TVA Sports lands NFL broadcast deal

TVA Sports play-by-play man Paul Houde and commentator Bruno Heppell. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

TVA Sports play-by-play man Paul Houde and commentator Bruno Heppell. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:28 PM ET

After landing the rights for the Sochi Winter Olympics and 2014 World Cup, TVA Sports achieved another broadcasting coup Tuesday, signing a four-year agreement with the National Football League.

The agreement will see TVA broadcast 11 NFL preseason games this year before delivering Thursday night broadcasts beginning in 2014.

“This is great news for customers of TVA Sports and all football fans in Quebec,” said President and CEO of TVA Group, Pierre Dion. “The NFL is one of the most prestigious sports organizations in North America, if not the world.”

Paul Houde will provide play-by-play alongside Bruno Heppell, who will offer commentary.

“We will introduce viewers to the best French NFL analyst in Quebec,” Serge Fortin, the vice president of TVA Nouvelles, TVA Sports and QMI Agency, said. “Paul Houde is an encyclopedia of NFL knowledge, while Bruno Heppell, who is a former player, knows the game very well. We are fortunate to have such a great team and viewers will be delighted.”

The NFL’s preseason kicks off on Aug. 4, with TVA receiving the rights to air the Hall of Fame Game between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.


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