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Shock open with road trips

The Spokane Shock will open the 2013 Arena Football League season with three consecutive road games, beginning with Cleveland on Sunday, March 24.

Spokane, 10-8 last season in coach Andy Olson’s first year, visits Chicago in Week 2 and Iowa in Week 3. The Shock’s home opener will be Friday, April, 12, against defending AFL champion Arizona.

Spokane is planning on remaining in the Midwest for the first three weeks, busing from one game to the next instead of flying back and forth to Spokane, to save on travel costs.

Spokane’s bye will come in Week 15.

AFL TV deal

The AFL has signed a two-year agreement with the CBS Sports Network after spending the last two seasons on NFL Network. The game of the week will move from Friday to Saturday and will air in prime time. The TV schedule will be released later.

CBS Sports Network will televise 19 regular-season games and two playoff games. CBS will air the ArenaBowl XXVI on Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific.

“One of the many noteworthy aspects of this partnership is that we will have an increased ability to showcase our West Coast teams,” commissioner Jerry Kurz said.

“Closing the season with ArenaBowl XXVI on CBS is something that our millions of fans can look forward to with great anticipation.”

March 24 at Cleveland10 a.m.
March 31 at Chicago1 p.m.
April 5 at Iowa5:05 p.m.
April 12 Arizona7 p.m.
April 19 at San Jose7:30 p.m.
April 27 Tampa Bay7 p.m.
May 4 at Utah6 p.m.
May 11 Orlando7 p.m.
May 17 New Orleans7 p.m.
May 24 at San Antonio5:30 p.m.
June 1 San Jose7 p.m.
June 8 Jacksonville7 p.m.
June 15 at Arizona6 p.m.
June 21 Utah7 p.m.
July 6 at Tampa Bay4:30 p.m.
July 13 at Jacksonville 4 p.m.
July 19 San Antonio7 p.m.
July 26 Pittsburgh7 p.m.

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