ESPN, the long-standing home of NFL in Australia, has added an additional 46 games to its annual schedule, meaning they will now show five live fixtures a week during the regular season starting from September. They will also be televising all Thanksgiving fixtures and every Playoff match including Super Bowl 55, for a total of 110 live games across the season. Here’s what’s known about these programming changes at this time.
The NFL is the world’s premier gridiron competition, and Australian fans have never had it easier when it comes to watching live broadcasts. Each week’s biggest games, including every Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football and Sunday Night Football match-up are available live in Australia with ESPN.
The NFL Playoffs Live on ESPN Australia
This 2020/21 season, ESPN has extended its annual game coverage from 64 to 110 live fixtures, an increase of 60%. This includes an extra two regular season games, the playoffs and Super Bowl 55, meaning that they now hold the rights to the most comprehensive coverage of NFL in Australia. Games are shown live direct from the US, with specialist analysis from the likes of Joe Tessitore, Steve Levy and Booger McFarland. ESPN is also providing NFL related programming including a special edition of Sports Centre, hosted by Phil Murphy alongside Trevor Scales and Mark Brown. This show has been specially created for the Aussie market, and offers a recap of all Sunday afternoon games when the majority of NFL teams go head to head across the US.
Additional Live games to include more regular season Sunday games (Monday, AU), every contest held on the Thanksgiving Holiday in the US (Friday AU), every NFL Playoff game (11 total), plus one of the world’s biggest sporting events, Super Bowl 54 (Los Angeles). So while you can’t watch every Thursday, Sunday or Monday night game of the NFL Free to Air, ESPN of Australia will have you covered.
How to Watch or Stream the Superbowl on ESPN
Whether you want to enjoy the NFL at home or on the move, there are several options when it comes to watching ESPN in Australia, including Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and the Kayo Sports streaming platform.
Watch the NFL on Foxtel or Foxtel Now
If you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel from Telstra Sports combo. With the Sports Combo you can watch the best of live sport on ESPN of Australia from the comfort of your home, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the NFL free online using Foxtel Go and compatible devices within minutes of signing up.
You also have the option to watch NFL online using Foxtel Now. For good measure Foxtel Now currently offers a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check out all of its content, including NFL, before choosing your preferred pack (Sport, Pop, Lifestyle, Drama, Movies, Docos, Kids), and should you decide to subscribe you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. ESPN is available as part of the Foxtel Now Sport pack, which gives you instant access to over 50 sports live or on demand. Foxtel Now can be accessed using your favourite browser, or via the Foxtel Now app and an eligible device.
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Stream the NFL on Kayo Sports
Alternatively, Kayo Sports offers the exact same coverage of the NFL courtesy of ESPN, and have a 14 day free trial so you can review the service before you decide. Kayo offers live NFL streaming with eligible mobile devices and browsers, and provide on-Demand replays of the games they broadcast should you need to catch up.
Kayo also offers a variety of unique features to enhance your sports viewing. The most popular include ‘No Spoilers’, which allows you to hide the scores, ‘Key Moments’ which lets you fast forward to the decisive parts of each match, as well as ‘SplitView’, so you can watch up to four different sports on one screen at the same time. If you wish to watch one of the NFL games that have already aired live, Kayo offers on demand replays for those who find them convenient.
2021 NFL Superbowl Live TV Times (Sydney time)
|Mon, 8 Feb||Chiefs v Buccaneers||LIVE: 10.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Mon, 8 Feb||Chiefs v Buccaneers||Replay: 4.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Mon, 8 Feb||Chiefs v Buccaneers||Replay: 9.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
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Must See TV for NFL Fans
The NFL is in full swing, but in between games you may want to get your fix of other gridiron action on ESPN. To help you find what you’re looking for, here’s a list of upcoming broadcasts that may be of interest, along with the channels, platforms and reasons that make each “Must-See TV”.
NCAA College Playoffs (Foxtel / Kayo)
Made up of Football teams from US universities, this league is very popular in the United States and for good reason. The competition started all the way back in 1869 and this year celebrates its 151st anniversary. The season runs from September to January and is a good opportunity to see some of the NFL’s future stars, and is more often than not played in front of huge crowds much like its bigger cousin. The Clemson Tigers won the NCAA Football tournament last year, and stand alongside Louisiana State and Ohio State as favourites to also take this year’s top prize.
Sports Centre Australia (Foxtel / Kayo)
ESPN’s flagship sports program has been given an Australian face lift. Hosted by Phil Murphy alongside Trevor Scales and Mark Brown it gives a weekly rundown of what is happening in the world of NFL. There are interviews, analysis and highlights directly from the USA, made specifically for Aussie gridiron fans. The show airs just before every Sunday Night Football game on ESPN (Monday morning in Australia) and is a great opportunity to stay up to date on everything NFL.