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Miami HEAT Announces 2004-05 Television Broadcast Schedule

Sep 24 2004 10:24AM
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    MIAMI, September 23 – Kicking off their 17th season, the Miami HEAT announced their television broadcast schedule today for the 2004-05 NBA season. All 82 HEAT regular season games are scheduled to be telecast, including 70 contests on Sunshine Network. Miami will also appear a franchise-record 33 times on national television during the regular season, the most allowed by NBA rules, and once in the preseason on TNT. The HEAT will tip-off the regular season in New Jersey against the Nets on Wednesday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. in a game that will be shown locally on Sunshine Network and nationally on ESPN. The next night the HEAT will host the Cleveland Cavaliers, with their home opener beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the AmericanAirlines Arena and being shown nationally on TNT.

    Sunshine Network embarks on its 12th consecutive season with the Miami HEAT and enters the first-year of an eight-year exclusive deal carrying a minimum of 70 games during the regular season. The exclusive deal also gives Sunshine Network the local rights to all postseason games which are available locally. In addition to the 70 regular season telecasts this year, Sunshine Network will also air two preseason games, Sunday, October 10 when the HEAT visit Houston to take on the Rockets at 8:30 p.m. and Monday, October 18 when Shaquille O’Neal and the HEAT make their first home appearance at the AmericanAirlines Arena in a 7:30 p.m. clash against the Atlanta Hawks. For the second consecutive year, Sunshine Network’s Miami HEAT telecast team will comprise of Eric Reid (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Tony Fiorentino (analyst). Each game telecast on Sunshine Network will be preceded by a live 30-minute on-site pre-game show called HEAT TONIGHT. The NBA-established Miami HEAT telecast territory in South Florida includes over 2.5 million Sunshine Network homes.

    ABC will kick off its 2004-05 NBA coverage on Christmas Day when Shaquille O’Neal makes his return to Los Angeles to face the Lakers in a 3:00 p.m. eastern tip-off. 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 a match-up with the 2003-04 NBA World Champion Detroit Pistons on Friday, November 26 at 8:00 p.m. and will also air the re-match of last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals when the Indiana Pacers invade the AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.. TNT will carry nine regular season games and one preseason game. The TNT schedule is highlighted by a St. Patrick’s Day affair as Brian Grant, Lamar Odom, and Caron Butler return to Miami along with Kobe Bryant to face the HEAT for an 8:00 p.m. tip-off at the AmericanAirlines Arena. NBATV will also carry nine games including a home contest against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, March 7 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 inaugural season broadcasting HEAT games in Spanish.

    For HEAT season ticket information, call 786-777-HOOP. Tickets for individual HEAT home games will go on sale at a later date.