Utah Jazz and FSN Utah announce new telecast agreement

Utah Jazz and FSN Utah announce new telecast agreement

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Press ReleaseSALT LAKE CITY (October 20, 2009) - The Utah Jazz and FSN Utah have signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 NBA season which provides the network exclusive regional television rights to the storied franchise, it was announced today by Utah Jazz president Randy Rigby and FSN Utah Sr. VP/GM Tim Griggs. Financial information and terms of the agreement were not released.

The agreement allows FSN Utah to televise all available regular season games annually, increasing the number of games televised on the regional sports network by more than 175 percent since the 2004-05 season. FSN Utah aired 27 games during the 2004-05 season and that number increased to 40 games the following season before increasing to 60 games last season. The 77-game telecast schedule this season will be the most Jazz games ever on the network dating back to 1988-89.

"Our organization has a tremendous respect for FSN Utah, and its parent company Liberty Sports Group. We have always been impressed with their leadership, commitment to local sports and quality programming. We look forward to being a part of their network for the next 12 years," said Rigby.

"The loyalty and passion of the Jazz fan base has consistently ranked among the highest in the league and that is a testament to Randy Rigby and the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group having successfully cultivated a dedicated following throughout the state of Utah and the Rocky Mountain region," said Griggs. "We are excited to be the exclusive regional television partner of the Utah Jazz, and we look forward to working together for many more years."

Along with the contract extension, the Utah Jazz and FSN Utah today also released the Jazz broadcast schedule for the 2009-10 NBA season.

This season 77 regular season games will be televised by FSN Utah with each game broadcast in High Definition. The remaining five regular season games will be televised by TNT. For the fifth straight season, Craig Bolerjack will team with long-time Jazz analyst Ron Boone on all FSN Utah broadcasts.

All 77 broadcasts on FSN Utah will feature a 30-minute pre and postgame show, "Jazz Live," along with a halftime show, each hosted by David James, Thurl Bailey and Pace Mannion.

"We are excited to present to our fans Jazz basketball in High Definition every game this season," said Chris Baum, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting for the Utah Jazz. "We have a tremendous partner in FSN Utah helping make this possible. We are looking forward to another exciting NBA season."

Of the 77 regular-season games FSN Utah will carry, 37 are home games and 40 are away. FSN Utah begins its broadcast schedule with the Jazz's regular season opener October 28 at the Denver Nuggets. FSN Utah has been the regional television home for the Utah Jazz since the 1988-89 season.

With its unique and exclusive access to the Jazz, FSN Utah will further increase its position as the only regional network to get the most extensive, innovative and exciting coverage of Jazz basketball.

FSN Utah has the right to air Jazz games to viewers within the NBA-designated Utah Jazz territory, which includes the state of Utah and portions of Colorado, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming, along with territories in the FSN Northwest footprint (portions of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and the remaining portion of Montana).

All Jazz regular season and playoff games will be broadcast live on radio on 1320 KFAN (AM)/B98.7 (FM) and the Jazz Radio Network by David Locke, who enters his first season as the team's radio voice.

(Courtesy Utah Jazz)

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