03/23/2012 10:22 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that the team has once again partnered with CW17 to broadcast a selection of Sharks games in the Jacksonville area. The network is set to air no less than eight games during the 2012 regular season, including five games on Sea Best Field and three away games.
“We’re excited to have our games shown on CW17 again this year,” Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. “It will be an outstanding opportunity to show a wider range of fans what the game experience at Sea Best Field is all about. Additionally, we have expanded our local broadcast to include three road games this season.”
Broadcasters T.J. Streit (play-by-play) and Jerry Odom (analyst) are set to serve in the same capacity as last season for the home games that will air on the network. Kelcey Weimer will serve as the network’s sideline reporter for the 2012 season.
CW17 will also continue to air Sharks Football Weekly in 2012. The program is a 30-minute weekly magazine show that features interviews with players and coaches as well as insightful looks into the world of Sharks football. Beginning on March 16, Sharks Football Weekly will air each Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“As we enter the third season, CW17 is pleased to have enjoyed the Sharks Championship last year,” CW17 Vice President/General Manager Marc Hefner said. “CW17 looks forward to bringing 8 sharks games and 20 weeks of Sharks Football Weekly to viewers throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.”
The slate of televised games begins with the 2012 home opener against the Georgia Force, which will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
The full schedule of games to be broadcast on CW 17 is detailed below (home games in bold):
Saturday, March 24 - Jacksonville vs. Georgia - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 – Jacksonville vs. Spokane – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 – Jacksonville @ Philadelphia – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 - Jacksonville vs. Iowa - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 - Jacksonville @ Georgia - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 - Jacksonville vs. Philadelphia - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 30 - Jacksonville @ New Orleans - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 - Jacksonville vs. Orlando - 7:00 p.m.
Taking the team’s four scheduled national appearances on NFL Network into account, no less than 12 Sharks games will hit the television airwaves this season.
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $135. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance.