The National Football League announced agreements today with Mexican networks Televisa and TV Azteca to televise NFL games during the next three seasons.

The agreements call for each partner to televise a 23-game schedule of regular and postseason games for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. In addition, Televisa and TV Azteca will each broadcast the next two Super Bowls – XXXIX and XL – live from Jacksonville and Detroit, respectively.

‘We are pleased to renew our relationship with Televisa and TV Azteca, two long-standing partners,’ said KATIE BOES, NFL senior director of international media. ‘The broadcast of NFL games on over-the-air television is fundamental to the expansion of our fan base and business in Mexico.’

Televisa will carry the opening of the NFL’s 85th season on its Galavision Network when the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, September 9. Galavision will also televise 16 Monday night games; the Chicago Bears at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day, November 25; plus five NFC postseason games leading up to Super Bowl.

‘This is an enormous pleasure to renew our agreement with the NFL for the next three seasons,’ said RICARDO PÉREZ TEUFFER, Televisa vice president for special events and sports. ‘The most important impact of this agreement is that it will help satisfy our audience that loves NFL football.’

TV Azteca will broadcast 17 Sunday afternoon games on Azteca 7; the Thanksgiving Day game featuring the Indianapolis Colts at the Detroit Lions; and five AFC postseason prior to the Super Bowl.

‘It is once again a pleasure to partner with America’s No. 1 sport,’ said GUILLERMO ALEGRET, channel distribution director at TV Azteca. ‘This relationship will help us continue to build the sport here in Mexico and offer our advertisers increased options for their investments.’


Pete Abitante,