As is well known, from the upcoming regular season of the National Football League, the group “ProSiebenSat.1 Media” will no longer broadcast on TV, but RTL. The group had secured the rights – and now announced its moderator and expert team.
Formerly professionals in the NFL, today TV experts – and now on RTL: Markus Kuhn and Sebastian Vollmer.
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For its future football broadcasts, RTL has engaged the former quarterback (Red Barons Cologne) and tight end (Cologne Crocodiles) as well as Jan Stecker, who has many years of TV experience, as moderators.
The confirmed program manager Stephan Schmitter of the “FAZ”. According to him, the RTL team also includes Alex von Kuczkowski, host of “Footballerei” and the podcast “Icing the kicker”, and the two ex-professionals Markus Kuhn (36, New York Giants) and Sebastian Vollmer (38, New York). England Patriots, two-time Super Bowl winner alongside legend Tom Brady).
“This is our ‘Starting Four’, said Schmitter. “But since football is played by big teams, we will also expand our team significantly in the next few weeks.”
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The RTL group had surprisingly secured an extensive rights package from the American professional league NFL last year, beating out “ProSiebenSat.1”. According to its own information, the Cologne broadcasting group will offer around 80 live broadcasts per season from the coming season, including the entire play-offs, the Super Bowl and the “Germany Game”, which will take place in Frankfurt or Munich until 2025. Connectors and the experts Kuhn and Vollmer had worked for ProSieben in recent years.
Until recently, the NFL in Germany could only be seen on free TV on Sat.1, ProSieben and ProSieben Maxx. In addition, the streaming service DAZN and the NFL game pass, which is also subject to a fee, continue to offer access to the live images.
The draft as a baptism of fire
The RTL broadcasts will start at the end of April when the draft for the annual college talents and NFL rookies is held between April 27 and 29 (local time) in Kansas City (US state of Missouri). “NITRO” and “RTL+” show all draft rounds in three broadcasts and rely on an extensive live production.
Schmitter, Chief Content Officer RTL Germany, says: “The NFL draft is the starting signal for a new chapter in the history of this great sport, not only for the teams, but also for us. We are the first German TV team to accompany the draft live on site and transport the unique atmosphere and the great emotions to the screens of the fans. At the same time, we are pleased to present the first heads of our new on-air team – each individual is passionate about American Football in Germany. We are thus making the official Start in the NFL x RTL a strong exclamation mark and say at the same time: This is just the beginning!”
Voices of the new RTL team
Part of the new RTL NFL team: moderator Jan Stecker.
Part of the new RTL NFL team: moderator Jan Stecker.
Sebastian Vollmer: “With the form and form of this NFL draft broadcast alone, we show that everyone here at RTL and NITRO is totally passionate about American football. The draft is very special and always something very special. I was able to do that as a player and last year I also experienced firsthand as a ‘pick announcer’ for the New England Patriots. Personally, I’m incredibly excited to be an integral part of this new TV team from day one.”
Markus Kuhn: “The NFL draft is once again awaited with great excitement this year. I’m looking forward to being able to accompany this highlight live from Kansas City with this strong crew and to sharing my experience as an expert. I’ve already done the draft in my career lived through two perspectives, as a player and in an official role for the New York Giants. That’s why I can tell the viewers from both sides. From a German perspective, of course we’re keeping our fingers crossed for Kilian Zierer this year!”
I will collect the many emotions and questions from the community, bring them to the show and, of course, also let the German NFL fans have their say.
Alex “Kucze” von Kuczkowski
Jan connector: “Being on site and attending an NFL draft live from Kansas City for the first time fills me with enormous anticipation. I’m very excited to see which young players will have their dream of an NFL career come true in the draft and I’m of course really looking forward to it the new colleagues from RTL and NITRO.”
Alex “Kucze” von Kuczkowski: “I am very happy to be part of RTL and NITRO right from the start and to capture the numerous exciting stories about the NFL draft. Because one thing is already certain: the nights that are ahead of us will be wild. I will collect a lot of emotions and questions from the community, bring them into the show and of course let the German NFL fans have their say.”
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