TSN and TSN2 Announce 2008/09 NBA Broadcast Schedule with More Toronto Raptors Games than Ever Before



    
    -- TSN/TSN2 is The New Home of the Toronto Raptors with 48 Games --
    -- Monster NBA Broadcast Package Includes a Total of 78 NBA Regular
       Season Games and Extensive NBA Playoff Coverage --
    -- Jack Armstrong Joins TSN as Game Analyst and Basketball Insider --
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - It's a slam dunk for basketball fans. TSN and
TSN2 hit the hardwood for the 2008-09 season with more Toronto Raptors and NBA
games than any other Canadian broadcaster. The networks unveiled today an
impressive national NBA broadcast package, which includes 48 Toronto Raptors
regular season games with 25 games exclusively available on TSN2.
    As part of the package, TSN/TSN2 will broadcast 30 other NBA regular
season games along with the NBA All-Star Game. During the NBA Playoffs,
TSN/TSN2 will have a minimum of 17 games including Raptors games throughout
the post-season and exclusive Canadian coverage of the NBA Finals. All games
are available in High Definition.
    "This is shaping up to be a pivotal season for the Raptors with the
addition of Jermaine O'Neal, and Chris Bosh coming off an impressive gold
medal run at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. We are thrilled that TSN and TSN2
are on board to bring fans more games than ever before," said Phil King,
President of TSN. "With more big Raptors games and more live NBA games, TSN2
is a must-have for die-hard hoops fans across the country."
    TSN2 is now available in 3.2 million Canadian homes - more than any
Canadian national digital sports channel. For more information on TSN2 and a
complete list of participating television providers, visit TSN.ca.

    
    Toronto Raptors Coverage
    ------------------------
    TSN/TSN2 is the new home of the Toronto Raptors. This season, both
networks will deliver more Toronto Raptors games than any other broadcaster
with 23 Raptors games on TSN and 25 games on TSN2. Toronto Raptors coverage
gets underway on Saturday, Nov. 1 with Toronto @ Milwaukee at 8:30 p.m. ET on
TSN.
    With Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and newly-acquired Jermaine O'Neil leading
the way, the Toronto Raptors will be the team to watch in the NBA this season.
Highlights of the TSN/TSN2 48-game Raptors broadcast schedule include 30
Eastern Conference match-ups with nine of the games against Atlantic Division
rivals (see broadcast schedule below).

    Raptors highlights include:
    ---------------------------
    -   A match-up against Kevin Garnett and the 2008 NBA Champion Boston
        Celtics on Jan. 12 on TSN
    -   Three games featuring NBA superstar LeBron James and the Cleveland
        Cavaliers
    -   A head-to-head confrontation with League MVP Kobe Bryant and the LA
        Lakers on Feb. 4 on TSN2
    -   A game against Canadian superstar Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns on Feb.
        27 on TSN2

    TSN's All-Star NBA Broadcast Team
    ---------------------------------
    TSN also confirmed today that popular and charismatic basketball
commentator Jack "The Coach" Armstrong will officially join TSN as the new
Raptors Game Analyst and Basketball Insider. Armstrong will join Raptors
play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin courtside during all of the TSN/TSN2
Raptors games.
    Armstrong is featured in regular SportsCentre segments and writes a weekly
NBA blog for TSN.ca
    Rod Black will host the TSN NBA studio show along with Leo Rautins, TSN's
basketball analyst. Black and Rautins will be on-site at Air Canada Centre for
Raptors home games and will anchor the show from the TSN studio during away
games.

    More NBA Action
    ---------------
    Basketball action doesn't stop with the Raptors. This season, TSN2 will
deliver 24 additional NBA games to Canadian basketball fans and TSN will also
broadcast six NBA games featuring U.S.-based teams.
    TSN2's full NBA line-up will feature marquee match-ups throughout the
season including many West-Coast games. In addition to the slate of Raptors
games, TSN2 will broadcast 12 contests featuring Victoria's Steve Nash and the
Phoenix Suns, five Boston Celtics games and five LA Lakers games - including a
rematch of last year's NBA Finals, with LA @ Boston on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

    NBA Playoffs
    ------------
    When the games matter the most, TSN and TSN2 will deliver Canadian hoops
fans non-stop NBA playoff action. The networks will have exclusive Canadian
coverage of the NBA Finals along with extensive coverage of the Raptors
throughout the post-season. TSN and TSN2 will air a minimum of 17 games
throughout the duration of the NBA Playoffs including key match-ups from both
the Eastern and Western Conferences.

    NBA All-Star Weekend
    --------------------
    TSN and TSN2 will have exclusive coverage of all of the jams and slams
during NBA All-Star weekend from Phoenix on February 14 and 15. In addition to
carrying the All-Star game live, TSN/TSN2 will have coverage of all of the fun
from All-Star Saturday Night with the electrifying Slam-Dunk Contest and the
Three-Point Shootout - an event where Toronto Raptors' Jason Kapono is the
defending champion.

    Audience Growth
    ---------------
    TSN is coming off a successful Raptors regular season in which the network
delivered a national per-game average audience of 165,000 viewers - a 7%
increase over last season and the third most-watched Raptors season ever on
TSN.(xx)
    TSN has been televising Raptors basketball since the 1997-98 season.

    2008-09 Raptors on TSN/TSN2 broadcast schedule
    ----------------------------------------------
    November
    --------
    Saturday, Nov. 1      Toronto @ Milwaukee        8:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Friday, Nov. 7        Toronto @ Atlanta          7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Sunday, Nov. 16       Miami @ Toronto            1 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Nov. 21       New Jersey @ Toronto       7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Friday, Nov. 28       Atlanta @ Toronto          7 p.m. ET (TSN)

    December
    --------
    Friday, Dec. 5        Toronto @ Utah             10:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Sunday, Dec. 7        Portland @ Toronto         1 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Tuesday, Dec. 9       Toronto @ Cleveland        7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Friday, Dec. 12       Toronto @ New Jersey       7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Monday, Dec. 15       New Jersey @ Toronto       7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Dec. 17    Dallas @ Toronto           7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Dec. 19       Toronto @ Oklahoma City    8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Monday, Dec. 22       Toronto @ LA Clippers      10:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Dec. 26       Toronto @ Sacramento       10 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Monday, Dec. 29       Toronto @ Golden State     10:30 p.m. ET (TSN)

    January
    -------
    Friday, Jan. 2        Houston @ Toronto          7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Jan. 7     Toronto @ Washington       7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Jan. 9        Memphis @ Toronto          7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Monday, Jan. 12       Toronto @ Boston           7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Wednesday, Jan. 14    Chicago @ Toronto          7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Jan. 16       Toronto @ Indiana          7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Wednesday, Jan. 21    Toronto @ Detroit          7:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Jan. 23       Toronto @ Chicago          8:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Sunday, Jan. 25       Sacramento @ Toronto       6 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Jan. 28    Toronto @ New Jersey       7:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Jan. 30       Milwaukee @ Toronto        7 p.m. ET (TSN)

    February
    --------
    Tuesday, Feb. 3       Toronto @ Cleveland        7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Wednesday, Feb. 4     LA Lakers @ Toronto        7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Feb. 6        Toronto @ New Orleans      8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Saturday, Feb. 7      Toronto @ Memphis          8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Feb. 11    San Antonio @ Toronto      7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Feb. 18    Cleveland @ Toronto        7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Feb. 20       Toronto @ New York         7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Tuesday, Feb. 24      Minnesota @ Toronto        7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Friday, Feb. 27       Toronto @ Phoenix          9 p.m. ET (TSN2)

    March
    -----
    Tuesday, Mar. 3       Toronto @ Houston          8:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Mar. 6        Miami @ Toronto            7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Wednesday, Mar. 11    Toronto @ Philadelphia     7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Mar. 13       Detroit @ Toronto          7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Monday, Mar. 16       Toronto @ Charlotte        7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Friday, Mar. 20       Charlotte @ Toronto        7 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Friday, Mar. 27       Oklahoma City @ Toronto    7 p.m. ET (TSN)

    April
    -----
    Wednesday, Apr. 1     Toronto @ Orlando          7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Sunday, Apr. 5        New York @ Toronto         6 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Apr. 8     Toronto @ Indiana          7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Apr. 10       Washington @ Toronto       8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Sunday, Apr. 12       Philadelphia @ Toronto     6 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Monday, Apr. 13       Toronto @ Washington       7 p.m. ET (TSN)

    2008-09 Other Key NBA Games on TSN/TSN2 broadcast schedule
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    October
    -------
    Tuesday, Oct. 28      Cleveland @ Boston         8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Tuesday, Oct. 28      Portland @ LA Lakers       10:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Oct. 30     Houston @ Dallas           8 p.m. ET (TSN2)

    November
    --------
    Tuesday, Nov. 4       Phoenix @ New Jersey       7:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Nov. 6      Philadelphia @ Orlando     8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, Nov. 12    Houston @ Phoenix          10:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Nov. 13     Denver @ Cleveland         7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Nov. 14       Denver @ Boston            8 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Sunday, Nov. 16       Detroit @ Phoenix          8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Nov. 20     Detroit @ Boston           8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Nov. 20     LA Lakers @ Phoenix        10:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Saturday, Nov. 22     Portland @ Phoenix         9 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Nov. 27     Orlando @ Washington       8 p.m. ET (TSN2)

    December
    --------
    Thursday, Dec. 4      Phoenix @ Dallas           8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Friday, Dec. 5        Portland @ Boston          8 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Thursday, Dec. 11     Boston @ Washington        8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Dec. 25     Washington @ Cleveland     8 p.m. ET (TSN)

    January
    -------
    Monday, Jan. 19       Phoenix @ Boston           8 p.m. ET (TSN)

    February
    --------
    Thursday, Feb. 5      LA Lakers @ Boston         8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Sunday, Feb. 8        Phoenix @ Detroit          8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Tuesday, Feb. 17      LA Clippers @ Phoenix      9 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, Feb. 26     Phoenix @ LA Lakers        10:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)

    March
    -----
    Wednesday, March 4    San Antonio @ Dallas       9 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, March 12    Cleveland @ Phoenix        10:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Sunday, March 15      Phoenix @ Golden State     9 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Wednesday, March 18   Miami @ Boston             7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, March 19    Portland @ Cleveland       8 p.m. ET (TSN)
    Tuesday, March 24     Detroit @ Chicago          8 p.m. ET (TSN2)
    Thursday, March 26    Miami @ Chicago            8 p.m. ET (TSN2)

    April
    -----
    Friday, April 3       Cleveland @ Orlando        8 p.m. ET (TSN)

    Schedule subject to change
    All games available in High Definition
    

    TSN

    TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the
Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN was voted the No. 1 source for
sports coverage and news by sports fans across the country.(xxx) TSN's
comprehensive broadcast schedule features SportsCentre, the NHL and first
three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; International Hockey including the
IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including
Friday Night Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA
TOUR and all four golf Majors; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the
NBA Finals; Season of Champions Curling; Auto Racing including NASCAR, Formula
One and IRL; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA
Champions League Soccer; and HBO World Championship boxing. TSN offers more
sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any other
network in Canada. TSN is available in 9 million households. TSN's programming
and news content is also available online at TSN.ca.

    TSN2

    TSN2, a division of CTVglobemedia, brings Canadian sport fans a
jam-packed lineup of major league sports action, with exclusive live events,
encore telecasts of key sporting events and better timeslots for viewing in
Western Canada. TSN2's roster features an exciting lineup of sports and
events, including the NHL, NBA, Curling, International Hockey, Golf, NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, IndyCar Series, Grand Slam
Tennis, UEFA Champions League Soccer, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and NCAA
Football and Basketball. Also available in High Definition, sports fans can
access TSN2 through television service providers across the country. For more
information on TSN2 and a complete list of participating television providers,
visit TSN.ca. TSN2 operates pursuant to an authorization in the TSN broadcast
licence from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

    
    (xx)   All audience figures courtesy of BBM Nielsen Media Research and
           exclude pre- and post-game
    (xxx)  2007/2008 Roper Reports Canada
    





For further information:

For further information: Greg McIsaac, (w) (416) 332-5180, c (416)
458-3591, gmcisaac@tsn.ca; Chobi Liang, (w) (416) 332-7584, c (416) 859-4738,
cliang@tsn.ca; Simon Bassett, (w) (416) 332-7599, sbassett@tsn.ca


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