Miami HEAT Announces 2005-06 Television Broadcast Schedule

MIAMI, August 24 – Kicking off its 18th and most anticipated season, the Miami HEAT announced today its television broadcast schedule for the 2005-06 NBA season. All 82 HEAT regular season games are scheduled to be telecast, including 70 contests on Sun Sports. Miami will appear in 33 nationally televised games during the regular season. The HEAT will tip-off the regular season at Memphis against Pau Gasol, Eddie Jones and the Grizzlies on Wednesday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sun Sports. The next night the HEAT will return to Miami for the home opener to face Jermaine O’Neal, Ron Artest and the Indiana Pacers, which will be shown nationally on TNT.

Sun Sports embarks on its 13th consecutive season with the Miami HEAT and will air 70 games during the 2005-06 regular season. The exclusive deal also gives Sun Sports the local rights to all postseason games, which are available locally. Sun Sports will also broadcast extensive HEAT programming surrounding the game broadcasts under the “Inside the HEAT” umbrella. These programs will take the viewer behind the scenes of the franchise and provide a closer look at HEAT players and the overall organization.

For the second consecutive year, Sun Sports’ Miami HEAT telecast team will be comprised of Eric Reid (play-by-play) and Tony Fiorentino (analyst), with Jason Jackson reporting from the sidelines. Jackson will also host all HEAT pre and post-game shows. The NBA-established Miami HEAT telecast territory in South Florida includes over 2.5 million Sun Sports homes.

ABC will kick off its 2005-06 NBA coverage on Christmas Day when head coach Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers visit Miami in a 3:00 p.m. eastern tip-off for the second season in a row. Last season’s highly anticipated Christmas Day HEAT-Lakers match up was the highest rated regular-season game ever televised on ABC and the highest rated NBA game since 1998. The contest will mark the first of five HEAT games ABC will carry this season.

ESPN will air a total of 10 HEAT games, including both match-ups with the World Champion San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, December 7 (@ San Antonio) and Friday, January 20 (@ Miami). Both start times are at 8:00 p.m. ET. ESPN will also air the re-match of the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals when the HEAT travels to Motown to face the two-time Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.

TNT will carry nine regular season HEAT games. The TNT schedule is highlighted by the January 16 game, when Shaquille O’Neal returns to the Staples Center to face the Lakers. Tip-off is at 10:30 p.m. ET.

NBATV will also carry nine games, including a home contest against new Knicks head coach Larry Brown, as Miami battles New York on Monday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m.

All HEAT games will continue to be heard on WIOD (610 AM) in English, while WQBA (1140 AM) will mark its second season broadcasting HEAT games in Spanish. Mike Inglis (play-by-play) and John Crotty (analyst) call the action on WIOD, while Jose Paneda (play-by-play) returns for his 17th consecutive season behind the microphone on WQBA. Joe Pujala handles the pre-game and post-game duties in Spanish.

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