News: NFL-DirecTV, Champion, NHL – Sports Media Watch

Arlo Gibbons


DirecTV has reached a new carriage agreement with the NFL, which will extend the availability of NFL Network and add NFL RedZone to its channel lineup across all platforms, including DirecTV Stream and U-verse. This marks the first time that DirecTV will carry the NFL Media-produced RedZone with host Scott Hanson, as they previously produced their own version with Andrew Siciliano. The agreement is described as a “multi-year renewal,” but the exact length of the term has not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, soccer commentator Jon Champion is set to join NBC as the voice of the top English Premier League match each week. Champion, who previously held the top spot in ESPN’s soccer booth, will replace Peter Drury in this role, as Drury has moved to Sky Sports. Champion will call the Sunday match window featuring the highest profile game, while Drury will serve as NBC’s lead commentator for other matches. Champion will also continue to call marquee Cup matches and friendlies for ESPN.

In the World of ice hockey, the NHL has released its schedule for the upcoming 2023-24 season. The season will kick off on October 10th with an opening night triple-header on ESPN, featuring matchups between the Predators and Lightning, Blackhawks and Penguins, and Kraken and Golden Knights. The following night, TNT will open with games between the Blackhawks and Bruins, and the Kings and Avalanche. The NHL is also putting a focus on Connor Bedard, the presumptive overall number one pick, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Additionally, the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day will be held in Seattle at T-Mobile Park, featuring a matchup between the Kraken and Golden Knights, which will be aired on TNT.

Overall, these recent developments include the expansion of NFL Network and RedZone availability on DirecTV, the addition of Jon Champion as the NBC Premier League voice, and the release of the NHL schedule for the upcoming season. These updates offer increased access to sports content for fans and showcase the ongoing efforts of media companies to enhance their offerings in the sports broadcasting space.


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