Touchdown Radio Productions to Air All AAFL Games Nationally During the 2008 Season
February 9, 2008 - All American Football League (AAFL) News Release
ATLANTA, GA -- The All American Football League (AAFL) announced today that they have agreed to partner with national radio syndicator Touchdown Radio Productions, Inc. to broadcast every AAFL game on national airwaves.
Rights to all games will be owned by the AAFL through the AAFL Radio Network (ARN).
ARN games are scheduled to air on Saturdays with staggered start times, which will allow each game to be aired nationally on Touchdown Radio affiliates. Times of all games are TBD.
All games will be produced by SportsDay Productions, and will be made available to affiliates via satellite feed through Sports Byline USA national distribution service.
SportsDay, along with Touchdown Radio, will be accountable for a number of responsibilities, including imaging, music, format clock and general show script & design. In addition, they will provide producers, engineering and operations equipment.
AAFL Teams, in conjunction with the League office, will choose "Flagship" affiliates in their local markets. All other ARN market distribution will be facilitated by SportsDay/Touchdown Radio through Sports Byline USA. A minimum of 100 markets are estimated to air ARN games.
Each Flagship station's broadcast team (play-by-play, analyst, sideline reporter) will announce the games played in that team's stadium for both the local and national broadcast.
"We are so fortunate to have this radio partnership in place with Touchdown Radio and SportsDay Productions," said Keenan Davis, AAFL VP of League Operations and COO. "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to further promote our League and our players in conjunction with this group of exceptionally skilled broadcast professionals."
Former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Gino Torretta is the President and Founder of Touchdown Radio Productions, which entered the national radio broadcast scene last year. Touchdown Radio debuted with a full schedule of nationally regarded college football games, as well as bowl game coverage, which aired weekly to hundreds of radio stations across the country.
"We're very excited and looking forward to the partnership with this terrific new football league," said Torretta. "Having played in the NFL Europe spring football league, I know how well a league of this kind will be received. There is a real buzz about it and I think people are excited for football to be played 12 months a year. I believe the AAFL has a bright future, and it's a wonderful opportunity for aspiring football players. We're thrilled to be part of it."
Torretta finished 26-2 as a starter at the University of Miami, leading the Hurricanes to the national championship after the 1991 season, and won the Heisman Trophy following the 1992 season.
AAFL teams will play ten regular season games, beginning in April 2008. The spring schedule is designed to satisfy fans who hunger for quality football between the NFL and college seasons. The League's teams are located in avid college football markets representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.
AAFL teams will build on their current rosters during the League's ten-round supplemental draft on Saturday, February 16. Players will report to training camp beginning March 13.
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