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Source for Arena Football League News and Conversation. Tom Jones and Eric Thurow are coming together to bring a personal touch to the Arena Football League fan experience, conversation, and news. We are here to have conversations regarding the AFL to help promote the game we love, Arena Football. Topics of conversation will include fan experiences from the game day at one’s home arena to traveling on the road to watch your team. The opportunity to meet fans of the opposing team and to incite conversation about experiences on the Arena Football League. We will also discuss news from the league office and each individual team, preview a week’s game and review last week contests.




Season 2 - Episode 3

Full podcast show notes are coming soon.

Duration: 00:50:31

Season 2 - Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode of Inside the Nation podcast. An announcement is made stating that Inside the Nation podcast will also be known as ITN Podcast. Be sure to follow the podcast on Spreaker. In this week's episode of the podcast I review some of the action from week 3, go over a much commented post on social media about attendance figures, I also posted on social media a question for you. How do you think each individual team can do better at marketing itself to help put more...

Duration: 00:39:45

Season 2 - Episode 1

Here is the first episode of Inside the Nation podcast for the 2017 Arena Football League season. This episode is a more concise version of the podcast as we are still looking to book guests for the season. In this episode, I review week 1 action to open the thirty years of AFL action. The expansion franchises of the Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor finally make their much anticipated debut at the Verizon Center. The Cleveland Gladiators open their 2017 campaign hosting the Tampa Bay...

Duration: 00:21:55

Inside the Nation - Episode 19

In this special edition of Inside the Nation podcast, I have a conversation with the Executive Director of the Arena Football League Players Union, Ivan Soto. Ivan speaks of his background and he became involved with the players union and the AFL. We divulge into the business and financial side of the league, discuss some of the thought processes that are taking place involving team ownership and the recent decisions of some of the teams leaving the league. Ivan does want to reassure the...

Duration: 01:07:19

Episode 18

On this week's episode of Inside the Nation, Tom and I have a discussion with Arena Football League great Calvin Schexnayder formerly of the Arizona Rattlers, Tampa Bay Storm, and San Jose SaberCats. Calvin talks of his days playing for the league and what he believes is needed to bring the league back to its glory days. He also dishes his thoughts on this year's ArenaBowl match up next week. In our second segment, Tom and I go over next week's ArenaBowl and make our predictions on who is...

Episode 14

On this week's episode of Inside the Nation, Tom and I feature two conversations, the first being from a fan's perspective of the game and league. The second being from an all-time great player's perspective of the league. Our first conversation begins the show off with Gary Royall of Arizona's 9th Man and a long season ticket of the Arizona Rattlers. Gary talks on he got involved with knowing of the Arena Football League and how he prefers attending the arena game over going to the...

Nation - Episode 5

In this episode we sit down with former San Jose SaberCats player James Hundon, who also played for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, XFL's San Francisco Demons, and the CFL's Calgary Stmapeders. James discusses his career and play trechniques while with the SaberCats. He also discusses the relationships amongst the fans between the NFL and AFL. We also have sports contrbutor David Barclay III who wrote a article on the SaberCats pull out from the league and an article regarding...

Nation - Episode 3

On this episode of the Nation, I have a conversation with former San Jose SaberCats great and the current Executive Vice President for the Arena Football League Players' Union (AFLPU), Steve Watson. We discuss his experience in the league as a member of the San Jose SaberCats prior to the league restructuring and then coming back with the Tulsa Talons and Dallas Vigilantes. Then we move on in the conversation to discuss life after the league and thoughts on the overall thought of where the...

Nation - Episode 2

On this episode of the Nation podcast, Tom and I welcome a member of San Jose's 9th Man and long time San Jose SaberCats fan, John Kahermanes. John joins us to share his overall experience of the Arena Football League. Plus we discuss the 8 team league and the 2016 schedule including the new tournament style playoffs; we grade AFL Commissioner Scott Butera's first year in office; and the Nation road trips.

Duration: 01:58:07

Welcome To The Nation

This is our first podcast to the 9th Man Nation. On our podcasts will be discussions on the Arena Football League, its member teams and most importantly, the fans that support the great sport of Arena Football. On this episode, we introduce ourselves and briefly discuss our personal experience and involvement with the Arena Football League.