Welcome to another edition of Front Row’s #TBT: Throwback Thursday.
ESPN started airing Arena Football League games in June 1987. This was shortly after the inventor of the league, Jim Foster, came up with his version of football by drawing on a manila folder an outline of a miniature football field stretched over a hockey rink. He was inspired to invent this version of football while watching a soccer game at Madison Square Garden.
A copy of that sketch now resides in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (and can be seen on Front Row’s Facebook page). What’s written on it serves as the foundation for the game that is still being played today and aired on ESPN’s networks.
ESPN2 will feature an AFL game this Sunday with the Spokane Shock visiting the LA KISS (7 p.m. ET). Additionally, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will air four other games this weekend.