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Livinginthe past
07-31-2007, 11:20 AM
I have to say, I am absolutely pumped about this years coverage of the NFL on Skysports (cable based).

Here's what we are getting this year.

*Pre-season: For the first time, six live pre-season games during August

*Sunday: Live Sunday evening ?triple-headers? throughout the regular season

*Monday: For the first time on Sky, ?Monday Night Football? live each week

*Interactive: Two extra live Sunday night regular season games via the red button

*Playoffs: Every game exclusively live from the post-season

*Super Bowl: Live coverage of the big game from Arizona on 3rd February 2008

*Extra matches: Pro Bowl, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday and Saturday night matches live

*Support: Including ?NFL Total Access? show six nights a week, a weekly highlights show, Sky season preview plus ?America?s Game? Super Bowl series

We had the 'triple-headers' last year - a live game shown from every slot (1PM, 4PM, and 8.30PM) - plus the option of an alternative game through the interactive utility (although i don't have this - my cable provider doesn't supply it).

We had MNF las year, too - but that was always shown on a terrestrial channel - makes no difference I suppose.

Im looking forward to the saturday night games, but the biggets thing will be the 'support coverage' through the week.

For those that wish to keep up to date on daily news, views and analysis, Sky will be screening extensive support programming including ?NFL Total Access? six nights a week, a weekly highlights show plus ?America?s Game? Super Bowl documentary series.

The America's Game stuff will be a real treat - I have never seen much coverage of the older SB's - it would be great to see some action from the 70's Steelers.

Yep.

Im pumped.

The Duke
07-31-2007, 12:56 PM
So do you get any Pats games? Or better yet, any steelers games?

revefsreleets
07-31-2007, 05:31 PM
Ironically, the NFL Europa or whatever they called it is kaput.

MasterOfPuppets
07-31-2007, 05:38 PM
Extra matches:...:nono:

Livinginthe past
08-01-2007, 01:59 AM
So do you get any Pats games? Or better yet, any steelers games?

Well we've got the HOF game - Steelers/Saints pre-season game, and preseason game no.5 is the Patriots/Panthers.

The regular season fixtures haven;t been announced yet, but I have a feeling (due to their popularity over here) that either the Patriots or Steelers will be live every week...or close to it.

I expect we'll see plenty of Colts too - but I can't argue with that - they are the champs.

The Saints seem to be pretty box-office too.

Livinginthe past
08-01-2007, 02:01 AM
Extra matches:...:nono:

LOL - they did quite well to keep saying 'game' as often as they did - shoulda got an American to proof read it I suppose :toofunny:

Livinginthe past
08-01-2007, 02:03 AM
Ironically, the NFL Europa or whatever they called it is kaput.

Yup. Europa is dead.

People over here won't buy into a second rate version of a pro-game, just because the teams are based in European cities.

I think they could definitely sell more football to Europe with proper match-ups like the Dolphins/Giants, though.

I always thought Ice Hockey should do well here too (as a viewer sport - we suck at playing it)

Preacher
08-01-2007, 02:38 AM
Yup. Europa is dead.

People over here won't buy into a second rate version of a pro-game, just because the teams are based in European cities.

I think they could definitely sell more football to Europe with proper match-ups like the Dolphins/Giants, though.

I always thought Ice Hockey should do well here too (as a viewer sport - we suck at playing it)


Interesting, I actually used to wonder if the NHL would ever expand to Europe, with the Stanley Cup being played between the N. American and European champion.

Livinginthe past
08-01-2007, 02:48 AM
Interesting, I actually used to wonder if the NHL would ever expand to Europe, with the Stanley Cup being played between the N. American and European champion.

I don't get any access to hockey games but I think they would be the most accessible to European fans - baseball and basketball are personal turns offs for different reasons (too much scoring and way too many games).

Ice hockey though - just the right amount of scoring (similar to soccer), plenty of legal violence and a high skill factor.

Preacher
08-01-2007, 03:00 AM
I don't get any access to hockey games but I think they would be the most accessible to European fans - baseball and basketball are personal turns offs for different reasons (too much scoring and way too many games).

Ice hockey though - just the right amount of scoring (similar to soccer), plenty of legal violence and a high skill factor.

Not to mention... probably a third of the NHL ALREADY comes from Europe. To expand the league by another 20 teams would not diminish the quality as much as it would in any other major American sport... except for maybe Baseball...

CantStop85
08-01-2007, 09:29 AM
I always thought Ice Hockey should do well here too (as a viewer sport - we suck at playing it)

Go ahead and take it...take the entire NHL...please.

Preacher
08-01-2007, 06:54 PM
Go ahead and take it...take the entire NHL...please.

Hey... if my city was passed up by the NHL, so that they could be a team in COLUMBUS....

I wouldn't like the NHL either. :wink02:

83-Steelers-43
08-01-2007, 06:58 PM
Hey... if my city was passed up by the NHL, so that they could be a team in COLUMBUS....

I wouldn't like the NHL either. :wink02:

:toofunny:

That city has a hard time keeping it's football fans when things aren't looking good.

revefsreleets
08-01-2007, 07:23 PM
Concerning the NFL Europa, actually, the idea was sound. The NFL didn't have a AAA league, so why not kill 2 birds with one stone and start a developmental league in an area they are trying to expand into TV wise? The league lasted like 15 years, and it didn't lose any more money then Mike Vick's contract, so I'd say the whole thing was a success, overall.

The fact that the NFL has a bunch of televised game on in Europe proves it worked. If I wanted to (and I don't), I couldn't find a European Soccer match on TV in the US if I tried.

CantStop85
08-01-2007, 10:02 PM
Hey... if my city was passed up by the NHL, so that they could be a team in COLUMBUS....

I wouldn't like the NHL either. :wink02:

My city was never considered by the NHL, hell my state hasn't ever been considered for any kind of pro team. (I live in Kentucky.) :wink02:

Crushzilla
08-01-2007, 11:20 PM
The fact that the NFL has a bunch of televised game on in Europe proves it worked. If I wanted to (and I don't), I couldn't find a European Soccer match on TV in the US if I tried.

ESPN airs them sometimes. I actually lightly follow the Italian League, but most of the time you get English Premiership on American television... if anything at all.

To be honest I've never seen an Italian League match on T.V. in America.

I caught a few NBA games in some pubs while I was living in Italy and the one club played the Red Sox A LOT once baseball started. My buddies there were all from Conn. so I'd tag along to watch.

The Super Bowl in Italy was... a.... NIGHTMARE.

First of all, Italy is six hours ahead of us, so you can imagine how late I was out to see a mediocre game and the only place I could see it was at one of the 6 clubs that were playing it in my area.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, there are 10,000 American students in Florence, Italy... So you can imagine what that scene was like. Not to mention all the creepy Italian dudes who saw it as an opportunity to mate with our women.

Italians treat the Super Bowl as a trendy party with adorable little cracker snacks and 9 dollar beers :dang: :dang: :dang: :dang: :dang:

I said it on the way home at like 5 A.M. and stand by it.

I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER be away from America for the Super Bowl EVER again.

I guess it could have been worse. I could have been watching XL in Super Bowl hell.

I also missed the "real" Super Bowl against the Colts and Pats because I was on a transatlantic flight... I'm done complaining now...

The Duke
08-01-2007, 11:51 PM
My city was never considered by the NHL, hell my state hasn't ever been considered for any kind of pro team. (I live in Kentucky.) :wink02:

Oh, I thought you were in Cincy and I was like yeah, the Bengals don't count as a pro team :toofunny:

Preacher
08-02-2007, 02:09 AM
My city was never considered by the NHL, hell my state hasn't ever been considered for any kind of pro team. (I live in Kentucky.) :wink02:

That's right...

Home of the great "Two in a Row"

What is that you may ask? Two Governors... two scandals!!

Yep, I lived in LaGrange until 18 months ago... I know northern KY pretty well!!

How is things going up there??

sumo
08-02-2007, 02:17 AM
That's right...

Home of the great "Two in a Row"

What is that you may ask? Two Governors... two scandals!!

Yep, I lived in LaGrange until 18 months ago... I know northern KY pretty well!!

How is things going up there??

Kentucky produced my favorite back up QB in the NFL - Jared Lorenzen - 6'5" and 450 lbs - I have to see this guy play in a real NFL game...
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Preacher
08-02-2007, 03:11 AM
Kentucky produced my favorite back up QB in the NFL - Jared Lorenzen - 6'5" and 450 lbs - I have to see this guy play in a real NFL game...
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You gotta be kidding me!!

revefsreleets
08-03-2007, 04:55 PM
The Super Bowl in Italy was... a.... NIGHTMARE.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, there are 10,000 American students in Florence, Italy... So you can imagine what that scene was like. Not to mention all the creepy Italian dudes who saw it as an opportunity to mate with our women.



A lot of exposed chest hair, eh?

Preacher
08-03-2007, 06:25 PM
A lot of exposed chest hair, eh?

Oh my..

I don't even want to know!

MasterOfPuppets
08-03-2007, 06:32 PM
Kentucky produced my favorite back up QB in the NFL - Jared Lorenzen - 6'5" and 450 lbs - I have to see this guy play in a real NFL game...
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# 13 Jared Lorenzen
Position: QB
Height: 6-4
Weight: 285
Born: 02/14/1981
College: Kentucky
NFL Experience: 3

sherlock
12-25-2007, 02:58 PM
Some sad news (well for me anyway !) regarding NFL Europa.
I know I`m behind the times but I thought some of you might be interested.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2920635

MasterOfPuppets
12-25-2007, 03:54 PM
Some sad news (well for me anyway !) regarding NFL Europa.
I know I`m behind the times but I thought some of you might be interested.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2920635lol.....your way behind on news....did you attend any games?

sherlock
12-26-2007, 02:17 AM
lol.....your way behind on news....did you attend any games?

No MOP....I`m an NFL fan of some 2 months standing!.....which is why my posts often cause amusement and indeed bemusement :smile: :dang:
However,in that short space of time I`ve become somewhat obsessed by both the Steelers and the NFL which is why I love this forum so much.......it`s an Ivy League Institute of NFL learning!!