Cavaliers to Have Every Game Televised for Second Consecutive Season

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CLEVELAND, September 28 - For the second consecutive season, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have every regular-season game televised. All 82 games of the 2005-06 regular season will be aired on either FSN Ohio, UPN 43 WUAB, ABC, ESPN, NBA TV or TNT.

FSN Ohio will air 40 games and UPN 43 WUAB and the Cavaliers Television Network will air 30 games during the 2005-06 season. FSN Ohio will broadcast 26 home games and 14 road games while WUAB will carry 11 home games and show 19 away games.

“We are thrilled to once again have all 82 games broadcast on television,” Cavaliers President Len Komoroski said. “We believe we are entering into a special era in Cavaliers history and are excited that our fans will be able to follow us every step of the way. Our broadcast network continues to grow and we expect viewership to continue to grow.”

Over the past two seasons, the Cavaliers have experienced tremendous growth in both attendance and in the broadcast ratings. Since the 2002-03 season, Cleveland’s attendance at home has increased from 11,497 to 19,128 (67 percent increase) including 18 sellouts last season. After seeing their ratings more than triple between the 2002-03 season and the 2003-04 season, UPN 43 WUAB increased its ratings 18 percent and FSN Ohio saw an increase of 15 percent during the 2004-05 season.

The Cavaliers will appear on national television 32 times during the season on the national television outlets of ABC (5), ESPN (10), NBA TV (9) and TNT (8). Eleven games (six on TNT and five on ABC) will be exclusive telecasts shown nationally on the respective networks. On several occasions, Cavaliers games will be shown both by a national television outlet and locally.

FSN Ohio will feature a new broadcast team as 15-year NBA veteran and former Cavalier Scott Williams will join longtime Cavaliers’ broadcaster Michael Reghi on FSN Ohio broadcasts. For the 12th straight season, Reghi will handle the play-by-play duties while Williams begins his first season as the analyst.

FSN Ohio will continue to air a pregame show called Cavaliers Countdown hosted by Jeff Phelps and Austin Carr and a postgame show called Cavaliers In The Post with Andy Baskin and Austin Carr as part of every broadcast. FSN Ohio reaches more than 4.5 million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia.

UPN 43 WUAB will begin its coverage of the 2005-06 season on November 5 when the Cavaliers travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies at 8:00 p.m.

Reghi will also handle the play-by-play duties for UPN 43 WUAB, marking his 10th season with the station. Cavaliers’ legend Austin Carr returns for his seventh season as the full-time analyst. The station will once again feature a pregame show called Cavs Warm Up. The show, airing prior to 20 Cavaliers games, will be hosted by Brian Duffy and former Cavalier Campy Russell.

UPN 43 WUAB is broadcast throughout Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Canton, Youngstown and other parts of Ohio. Other key outlets on the Cavaliers Television Network are GTN 51/WSFJ in Columbus, WRCX in Dayton, WLQP in Lima and WBGN in Pittsburgh, PA.

All 82 games will again be broadcast live on the Cavaliers radio flagship NewsRadio WTAM 1100 with Joe Tait calling the action. Tait will be returning for his 34th season as the voice of the Cavaliers. Mike Snyder also returns for his 14th year as radio network studio host.

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