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AFL, ESPN ANNOUNCE INCREASED 2015 TELEVISION SCHEDULE

03/05/2015 12:00 PM -

CHICAGO – Arena Football League action will once again return to ESPN networks in 2015, the League office announced today. Twelve regular season games will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS, while more than 80 games will be delivered on ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network.

For the first time, each round of AFL postseason games will also be televised on ESPN networks, including ArenaBowl XXVIII, which will air Saturday, August 29 at 8 p.m. ET, live on ESPN. The regular season schedule kicks off on Sunday, March 29 with a Week 1 matchup between the Orlando Predators and Philadelphia Soul on ESPN2.

“Expanding our relationship with ESPN is a reflection of the increasing demand for Arena Football among sports enthusiasts,” Arena Football League Commissioner Scott C. Butera said. “Viewers turn to ESPN for highly entertaining sporting events, and increasing the presence of Arena Football on the television and digital networks is a highly encouraging sign of progress.”

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 four contests on opening weekend, including the first game of the 2015 season – an American Conference matchup between the Tampa Bay Storm and defending conference champion Cleveland Gladiators, slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 27.

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 Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The ESPN video player will also be available on the AFL's website, www.ArenaFootball.com.

Date

Time Matchup Networks
Sun, March 29 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Orlando ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, April 4 10:30 p.m. Arizona at Las Vegas ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, April 11 10:00 p.m. Las Vegas at Los Angeles ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, April 18 7:00 p.m. Cleveland at Philadelphia ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, May 2 9:00 p.m. San Jose at Arizona ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, May 30 10:00 p.m. Arizona at Spokane ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri, June 12 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Tampa Bay ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, June 20 10:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Los Angeles ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, June 21 10:00 p.m. Spokane at Portland ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri, July 10 10:30 p.m. New Orleans at San Jose ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, July 25 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Jacksonville ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Sat, July 26 6:00 p.m. Los Angeles at Arizona ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Sun, August 16 TBD First Round ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, August 23 TBD Conference Championship ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Sat, August 29 8:00 p.m. ArenaBowl XXVIII ESPN, WatchESPN


About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time 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 2015 season are now available, two tickets as low as $99. 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 and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.


About the AFL


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 2015 season. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 on ESPN.