List of ArenaBowl broadcasters

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The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcast the ArenaBowl over the years.

2010s[edit]

ArenaBowl number Year Network Play-by-play man Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
ArenaBowl XXVII 2014 ESPN Ari Wolfe Anthony Herron JB Long and Sherdrick Bonner
ArenaBowl XXVI 2013 CBS Andrew Catalon Anthony Herron Ari Wolfe and Sherdrick Bonner
ArenaBowl XXV 2012 NFL Network Ari Wolfe Anthony Herron Sherdrick Bonner
ArenaBowl XXIV 2011 NFL Network Paul Burmeister Kurt Warner Anthony Herron and Ari Wolfe
ArenaBowl XXIII 2010 NFL Network Paul Burmeister Kurt Warner Anthony Herron and Ari Wolfe

Notes[edit]

  • The Arena Football League took a one year hiatus in 2009, but returned in time for the 2010 season with a reformed business model.
    • The AFL signed a one year deal with the NFL Network in 2010 and carried a weekly Friday night game throughout the entire 2010 season, as well as ArenaBowl XXIII. The contract between the AFL and NFL Network was renewed for another season in Fall 2010.
  • In December 2013, it was announced that ESPN had acquired the rights to broadcast arena football games, including ArenaBowl XXVI. This was the first ArenaBowl to be televised on ESPN since 2008, prior to the year-long hiatus taken by the AFL.[2]

2000s[edit]

ArenaBowl number Year Network Play-by-play man Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
ArenaBowl XXII 2008 ABC Bob Wischusen Ray Bentley Stan Verrett and Marcellus Wiley
ArenaBowl XXI 2007 ABC Mike Greenberg Mike Golic
ArenaBowl XX 2006 NBC Tom Hammond Pat Haden Lewis Johnson and Marty Snider
ArenaBowl XIX 2005 NBC Tom Hammond Pat Haden Lewis Johnson and Marty Snider
ArenaBowl XVIII 2004 NBC Tom Hammond Pat Haden Lewis Johnson and Marty Snider
ArenaBowl XVII 2003 NBC Tom Hammond Pat Haden Lewis Johnson and Marty Snider
ArenaBowl XVI 2002 ABC Tim Brant Ed Cunningham Lynn Swann
ArenaBowl XV 2001 ABC Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Lynn Swann
ArenaBowl XIV 2000 ABC Mike Gleason Ed Cunningham Merril Hoge

Notes[edit]

  • ABC's ArenaBowl coverage from 2007 onward, were produced entirely by their corporate sibling (under the Walt Disney Company umbrella) ESPN.

1990s[edit]

ArenaBowl number Year Network Play-by-play man Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
ArenaBowl XIII 1999 ABC Mike Gleason[3] Merril Hoge Holly Rowe
ArenaBowl XII 1998 ABC[4][5][6] Mike Gleason Merril Hoge Lewis Johnson
ArenaBowl XI 1997 ESPN Mike Adamle Mike Golic Adrian Karsten
ArenaBowl X 1996 ESPN Todd Christensen Kirk Herbstreit Mike Golic
ArenaBowl IX 1995 ESPN Tom Mees Rick "Doc" Walker
ArenaBowl VIII 1994 ESPN Steve Physioc Rick "Doc" Walker
ArenaBowl VIII 1993 ESPN Tom Mees Rick "Doc" Walker
ArenaBowl VI 1992 ESPN[7] Craig Bolerjack Rick "Doc" Walker
ArenaBowl V 1991 Prime[8][9][10] Bill Land Tony Hill
ArenaBowl IV 1990 Prime[11][12][13] Dave Enet Howard Balzer Jim Grabowski

Notes[edit]

  • ABC's ArenaBowl telecasts from 1998-2002 were aired as under the Wide World of Sports[14] anthology umbrella. Prior to this taste of widespread, national exposure,[15][16] the most exposure that the league would receive was on ESPN, which would air tape-delayed games, often well after midnight.

1980s[edit]

ArenaBowl number Year Network Play-by-play man Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
ArenaBowl III 1989 Prime[17][18] Dave Enet Howard Balzer
ArenaBowl II 1988 ESPN[19][20][21] Roger Twibell Steve Raible
ArenaBowl I 1987 ESPN[22][23][24][25] Bob Rathbun Lee Corso

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/arena-football-league-moving-to-cbs-sports-network-cable-channel-in-2013/2012/11/13/0d5ad8ae-2dcd-11e2-b631-2aad9d9c73ac_story.html
  2. ^ "ESPN Acquires Rights to Arena Football Starting in 2014". Arena Football League. Chicago, Illinois: Arenafan.com. December 17, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Aug 21, 1999 - For the second straight year, the ArenaBowl will be carried by ABC. It will be seen locally on WTEN (Ch. 10). Mike Gleason and Merril Hoge, who called last Saturday's semifinal game between the Firebirds and the Arizona Rattlers on ESPN2, will call the game. ABC will use between 12 and ...
  4. ^ Feb 5, 1998 - The league is also expected to announce that ABC will broadcast the championship ArenaBowl on Aug. 23. Vallozzi also said he and the Mustangs are trying to work out a deal with the Green Bay Packers to have the Mustangs' training camp, which is April 9-24, at the Don Hutson Center.
  5. ^ Feb 21, 1998 - The Arena Football League took a prime step forward with the announcement of a new television agreement that will put the championship game, Arena Bowl XII, on ABC and eight regular-season games into live, prime-time slots onESPN2. The two- year contract extension calls for 20 games on ...
  6. ^ Aug 24, 1998 - COMMISSIONER C. DAVID Baker said that while he hoped ArenaBowl XII would get a decent rating on ABC-TV, he was "not too worried about that." He added that he questioned the ABC decision of delaying the telecast 21/2 hours on the West Coast, saying: "That puts our game against the NFL ...
  7. ^ May 29, 1992 - TELEVISION: Last year, the Arena league had 13 prime-time games on cable's Prime Network. This year, it signed a three-year deal with ESPN that will include three regular-season games and three post-season games, including the Aug. 22 ArenaBowl. All games will be same-day tape delay. ..
  8. ^ Aug 9, 1991 - "If we get by Tampa and into the Arenabowl, that will be the biggest." The game will be televised live at 5:30 pm on Prime Sports Network. Denver, 6-4, tied for third place in the regular season with Albany. The Dynamite split their two games with second-place Tampa Bay (8-2), ...
  9. ^ Aug 9, 1991 - The winner advances to next Saturday's ArenaBowl against the winner of tonight's Albany-Detroit game. ... Prime Sports Network will televise the Albany-Detroit game live tonight and will carry the Denver-Tampa Bay game on a delayed basis at 6 pm tomorrow. ...
  10. ^ Aug 11, 1990 - While the NFL is in its first full weekend of preseason action Arena Football concludes its fourth season this weekend with Arena Bowl90 between ... once college football's alltime passing yardage leader Prime Ticket airs a tape of tonight's game at 1130 pm Sunday Byline STEVEN HERBERT.
  11. ^ Jun 9, 1990 - 3 and 4 and concludes with ArenaBowl '90 on Aug. 11. The games will be available on a number of Prime Network's affiliated regional sports networks throughout the United States including Prime Sports Network (PSN). PSN is on the major Denver metro cable systems, including Mile Hi, ...
  12. ^ Jun 9, 1990 - The league signed a television contract with Prime Sports Network, of which Home Team Sports is an affiliate. The network will carry 11 games ... One of three charter members of the Arena Football League, the Dynamite won the first championship, topping Pittsburgh in ArenaBowl '87. ...
  13. ^ Jun 9, 1990 - ... ... which 11 games will be aired including eight during the regular season two semifinal playoff games and ArenaBowl90. The games will be available on a number of Prime Network's affiliated regional sports networks throughout the United States including Prime Sports Network PSN LIB2.
  14. ^ Nov 20, 1999 - The AFL has had regular season games televised on ABC ESPN in recent years For the last two years ABC has shown the ArenaBowl live on Wide World of Sports a breakthrough for the ever growing AFL. SCOTTSDALE Ariz The Phoenix Coyotes traded Mikhail Shtalenkov the NHL's player of the month in ...
  15. ^ May 13, 1998 - That experimental air continues even as ABC is preparing to give this August's season ending ArenaBowl its first network television coverage and NFL owners consider making the indoor game a developmental league in Europe. For this reason Bruce Frey of Palm Beach Gardens has been ...
  16. ^ Aug 19, 1998 - ABC'S OF EXPOSURE The Arena League is expected to get a boost when ABC Chs 28 and 40 in the Tampa Bay area televises the ArenaBowl live at 1 pm Sunday It will be the first Arena game televised on a major network although Storm coach Tim Marcum recalls when he was in Detroit and a ...
  17. ^ May 26, 1989 - 11-12. Two teams then will play in ArenaBowl '89. Mizlou TV sports, which broadcast six games last season, has been awarded the rights to the weekly football telecasts for the 1989 season. The Bruisers open the season against ArenaBowl '88 champ Detroit July 7 at the Horizon. ...
  18. ^ Jun 24, 1989 - This season the Mizlou Television Network will televise one game per week in conjunction with regional sports cable stations. ... The teams will meet in the Arena Bowl, set for Aug. 19 at an undetermined site. But in a new twist, the champion will be decided by a five-game ...
  19. ^ Jan 31, 1988 - The week season opens April 29 and concludes with the ArenaBowl July 30 ESPN has agreed to televise 15 games, including 12 in the regular season, two semifinals in the play offs and the championship averaged 11279 fans last season in 12 games in four cities. We did extremely well . ...
  20. ^ Jul 26, 1988 - Arena Bowl '88, pitting the Bruisers against the Detroit Drive for the Arena Football title, might be blacked out in Chicago because organizers fear the telecast will drive down attendance. The game won't be shown by ESPN in the Chicago area if fewer than 8000 of the 14641 seats at the ...
  21. ^ Jul 28, 1988 - I love the NFL But purely and simply Im trying some things in Arena Football that any producer or director would say he'd love to do with the NFL or colleges says Forte who directs Arenabowl II on ESPN Saturday night. We've got microphones on coaches for reactions We can go in the ...
  22. ^ Jul 23, 1987 - cantly late in the gamer The Gladiators played in the third and fourth televised games No games were shown last week and none will be shown this weekend, UM end of the regular season ESPN will televise the arenabowl championship game on Aug. 1 It will. be played in either Pittsburgh or ...
  23. ^ Jul 26, 1987 - Despite losing their final two games, the Pittsburgh Gladiators will host the ArenaBowl, the first Arena Football championship game, next Saturday. The Gladiators will play the Denver Dynamite at 9 pm EDT at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena in a game that will be televised by ESPN. ...
  24. ^ Aug 1, 1987 - ESPN will televise the game nationally, but it will black out a 50-mile radius locally unless the ArenaBowl - the league's official name for its mini-Super Bowl - isn't sold out by this morning. About 10000 tickets in the 15089-seat arena had been sold by Friday afternoon. ...
  25. ^ Aug 1, 1987 - The game has benefited from its contract with ESPN, as well as with other sponsors. It seems that every piece of equipment has some type of ad on it. The yard markers are lined with beer ads. as are the backs of the men who hold them. Even the boards are lined with all types of ads. ...

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