Gehl debuts with Mammoths for Inaugural Home Opener
PORTLAND- The Maine Mammoths, Portland’s National Arena League football expansion franchise, named veteran on-air broadcaster Kevin Gehl to be the first television play-by-play announcer in team history on The CW 51 (WPXT-TV) for all eight home game broadcasts during the 2018 season.
The inaugural Voice of the Mammoths brings a decade of professional television experience to Maine. Gehl is a broadcaster for the Patriot League Network on Stadium and the Ivy League Network on ESPN+ and NESN. He’s also an award-winning sports anchor and reporter whose work has appeared on Big Ten Network and NBC Sports California.
“Kevin Gehl will voice a new and exciting age for the Mammoths,” said team president Will Riley. “He brings well-rounded television experience that will be key in establishing our on-air brand while featuring the personality of our players and coaches.”
“The combination of Kevin’s knowledge and enthusiasm will add an extra layer of excitement to our broadcasts,” added WPXT-TV owner and general manager Dave Joseph.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Gehl grew up cheering for the San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League. He graduated from the University of Missouri and currently resides in Boston. Gehl’s radio play-by-play credits include the Hagerstown Suns Radio Network (Washington Nationals affiliate) and Michigan State Spartan Sports Network.
“I was honored when Will Riley invited me to build Mammoths television coverage from the ground up with the outstanding production team at WPXT-TV,” Gehl explained. “Arena football is a thrilling game and we’ll introduce it to new Mammoths fans across New England with the most engaging broadcasts in the National Arena League.”
The Maine Mammoths will play their first home game in franchise history against the Carolina Cobras on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. inside Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland. Opening Night will feature a Tusk-A-Ritaville theme.
Gehl will welcome the Maine Mammoths to the airwaves in southern Maine and western New Hampshire during the debut broadcast on The CW 51 beginning at 7 p.m. The full slate of Mammoths broadcasts on WPXT-TV is listed below. If the Mammoths clinch a top-four seed during their 16-game NAL schedule, they will qualify for the postseason and contend for the 2018 National Arena League Championship.
2018 The CW 51 (WPXT-TV) Broadcast Schedule
Date Opponent Time
April 14 Carolina Cobras 7 p.m.
May 5 Jacksonville Sharks 7 p.m.
June 2 Massachusetts Pirates 7 p.m.
June 16 Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 7 p.m.
June 30 Carolina Cobras 7 p.m.
July 14 Columbus Lions 7 p.m.
July 21 Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 7 p.m.
August 8 Jacksonville Sharks 7 p.m.
*All Home Games are on Saturdays
ABOUT THE MAINE MAMMOTHS
The Maine Mammoths are members of the National Arena League (NAL). Founded in 2017, the Maine Mammoths will play their inaugural season in 2018 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME. Mammoth Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now and start at only $99 call (207) 228-1138 or visit mainemammoths.com. Follow the Mammoths on Facebook at facebook.com/mainemammoths, twitter.com/mainemammoths and, instagram.com/mainemammoths.
ABOUT NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. The National Arena League will kick off its second season in April of 2018. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at firstname.lastname@example.org or Expansion Chairman Jeff Bouchy at email@example.com. For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/natiionalarenaleague.