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Raptors NBA TV To Air More Games

Raptors NBA TV To Air More Games

(January 10, 2002) --- Raptors NBA TV announced Thursday that it has been awarded the rights to Canada’s only national broadcasts of the Toronto Raptors games against the Boston Celtics on January 21 and Philadelphia 76ers on February 4. Tip-off for each game is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time/ 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, with Brian Dunstan and Barry Davis hosting pre-game coverage with Ford Game Face one half-hour before each game, and concluding with the Raptors Post-Up show following the contests.

“The opportunity to broadcast games that would otherwise go unseen emphasizes Raptors NBA TV’s commitment to providing Canadian basketball fans with the very best in Raptors and NBA coverage,” said John Shannon, executive producer Raptors NBA TV. “We’re dedicated to providing viewers with the added value of live games because we know it’s what they really want.”

The decision to broadcast these games comes in the wake of Raptors NBA TV’s first Canadian exclusive coverage of the Denver Nuggets versus the Toronto Raptors game December 7, 2001. The success of that game has prompted Raptors NBA TV to add as many live Raptor and NBA games as possible.

“This completely unique partnership between Raptors NBA TV and the NBA has set a broadcasting standard for basketball coverage in Canada,” Frank Bertolas, director of business for Raptors NBA TV. “This association will continue to benefit viewers in the future with live exclusive games such as these and other high profile programming from the vast NBA archives. ”

Raptors NBA TV launched in September 2001 and is nationally available through Star Choice, Rogers, Cogeco and Bell ExpressVu. It is also currently available on a trial basis through Look TV. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. owns Raptors NBA TV and Leafs TV as well as the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Air Canada Centre.