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Arena to extend schedule to 18 games

Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - The Arena Football League will extend its regular-season schedule from 16 to 18 games next season.

A 16-game schedule had been in effect since 2003.

"There has never been a better time for the Arena Football League," said commissioner Jerry Kurz. "The product is exciting, our economic model is sound and fans are demanding affordable family entertainment. Extending our season is a great decision, both from a business and fan perspective."

Next year's AFL will consist of 19 teams, up from the 15 that participated in the league's bounce-back season.

The AFL took the 2009 campaign off to restructure its economic model.

Spokane beat Tampa Bay in this year's Arena Bowl earlier this month.

08/30 13:07:02 ET

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