Following a successful inaugural season for the BIG3 basketball league, the American Flag Football League will contain parallels and be broadcast by NFL Network.
Last season the BIG3 basketball league was broadcast in tape delay, but Fox Sports agreed to air games live during its second season this summer. The AFFL tournament will have some similarities to the BIG3 basketball league which was created by Ice Cube, featuring former NBA players Jermaine O’Neal, Kenyon Martin, Mike Bibby, and Allen Iverson, among others.
The AFFL tournament will consist of 128 amateur teams matching up against four teams featuring professional athletes including Michael Vick, Chad Johnson, Nate Robinson, Carlos Boozer and Michael Johnson.
“Football fans are passionate about having continuous access to entertaining football content all year round,” said Mark Quenzel, NFL Senior VP of Programming and Production. “AFFL games on NFL Network will give viewers a chance to experience a new kind of football competition in the summer months, and we’re excited for the opportunity to deliver more live programming that fans enjoy.”
Times and talent for the game broadcasts have not yet been announced, but NFL Network personalities will be featured. 11 games will be broadcast on NFL Network between June 29 and July 19 with the winning team of the tournament earning $1 million. Games will be played seven on seven on a 100 yard field. Applications for amateur teams will be accepted by the league through March 8th.