CBC Sports To Broadcast Raptors Games

(August 1, 2007) - CBC Sports announced Wednesday that it has acquired the rights to broadcast up to 10 Toronto Raptors regular season home games nationally in the coming season, the first in a three-year agreement with the club. Following an exciting 2006-07 Raptors season that featured the team's first Atlantic Division Championship and tying its franchise win record for a regular season, CBC's agreement calls for broadcasting up to 20 regular season games in each of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. “We’re thrilled to welcome the Raptors to CBC. They’re an exciting team on the rise,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports. “CBC is dedicated to providing Canadians with premier sport programming and adding the Raptors to our broadcast line up gives added value for sports fans across the country. We’ll air games played on Sundays, which when combined with Saturday’s ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ delivers our viewers a lineup second to none.” “We’re excited that the Raptors will be part of CBC Sports stellar programming,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “The promotional power of CBC Sports reaches every location in the country and supports bringing Raptors broadcasts to millions of households coast-to-coast. Just as Saturday night is Hockey Night in Canada, we look forward to making Sunday afternoons Raptors Day in Canada.” The Raptors join a premier CBC Sports lineup scheduled for 2007-08 that includes comprehensive FIFA coverage featuring the FIFA U20 World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup; CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada; CFL; Toronto FC and Major League Soccer; Championship Curling; Toronto Blue Jays; 2007 World Track & Field Championships and Golden League Track & Field; World League Volleyball; Championship Show Jumping from Spruce Meadows; Rogers Cup Tennis; World Cup Alpine Skiing; and the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing.

CBC’s basketball broadcast team and its Raptors broadcast schedule will be announced shortly.