AFL Poised for Unprecedented Broadcast Presence in 2014
Wednesday December 18, 2013
CBS Sports Network and ESPN combine to give AFL more national broadcasts than ever
CHICAGO – Yesterday, the NET10 Wireless Arena Football League announced the addition of ESPN to their national broadcast schedule. CBS Sports Network will continue as the AFL’s primary television partner, televising an extensive schedule of games. The combination of these two broadcast entities will put the AFL in position to air more national games on more platforms than ever before.
“NET10 Wireless Arena Football Saturday” returns to CBS Sports Network with weekly national coverage throughout the entire regular season and into the playoffs. This will continue a multi-year partnership struck between the AFL and CBS Sports prior to the 2013 season keeping CBS Sports Network as the lead television partner of AFL games.
The AFL will now air national broadcasts with the ESPN family of networks as well. This will include a multi-year deal placing the ArenaBowl on ESPN and more than 85 games on multiple ESPN Networks. Each of the Conference Championship games will now air on national television as well with one on CBS Sports Network and the other on ESPN2.
Reaction to this news within the AFL community has been extensive.
Jerry B. Kurz (Arena Football League Commissioner):
“CBS Sports Network has provided as high a production value as our broadcasts have ever experienced. Our fans have been overjoyed by the look and volume of games. Now we are able to once again combine the fastest game on turf with one of the most prominent television brands in ESPN. The overall excitement for this coming broadcast season could not be higher.”
Ron Jaworski (Philadelphia Soul Owner and ESPN NFL Analyst):
“Reuniting with a great partner like ESPN is a clear sign of the positive progress we have made over the past couple of seasons. They are the ‘Worldwide Leader in Sports’ for a reason and this renewed relationship validates our credibility, brings us more exposure and confirms what other partners like CBS have seen with the recent efforts we have made to grow our game in a positive direction. We are excited with these partnerships and happy to be teamed with organizations that share our vision for the bright future of our sport.”
Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Selections and LA KISS Owners):
"We couldn't be more proud to announce reaching a deal whereby LA KISS games will be broadcast on a premier sports network like ESPN. CBS and ESPN are each synonymous with the gold standard in sports programming and we see these alliances as continued steps in our goal to make LA KISS synonymous with the gold standard in the Arena Football League."
Lynn Swann (Pro Football Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Power Owner):
“These are extremely exciting times to be involved with the Arena Football League. Pittsburgh Power fans have been energized by the moves our organization has made this offseason and AFL fans should be ecstatic to hear that we will continue our outstanding relationship with CBS Sports Network and once again be partnered with ESPN. These deals garner exposure on more platforms than Arena Football has ever experienced before.”
Derrick Brooks (Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalist and Tampa Bay Storm President):
“I am very excited about our renewed partnership with ESPN. This is another step in the right direction as we continue to grow the AFL. The owners, staff and players have all worked very hard to get to this point. I am grateful that both CBS Sports and ESPN recognize the value of our brand and will continue to be partners of the AFL for years to come.”
Neal Pilson (Former CBS Sports President and Current AFL Broadcast Consultant):
"For the first time in the 27-year history of Arena Football, the League will have live television coverage of more than 100 games on multiple national networks. This unprecedented exposure will include the ArenaBowl on ESPN, our two Conference Championship games on ESPN2 and CBS Sports Network, another 20 regular season games on CBS Sports Network, and over 85 games across multiple ESPN Networks. The exposure across so many networks will help fuel the explosive growth of the Arena Football League, which has also added teams in Los Angeles and Portland for 2014."
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.