The Arena Football League on Tuesday announced it has a new TV deal with CBS Sports to cover the regular season, the playoffs and ArenaBowl XXVI.
Instead of trying to find the AFL on NFL Networks, fans can watch 19 regular season games and two playoffs games on CBS Sports Network. ArenaBowl XXVI, on August 17, will be broadcast on the main CBS network.
The new deal, according to AFL commissioner Jerry Kurz is a big win for teams on the West Coast, like the Spokane Shock.
"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," Kurz said in a news release. "One of the many noteworthy aspects of this partnership is that we will have an increased ability to showcase our West Coast teams."
Below is the entire news release from the AFL:
CHICAGO – CBS Sports Network and the Arena Football
League announced a two-year agreement today that makes the Network the
national television partner of the AFL. CBS Sports Network will feature
19 regular-season games throughout the 2013 season, as well as two
playoff games. The CBS Television Network will air ArenaBowl XXVI on
Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
As part of the deal, CBS Sports Network will televise the League's
Saturday night game of the week in prime time. The national package
kicks off March 23, 2013. The announcement of the complete CBS Sports
Network AFL television schedule will be released 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
"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
CBS Sports Network is available across the country to more than 99
million households through local cable, video and telco providers, and
via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For
more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder,
go to http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/