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Competition for $25,000 grand prize begins this week

February 17, 2004 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK – Competition for the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Arena Football League’s Free Salary Cap Fantasy Football Game begins this week.

Fans can register for AFL fantasy games at the AFL’s Official Web site, www.arenafootball.com, or by logging on at www.AFLFantasy.com or www.sandboxplus.com.

The AFL currently offers two games -- a free Salary Cap Game and a premium AFL Full Fantasy Football game. A third game, free ArenaBowl Playoff Challenge, will be added for the postseason.

The Free Salary Cap Game awards weekly prizes worth $1,000 and a Grand Prize of $25,000, which players can begin accumulating points for this week. The free game allows fans to assume the fantasy role of general manager of their own AFL team and compete in up to 20-person groups. Over the first two weeks, 10 people have won a total of $2,000 in weekly prizes. Premium AFL Full Fantasy Football includes a total of $8,000 in cash prizes and allows fans to draft a roster, make trades with league mates, and pick up waiver-wire players.

After the first two weeks of play, below are the top five AFL players based on fantasy points per game:

NAME POS TEAM FANTASY POINTS/GAME
Cory Fleming WR/LB Orlando 42.5 FPG
Shane Stafford QB Tampa Bay 36.5 FPG
Freddie Solomon OS Tampa Bay 36.0 FPG
Matt Nagy QB Carolina 34.5 FPG
Raymond Philyaw QB Chicago 34.0 FPG

The AFL has developed a new section on its Web site – Fantasy Central – which previews top players at each position and details ranks and projections for players for the 2004 fantasy season. The new “Fantasy Insider” allows fantasy players to learn about key fantasy items, such as sleepers, game-by-game fantasy analysis and late-season pickups.

Another addition to the fantasy Web site is “Parker’s Picks.” NBC studio analyst GLENN PARKER will pick his fantasy team each week and discuss it every Sunday on the AFL on NBC pregame show. Other celebrity athletes will serve as guest columnists and writers for AFL Fantasy Central.

Fans are be able to follow their fantasy players and obtain statistical updates each weekend on NBC through fantasy line and game-score scrolls during each game broadcast. Fans can also obtain statistical updates each Monday in USA Today.

Other AFL fantasy program enhancements: AFL news, message boards, and email updates including game previews and player and team analysis. Tickets, merchandise and auctions will also be incorporated into the new AFL fantasy games.

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