Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Northeast Expansion Team Confirmed For 2014

Well the AFL has announced a bunch of news today from changing their TV partner from the NFL Network to CBSSN and CBS which will allow for the Arena Bowl to air on network TV for the first time since 2008 when Arena Bowl XXII was aired on ABC.

Aside from that, the announcement of the CBA(finally), and a major partner in Net10, there is some good news for us northeast arena football fans. The commissioner has announced that there will be a northeastern expansion team that will arrive in 2014. As you might recall Brooklyn was mentioned in connection to joining the league for a while now, so just so we don't get our hopes too high I'm willing to bet that a Brooklyn team is the one that gets into the league in 2014. It's nice to know however that this move has been confirmed and could lead to a team in Boston somewhere from 2014 and beyond since most leagues love to have a NY-Bos rivalry in it. The northeast team is currently working on getting their lease deal done according to the league.
Milwaukee has also been confirmed to return in 2014 and despite some rumors Chicago is not dead

Other info released today: The AFL will have a 10-game exhibition schedule in China involving AFL players. Also sounds like the league wants every team to get a radio deal and the league site will get the CBS treatment. The AFL classic channel also has launched on FilmOn if you haven't noticed yet.

If I missed anything just check @AFLarenaball on Twitter, it'll have whatever I missed.