The NFL Network and the NFL have announced a new deal for the first four weeks of the regular season that will see ESPN simulcast its games on NFL Network for free and pay for some additional shows, including the first three weeks of NFL Playoffs on NFL GameDay Morning and NFL Countdown on Monday Night Football.ESPN and the league are announcing the deal as part of their efforts to streamline the NFL’s schedule for the 2017 season.
ESPN and the network will simulcast two weeks of postseason games on Monday through Thursday at 4 p.m.
ET, plus the Super Bowl on Sunday.
That will be followed by the first of the three games of the NFL Playoffs in 2018, which is set to air on NBC Sports Network on Feb. 5 at 4:30 p., and then the Superdome on April 2.
As part of the deal, ESPN will also simulcast the games of Monday Night Countdown on NBC on Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-midnight ET, with coverage beginning the following Sunday at 6 p. m.
Additionally, the network has added two Super Bowls in 2018 and will simulcoach the Superbowl in 2019.
The network has also added the games in 2019 for the Supercomedy Bang Bang.
The network also has added the first two weeks (March 26-March 29) of the Superstars on CBS, and the first week of the 2018 Super Bowl (April 2).
In addition, ESPN is simulcasting the first season of The Bachelor (April 7), the second season of the hit ABC sitcom The Bachelorette (April 10), and the season finale of Survivor (April 16).