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Regional FSN networks to carry over 100 Arena Football League games

Fox Sports Networks and the Arena Football League have reached a multi-year agreement to carry regular-season games on 11 of FSN’s owned and affiliated regional sports networks.

Most FSN regional telecasts will take place on Fridays and Saturdays, and are in addition to the AFL’s exclusive Sunday afternoon national window on NBC.

The agreement calls for FSN to produce the game telecasts, and both the AFL and FSN will work together to sell advertising inventory. Once FSN is reimbursed for its production costs, the two organizations will share ad revenue.

In addition, FSN will continue producing and televising AFL WEEKLY, a weekly magazine program that premiered on the network last season.

The agreement, combined with individual team broadcasting agreements, increases the number of AFL non-NBC games on television from 39 in 2004 to more than 120 in 2005.

The AFL has 17 teams in markets from coast to coast, with 16 of them located in markets serviced by a Fox or Rainbow-owned regional sports network, making the AFL a natural local programming addition. FSN will carry more than 100 telecasts this season, including eight games on Fox–owned Sunshine Network, with 15 of the 17 teams appearing a minimum of five times. All 17 teams will have at least two games televised through this agreement.

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