ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE DEBUTS ON NFL NETWORK IN 2010
For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2010
The Arena Football League (AFL) is back in 2010 and has entered into a new telecast partnership with NFL Network, it was announced today. The AFL premieres its 2010 regular season on NFL Network with a live, primetime game telecast Friday, April 2 at 8 PM ET. Weekly featured AFL “Game of the Week” telecasts are slated for Friday nights in primetime throughout the AFL’s 18-game regular season.
AFL playoff games between the top four teams in each of the National and American Conferences will be played in August, culminating with the 2010 ArenaBowl Championship game on NFL Network, the weekend of August 20-23, (TBA).
All AFL games on NFL Network will be telecast in High Definition and feature specialized in-game audio techniques that capture the fast paced intensity that is the hallmark of the AFL’s “50 Yard Indoor War.”
AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz stated, “This is a tremendous milestone for the fantastic, fan friendly game of Arena Football. To be broadcast partners with the NFL Network is going to be the ultimate experience for our great fans, players and coaches.
“We embrace football at all levels,” added Charles Coplin, Vice President of Programming, NFL Network. “The AFL deal gives us exciting live football games on Friday nights from a league that has produced NFL players in the past including Kurt Warner.”
The game of Arena Football was invented in February, 1981 by Jim Foster, a Promotion Manager at NFL Properties at that time. Foster went on to launch Arena Football league play in May, 1987 and the popularity of the new hybrid indoor gridiron adaptation grew quickly. After 22 seasons of play with coverage on NBC, ESPN and others, the telecast partnership with the NFL Network in 2010 opens a unique new chapter for the AFL.
The deal with NFL Network was negotiated on behalf of the AFL by consultant Neal Pilson. Under the terms of the agreement, the AFL will be responsible for the sale of advertising inventory, and will work jointly with NFL Network on production, planning and execution. NFL Network will provide the on-air talent.
The AFL’s 15 team league includes the CHICAGO RUSH, DALLAS VIGILANTES, TAMPA BAY STORM, ORLANDO PREDATORS, ARIZONA RATTLERS, (Phoenix), CLEVELAND GLADIATORS, UTAH (Salt Lake City) BLAZE and the new JACKSONVILLE SHARKS, ALABAMA (Huntsville) VIPERS, BOSSIER-CITY/SHREVEPORT BATTLEWINGS, IOWA BARNSTORMERS, MILWAUKEE IRON, OKLAHOMA CITY YARD DAWGZ, SPOKANE SHOCK, and TULSA TALONS.
NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the sport of football. For more information, log on to www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.