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Power’s 2012 Start Times Announced; More Games on TV?

(Photo Credit: Dan Braddock/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Dan Braddock/KDKA)

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By Matt Popchock

(mpopchock@kdka.com)

More Power to you?

That will be the case if the second-year Arena Football League team has its way.

According to the Pittsburgh Power’s official website, they plan to expand their television coverage on WPCW-TV/The CW for the 2012 season.

Nothing is official yet, according to the station. However, if the Power’s plan comes to fruition, a total of 12 games–seven at home, and five on the road–will be seen on The CW, in addition to the four games already set for live coverage on NFL Network. The Saturady, May 12 game at San Antonio and the Sunday, June 24 contest at Philadelphia would be the only ones on the entire schedule subject to local blackout.

Under the plan, two games–Friday, Apr. 6 versus Iowa and Friday, Apr. 20 at New Orleans–would be shown on The CW on tape delay the following Saturday at 7:30 P.M.

The CW broadcast eight of nine home games during the Power’s inaugural season, but did not broadcast any of the team’s nine regular season away games. Three games were aired live on NFL Network.

In any event, it sounds like more games will be televised this approaching season, per a conversation with an internal source, but we’ll have more once the team’s television schedule is formalized and released.

Of one thing we are certain: the AFL has confirmed the start times for its entire 2012 schedule. Here is an updated look at the Pittsburgh Power’s slate:

(Date/Time/Opponent/Venue)

Friday, Mar 9 8:00pm Orlando Predators (Away)*
Friday, Mar 23 8:00pm Philadelphia Soul (Home)*
Thursday, Mar 29 8:00pm Milwaukee Mustangs (Away)
Friday, Apr 6 7:30pm Iowa Barnstormers (Home)
Saturday, Apr 14 at 7:30pm Orlando Predators (Home)
Friday, Apr 20 at 8:00pm New Orleans VooDoo (Away)
Saturday, Apr 28 at 7:30pm Cleveland Gladiators (Home)
Saturday, May 5 at 8:00pm Georgia Force (Home)
Saturday, May 12 at 8:00pm San Antonio Talons (Away)
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm Kansas City Command (Home)
Saturday, Jun 2 at 9:00pm Arizona Rattlers (Away)
Friday, Jun 8 at 8:00pm Cleveland Gladiators (Away)*
Saturday, Jun 16 at 7:30pm Milwaukee Mustangs (Home)
Sunday, Jun 24 at 6:05pm Philadelphia Soul (Away)
Saturday, Jun 30 at 8:05pm Iowa Barnstormers (Away)
Saturday, Jul 7 at 7:30pm Tampa Bay Storm (Home)
Saturday, Jul 14 at 7:00pm Georgia Force (Away)
Friday, Jul 20 at 8:00pm Jacksonville Sharks (Home)*

* Game will be aired live on NFL Network

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NOTES: The Power have announced the retention of linebacker/defensive line coach Brian Basile…Basile, an Indiana (PA) native, is the current defensive backs coach at NCAA Division III Frostburg State…he joined the team prior to its inaugural season after gaining nearly 20 years of experience as a PIAA coach in central Pennsylvania, along with experience coaching several Johnstown-area teams in other arena football leagues…the Power will hold an open tryout this Sunday at Southpointe Fieldhouse; visit their official website for more information.

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