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ESPN WELCOMES SHARKS TO MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

02/13/2014 12:30 PM -

JACKSONVILLE – For the first time in franchise history, the 2013 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks will be featured on the ESPN family of networks. In the inaugural year of the Arena Football League’s new partnership with ESPN, the Sharks’ Week 18 home game against the New Orleans VooDoo will air live on ESPN2. The game kicks off at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14.

“We are extremely excited to be part of ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast this season,” stated Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy.  “In mid-July, Jacksonville will be showcased once again on national television and the entire country will witness why the Shark Nation are the best fans in the League. I expect ESPN to get a preview of what it is going to be like when we host ArenaBowl XXVII one month later.”

In addition to the scheduled game on ESPN2, the Sharks could have up to two more opportunities to play on ESPN networks in 2014. One of the AFL’s two conference championship games will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, August 10, while ESPN will broadcast ArenaBowl XXVII at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.

The AFL and ESPN will also team up to stream games online at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app. As of now, ESPN has released the webcast schedule for the month of March. Both the Sharks’ season opener at Orlando (Sunday, March 16) and the team’s home opener against San Antonio (Saturday, March 29) will air live online via WatchESPN.

The full AFL on ESPN television broadcast schedule is detailed below:

 

Sunday April 27 Iowa at Philadelphia 4:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday May 4 Spokane at Los Angeles 7:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Saturday May 17 Portland at San Jose 10:00 PM ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Sunday June 1 San Antonio at Philadelphia 5:00 PM ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Saturday June 7 Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 5:00 PM ESPNEWS, WatchESPN
Saturday June 28 Spokane at Los Angeles 10:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Monday July 7 Pittsburgh at New Orleans 8:30 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Monday July 14
New Orleans at Jacksonville 8:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Monday July 21 Tampa Bay at Spokane 8:30 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday Aug 10 Conference Championship 8:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Saturday Aug 23 ArenaBowl XXVII 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN


Overall, the Sharks will make four appearances on national television during the 2014 regular season. Adding to the scheduled game on ESPN2, the Sharks will also play three games on CBS Sports Network. The schedule of Sharks games to air on CBS Sports Network is listed below:
 

Saturday May 3 Arizona at Jacksonville 7:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Saturday May 24 Jacksonville at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM CBS Sports Network
Saturday June 28 Pittsburgh at Jacksonville 7:00 PM CBS Sports Network



About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2014 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.


About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.