The United States Football League (USFL) has announced a multi-year agreement with NBC Sports to cover its regular and postseason games beginning in April next year.
Joining FOX Sports as the league’s official broadcast partners, the platforms are now set to carry all 43 games with the official television schedule being released at a later date.
“We’re excited to partner with the USFL and FOX Sports to present this new era of professional football,” commented Pete Bevacqua, Chairman, NBC Sports.
The company will present 21 USFL games in 2022 on NBC, USA Network, and Peacock, and FOX Sports will carry 22 games split between FOX and FS1.
“With our multiple platforms across broadcast, cable, and streaming, football fans throughout the country will be able to experience the USFL’s opening season this spring,” Bevacqua continued.
The combined regular-season coverage of the independent football league controlled by FOX Sports through USFL HoldColooks, looks to give the sport greater national over-the-air broadcast windows in the first half of the year.
In 2022, the eight teams will play in one host city, with each participating in a 10-game schedule followed by semifinals between the top two teams in each division and a championship game between division winners.
“We’re thrilled to have NBC Sports join FOX Sports as an official media partner of the new USFL,” shared FOX Sports CEO and Executive Producer, Eric Shanks, who will serve as Chairman of the USFL’s Board of Directors.
“Like FOX, NBC has a reputation for excellence in football production, and the exposure both companies have committed to the USFL, including a combined 20 games on broadcast television, will provide fans unprecedented access all season long.”
In November, the USFL recruited Brian Woods, a League Co-Founder, to the position of President of Football Operations, and former fullback and longtime NFL on FOX game analyst, Daryl Johnston, to Executive Vice President of Football Operations.