All 82-games available coast-to-coast in High Definition
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday their broadcast schedule for the 2012-13 NBA season with all 82 regular season contests being broadcast in High Definition (HD) and televised nationally for a seventh consecutive season. This also marks the 10th straight campaign that the entire regular season schedule will be aired locally.
TSN and TSN2 will televise 47 Raptors contests across Canada during the 2012-13 campaign. TSN has the season opener against the Indiana Pacers on October 31 from Air Canada Centre. They will also broadcast the first matchup with the high-flying duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, December 9 from STAPLES Center. The telecast of Linsanity’s lone Toronto stop comes to TSN when Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets visit Sunday, December 16. TSN’s slate also includes marquee home tilts with Oklahoma City (January 6), the Clippers (February 1) and Miami (February 3).
TSN2’s schedule is highlighted by an early road challenge for the Raptors on November 6 at the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. A star-studded back-to-back affair can be seen on TSN2 on January 20 and 23 with the Los Angeles Lakers’ only contest in Toronto followed by the Raptors’ only trip to Miami. The network will also be the place to watch Toronto at the Lakers on March 8 and the second of two Miami treks to Air Canada Centre on March 17.
Raptors 2012-13 Broadcast Schedule TSN/TSN2 will broadcast 53 NBA US regular season contests, as well as the conference finals and select playoff games, NBA All-Star Weekend coverage, including the 62nd annual All-Star Game on February 17 from Toyota Center in Houston, and exclusive Canadian coverage of the NBA Finals. TSN also has the broadcast rights to all Raptors playoff games during the post-season.
The Sportsnet family will be the home for 35 Raptors regular season games, broadcasting 23 games on Sportsnet ONE and 12 on Sportsnet’s four regional channels. Sportsnet ONE will also broadcast 45 NBA US regular season contests and have the broadcast rights to 22 NBA playoff games, as well as feature programming on NBA Action.
Sportsnet opens its Raptors schedule with the club’s first visit to the new Barclay Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets moved during the offseason to the New York City borough after 35 years in New Jersey. Contests against 2011-12 playoff entrants San Antonio (November 25), Philadelphia (January 9), Boston (February 6), at New York (February 13) and Memphis (February 20) can be viewed on Sportsnet.
Sportsnet ONE broadcasts the return of Kyle Lowry to Houston on November 27. The Raptors acquired the former Rockets starting point guard in an offseason trade. Sportsnet ONE is also the location to catch a December 26 Toronto visit to the Lone Star State to face the high-powered San Antonio Spurs featuring Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. A home and home set against Atlantic Division rival New York, featuring Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire, takes place on Sportsnet ONE on March 22 and March 23.
For an eighth consecutive season all 82 Raptors telecasts will be produced by NBA TV Canada.
Veteran play-by-play voice Matt Devlin will call all the action for a fifth season. He will be joined by former NBA first-round draft pick Leo Rautins Leo Rautins for broadcasts on Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE and “The Coach” Jack Armstrong will lend his expertise as the analyst on TSN and TSN2 telecasts.
Sportsnet 590 The FAN will once again be the radio home for Raptors broadcasts. For an eighth season Paul Jones and Eric Smith will handle the broadcast duties.