Posted by Michael David Smith on February 8, 2010 10:23 AM ET In September we noted that a new indoor football league, known as Arena League 1, was preparing to begin play in 2010, combining teams from the defunct Arena Football League, the minor league called af2, and other indoor football leagues. Now Arena League 1 has a TV deal. NFL Network will air games from Arena League 1 (which is expected to adopt the old Arena Football League name once all the deals with all the teams are in place) on Friday nights beginning in April, Sports Business Journal is reporting. "We embrace football at all levels," said Charles Coplin, vice president of programming for the NFL. "This spring schedule gives us a weekly live game featuring some players who may eventually play in the NFL." The new Arena League isn't going to be a ratings juggernaut for NFL Network, but it's more football on TV. No one can complain about that.