SUN Sports & FSN Florida Announce New Behind-The-Scenes TV Series

First episode illustrates game day interaction between 3 different members of the franchise: a player - Rashard Lewis, a coach – Steve Clifford and a manager – equipment manager Rodney Powell



ORLANDO (February 4) – What’s it like inside the Orlando Magic organization on game day? What steps does Rashard Lewis take to prepare? What goes into planning all the pre-game and in-game entertainment? These are just some of the questions Sun Sports and FSN Florida will address this season as they unveil a new original television series, INSIDE THE MAGIC on Wednesday.

The first half-hour episode, INSIDE THE MAGIC: A WINNING COMBINATION, premieres Wednesday, February 6, at 9:30pm immediately following the Nets/Magic game on Sun Sports. Viewers tag along as Sun Sports’ cameras shadow three members of the Magic organization on a typical game day, illustrating how they prepare and specifically, how their roles interact and intersect during the course of the day. Magic forward Rashard Lewis, assistant coach Steve Clifford and equipment manager Rodney Powell share their gameday preparations with viewers and series host Whit Watson explains how they all interact. The television crew arrived at 7:30am on a recent Saturday as the team prepared to face Portland that night at the Amway Arena and stayed until well after the final buzzer.

Highlights include:

• A rare look into the Magic locker room to hear Coach Stan Van Gundy’s pre-game, halftime and post-game talks with his players and coaches.

• Tag along as Rashard Lewis arrives for morning shoot-around, then takes Sun Sports’ cameras back to his home as he shares a pre-game meal with his family before heading back to the arena.

• See how Steve Clifford spends the day preparing for that night’s game vs. the Blazers as well as screening video scouting future opponents.

• Rodney Powell shows viewers how much preparation is needed to make sure equipment, uniforms, and everything else the team needs is ready.

Sun Sports and FSN Florida have had great success with their “INSIDE THE…” series with Florida’s pro teams and now the networks are expanding the series to include the Orlando Magic. The unparalleled inside access Sun Sports/FSN Florida has to its teams and their operations serves as the catalyst. Cameras go where the interesting stories are, offering player profiles that delve into their lives both on and off the court, often visiting their homes or shadowing them on game day. They also take viewers inside the franchise to observe elements of operating a professional team that many never see. It’s a unique, behind the scenes perspective of the lives of players and the inner workings of the franchise.

Additional half-hour episodes are scheduled for production between now and the end of May. Episodes will turn the spotlight on a different Magic personality and focus on their lives on and off the basketball court while others will take a look at various operations within the franchise such as gameday operations, involvement in the community and more.

The addition of the new INSIDE THE MAGIC series complements the networks’ comprehensive Orlando Magic game telecast schedule with a combined 77 regular season games scheduled to air on Sun Sports and FSN Florida this season, including 25 in High Definition.

Additional February airdates/times for INSIDE THE MAGIC: A WINNING COMBINATION on Sun Sports include: 2/9, 9:30pm (N. and Cent. FL); 2/10, 2:00pm; 2/12, 5:30pm; 2/13, 10:30pm; 2/14, 12:30pm; 2/17, 2:30pm; 2/19, 10pm (N. and Cent. FL); 2/20, 9:30pm (N. and Cent. FL); 2/22, 1pm; 2/23, 6:30pm; 2/24, 8:30pm (N. and Cent. FL); 2/26, 10:30am; and 2/28, 6pm. FSN Florida will air this episode on 2/11, 9:30pm; 2/13, 6:30pm; and 2/27 at 6:30pm.