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Arena Football League and CBS Sports Network Announce 2018 Broadcast Schedule

April 2, 2018
The Arena Football League and CBS Sports Network announced today the broadcast schedule for the 2018 AFL season. CBS Sports Network will broadcast nationally 12 regular season games and four postseason games, including ArenaBowl XXXI. Additionally, the Arena Football League announced a series of brand new apps, through which fans can conveniently access and enjoy AFL action all season.

CBS Sports Network opens its coverage of the 2018 AFL season on Sat., April 14 as the two-time defending-champion Philadelphia Soul take on the Albany Empire, playing in their inaugural AFL season, at 7 p.m. at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Over the course of the 2018 regular season, CBS Sports Network will broadcast at least one game from each AFL market, including a league-high six in Albany. On June 15-16 (Week 10), both the Washington Valor vs. Baltimore Brigade and Philadelphia Soul vs. Albany Empire matchups will be televised by CBS Sports Network, the only week of the regular season that all AFL action will be available via national broadcast. 

For the first time ever, AFL fans will be able to access their favorite team’s action through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox, in addition to the league’s already existing web, iOS, and Android streaming options. The new streaming platforms, in addition to those already in place, will be accessible from anywhere and will provide access to all AFL action not broadcasted by CBS Sports Network.

Under the AFL’s new postseason rules, which features a two-week, home-and-home playoff series leading up to ArenaBowl XXXI, the first and second seeds will have the option to select which weekend they will play their home playoff game. As a result, full scheduling details of the AFL Playoffs and ArenaBowl XXXI will be determined and announced at a later date. 

The full 2018 AFL schedule, with nationally televised CBS Sports Network broadcasts in bold, can be seen below:

WEEK DATE MATCHUP TIME TV
1 Fri., April 13 Washington Valor@ Baltimore Brigade 7 p.m.
Sat, April 14 Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire 7 p.m. CBSSN
2 Sat., April 21 Albany Empire @ Washington Valor 7 p.m.
Baltimore Brigade @ Philadelphia Soul 7 p.m. CBSSN
3 Sat., April 28 Albany Empire @ Baltimore Brigade 3 p.m.
Washington Valor @ Philadelphia Soul 7:30 p.m. CBSSN
4 Fri., May 4 Philadelphia Soul @Baltimore Brigade 7 p.m.
Sat., May 5 Washington Valor @ Albany Empire 7:30 p.m. CBSSN
5 BYE BYE BYE BYE
6 Sat., May 19 Baltimore Brigade @ Washington Valor 3 p.m.
Albany Empire @ Philadelphia Soul 6 p.m. CBSSN
7 Fri., May 25 Philadelphia Soul @ Baltimore Brigade 7 p.m.
Sat., May 26 Washington Valor @ Albany Empire 6 p.m. CBSSN
8 Sat., June 2 Philadelphia Soul @ Washington Valor 6 p.m. CBSSN
Baltimore Brigade @ Albany Empire 7 p.m.
9 Sat., June 9 Baltimore Brigade @ Albany Empire 7 p.m. CBSSN
Sun., June 10 Washington Valor @ Philadelphia Soul 4 p.m.
10 Fri., June 15 Washington Valor @ Baltimore Brigade 7 p.m. CBSSN
Sat., June 16 Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire 6 p.m. CBSSN
11 Fri., June 22 Philadelphia Soul @ Washington Valor 7 p.m.
Sat., June 23 Albany Empire @ Baltimore Brigade 7:30 p.m. CBSSN
12 Fri., June 29 Albany Empire @ Washington Valor 7 p.m.
Sat., June 30 Baltimore Brigade @ Philadelphia Soul 7 p.m.
13 Sat., July 7 Baltimore Brigade @ Washington Valor 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire 6 p.m. CBSSN
Playoffs July 13-15 #1 Seed vs. #4 Seed TBD CBSSN*
Week 1 #2 Seed vs. #3 Seed TBD CBSSN*
Playoffs July 20-22 #1 Seed vs. #4 Seed TBD CBSSN*
Week 2 #2 Seed vs. #3 Seed TBD CBSSN*
ArenaBowl XXXI July 26-28 TBD TBD CBSSN
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