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AFL Tonight - Episode 3: "Everything Old Is New Again"
Tim Capper and co-hosts Jon Stark and Ben Fraternale look back at their opening weekend in Albany, Rule changes, Facebook Live premiere, new league sponsor and much more.

Washington Valor Move Home Opener
The Arena Football League announced today that the Washington Valor’s home opener against the Albany Empire, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, has been moved to Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena to accommodate the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Arena Football League Announces New League-Wide Partnership with Shinola
The Arena Football League announced today a new league-wide partnership with Shinola, as well as individual activations with the Washington Valor, Baltimore Brigade, Albany Empire and Philadelphia Soul in each local market. As a result of this partnership, Shinola will be the official and exclusive watch and timepiece of the AFL.

Finding the Silver Lining: Positives after Empire Drops Home Opener
The Albany Empire hoped to repeat the fortunes of their predecessor Albany Firebirds with a win to open up their team history. Unfortunately, the result was not to be as the Philadelphia Soul defeated the Empire, 56-35, in Albany’s rebirth into Arena Football.

Soul Defeats Empire 56-35 in Albany's Inaugural Game
The Albany Empire (0-1) opened their inaugural season with a loss to the Philadelphia Soul (1-0), 56-35, Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Times Union Center.

Albany returns to AFL, lose in Soul-crushing fashion
The city of Albany welcomed Arena Football back to the Times Union Center this past Saturday when the newly-minted Empire hosted the Philadelphia Soul. The defending ArenaBowl champions began their quest for a third straight Arena Bowl title with a convincing 56-35 victory over the Empire.

Soul Spoil Empire's Inaugural Game
The Philadelphia Soul (1-0) toppled the Albany Empire (0-1) in front of 13,648 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY with a final score of 56-35.

Game Preview: Week 1 - Soul Begins Defense of Back-To-Back Championships at Albany This Saturday
The Philadelphia Soul kick off their 13th season and defense of their back-to-back Championships this Saturday, April 14. The Soul (0-0) will travel to Albany to face the Empire (0-0) at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY at 7 p.m.

Brigade Beat Valor, 61-56, in Season Opener
The Baltimore Brigade (1-0) opened their 2018 season with a win, topping the Washington Valor (0-1), 61-56, Friday night at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. Brigade quarterback Randy Hippeard threw for five touchdowns and ran for another two on his way to winning the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

Arena Football reborn in Albany on Saturday
Times Union Center workers raised the rebound nets and goalposts on Friday morning, a sight not seen at this arena in almost a decade.

Valor Drop Season Opener, 61-56, in Baltimore
The Washington Valor (0-1) fell to the Baltimore Brigade (1-0), 61-56, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. in the first game of the 2018 Arena Football League season. Valor quarterback Nick Davila, playing in his first game with the team, was named Offensive Player of the Game for his seven-touchdown performance.

Valor Game Preview: Open The Season On The Road
A new season is upon us, the Washington Valor (0-0) open it on the road against the nearby Baltimore Brigade (0-0) inside of Royal Farms Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13th. The game will broadcast live on Facebook Watch, AFL Now and Monumental Sports Network.

New AFL commissioner Randall Boe, a Monumental executive, optimistic about innovations
You’ve heard that professional football is dying. You’ve also heard about the leagues, new or reborn, who want to defy that assumption. The XFL, the Alliance of American Football, the Spring League and the Pacific Pro League have all made recent headlines.

Arena Football in Albany, Version 2.0
On August 21, 1999, history was made as the Albany Firebirds defeated the Orlando Predators in ArenaBowl XIII in front of 13,652 at the Pepsi Arena. I remember because I was one of those fans in attendance.

Albany Empire Announce Inaugural Game Sold Out
The Albany Empire announce that this Saturday’s inaugural game vs the back-to-back defending ArenaBowl Champion Philadelphia Soul has been sold out.

AFL Tonight - Episode 2: "Empire State of Mind"
ArenaFan's Tim Capper and co-hosts Jon Stark and Ben Fraternale preview Week 1, ArenaBowl picks, and discuss the AFL`s big announcement, plus an interview with Empire Head Coach Rob Keefe.

Arena Football League Announces New Partnerships with DraftKings, Sportradar, Facebook and VSiN
Today, the Arena Football League announced new partnerships with DraftKings, Sportradar, Facebook and VSiN that together will put the AFL at the forefront of the fan gaming experience, and will mean a more interactive, dynamic game experience for AFL fans.

Brigade Releases Promotional Schedule for 2018 Season
The Baltimore Brigade released their promotional calendar for the 2018 season presented by MedStar Health. All fans attending Baltimore’s home opener on Friday, April 13 against the Washington Valor will receive a Brigade schedule and car magnet.

Countdown to the 2018 AFL Season
On March 16, Arena Football fans across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief as word came that a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) had been reached with the AFL Players Union.

Brigade to Host Open House
The Baltimore Brigade will host an open house this Wednesday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The event is free and open to the public.

Albany Empire Unveil Team Uniforms at Media Day
The Albany Empire held a media day, presented by Transfinder, for the team on Monday, April 9 from 10am-11am. The event took place in the Times Union Center on the brand new Transfinder Field. Members of ownership, the coaching staff and the front office led a presentation to unveil the final 24-man roster, the brand new turf and team uniforms.

Lower Level Sold Out For Inaugural Game
The Albany Empire announce that only ticket singles remain in the lower level for the inaugural game set for Saturday, April 14 at 7pm at the Times Union Center vs back-to-back Arena Football League Champions, the Philadelphia Soul.

Season Ticket Holders to be Entered to Win Meet and Greet with Antonio and Eddie Brown
The Albany Empire announce that all season ticket holders will be entered to win an opportunity to a private meet and greet with Eddie and Antonio Brown prior to the inaugural game on April 14.

AFL Tonight - Episode 1: "New Beginnings"
ArenaFan's Tim Capper and new co-hosts Jon Stark and Ben Fraternale look back at very nerve wracking and volatile offseason.

Antonio and Eddie Brown Named Honorary Captains for Inaugural Game
The Albany Empire announce that All-Pro NFL wide receiver, Antonio Brown, will be in attendance for the team’s inaugural game on April 14. Antonio and his father, “Touchdown” Eddie Brown have been named honorary captains for the game.

Albany Empire Land Elite AFL Quarterback
The Albany Empire announce that All-Arena, record setting veteran quarterback, Tommy Grady has been assigned to the team. Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Arena Football League and CBS Sports Network Announce 2018 Telecast Schedule
The Arena Football League and CBS Sports Network announced today the telecast schedule for the 2018 AFL season. CBS Sports Network will televise nationally 12 regular season games and four postseason games, including ArenaBowl XXXI.

Valor Announce 2018 Coach Staff
Washington Valor Head Coach and General Manager Dean Cokinos announced today the team’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, featuring James Clark (Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach), Benji McDowell (Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach) and Jeremy Grier (Wide Receivers and Special Teams Coach).