BBC grabs '08, '09 Super Bowl rights


LONDON -- After years in the major footballing broadcast wilderness, BBC Sport has finally secured rights to a big final -- but it's the American football version, not the round leather one.

BBC Sport has snapped up a free-to-air deal with the NFL to broadcast American Football's showpiece event, the Super Bowl, for the next two years.

The package also gives the pubcaster rights to a highlights package from this October's Wembley Stadium game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants.

Super Bowl XLII will be broadcast live from Arizona on Feb. 3, and Super Bowl XLIII will be broadcast live from Tampa, Florida in 2009, the BBC said.

Super Bowl XLI saw the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears in Miami and reached an estimated worldwide audience of nearly one billion viewers in more than 220 countries.

Currently, U.K. pay TV satcaster BSkyB airs live NFL games and free-to-air channel Five also has a selection of regular season games.