SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Alliance of American Football and NFL Network today announced a multi-year programming deal that will include live event coverage of The Alliance inaugural season. NFL Network will debut their Alliance coverage with The Salt Lake Stallions at The Arizona Hotshots on Sunday, February 10 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Following The Alliance's opening weekend, NFL Network will air two games per week in primetime on Saturday and Sunday night.
"NFL Network understands the mission and vision for The Alliance and what we are trying to accomplish," said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO, The Alliance. "This partnership will now keep professional football in its primetime television spot, allowing fans to continue watching America's most popular sport well into the spring."
"Having live football games on NFL Network in February, March, and April will be a great addition to our lineup and a nice complement to our coverage of the NFL Combine and NFL Draft," said Mark Quenzel, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production at NFL Network.
2019 Alliance of American Football NFL Network Broadcast Schedule:
Sunday, February 10 - Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, February 16 - Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express
Sunday, February 17 - Atlanta Legends at San Diego Fleet
Saturday, February 23 - Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos
Sunday, February 24 - San Antonio Commanders at San Diego Fleet
Saturday, March 2 - San Diego Fleet at Memphis Express
Sunday, March 3 - Atlanta Legends at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, March 9 - Salt Lake Stallions at San Diego Fleet
Sunday, March 10 - San Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, March 16 - Arizona Hotshots at Orlando Apollos
Sunday, March 17 - Birmingham Iron at San Diego Fleet
Saturday, March 23 - Salt Lake Stallions at San Antonio Commanders
Sunday, March 24 - Birmingham Iron at Memphis Express
Saturday, March 30 - San Diego at Salt Lake Stallions
Sunday, March 31 - Arizona Hotshots at San Antonio Commanders
Saturday, April 6 - San Diego Fleet at Orlando Apollos
Sunday, April 7 - Birmingham Iron at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, April 13 - Atlanta Legends at Memphis Express
Sunday, April 14 - Arizona Hotshots at San Diego Fleet
Turner Sports said it made a deal with the Alliance of American Football that will put one of the new league’s regular season games and one of its playoff games on TNT, with one weekly game streaming on Turner’s Bleacher Report Live streaming service.
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The new league, started by TV producer Charlie Ebersol and NFL veterans including Bill Polian, is scheduled to start playing in February. It will face off against another new league, the XFL, being started by WWE’s Vince McMahon.
The Alliance of American Football previously made a deal with CBS. That deal puts the AAF’s opening day one CBS and one game each week on CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network will also carry one playoff game and CBS will broadcast the league’s championship game.
Financial terms of the deal with Turner was not disclosed.
TNT’s game will pit the Salt Lake Stallions against the Birmingham Iron on Feb. 16. That game will air at 2 p.m. ET, before Turner’s coverage of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
In addition to live game coverage, all Alliance games distributed through B/R Live will be available on demand, with highlight rights extending across B/R platforms.
“We’re looking forward to this exciting partnership with The Alliance – including working closely with its leadership team of Charlie Ebersol, Bill Polian, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu – and share the enthusiasm and forward-thinking vision being applied to this newly-formed league,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports. “This is a true partnership and The Alliance will have our full support in the distribution of its live game coverage and content across the Turner Sports portfolio.”