Nickelodeon Broadcasts Their First Ever NFL Game on Live Television


Travis Cellucci

This year’s football season was different in many ways due, of course, to the Covid-19 Pandemic. There were players and staff missing games due to the virus as well as games being postponed to a later date because of the number of cases a team had. Luckily for us fans, the NFL completed a season and made it to the playoffs. A new thing the NFL tried this year was broadcasting a game on a different channel other than the typical ones being CBS or FOX; they made a deal with Nickelodeon that had them air the Saints and Bears wildcard game on their channel, and it was interesting to say the least.  

We had never seen the NFL do this before where they partnered with another company to air a playoff game like this. Of course, Nickelodeon was obviously a weird choice for this as it is a kids channel with kids shows. The goal the NFL had was to make football more kid-friendly. They thought airing it on a kids show and making it more entertaining for them specifically would help them learn and enjoy the game more. I gotta say after watching the game on Nickelodeon, I would’ve loved it when I was about 7 years old. It was simple and easy to understand if you were younger and they made it fun to watch. They had cool art and animation on the screen, they explained the rules of the game well, and of course, they had slime cannons for whenever a team would score a touchdown. They even had Iain Armitage, who plays Sheldon Cooper from the show Young Sheldon, explain the penalties that were called on the field. The future for the NFL and Nickelodeon working together is still unsure so we don’t know if we will ever see something like this again. 

Overall the game was fun and goofy for everyone and you didn’t have to be a kid to enjoy it. If the two companies do work again in the future I highly recommend gathering your family and watching the game together even if you don’t like football.