ESPN and the Arena Football League agreed to a multi-year agreement giving the family of networks the broadcast rights to more than 10 regular season and postseason games per year, including ArenaBowl and one conference championship game.
Beginning in 2014, at least 75 games can be aired by ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network. An affiliated video player will also be available on the AFL website, ArenaFootball.com.
"ESPN has a long history of working with the Arena Football League and this new agreement is a great opportunity to showcase the AFL as part of our year-round commitment to football," said Matthew Volk, ESPN director, programming and acquisitions.
ESPN televised the inaugural ArenaBowl in 1987 and held broadcast rights from 1995-99. ABC presented the ArenaBowl for five years from 1998-2002.
"The AFL's return to ESPN is the latest example of the strides our sport has made in recent years," said AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz. "Having the ArenaBowl on the ESPN family of networks for years to come puts our Championship game alongside some of the most prominent events in television."
The Arena Football League is comprised of 14 franchises.
According to the league press release, "fans who receive their internet or video subscriptions from an affiliated provider will have access to ESPN3 online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku."