The Alliance of American Football is making CBS Sports Network its broadcast home. The network finalized its plans for coverage yesterday, by revealing who would be on its broadcast crew for AAF games.
Ben Holden will handle play-by-play. Eight-year NFL veteran Adam Archuleta will join him in the booth. John Schifferin will be the sideline reporter.
That is the regular broadcast crew, but CBS isn’t debuting AAF action with its regular crew. It’s not even debuting the league on CBS Sports Net.
AAF action will kickoff on network television! Some parts of the country will receive CBS’ game on Saturday February 9th at 8:30pm ET between the San Diego Fleet vs. the San Antonio Commandos. Spero Dedes, Trent Green, and Tiki Barber will be in the booth for that game with Jamie Erdahl on the field. Other US cities will receive the matchup between the Orlando Apollos and the Atlanta Legends. Andrew Catalon and Gary Danielson will be on the call for that contest. Melanie Collins will work the sidelines.
CBS is clearly trying to make the most of its investment in the AAF. The plan during the regular season is a game of the week broadcast featuring Holden, Archuleta, and Shifferin. Rather than introduce the crew in week 1, it seems CBS is using the doubleheader to build excitement for the rest of the season.