After much delay, the Raptors have released their TV broadcast schedule just in time for their home opener tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. Was there perhaps some media conglomerate controversy behind this development? I'll leave that for you to decide.
- TSN will be broadcasting 47 games this season, including Lebron's visits to Toronto, the first rematch against Brooklyn, Andrew Wiggins' trip to Canada, and a contest against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.
- TSN will also be charged with broadcasting all of the NBA All-Star weekend festivities, and something called... Raptors playoff games? That last bit sounds important.
- Sportsnet will be responsible for broadcasting the other 35 games, with 13 airing on Sportsnet, nine airing on Sportsnet ONE, and 13 airing on Sportsnet 360. So I hope everyone has upgraded their TV packages.
- As is now custom, Matt Devlin will be your televised voice of the Raptors. He'll split custody of the games with Jack Armstrong on TSN and Leo Rautins on Sportsnet.
- And finally, radio! Eric Smith (play-by-play) and Paul Jones (analyst) are your guys on FAN 590. Then, Jones flips the script and does play-by-play with Armstrong and Sherman Hamilton on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. Radio is a tough racket.
Guys, let's just all take a deep breath and get ready to enjoy some basketball.