LAS VEGAS - The Arena Football League announced Wednesday that it will expand its postseason coverage with an additional game, as well as a primetime special featuring season highlights and 2016 All-Arena team introductions.
The added game, a first-round contest that will be hosted by Arizona, will be carried by CBS Sports Network on August 6.
The new season highlight program, “2016 All-Arena Show”, will be telecast by CBS Sports Network immediately before the semifinals game on August 13, featuring a look back at the 2016 season. The League will use the platform to reveal its 2016 All-Arena teams for both offense and defense and name candidates for players and coach of the year.
“By adding the postseason game and highlights special, we think fans will have more reasons to tune in,” said AFL Commissioner Scott C. Butera. “They’ll be able to see a game with championship implications, enjoy a fast-paced recap of the season, and watch their hometown favorites receive awards recognizing outstanding season performances.”
The change means that the League will forego two TV games on the last weekend of the regular season.
First round telecasts for the postseason now include two games on Saturday August 6, both on CBS Sports Network, and one Sunday August 7 on ESPN2. Orlando and Arizona will play in back-to-back games against undecided opponents on Saturday on CBS Sports Network. Philadelphia has also earned a hosting postseason berth and will headline the Sunday ESPN2 telecast.
The games in Week 18 that won’t be telecast nationally are Tampa Bay vs. Jacksonville (ESPN) that will now be played on Saturday, July 30 and Los Angeles vs. Portland on Monday, August 1 (CBS Sports Network). Fans can still tune into live streams of the games on WatchESPN.
|FIRST ROUND||TBD at Orlando||Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m. ET||CBSSN|
|FIRST ROUND||TBD at Arizona||Saturday, August 6 at 10 p.m. ET||CBSSN|
|FIRST ROUND||TBD at Philadelphia||Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|SEMIFINALS||TBD||Saturday, August 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET||CBSSN|
|SEMIFINALS||TBD||Sunday, August 14 at 6 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|ARENA BOWL XXIX||TBD||Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. ET||ESPN|