CHICAGO (via Tampa Bay Storm Communications) – ESPN will present more than 100 Arena Football League (AFL) games in 2014, as part of a multi-year agreement announced last year. Eleven games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS, while more than 90 games will air on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network.
AFL games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS include ArenaBowl XXVII -- which airs Saturday, August 23, at 8 p.m., one Conference Championship and nine regular-season games. The schedule begins Sunday, April 27, with a Week 7 matchup between the Iowa Barnstormers and the 2013 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul.
All games on ESPN television networks will also be available on WatchESPN, which is accessible to fans with video subscriptions from an affiliated provider.
ESPN3 kicks off its schedule of AFL games with six contests on opening weekend, including the first game of the 2014 season -- a divisional battle between the New Orleans VooDoo and the Tampa Bay Storm (Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m.). The live multi-screen sports network will carry more than 90 AFL regular season and playoff games.
Fans who receive their internet or video subscriptions from an affiliated provider will have access to ESPN3 online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku. The ESPN video player will also be available on the AFL’s website, www.ArenaFootball.com.
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2014 season. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVII Saturday, August 23, 2014 on ESPN.