Legendary pairing Nat Coombs and Mike Carlson will be reunited when the new NFL season kicks off. Acclaimed presenter Coombs joins his old sidekick and analyst, Carlson, to host Channel 4’s live game coverage which kicks off on Sunday September 9 when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Denver Broncos. Coverage kicks off at 1am.
In a double bonus for American football fans in the UK, all seventeen Sunday Night Football games shown live by Channel 4 – the flagship game of the NFL week – will be available in full HD. And all will all be available as catch-up programmes on Channel 4’s 4oD service for the first time.
Coombs and Carlson worked together on Channel 5’s coverage of the NFL from 2007 to 2010 with their relaxed style, passion for the sport and knowledge of the game proving a big hit with NFL fans. Coombs has spent the last two years working on Radio 5 Live’s NFL coverage as well as co-hosting the Americarange podcast alongside Carlson – nominated for Best Sports Show at the podcast awards – and working as a regular columnist for ESPN America as well as ESPN UK.
Nat Coombs said: “I am looking forward to reuniting with Mike for the terrestrial TV coverage of NFL which is such an important part of the sports UK broadcast make up. Mike and I always try to make sure that we have fun when we're working whilst still addressing serious discussion and analysis. Plus, being a live show, it's hilarious when he gets cramp and has to stand up."
Channel 4’s Sports Editor, Jamie Aitchison said: “I’m delighted to be reuniting the best presenter of American sports in the UK with the best NFL analyst in the UK. With seventeen games broadcast live in HD, available in full on 4oD, and Nat and Mike back in charge, it promises to be a great NFL season on Channel 4.”