On Fridays throughout the Spring and into the Summer, the NFL Network will air Arena Football League games. Paul Burmeister, Fran Charles and Ari Wolfe will call play-by-play. Solomon Wilcots leads a cast of 1,000 analysts. The NFL Network’s Arena League slate includes two playoff games and the Arena Bowl. We have the announcement.
NFL NETWORK NAMES ANNOUNCERS FOR 2011 DEBUT OF ARENA FOOTBALL FRIDAY GAMES
Paul Burmeister & Former NFL Safety Solomon Wilcots Kick Off 23-Game Slate with Philadelphia Soul vs. Pittsburgh Power March 11 at 8:00 PM ET
Analysts Michael Lombardi, Charles Davis, Trent Green, Brian Baldinger, Tom Waddle & Others Call Broadcasts
NFL Network personalities Paul Burmeister, a former University of Iowa quarterback, and Solomon Wilcots, a former NFL safety with the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, and current game analyst for CBS Sports’ NFL coverage, will be in the booth for the start of the second season of NFL Network’s Arena Football League (AFL) “Arena Football Friday” broadcasts on Friday, March 11 at 8:00 PM ET when the Philadelphia Soul take on the Pittsburgh Power.
During the 23-game slate, which includes 20 regular season games, two playoff contests and ArenaBowl XXIV, Burmeister will share play-by-play duties with Fran Charles and Ari Wolfe, while Wilcots, Michael Lombardi, Charles Davis, Trent Green, Brian Baldinger, Tom Waddle and others rotate as analysts. Wolfe and Anthony Herron will serve as sideline reporters throughout the season. Additional play-by-play announcers and analysts will be announced later in the season.
NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday” telecasts are slated for 8:00 PM ET, with Burmeister and Wilcots calling the 2011 season opener and 24th season of Arena Football when the Power, owned by NFL Hall of Fame WR Lynn Swann, play the first game of their inaugural season against the Soul, owned by former Philadelphia Eagles QB Ron Jaworski, at CONSOL Energy Center. Below is a schedule for the “Arena Football Friday” broadcasts on NFL Network:
March 11 Philadelphia Soul vs. Pittsburgh Power
March 18 Philadelphia Soul vs. Chicago Rush
March 25 Spokane Shock vs. Iowa Barnstormers
April 1 Jacksonville Sharks vs. Tampa Bay Storm
April 8 Dallas Vigilantes vs. Georgia Force
April 15 Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul
April 22 Kansas City Command vs. Chicago Rush
May 1* Orlando Predators vs. Jacksonville Sharks
May 6 Tampa Bay Storm vs. Orlando Predators
May 13 Tulsa Talons vs. New Orleans Voodoo
May 20 Arizona Rattlers vs. New Orleans Voodoo
May 27 Utah Blaze vs. Iowa Barnstormers
June 3 Jacksonville Sharks vs. New Orleans Voodoo
June 10 Philadelphia Soul vs. Spokane Shock
June 17 Orlando Predators vs. Tampa Bay Storm
June 24 Kansas City Command vs. Utah Blaze
July 1 Pittsburgh Power vs. Orlando Predators
July 8 Cleveland Gladiators vs. Philadelphia Soul
July 15 Pittsburgh Power vs. Cleveland Gladiators
July 22 Spokane Shock vs. Jacksonville Sharks
*This game is tape delayed from Saturday to air on Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 PM ET due to the NFL Draft on NFL Network
All AFL games on NFL Network will be telecast in high definition and feature special in-game audio techniques that capture the high-scoring action and fast paced intensity that is the hallmark of the AFL.
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