The Arena Football League (AFL) announced today that it has signed a two-year deal to have its games televised on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSN). The AFL has had its games telecast for the last few years on the NFL Network.
The deal calls for the CBS Sports Network to televise 19 regular-season games throughout the 2013 season, as well as two playoff games. CBSSN will air also ArenaBowl XXVI on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM, ET. Regular season games will be spotlighted on Saturday nights on the network, beginning on March 23rd. The complete AFL schedule on CBSSN will be unveiled at a later date.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have the CBS Sports brand associated with the AFL and to have the growing CBS Sports Network as the new television home of our League,” Arena Football League Commissioner Jerry Kurz said. “One of the many noteworthy aspects of this partnership is that we will have an increased ability to showcase our West Coast teams. In addition, closing the season with ArenaBowl XXVI on CBS is something that our millions of fans can look forward to with great anticipation.”
“We’re excited to partner with the AFL and bring this fast-paced, high-energy style of football to viewers,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network. “The AFL has an established fan base and adds to our already robust lineup of football programming.”