Suddenly the Raptors' updates are coming fast and furious.
In addition to the announcement of the Jerel McNeal and Chris Wright signings, the Raptors released their 2012-13 Broadcast schedule yesterday.
From the press release sent to us by the team:
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...
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.
Other interesting tidbits?
Well, Jack Armstrong is back lending his Brooklyn swagger to the TSN broadcasts and yes, the Matt and Leo circus will continue again this year, as they cover Raps' games for Sportsnet. Paul Jones and Eric Smith will handle radio broadcasts on the Fan590 once again, and all telecasts will be produced by NBA TV Canada. (No word on if Andrea Bargnani will appear in a new series of Primo ads, and repeated requests by the HQ to interview whoever shot those videos have been ignored by Primo. Yes, we looked into this this off-season.)