League boss Karajica: "Football is in the fast lane"

Hamburg (AP) – The European League of Football (ELF) is hoping for a boost for its own league with the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 13 in the Munich Arena.

“Football is in the fast lane at all levels. We will definitely benefit from that,” said ELF Managing Director Zeljko Karajica of the German Press Agency.

On September 25 (2:45 p.m./ProSiebenMaxx) the second ELF final between last year’s second place Hamburg Sea Devils and league newcomers Vienna Vikings from Vienna is scheduled in Klagenfurt, Austria. “We look back on the regular season with satisfaction,” said Karajica. Viewership and TV ratings have “increased significantly”.

Alexander Rösner, “ran” sports director at ProSiebenSat.1, confirmed that the ELF was “a complete success for ProSiebenMaxx”. Compared to 2021, the broadcaster was able to “increase its market share among viewers between 14 and 49 by more than 40 percent”.

According to Rösner, there are “good talks” about continuing the TV contract with ELF, which has been running until 2023. Karajica is not afraid of the change of NFL rights from ProSiebenSat.1 to RTL from the 2023/24 season: “The European League of Football hardly overlaps with the NFL season. Basically we are happy that American Football is becoming more and more popular in Germany. Of course, that also helps our league.”

Four new teams have been selected for the 2023 season: the Milano Seamen from Italy, the Helvetic Guards from Switzerland, the Hungarian Enthroners from Hungary and the Munich Ravens. The ELF then wants to start with 16 teams from eight nations. Karajica: “It is becoming increasingly clear that we are living up to our claim of being a European league.” He did not want to rule out the possibility that other teams will be added in the coming year.

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