German final in American Football LIVE on SPORT1
German Bowl live on SPORT1: The German final in American Football will be played on 13. October live and exclusively on free TV.
The German football spectacle in Berlin: SPORT1 is going to be the German Bowl XL, the final of the 40. German Championship in American Football on 13. October in the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, live and exclusively on free TV.
This is what the German Football League (GFL) and Germany’s leading 360° sports platform have done before the 40th World Cup, which starts in April. German Bundesliga season in American Football.
Defending champion Schwäbisch Hall Unicorn and his predecessor from Brunswick, the Lions of New York, are once again among the favourites for the GFL season and are expected to make their appearance in the final – but will face tougher opposition from rivals from Frankfurt, Kiel, Dresden and other GFL locations this time round.
The agreement on the broadcasting of the German Bowl is part of an extensive future cooperation between SPORT1 and the GFL.
Daniel von Busse, COO TV and member of the SPORT1 management:”American Football is a highly attractive programme colour for SPORT1. We believe in the viewer potential in Germany – the sport is particularly popular with the young target group. We have already worked closely with the GFL on the World Games 2017. At that time, the final Germany vs. France was watched by 200,000 spectators. With the German Bowl, we are now presenting the showdown of the German football season 2018 – and our spectators can look forward to further highlights within the framework of our planned partnership with the GFL”.
Carsten Dalkowski, spokesman for the association of the 16 GFL clubs:”Over the past few years, we have steadily expanded the exceptional position of our league in European American football. The squads of the teams are filling up this year with top football players from all over Europe, and more and more top players are coming from our own junior players’ work. And that’s what the word gets around in the USA – for many of those who have barely received a professional contract there, the GFL is the first port of call. The fact that we are now able to present this level in the SPORT1 programme rounds things off.”
“Our clubs have a total of 63,000 members, and for years we have been growing more dynamically than almost all other sports associations in Germany. More and more young people are enthusiastic about our sport, and we want to intensify this even more. An increased TV presence will help us tremendously,”says Robert Huber, President of the American Football Association Germany (AFVD).
The German Football League (GFL) – the German Bundesliga in American Football – is Europe’s most traditional league in American football. Founded by six teams in 1979, it comprises 16 teams, eight GFL North and eight GFL South. The four best placed teams of each season play the playoffs for the entry into the German Bowl.
The German Bowl is regularly the best attended game in European football. So far, eleven different teams have won German championships. The New York Lions from Braunschweig won the record number of eleven titles, 25 of the 39 German Bowls so far were decided with seven or less points, which means in American football that they were thrilling until the very last move.
The GFL is the forefront of a league system that is unique in Europe and is spread across all of Germany’s rural regions. With 63,000 individual members, Germany’s football clubs account for half of all footballers in Europe, won most of the titles in Europe’s top club competition Eurobowl, are the reigning European champions with the national team and have a globally recognized training system for youth football players, the only one in Europe from which several current and former NFL professionals have already been recruited. Dozens of German footballers are active in the teams of American universities.
SPORT1 has been broadcasting American football on its platforms for years – as in the World Games 2017, for example, live on free TV. The pay-TV channel SPORT1 US has been broadcasting American football since its launch in 2013 – currently, in particular, College Football from the NCAA.
In the past year, SPORT1 also presented the live premiere of college football from the USA on German free-TV and subsequently regularly staged the world’s greatest football talents with a fixed slot on Saturday evening.
SPORT1 also provides extensive coverage of American football on its digital platforms – including the US sports channel SPORT1. de and its social media channels.