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ION Gets NFL ‘Game of the Week’

ION Media Networks secured rights to air NFL Game of the Week for the 2007 season, officials said Monday.

The series will premiere on ION Television’s broadcast network 6 P.M. Sept. 15 with the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game from Kickoff Weekend, which Dallas won 45-35. A new episode will air each week of the 17-week NFL regular season.

Each week of the NFL season, NFL Game of the Week showcases that week’s best game in a one-hour program, and tells the story of the game that viewers didn’t see on the original broadcast.

NFL Films President Steve Sabol, a 36-time Emmy Award-winner, will continue to host the series, which premiered in syndication in 1965. It has aired on NFL Network since 2003.

As part of its agreement with the NFL, ION Media Networks also ecured the rights to air a brand-new series from NFL Films, entitled Stories of the NFL, which will take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of NFL players when they’re not on the field. Using NFL Films’ original music, candid interviews, voluminous archives and award-winning cinematographers, these half-hour episodes will “reveal the hidden gems of the NFL.” The season of 21 original programs will begin airing on ION Television in February 2008.