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NFL on Sky: 2022 schedule, presenters and how to watch live

By Tayyib Abu

Tom Brady NFL on Sky

Published: 10:31, 5 July 2022 | Updated: 10:36, 1 August 2022

Sky Sports is a modern broadcasting giant and its NFL coverage befits its sheer size and power.

Powered by soccer’s English Premier League, Sky emerged in 1992 as a significant player in the sports TV market. Three decades later, Sky Sports is the dominant force in sports television. F1, Cricket, and Golf all feature as big-ticket properties in its portfolio. One other property that has propelled Sky Sports to heady heights is the NFL. 

Fanatics

Since 1995, Sky Sports and the NFL have forged a remarkable partnership. The relationship has skyrocketed thanks to the NFL’s competitive action and friendly broadcast times. The league now has a firm foothold in the UK with regular London games and an NFL UK Academy. 

After successfully launching in the UK, Sky owner Rupert Murdoch expanded into America. Murdoch quickly replicated his UK success Stateside as FOX Sports became a domestic powerhouse. In 2022, FOX Sports will hold exclusive rights to Super Bowl LVII and baseball’s World Series.

NFL on Sky Sports schedule for 2022

As is now standard, Sky Sports will comprehensively broadcast the 2022 NFL season. The upcoming season marks the third year of its five-year contract, signed back in 2020. Under that deal, Sky Sports will exclusively televise Thursday, Sunday, and Monday Night Football. Amazon’s Thursday Night Football contract does not impact Sky Sports’ rights in the UK. 

In addition to its primetime package, Sky Sports will still cover two marquee games from the Sunday slate for each weekend of the regular season.

The early window games kick off at 1pm on the East Coast in the USA, meaning Sky will air a game at 6pm UK time.

The late window of games traditionally features teams from the West Coast, and FOX’s Game of the Week. These games kick off at 4pm ET in the U.S. and 9pm in the UK. Sky Sports will choose one early and one late game on their primary broadcast and their choices are announced in the week leading up to the games.

 Also, it is worth noting that Sky’s selected games are blacked out on NFL Game Pass – the league’s streaming platform. For example, if Sky Sports choose to cover the Dallas Cowboys at the Green Bay Packers, that game is unavailable to Game Pass viewers in the UK until the following Wednesday. 

Finally, Sky Sports will broadcast every playoff game and Super Bowl 57 in Arizona.

NFL Redzone on Sky

The hugely popular NFL RedZone show is available to watch on Sky Sports, and Sky often carries the coverage on Sky Sports Mix. Mix is accessible to all Sky customers without a Sky Sports subscription.

RedZone launched in September 2009 and has proven to be a massive hit with fans. In a nutshell, it allows fans to watch every touchdown live from every game on the Sunday slate.

Moreover, RedZone airs commercial-free for seven hours, meaning fans will never miss meaningful action from all the games in progress. Veteran broadcaster Scott Hanson expertly presents the show non-stop. His energetic, high-octane style informs fans of significant moments, key stats, and essential fantasy football information. 

Think Jeff Stelling for American Football!

How to watch the NFL on Sky

The primary way to watch the NFL on Sky Sports is through a subscription to the sports package.

Alternatively, Sky’s flexible NOW TV service allows fans to purchase a day pass for £10 if they want to watch their team in a specific game. Sky Sports subscribers and NOW TV viewers can watch all the action on their mobile devices if they are on the move. 

A subscription would also provide access to Sky’s dedicated NFL channel. The channel operates from September to February, providing complete coverage of the NFL. In addition, Sky Sports NFL televises plenty of ancillary programming from NFL Network, such as Total Access, Good Morning Football, and an entire library of documentary series like America’s Game and HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Sky Sports NFL presenters & commentators

NFL UK stalwart Neil Reynolds leads Sky’s NFL coverage. A familiar face to the UK audience, Reynolds has covered the NFL since 1991. A serial columnist for various UK-based publications, he knows the game inside out. After co-hosting for several years, Reynolds stepped into the hot seat in 2017 and has expertly anchored Sky’s NFL broadcasts. 

Super Bowl champion Shaun Gayle joins Reynolds in the studio for analysis. A member of the famous 1985 Chicago Bears team, Gayle’s knowledge of the game and championship-winning pedigree lend gravitas to the presentation. Completing the studio lineup in 2021 was Jason Bell. A cornerback of seven years, Bell had risen to prominence as a member of the BBC’s presenting team, and his infectious personality was a hit with viewers. Bell played recently with many current NFL players and coaches and his inside information is invaluable.

Hannah Wilkes completes the core presentation team. She presents NFL Overtime for Sky Sports and is often seen reporting from big playoff games. The host of the Her Huddle podcast, Wilkes’ knowledge and enthusiasm have won plenty of fans. 

Finally, it would be remiss not to mention the late Kevin Cadle. A basketball coach by trade, Cadle swapped the sideline for the studio in 1997 and his booming voice, warmth and undying love for his Buffalo Bills made him a fan favourite. Cadle presented for nearly two decades, bringing all the colour and excitement to the fans. His passing was a huge blow to the UK NFL community.

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