After canceling the 2009 season amid financial issues, the Arena Football League is set to return. When the decision to cancel the 2009 season was agreed upon, there was also an agreement that the league would return in 2010. But I’m not sure that anyone thought that they would return with a partnership with the NFL Network in hand. Well they have.
The Arena Football League is back in 2010 and has entered into a new telecast partnership with NFL Network, it was announced Thursday.
The AFL will premiere its 2010 regular season on NFL Network with a live, primetime game telecast Friday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Weekly featured AFL “Game of the Week” telecasts are scheduled 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 on the weekend of Aug. 20-23.
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.”
The deal is only a one year deal with an option for a second. But if anyone doesn’t see that this will turn into a long term relationship doesn’t understand how most the public loves football. It’s a good move for both parties involved.
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