The Arena Football League announced today its on-air talent lineup for national broadcasts of regular season games on CBS Sports Network.
Other on-air talent this season will include veteran announcers Ari Wolfe and James Bates who will handle play-by-play duties and Anthony Herron who will also serve as an analyst.
Bates has been with the CBS Sports Network since 2011 and has been the play-by-play man for college basketball and football. Wolfe has worked in some capacity with the ArenaBowl since 2002 and is currently as news anchor for NFL Network Now updates to go along with being a reporter during the NFL regular season.
Wolfe previously called games for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds from 1998-2003 and was the play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Soul from 2004-2008. He currently has his own column on arenafootball.com entitled "Wolfe's Den."
Herron, a star defensive lineman at the University of Iowa, played five seasons in the NFL before playing and coaching over five seasons in the AFL. Herron was Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the 2008 AF2 Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers. Since 2010, Herron has served as a football analyst for "Arena Football Friday" on NFL Network and has worked every ArenaBowl telecast since. He has also worked as a college football analyst for NBC Sports.
Bonner was named the Greatest Quarterback in AFL History by the Silver Anniversary Committee and appeared on some "NET10 Wireless Arena Football Friday" telecasts last season on the NFL Network. He was an analyst for ArenaBowl XXV last season and currently serves as a college football analyst for Root Sports.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the "NET10 Wireless Arena Football Saturday" game of the week beginning on March 23 with a contest between the Philadelphia Soul and Arizona Rattlers in a rematch of ArenaBowl XXV.