Why is Broncos vs. Jaguars only on ESPN+? NFL London game is ESPN's first streaming exclusive

Why is Broncos vs. Jaguars only on ESPN+? NFL London game is ESPN's first streaming exclusive

During a year in which there have been drastic changes to the NFL broadcast landscape, fans will have one more major adjustment to make during Week 8 of the 2022 season.

While ESPN has been the home of “Monday Night Football” since 2006, ESPN+ will be the exclusive Week 8 home of Sunday morning football — the third and final game of the NFL’s 2022 London games, that is. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the Broncos and Jaguars will meet at Wembley Stadium in London for a game that is the first of its kind with respect to coverage.

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As ESPN continues to expand its relationship with the NFL, it is covering more games than ever and simulcasting some game coverage on ESPN+, the subscription streaming service that launched in April 2018. The meeting between Denver and Jacksonville will not be available anywhere but ESPN+, a groundbreaking moment for the network and a sign of things to come. 

Here’s why Broncos vs. Jaguars will only be available on ESPN+ during Week 8 of the NFL season and what the coverage will look like.

Why is Broncos vs. Jaguars only on ESPN+?

While viewers watching games on ESPN has been the norm for decades, games being available on ESPN+ is a much more recent phenomenon. ESPN announced ahead of the 2022 season that its subscription streaming service would offer more NFL content than ever, ranging from live games to exclusive content.

As part of this arrangement, ESPN+ is airing nine live games during the 2022 NFL season, including exclusive coverage of Broncos vs. Jaguars in London.

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The broadcast, which ESPN calls “a milestone moment for the platform and ESPN’s NFL rights portfolio,” serves as a preview of what’s to come as a new media agreement between Disney/ESPN and the NFL begins in 2023.

Moving forward, ESPN+ will exclusively carry an international game each year as part of ESPN’s 23-game regular-season broadcast schedule.

What will ESPN+ NFL broadcasts look like?

Save for the game starting in the morning hours, the exclusive streaming broadcast shouldn’t look much different than what fans have grown used to watching ESPN’s television broadcasts.

At 8:30 a.m. ET, the broadcast will begin with a special edition of “Sunday NFL Countdown,” which will stream live on ESPN+ and be simulcast on ESPN. The “Countdown” crew will be live from New York while the game’s broadcast crew of Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, Dan Orlovsky and Laura Rutledge will join live from London.

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“Progressive Kickoff” will begin at 9:15 a.m. ET and be simulcast on ESPN+ and ESPN. ESPN’s coverage ends at 9:30 a.m. when ESPN+’s exclusive coverage of Broncos vs. Jaguars begins.

In addition to the English broadcast, ESPN+ will carry a Spanish-language offering that features Rebeca Landa on play-by-play alongside analyst Ciro Procuna and reporter Katina Castorena.

ESPN will provide live look-ins, but ESPN+ will be the only way that fans can tune in to see all the action.