available via the red button, along with NFL Total Access twice a week and watch out for news of exciting new regular season midweek coverage as well.

Roll on kick-off.

Coverage of Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants begins tonight (Wednesday) at midnight on Sky Sports 1.

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