CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Gladiators announced Thursday that three of the remaining games on the 2017 scheduled will be broadcast on Twitter.
The Gladiators’ Week 10 road game vs. the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday, June 10th at 7:00 pm, Cleveland’s Week 11 home game vs. the Baltimore Brigade on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 pm, and the Gladiators’ Week 14 home clash vs. the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday, July 8th at 7:00 pm will be streamed globally, free-of-charge for Twitter users, at afl.twitter.com and via @AFLarenaball.
“This is a truly exciting opportunity to bring Gladiators football directly into the homes and devices of millions of fans all over the world,” said Gladiators COO/SVP of Franchise Operations Mike Ostrowski on Thursday. “We, along with every other AFL team, see this partnership as a tremendous and rare opportunity to connect and interact directly with our fans as the action unfolds on the field, just as Gladiators players do on game-night at The Q.”
“Entering into this relationship with Twitter is a significant development in expanding the Arena Football League’s digital platform,” AFL Commissioner Scott Butera said. “With over 300 million Twitter users worldwide, we believe they will enjoy the nonstop, edge of your seat AFL action and have many opportunities to network with players, coaches and other fans in what is the nation’s most interactive sport. In addition to working with Twitter, the AFL has also grown its digital presence with a new website, an app available on iOS and Android platforms, streaming live games on AFLNow and a bi-weekly podcast.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Arena Football League to bring their exciting brand of live football to fans globally on Twitter,” said Anthony Noto, Twitter COO. “AFL fans can now watch live games anywhere in the world on the same platform where the AFL conversation is already happening.”
With this collaboration, the AFL continues to build on its OTT and digital presence, adding to the popularity of arena football across multiple digital platforms and free for all users worldwide. In conjunction with Sportsrocket, the leading provider of media solutions for sports, the AFL is able to live stream the games on Twitter in addition to providing real-time highlights to fans on Twitter.