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ESPN Acquires Rights to Arena Football Starting in 2014
CHICAGO – ESPN and the Arena Football League (AFL) have agreed to a multi-year agreement beginning in 2014. The new deal grants ESPN rights to more than 10 regular season and postseason games on its television networks per year, including ArenaBowl and one conference championship game, as well as 75 or more games annually on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network. ESPN’s video player will also be available on the AFL website, ArenaFootball.com.
The relationship between the AFL and ESPN began more than two decades ago when ESPN televised the very first ArenaBowl live in 1987. Since then, ESPN televised a combination of AFL regular season and playoff games for five years (1995-99), AFL playoff games from 2000-02 and both regular season and playoff games from 2007-08.
Additionally, ABC presented the ArenaBowl for five years from 1998-2002. “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.
"The AFL's return to ESPN is the latest example of the strides our sport has made in recent years,&qu... [Read More]
Professional Rough Stock Series to Make Florida Debut in Jacksonville
Belle Fourche, SD – December 16, 2013: Rodeo season may be coming to a close but the horsepower will fire back up as the Professional Roughstock Series (PRS) top riders come to Jacksonville, Florida with nearly $2 million in stock bringing some of the toughest broncs and bulls to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on Saturday, January 4th at 7:30 p.m.
“We look forward to making our debut in Jacksonville and growing the PRS fan base in Florida,“ said PRS President, Spud Whitman.
The lineup of equine and bovine athletes slated for Jacksonville is equally impressive, featuring numerous National Finals Rodeo qualifying stock contractors and some of the most feared animals in the sport. Kelly Timberman, In-Arena Announcer for the PRS on RFD-TV commented, "We're bringing animals from all over the country to ensure the best possible draw. It's going to be quite a show for the fans in Jacksonville."
The Jacksonville Open is the 1st stop on the Nationally televised 2014 PRS Tour. The series features the three most exciting and dangerous events in rodeo -- Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding.
Tickets are on sale now and start at just $10.00 (applicable fees may ... [Read More]
Josh Thompson at Mavericks Recap
Jacksonville Fl - On Friday the 13th at Mavericks, many people attended Josh Thompson’s concert. This artist is known for his hit songs “Beer On the Table”, “Way Out Here”, and “Coming Around”. This artist has some very catchy songs, but some are also repetitive. Before this artist went on to perform, Stephen Carey opened up for Josh. This was the first time I had heard of him or his music. His music is a country rock sound. When he came out to perform, his opening had a little bit of “Friday the 13th” intro since it was Friday the 13th. Listening to him perform was really cool, I thought this guy was a good choice to open up the concert at Mavericks.
Once Stephen Carey finished up, the crowd was excited and waiting for the concert to start. The crowd was excited to see Josh Thompson perform. I thought his performance was good and brought in the crowds who like to drink and party. Josh also performed a new song called “Cold Beer With Your Name On It”, for an upcoming album that he is working on. I think this guy writes a lot of songs that fit many Honky Tonks and Dive bars. Josh Thompson hasn’t gotten much radio airplay in a while; his last album came out in 2010. But hopef... [Read More]
Mark Brunell to be inducted into Pride of the Jaguars This Sunday
Jacksonville Fl - The Jacksonville Jaguars will host their annual Alumni Weekend when they play the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. Sunday at EverBank Field. More than 40 former Jaguars players are expected to be on hand, to be introduced on the field before the game and to help honor former quarterback Mark Brunell at halftime when he is inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars.
“Mark Brunell is a big part of the Jaguars family and the Jacksonville community,” Jaguars Owner Shad Khan said, “and it gives me great pride to join our fans in recognizing Mark and honoring him for his contributions to Jaguars history. And we’re looking forward to welcoming back many of the players who wore the Jaguars uniform in the past. These men helped build this franchise and they helped create a lot of great memories for our fans, so it’ll be a good day of recognizing them as well as honoring Mark.”PHOTO COURTESY: RICK WILSON
Brunell will join former offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2011) and running back Fred Taylor (2012) as the fifth member of the Pride of the Jaguars.
In addition to Brunell, the players expected to make an appearance Sunday include Br... [Read More]
Olio - Downtown Hidden Gem
Jacksonville Fl - If you love great food, you have got to try Olio. The new restaurant which opened mid 2011 is a spot you must check out if you have never been. The culinary team consist of Head Chef: Greg DeSanto & Sous-Chef: Ian Northcutt.
The downtown destination has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" for their Duck Grilled Cheese. The besides the usual downtown lunch rush and diner crowd, they host numerous conventioneers and guests from out of town staying at the Hyatt Downtown Riverfront.
Local's know Olio for their Fish Tacos, Steak & Aged Gouda Cheese, Shrimp Po' Boy, "Deep-Dish" Quiche ant their famous Duck Grilled Cheese. The restaurant has plenty of seating and is very clean. One of the coolest parts of the restaurans is that you can watch their chef's prepare your meal in their open exhibition kitchen.
The food was delicious and we give it a 9/10!!! They are located at 301 E. Bay Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. In a rush, call ahead and order your food by phone: (904) 356-7100
Check in soon and check out their website!!... [Read More]
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