AFL Announces ArenaBowl XXVI Broadcast Talent
July 30, 2013 - Arena Football League (AFL) News Release
CHICAGO - The NET10 Wireless Arena Football League has announced the broadcast talent for ArenaBowl XXVI on the CBS Television Network on Saturday, Aug. 17 (1:00 PM, ET). Anthony Herron and Andrew Catalon will be in the CBS Sports broadcast booth at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. for ArenaBowl XXVI presented by IOA. Arena Football Hall of Famer, Sherdrick Bonner, and longtime AFL broadcaster Ari Wolfe will serve as the sideline analysts for the game.
Catalon recently joined the CBS Sports Network team. Prior to joining the network, he spent more than nine years with WNYT in Albany, NY as a sports anchor and reporter. In addition, he also covered the US Open tennis tournament for CBS Sports Network. He has done play-by-play for preseason games on WKYC for the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012, alongside Cleveland Gladiators special advisor and former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar. He has also covered the last three Olympics on NBC Sports. As part of his new role at CBS Sports Network, Catalon will be covering the PGA Championship, as well as college football and basketball. He made his "NET10 Wireless Arena Football Saturday" debut in Week 19 on CBS Sports Network.
Herron starred at the University of Iowa as a defensive lineman and played five seasons in the NFL before playing and coaching over the course of five years in the AFL. He was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Tennessee Valley Vipers of af2 when they won the ArenaCup championship in 2008. Shortly after, Herron began more extensive work as a broadcaster. He became one of the lead game and studio analysts for the Big Ten Network and then joined NFL Network in 2010 as a football analyst for "Arena Football Friday." Herron has been on every ArenaBowl broadcast since that season and also serves as a college football analyst for NBC Sports and Pac-12 Networks. He has served as an analyst both in the booth and on the sideline for "NET10 Wireless Arena Football Saturday" on CBS Sports Network during the 2013 AFL season.
Wolfe has worked in some capacity at every ArenaBowl since 2002 and was the NFL Network play-by-play announcer at ArenaBowl XXV. He serves as both a news anchor for NFL Network Now updates and a reporter during weekly coverage of the National Football League. Wolfe called Albany/Indiana Firebirds games from 1998-2003 and also served as a play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Soul from 2004-2008 along with being the NFL preseason voice of the Minnesota Vikings from 2007-2011. During the 2008 season, Wolfe had his own column on ArenaFootball.com entitled "Wolfe's Den" and has also called Olympic Table Tennis for NBC Sports.
Bonner was named the Greatest Quarterback in AFL History last season by the Silver Anniversary Committee and has appeared on a number of national AFL telecasts over the past two seasons. In addition, he served as the sideline analyst for the ArenaBowl XXV broadcast on NFL Network and works as the lead Mountain West Football analyst for Root Sports. In his 15 seasons in the AFL, Bonner was a four-time All-Arena selection. He won two ArenaBowl championships as a player and was named MVP of ArenaBowl VII. Bonner was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in April 2013.
Following the action on CBS Sports, coverage will continue with a half-hour postgame show on CBS Sports Network. For complete ArenaBowl news and details, visit ArenaBowl.com.
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