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    AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement

    AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement
    Courtesy: Arena Football League
    Release: 12/19/2006

    NEW YORK – ESPN and the Arena Football League have entered into a five-year agreement that includes extensive multimedia rights and a minimum of 26 televised games per season, beginning in 2007. ESPN has also purchased a minority ownership stake in the AFL as part of the agreement that enhances ESPN’s football programming lineup, the most comprehensive in sports television, with year-round football on Monday nights.

    ESPN will televise a minimum of 17 regular-season games and nine playoff games -- including a minimum of three Wild Card games, three Divisional Playoff games, both Conference Championships and the ArenaBowl -- on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. ESPN will also have an exclusive window for weekly Monday night primetime games on ESPN2 -- continuing to establish Monday night as the “football night” for fans year-round.

    “This is the longest and most comprehensive media partnership in AFL history,” said Commissioner David Baker. “ESPN’s brand is ingrained in sports fans, who watch, read and listen to its multiple media properties. Through its equity purchase, ESPN now owns a piece of the AFL and has the ability to provide exciting football content on Monday nights for fans on a year-round basis. There is no better partner to help continue the AFL’s growth as a leading global, multimedia property than ESPN."

    Similar to recent major ESPN content acquisitions, the agreement entails a broad range of rights. Fifteen ESPN platforms will benefit from this new agreement, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN on ABC, ESPN Classic, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD; ESPN.com; Spanish-language ESPN Deportes; ESPN360 (the company's growing interactive and customizable broadband service); Mobile ESPN Publishing (the company's wireless content licensing business); ESPN Radio, ESPN The Magazine and other ESPN-branded services (i.e., iPod, video-on-demand). ESPN also gains the right to both air and syndicate Arena Football League games through ESPN International.

    “We are committed to the Arena Football League and its exciting brand of football. We will help grow the league across all of our multimedia platforms. As the league grows, so will our business, and we see a bright future for us both,” said John Skipper, executive vice president, content, ESPN.

    ESPN’s 2007 AFL coverage will kick off on ABC with a pair of regional games – defending ArenaBowl champion Chicago Rush at Kansas City Brigade and Dallas Desperados at New York Dragons -- on Sunday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET. ABC will broadcast ArenaBowl XXI live on Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m. from New Orleans Arena as the city of New Orleans hosts its first team championship since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina

    Heres the schedule of AFL Games on ESPN.http://www.arenafootball.com/ViewArt...&ATCLID=727002


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    Re: AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement

    Personally, I like the AFL when I am needing that football fix. It is not the same and is kind of quirky with its rules and the short field, but it is exciting. This is smart marketing on ESPN's part to establish Monday Night as a football night for a majority of the year. If you have never seen the AFL, then by all means, give it a try. However, it is much better in person and family friendly. I just wish that we had a team nearby to watch or was broadcast consistently so that I coud follow them more closely.
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    Re: AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement

    Wow, could they show any more Philly games on Monday nights?

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    Re: AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement

    I don't know I just can't get into the AFL. I have tried to watch a few games in the past and just can't get into it. It's like MOCK football to me.

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    Re: AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    I don't know I just can't get into the AFL. I have tried to watch a few games in the past and just can't get into it. It's like MOCK football to me.
    But isn't mock football better than no football?

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    Re: AFL, ESPN enter five-year agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by RamFan_Til_I_Die View Post
    But isn't mock football better than no football?
    No, sorry. Just can't get excited about it. Does the AFL have a team from L.A. or Stl.?

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