SFL Communications

October 29, 2018

Your Championship Primer is here! Tonight, the unbeaten defending champion Alaska Storm take center stage against the challenger – the 12-2 Tallahassee Pride starting at 7 CT, 8 ET on Twitch. Here’s what to expect tonight and a twist that might just turn the whole game upside down:

Innovations – The 11th Championship Game will feature three firsts in presentation Monday night.

  • For the first time, player audio will be interwoven into starting lineups, introducing themselves and letting you in just a bit to the man behind the avatar.
  • For the first time, the SFL will be integrating live stats into its visual presentation, a feat that has not ever been accomplished, all to further immerse the viewer into the broadcast.
  • For the first time, the SFL Network, powered by FUEL, will be bringing you interviews of owners and players on camera during the broadcast in a new segment called ‘Inside the Game’

Refreshed looks – The 11th Championship Game will feature the first four teams who have been re-branded by Matt Doyle Designs: The Carolina Skyhawks, Tulsa Desperados, Vancouver Legion and New Orleans Pharaohs. You’ll hear the 1-on-1 interview with the designer himself, talking about what inspired, what into and what the challenges and triumphs were for each team’s finalized product. Most of the teams in the league – including the league – will receive touch-ups or complete overhauls from Doyle prior to Season 12. Expect more on new team brands in the coming days.

The first rematch – People may be talking about how Alaska and Tallahassee are the dominant teams in the SFL, but the fact of the matter is that these two franchises only have one Championship between them, and it came just earlier this year for Alaska. There has never been a rematch, and a team that won the Championship the previous season has never made it back to the big stage. Admit it or not, but this storyline doesn’t come up around these parts too often, so infrequent that we’ve never written about it before.

Weather making history? – As of writing this release, it is currently snowing outside our broadcast booth here in Anchorage. There is a 57% chance of snow – the current forecast – for the 4 p.m. local kickoff in Alaska. If the forecast holds, it would be the first Championship Game played in the snow in league history. We don’t want to get your hopes up – we will be monitoring the radar and it will likely be a game-time decision. If it’s snowing in Anchorage, it’ll be snowing in the simulation.

Thanks to all who make the SFL journey so enjoyable. From Convention to now, it’s been one heck of a season.