NEW YORK -- The Arena Football League and NBC agreed Monday
to extend their unique broadcasting agreement through 2006.
The league and the network are currently in the second season of
a two-year deal for which NBC paid no rights fee. The agreement
also allows the network to share in league revenues.
The original deal included a four-year option at the end of the
second year, though both sides said the two-year extension was
mutually agreed upon.
This season's schedule includes coverage of 17 regular-season
games and five playoff games, ending with the ArenaBowl on June 27.
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