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NFL, Sky Sports reach a deal for coverage in UK

The 2012 Braemar Highland Gathering

BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: (L-R) Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles attend the Braemar Highland Games at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 1, 2012 in Braemar, Scotland. The Braemar Gathering is the most famous of the Highland Games and is known worldwide. Each year thousands of visitors descend on this small Scottish village on the first Saturday in September to watch one of the more colorful Scottish traditions. The Gathering has a long history and in its modern form it stretches back nearly 200 years. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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NFL fans in the UK are better off than anyone hoping for real referees.

Because across the pond, they reached a last minute deal.

Sky Sports just announced a three-year deal to broadcast NFL games in England, allowing fans in a market the league’s trying to grow access to the games on television.

The agreement will begin with Wednesday’s Cowboys-Giants opener, as well as two live prime-time games each Sunday, plus Thursday games, along with all playoff games and the Super Bowl. There will also be access to RedZone, allowing Queen Elizabeth II a chance to real-time updates for her fantasy team.

“We are delighted to extend the relationship between the NFL and Sky Sports into its 20th year,” Managing Director for the NFL UK Alistair Kirkwood said. “Through their coverage the game has attracted many new fans in this country, and we look forward to another three seasons of excellent coverage of including the International Series matches at Wembley and the next three Super Bowls.”

Games already confirmed include the opener tomorrow night, plus Colts-Bears and 49ers-Packers Sunday, Packer-Bears next Thursday and Saints-Panthers and Redskins-Rams on Sept. 16.