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Arena Football League and CBS Sports Network Announce 2018 Telecast Schedule

Monday April 2, 2018

 AFL adds apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox to growing list of easily accessible streaming options for action all season long

Las Vegas – The Arena Football League and CBS Sports Network announced today the telecast schedule for the 2018 AFL season. CBS Sports Network will televise nationally 12 regular season games and four postseason games, including ArenaBowl XXXI. Additionally, the Arena Football League announced a series of brand new apps, through which fans can conveniently access and enjoy AFL action all season.

CBS Sports Network opens its coverage of the 2018 AFL season on Sat., April 14 as the two-time defending-champion Philadelphia Soul take on the Albany Empire, playing in their inaugural AFL season, at 7 p.m. at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Over the course of the 2018 regular season, CBS Sports Network will televise at least one game from each AFL market, including a league-high six in Albany. On June 15-16 (Week 10), both the Washington Valor vs. Baltimore Brigade and Philadelphia Soul vs. Albany Empire matchups will be televised by CBS Sports Network, the only week of the regular season that all AFL action will be televised nationally.

For the first time ever, AFL fans will be able to access their favorite team’s action through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox, in addition to the league’s already existing web, iOS, and Android streaming options. The new streaming platforms, in addition to those already in place, will be accessible from anywhere and will provide access to all AFL action not broadcasted by CBS Sports Network.

Under the AFL’s new postseason rules, which features a two-week, home-and-home playoff series leading up to ArenaBowl XXXI, the first and second seeds will have the option to select which weekend they will play their home playoff game. As a result, full scheduling details of the AFL Playoffs and ArenaBowl XXXI will be determined and announced at a later date.

The full 2018 AFL schedule, with nationally televised CBS Sports Network telecasts in bold, can be seen below:

WEEK

DATE

MATCHUP

TIME

TV

1

Fri., April 13

Sat, April 14

Washington Valor@ Baltimore Brigade

Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire

7 p.m.

7 p.m.

 

CBSSN

2

Sat., April 21

Albany Empire @ Washington Valor

Baltimore Brigade @ Philadelphia Soul

7 p.m.

7 p.m.

 

CBSSN

3

Sat., April 28

Albany Empire @ Baltimore Brigade

Washington Valor @ Philadelphia Soul

3 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

 

CBSSN

4

Fri., May 4

Sat., May 5

Philadelphia Soul @Baltimore Brigade

Washington Valor @ Albany Empire

7 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

 

CBSSN

5

BYE

BYE

BYE

BYE

6

Sat., May 19

Baltimore Brigade @ Washington Valor

Albany Empire @ Philadelphia Soul

3 p.m.

6 p.m.

 

CBSSN

7

Fri., May 25

Sat., May 26

Philadelphia Soul @ Baltimore Brigade

Washington Valor @ Albany Empire

7 p.m.

6 p.m.

 

CBSSN

8

Sat., June 2

Philadelphia Soul @ Washington Valor

Baltimore Brigade @ Albany Empire

6 p.m.

7 p.m.

CBSSN

9

Sat., June 9

Sun., June 10

Baltimore Brigade @ Albany Empire

Washington Valor @ Philadelphia Soul

7 p.m.

4 p.m.

CBSSN

10

Fri., June 15

Sat., June 16

Washington Valor @ Baltimore Brigade

Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire

7 p.m.

6 p.m.

CBSSN

CBSSN

11

Fri., June 22

Sat., June 23

Philadelphia Soul @ Washington Valor

Albany Empire @ Baltimore Brigade

7 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

 

CBSSN

12

Fri., June 29

Sat., June 30

Albany Empire @ Washington Valor

Baltimore Brigade @ Philadelphia Soul

7 p.m.

7 p.m.

 

13

Sat., July 7

Baltimore Brigade @ Washington Valor

Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire

3 p.m.

6 p.m.

 

CBSSN

Playoffs

Week 1

July 13-15

#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed

#2 Seed vs. #3 Seed

TBD

TBD

CBSSN*

CBSSN*

Playoffs

Week 2

July 20-22

#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed

#2 Seed vs. #3 Seed

TBD

TBD

CBSSN*

CBSSN*

ArenaBowl XXXI

July 26-28

TBD

TBD

CBSSN

*subject to change

 


ABOUT THE AFL

The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. 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. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League’s streaming “Over-the-Top” network to give fans even more access to the League on arenafootball.com. For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).