Unique AFL TV deal extended

Updated: May 18, 2004, 3:41 PM ET
Associated Press

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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