or


[12/19/06 - 02:34 PM]
ESPN Acquires Minority Stake in Arena Football Multimedia Rights and Minimum of 26 Television Games Per Season
ESPN will televise a minimum of 17 regular-season games and nine playoff games -- including a minimum three Wild Card games, three Divisional playoff games, both Conference Championships and the Arena Bowl -- on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN ACQUIRES MINORITY STAKE IN ARENA FOOTBALL MULTIMEDIA RIGHTS AND MINIMUM OF 26 TELEVISION GAMES PER SEASON

ESPN has acquired minority ownership in the Arena Football League as part of a five-year agreement announced today that includes extensive multimedia rights and a minimum of 26 televised games per season, beginning in 2007. The agreement enhances ESPN�s year-round football programming lineup, the most comprehensive in sports television.

Similar to recent major ESPN content acquisitions, the agreement entails a broad range of rights. Fifteen ESPN platforms will benefit from this new agreement, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN on ABC, ESPN Classic, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD; ESPN.com; Spanish-language ESPN Deportes; ESPN360 (the company's growing interactive and customizable broadband service); Mobile ESPN Publishing (the company's wireless content licensing business); ESPN Radio, ESPN The Magazine and other ESPN-branded services (i.e., iPod, video on demand). ESPN also gains the right to both air and syndicate Arena Football League games through ESPN International.

ESPN will televise a minimum of 17 regular-season games and nine playoff games -- including a minimum three Wild Card games, three Divisional playoff games, both Conference Championships and the Arena Bowl -- on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. ESPN will also have an exclusive window for weekly Monday night primetime games on ESPN2 -- continuing to establish Monday night as a �football night� for fans.

ESPN�s 2007 AFL coverage will kick off on ABC with a pair of regional games -- Chicago Rush at Kansas City Brigade and Dallas Desperados at New York Dragons -- on Sunday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET. ABC will broadcast ArenaBowl XXI on Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m. from the New Orleans Arena as the city of New Orleans hosts the first team championship event since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (ESPN�s entire 2007 AFL television schedule is listed below.)

�We are committed to the Arena Football League and its exciting brand of football. We will help grow the league across all of our multimedia platforms. As the league grows, so will our business, and we see a bright future for us both,� said John Skipper, executive vice president, content, ESPN.

Arena Football League Commissioner David Baker added, �This is the longest and most comprehensive media partnership in AFL history. ESPN�s brand is ingrained in sports fans, who watch, read and listen to its multiple media properties. Through its equity purchase, ESPN now owns a piece of the AFL and has the ability to provide exciting football content on Monday nights for fans on a year-round basis. There is no better partner to help grow the AFL into a leading global, multimedia property."

The addition of Arena Football League rights expands ESPN�s already extensive football programming line-up and gives the company a year-round schedule of games, news and information shows and other content highlighting the National Football League and Monday Night Football, the Arena Football League, college football, high school football and select youth football events.

ESPN previously televised Arena Football League regular season and playoff games from 1995-1999, and most recently televised AFL playoff games from 2000-02. It also aired the inaugural ArenaBowl live in 1987, while ABC aired the ArenaBowl five consecutive years from 1998-2002.

Often recognized as one of the nation's most affordable and fan-friendly sports leagues, the Arena Football League begins its 21st season in March with 19 teams as it enters a five-year media relationship with ESPN. On the strength of its Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights, the AFL is the second-longest running football league in U.S. history.

2007 Arena Football League ESPN TV Schedule:

Date Teams Network Time

Regular season

Sun., March 4 Chicago at Kansas City Dallas at New York ESPN on ABC (regional) ESPN on ABC (regional) 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m.

Mon., March 12 Los Angeles at Orlando ESPN2 7 p.m.

Thurs., March 22 Colorado at Philadelphia ESPN2 7 p.m.

Mon., March 26 Dallas at Orlando ESPN2 7 p.m.

Sun., April 1 Los Angeles at Chicago ESPN2 1:30 p.m.

Mon., April 9 Georgia at Philadelphia ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

Mon., April 16 Philadelphia at Dallas ESPN2 8 p.m.

Mon., April 23 Philadelphia at Columbus ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

Mon., April 30 Philadelphia at Chicago ESPN2 8 p.m.

Mon., May 7 Colorado at Chicago ESPN2 8 p.m.

Mon., May 14 New York at Philadelphia ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

Mon., May 21 New Orleans at Philadelphia ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

Mon., May 28 New York at New Orleans ESPN2 8 p.m.

Mon., June 4 Colorado at Utah ESPN2 10:30 p.m.

Mon., June 11 Los Angeles at Arizona ESPN2 10 p.m.

Mon., June 18 Chicago at Colorado ESPN2 10 p.m.

Mon., June 25 Dallas at Colorado ESPN2 10 p.m.

Postseason

Fri., June 29 Wildcard ESPN 7 p.m.

Sat., June 30 Wildcard ESPN 12 p.m.

Sat., June 30 Wildcard ESPN 3 p.m.

Mon., July 2 Wildcard ESPN2 10 p.m.

Sat., July 7 Divisional Playoff ESPN 3 p.m.

Sat., July 7 Divisional Playoff ESPN 8 p.m.

Sun., July 8 Divisional Playoff ESPN2 9 p.m.

Mon., July 9 Divisional Playoff ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

Sat., July 14 Conference Championship ESPN 3 p.m.

Sun., July 15 Conference Championship ESPN2 12:30 p.m.

Sun., July 29 ArenaBowl XXI (New Orleans, La.) ESPN on ABC 3 p.m.

All times EST

* ESPN will have a minimum of three Wildcard games and three Divisional Playoff games





  [december 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN)





[02/13/16 - 08:44 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Leads the Night Among Adults 18-49
"Shark Tank" and "20/20" post big gains from a week ago.

[02/13/16 - 08:40 AM]
ABC Wins Friday with "Shark Tank" and "20/20" at Season Highs
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, February 12.

[02/13/16 - 08:29 AM]
"Grimm" Matches Its 18-49 High Since Nov. 6
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, February 12.

[02/12/16 - 05:55 PM]
The Academy Announces Third Slate of Presenters for the 88th Oscars(R)
"The Oscars(R)," hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC.

[02/12/16 - 02:05 PM]
MTV's Comedy Darlings, "Awkward" and "Faking It" Return with Plenty of Surprises on Tuesday, March 15 at 10PM and 10:30PM ET/PT
The second half of "Awkward" season 5 kicks off at the beginning of summer, a year after we last saw Jenna and her friends.

[02/12/16 - 02:01 PM]
Jamie-Lynn Sigler Signs on to Guest Star on Freeform's Hit Series "Baby Daddy"
Sigler will portray Sarah Gilcrest, the "hot teacher" from Ben's high school days.

[02/12/16 - 01:19 PM]
Discovery Family Channel Celebrates Valentine's Day with a Weekend Filled with Shows Dedicated to Love and Friendship
The network will offer something for every member of the household from animated series such as "Strawberry Shortcake," "My Little Pony" and "Littlest Pet Shop" to special episodes of "Cake Boss" and some beloved films from a recent past.

[02/12/16 - 01:18 PM]
Discovery Family Channel Celebrates President's Day with a Special Programming Line Up
Look for a special presentation of "Broadway at the White House" and the film "The American President" on Monday, February 15.

[02/12/16 - 01:02 PM]
LEGO Star Wars Animated Short Featuring "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Characters to Debut Monday, February 15 on Disney XD
"Poe to the Rescue" is the first episode in "LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises," a series of all-new animated shorts that take place prior to the First Order's attack on Jakku.

[02/12/16 - 11:04 AM]
Video: "Confirmation" - Long Lead Tease (HBO Films)
The Kerry Washington-led film premieres Saturday, April 16 on the pay channel.

[02/12/16 - 10:22 AM]
Video: "Veep" Season 5 - Clip Tease (HBO)
The series returns for its 10-episode fifth season on Sunday, April 24.

[02/12/16 - 10:15 AM]
Syfy Greenlights Original Sci-Fi Thriller "Prototype" to Pilot
The project centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics - a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.

[02/12/16 - 09:39 AM]
Video: AMC Releases a First-Look Trailer for the Upcoming Mini-Series Event "The Night Manager" Premiering on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 PM ET/PT
Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki star in the project.

[02/12/16 - 09:04 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, FOX Split Demo Crown
FOX however is the most-watched network on the night.

[02/12/16 - 09:03 AM]
Showtime(R) Kicks Off Grammy(R) Weekend by Unveiling the Official Trailer for Cameron Crowe's New Music Series "Roadies"
Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino star in the project, premiering Sunday, June 26 at 10:00/9:00c.