Final 12 Teams, Including Pro Squads Led by Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco, Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer, Compete for Chance at $1 Million Cash Prize
Following four rounds of amateur team play taking 128 squads down to eight, the American Flag Football League's (AFFL) U.S. Open of Football Tournament makes its television debut on NFL Network with live coverage of the final 11 games beginning Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 PM ET.
The NFL and AFFL announced its broadcast partnership in February, bringing competitive flag football to a television audience. NFL Network will air the USOF playoffs live June 30 through July 19, concluding with the Ultimate Final where the America's Champion and Pros' Champion will meet in a winner take-all contest for $1 million.
The 12 teams featured as part of NFL Network's telecast schedule include the top eight amateur squads advancing from the America's Bracket, plus four teams making up the Pro Championship Bracket, captained by former NFL, NBA and Olympic standouts including Michael Vick (Roadrunners), Chad Ochocinco (Ocho), Nate Robinson (Holdat), Carlos Boozer (Holdat) and Michael Johnson (Godspeed).
Week one of NFL Network's live AFFL broadcast schedule kicks off with the "America's Bracket" Quarterfinal June 30 – July 1 from Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA, and will feature the following amateur matchups:
Saturday, June 30 – 7:00 PM ET
Game 1: Dallas Ducks vs. Primetime
Game 2: Fighting Cancer vs. Strong Island Bulldogs
Sunday, July 1 – 4:00 PM ET
Game 1: Mean Machine vs. Code Red
Game 2: Church's Money vs. Money Team
The four amateur teams to advance will move on to the Semifinals July 7 – 8 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta where NFL Network's live coverage each night at 7:00 PM ET will kick off with amateur team action, followed by the Pro Championship Bracket matchups:
Saturday, July 7 – 7:00 PM ET
Game 1: Amateur semifinal – Teams TBD
Game 2: Pro Championship Bracket – Roadrunners vs. Ocho
Sunday, July 8 – 7:00 PM ET
Game 1: Amateur semifinal – Teams TBD
Game 2: Pro Championship Bracket – Godspeed vs. Holdat
Week 3 of tournament action Saturday, July 14 at 4:00 PM ET will decide the America's Bracket Champion and Pro Bracket Champion who will battle for the $1 million cash prize in the Ultimate Final Thursday, July 19 at 8:00 PM ET from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Saturday, July 14 – 4:00 PM ET
Game 1: America's Bracket final – Teams TBD
Game 2: Pro Bracket final – Teams TBD
Thursday, July 19 – 8:00 PM ET
Ultimate Final: America's Bracket Champion vs. Pro Bracket Champion
Broadcast talent for AFFL games on NFL Network will be announced next week.
In advance of the Playoffs, NFL.com features several videos on the game and its players including:
For more information on the AFFL and the 2018 U.S. Open of Football Tournament including: ticket information, playoff bracket, pro team bios, game rules and more, visit www.affl.com. Fans can also find more videos, highlights and photos of AFFL action on social via the @FlagFootball and @NFL handle, as well as the #AFFL hashtag on Twitter.
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