AFL, ESPN Announce 2016 Television Schedule

Feb 3, 2016 Arena Football League

LAS VEGAS (February 3, 2016) - Arena Football League action will once again return to ESPN networks in 2016, the League office announced today. Eight regular-season games will be televised on ESPN2, while nearly 40 games will be streamed live on ESPN3.

This season, ESPN will present each round of the AFL postseason, including ArenaBowl XXIX, which will air Friday, August 26, at 8 p.m.  ET, live on ESPN.  The regular  season  schedule kicks off on Saturday, April 2, with  a Week  1 matchup  between  the Jacksonville  Sharks and  LA KISS on ESPN2.

"We are excited to be once again partnering with ESPN as this year promises expanded coverage on ESPN2 and what we believe will be our most competitive season ever," AFL Commissioner Scott C. Butera said. "ESPN is the clear leader in sports entertainment through their work and their commitment to the Arena Football League is a great testament to the highly entertaining nature of our game."

All games on ESPN television networks will also be available on WatchESPN.com on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through connected devices. The ESPN video player will also be available on the AFL's website, www.arenafootball.com

ESPN3 kicks off its schedule of AFL games with two contests on opening weekend, including the first game of the 2016 season - an American Conference matchup between  the Philadelphia  Soul  and their rival Cleveland Gladiators,  slated to kickoff  at 7 p.m.  ET on Friday,  April  1.  The "War on I-4" adds another chapter to its storied rivalry will also kickoff the season when the Orlando Predators travel to Amalie Arena to play the Tampa Bay  Storm on Friday,  April  I , at  7:30 p.m.  ET.

ESPN's 2016 AFL TELECAST SCHEDULE:

WEEK

1

DATE

Saturday, April 2

GAME

Jacksonville  at Los Angeles

TIME

9 p .m.

2

Saturday, April 9

Arizona  at Los Angeles

11 p.m.

3

Sunday. April 17

Portland  at Philadel phia

4 p . m.

12

Friday,  June 17

Philadelphia  at Arizona

10 p.m.

13

Saturday, June 25

Cleveland  at Jacksonville

7 p .m.

16

Saturday, July  16

Philadelphia  at Tampa Bay

4 p.m.

17

Sunday, July 24

Cleveland  at Arizona

9 p.m.

18

Sunday, July 31

Tampa Bay  at Jacksonville

5 p. m.

PS

Sunday, August  7

FIRST ROUND

6 p. m.

PS

Sunday, August  14

SEMIFINALS

6 p. m.

PS

Friday,  August 26

ARENABOWL  XXIX

8 p .m.

*All Times Eastern  and Regular Season  Games on ESPN2