How to watch an NFL night game in Germany

Football is organized in the National Football League, but watching the sport is international. Although over here in Germany, there’s another sport of “football” that’s way more popular, the TV numbers are on the rise. This year, more than half a million people watch the two games that are broadcasted on free TV every Sunday and 1.5 millions watch the Super Bowl every year.

The first chunk of games, the noon games, start at 7pm. The second round of games starts at 10.25pm and ends around 1.30am. Now, that’s a normal time to go to bed for most football fans in Germany. But many stay awake for the night games that are broadcasted via DAZN and the NFL Gamepass (in Germany, you can watch every game live and re-live with it, there are no “local restrictions” or anything like that).

The night games start at 2.20am. And you know what? That’s the worst possible time to watch three hours of football. Why? You can’t just sleep ahead and afterwards it’s easier to get two, three or four cups of coffee rather than sleeping for another two or three hours.

“I don’t like Mondays” fits perfectly for every European football fan.

Now, if you want to watch all games of your team, it’s pretty easy, but not that cheap – you just by the NFL Gamepass (around 160€ or $177 for one year, they raise it every one or two years) and then you can stream every game. Fans regularly complain about the European version of the Gamepass, because it stops sometimes and in the beginning some games weren’t even available, the Smart TV app is still not available (as promised two years ago) and the All-22 is not there before Wednesday, but right now it works more or less reliable.

One thing you have to keep in mind: It’s about 30 seconds behind the TV broadcast, so I don’t reload Twitter all the time when the Packers are in the Redzone.

And when the Gamepass is on, you relax, drink a beer and watch the game, just like every other football fan. The only real difference: You have to try to stay awake…

Max Sachs is an international Packers fan from Germany. As a part of the Packers Germany, he tries to convince everyone around him to cheer for the greatest franchise on earth - or to start with, for American football in general. You can find him on Twitter @KaesekopfDE (the german translation for cheesehead).
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  1. Everything said is true. It’s not just Sunday and Monday night games, but Thursday night games that are the worst. It’s not as bad during the playoffs, since the games start earlier. The Packers/Seahawks game will begin at 12:40 AM CET, so I will get to watch the Packers beat the Seahawks by 3:30AM (unless there’s overtime). I took Monday morning off of work to make sure I see it.

    As far as legal ways to watch NFL Games, there’s borrowing a relative’s Sunday Ticket login (with some VPN voodoo), NFL GamePass, having a relative host a Sling service, and AFN (Armed Forces Network).

    I actually found it best to watch the games in Asia. The Sunday games start early morning and continue into the early afternoon on Monday, and all other night games play the following day in the Morning. This meant I was watching football at work every Monday and Friday morning. The best!

    Go Pack Go!

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