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AFL realeases national TV schedule with one glaring omission

The Arena Football League will be showing off their product to a national audience this season.

The league has come to a deal with the NFL Network to show a game of the week, each week of the 18-week season.

Fourteen teams will be showcased this season. 

The Alabama Vipers will not.

The Vipers are the only team in the AFL not to have a single game broadcast for the upcoming year.

Despite having two Friday night games scheduled, the Vipers were not able to claim one of the 18 television spots.

Vipers front office personnel declined to comment.

League Commissioner Jerry Kurz said that arena availability was the issue in not getting the Vipers on the schedule.

With the league having some high profile cities, it is to be expected that those cities would get a lot of games.

However, one team will be shown one-third of the time on the NFLN. 

The Chicago Rush will be featured in weeks one and two, and will be shown four more times during the season for a total of six games during the 18-week season.

Tampa Bay will be shown five times, including a three week stretch when they will be one of the two teams shown. The Storm will also have three home games, tied for the most by any team.

The Iowa Barnstormers are one of the teams tied with the Storm with three home games broadcast. The 'Stormers will also be shown once more on the road.

Jacksonville and Orlando will be shown four times. Orlando will see three home games televised as well.

Bossier-Shreveport, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, Arizona, and Cleveland are shown just once.

NFL Network is still not available on all cable providers, but is available through satellite services.

For those fans who want to see their team's away games but can not afford to take all eight trips, the AFL will offer AFLTV via Nifty-TV.

Every game played will be broadcast and archived by Nifty-TV.

NFL Network games will be shown at 7 p.m. local time on Friday nights.




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