It’s just over three months until the new NFL season begins. RTL, which will broadcast the sport for the first time in the fall, is now presenting the German team of moderators – with many old friends and three women.
With the start of the new NFL season, there will be a change on German television: Instead of ProSieben, RTL will in future broadcast several games per week on free TV and in streams. After the end of ProSieben, many fans asked themselves who would take over the moderation at the Cologne station in the future – and were concerned that the audience favorites Patrick Esume and Björn Werner in particular would draw the line under their moderation careers. But now it’s clear: Werner and Esume will stay with German football fans. As RTL announced on Friday, the two football experts are part of the 13-person moderation team at RTL.
Frank “Buschi” Buschmann, who moderated NFL games on German free TV for the first time in 2012, will also be there. “Somehow the journey was interrupted at the time, now I would like to accompany ‘Chess with Fridges’ again. The number of spectacular players has never been higher in the NFL, plus two games in Frankfurt, three in London. There have never been more Sunday afternoons in winter that make eggs fly – that’s where I like to sit at the table,” says Buschmann.
For Esume and ex-NFL professional Werner, who have been moderating the NFL games in Germany together for four years and have built up a large fan community, it is the continuation of a common path: “The Germany game in Munich proved the euphoria and The fans in this country follow the NFL with passion. It’s hard to imagine what will happen in Frankfurt this year,” says Björn Werner, looking forward to the new task.
NFL on RTL: Florian Schmidt-Sommerfeld is also returning
In addition to Werner, Esume and Buschmann, some well-known faces as well as new staff complete the RTL team. The quartet of moderators around Jan Stecker, Alex von Kuczkowski and the two ex-NFL professionals Markus Kuhn and Sebastian Vollmer, who were already in action at the end of April for the transmission of the NFL draft, the league’s talent selection, were already known. With Florian Schmidt-Sommerfeld, another well-known NFL moderator is returning to the team. The 33-year-old moderated the games for two years from 2015 before he switched to Sky and commented on handball and football games there. “My heart has been in football since I was able to commentate on my first game eight years ago. For me, every single NFL evening with the community was a holiday. It feels like I’m coming home after six years.” Schmidt-Sommerfeld looks forward to autumn.
With Nadine Nurasyid, Mona Stevens and Jana Wosnitza, the new faces of the German NFL moderator team also include three women for the first time. As head coach and defensive coordinator at the Munich Cowboys, Nurasyid is the first and only woman to coach a European professional men’s team. The trained sports and health scientist has already gained her first TV experience at ARD, where she was a co-commentator at the Munich Game last November and at the Super Bowl. “I’ve noticed how much fun it is to bring our wonderful sport even closer to football fans and spectators at home,” says Nurasyid. Stevens is quarterback for the Saarland Ladycanes and the German national football team. The Saarlander is also an NFL ambassador for flag football, a variant without hard tackles. She is no stranger to RTL viewers, she was already seen as a studio guest in the draft at the end of April. The third in the group is Jana Wosnitza, who after her traineeship at Sport 1 most recently stood in front of the camera for the “double pass” and the ice hockey world championship. The team of experts at RTL is completed by Adrian Franke and Mitja Lafere.
RTL plans with NFL radio stations and documentaries
In addition, the Cologne broadcaster also published an extensive program for the new season. In addition to the opening game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions on September 8, there will be two more games on September 10 at 7:05 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. on RTL, as well as an additional one on RTL+ from 7:05 p.m. With the “Toggo Touchdown” format, Super RTL will also have a TV format optimized for children, which will always be broadcast on Saturdays. In addition, from September there will be an NFL radio station in Germany for the first time, which will provide fans with new information about the league on a daily basis. The concept also includes a “tailgate” show lasting several hours before the Sunday games. The NFL podcast “Sown Set Talk!” has already started. by the two experts Adrian Franke and Christoph Kröger, which is available on RTL+. The program is rounded off by the two streaming series “American Football – Made in Germany” and “Nothing for free! – The strong women in the NFL”.
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