July 20, 2012 - Arena Football League (AFL)
CHICAGO - The kickoff time for AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV has been pushed to 10:30 pm ET, the Arena Football League announced today. Due to the NFL Network broadcast of the New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals preseason game conflicting with the original ArenaBowl kickoff time, a decision was made to keep the telecast live. Tim Tebow's first game as a member of the Jets will serve as a prelude to the AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV telecast.
"We were presented with the option to air the game tape delayed, but didn't feel that this would be fitting," Arena Football League Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "A multitude of countries around the world have watched recent ArenaBowls live, our fans want it live, and we know that if any city can handle a late party, it's New Orleans."
There were 14,320 fans in attendance at the US Airways center for ArenaBowl XXIV last season. That NFL Network broadcast grabbed a record rating, which was the second AFL ratings record in as many weeks. AFL partners such as NET10 and AVITAE will be featured in television commercials throughout the day promoting the game.
While the NFL preseason broadcast takes place, AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV Fan Fest will be going on outside the New Orleans Arena, where fans will take part in multiple activities with the National Guard, the NET10 Challenge, musical performances, acrobatic displays, food, beverages, and more. The pregame festivities will lead directly up to kickoff and the postgame festivities will carry into the night.
"Our fans believe in us and are willing to find us on our season long, three-year broadcast partner," Kurz said. "Those in attendance will be treated to a host of activities throughout the day and those watching at home will get to see the two best teams in our League play in our Silver Anniversary Championship."