Arena Football League Returns to Regular TV


For the first time in five years, the Arena Football League will return to broadcast television.

The AFL and CBS Sports have agreed to a two-year television deal, the parties announced Tuesday. The CBS Sports Network will televise 21 AFL telecasts per season (including two playoff games), and the CBS broadcast network will air the Arena Bowl.

The 2013 Arena Bowl will mark the first time any AFL telecast has aired on broadcast TV since 2008, when the championship game aired on ABC.

The AFL folded in late 2008, putting a premature end to the league’s five-year television deal with ESPN/ABC. After the AFL resurrected in 2010, all national games aired on NFL Network.

During the early 2000s, the league had a weekly presence on the NBC broadcast network.

(Tuesday’s news from CBS Sports)