2007 AFL Season

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In 2007, the Arena Football League entered a new era for its television coverage. Gone was NBC and OLN, and in was ABC and the ESPN family of networks for national TV coverage. Unlike the previous contracts with NBC, the AFL would only receive 1 week of regional coverage and the Arena Bowl on its broadcast TV partner (ABC), with the remainder of regular season schedule being aired on ESPN2. ESPN would televise several playoff games. As for commentators, ESPN would have Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of the popular ESPN Radio morning show Mike and Mike on the A team, with additional commentators used during both the regular season and playoff coverage.

As for team changes, there would be no expansion teams, nor would any teams fold, but after suspending operations in 2006, the New Orleans VooDoo would resume playing in the AFL. Thus, the following 19 team lineup for the 2007 AFL season was as follows:

Dallas Desperados

Grand Rapids Rampage

Chicago Rush

San Jose SaberCats

Los Angeles Avengers

Arizona Rattlers

Colorado Crush

New York Dragons

Las Vegas Gladiators

Columbus Destroyers

Tampa Bay Storm

Orlando Predators

Georgia Force

Austin Wranglers

Philadelphia Soul

Nashville Kats

Kansas City Brigade

Utah Blaze

New Orleans VooDoo

In addition, the AFL chose to move the start of their season back to early March and the Arena Bowl to late July, similarly to how the season had looked like prior to the NBC era, and the bye week returned after having been eliminated in 2006.

Regular Season

WEEK 1, 2007

Sunday 3-4:

Desperados-Dragons, ABC, 12:30 (regional). Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

Rush-Brigade, ABC, 12:30 (regional). Ron Jaworski, Merrill Hodge

ABC 12:30 coverage map

WEEK 2, 2007

Monday 3-12:

Avengers-Predators, ESPN2, 7:00. Ron Jaworski, Merril Hoge

WEEK 4, 2007

Thursday 3-22:

Crush-Soul, ESPN2, 7:00. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

Monday 3-26:

Desperados-Predators, ESPN2, 7:00. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

WEEK 5, 2007

Sunday 4-1:

Avengers-Rush, ESPN2, 1:30. Merrill Hoge, Mark Schlereth

WEEK 6, 2007

Monday 4-9:

Force-Soul, ESPN2, 7:30. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

WEEK 7, 2007

Monday 4-16:

Soul-Desperados, ESPN2, 7:30. Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth

WEEK 8, 2007

Monday 4-23:

Soul-Destroyers, ESPN2, 7:30. Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth

WEEK 9, 2007

Monday 4-30:

Soul-Rush, ESPN2, 8:00. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

WEEK 10, 2007

Monday 5-7:

Crush-Rush, ESPN2, 8:00. Mark Jones, Merrill Hoge

WEEK 11, 2007

Monday 5-14:

Rush-Desperados, ESPN2, 8:30. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

WEEK 12, 2007

Monday 5-21:

VooDoo-Soul, ESPN2, 7:30. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

WEEK 13, 2007

Monday 5-28:

Dragons-VooDoo, ESPN2, 8:00. Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth

WEEK 14, 2007

Monday 6-4:

Crush-Blaze, ESPN2, 10:30. Mark Jones, Merril Hoge

WEEK 15, 2007

Monday 6-11:

Avengers-Rattlers, ESPN2, 10:00. Mark Jones, Merril Hoge

WEEK 16, 2007

Monday 6-18:

Rush-Crush, ESPN2, 10:00. Trey Wingo, Ray Bentley

WEEK 17, 2007

Monday 6-25:

Desperados-Crush, ESPN2, 10:00. Mark Jones, Merril Hoge



Friday 6-29:

Predators-Soul, ESPN, 7:00. Dave Pasch, Ray Bentley

Saturday 6-30:

Destroyers-Storm, ESPN, 12:00. Mark Jones, Merrill Hoge

Crush-Brigade, ESPN, 3:00. Bob Wischusen, Mark Schlereth

Monday 7-2:

Blaze-Avengers, ESPN2, 10:00. Mark Jones, Mark Schlereth


Saturday 7-7:

Crush-SaberCats, ESPN, 3:00. Bob Wischusen, Ray Bentley

Destroyers-Desperados, ESPN, 8:00. Mark Jones, Merril Hoge

Sunday 7-8:

Soul-Force, ESPN2, 7:00. Dave Pasch, Ray Bentley

Monday 7-9:

Avengers-Rush, ESPN2, 8:30. Mark Jones, Merrill Hoge


Saturday 7-14:

Destroyers-Force, ESPN, 1:00. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic

Rush-SaberCats, ESPN, 4:00. Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth


Sunday 7-29:

Destroyers-SaberCats (New Orleans), ABC, 3:00. Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic