The NBA released the schedule of the defending champion Toronto Raptors earlier last month, and we had some time to review what it meant for the squad. Now it’s time to figure out what the Raps’ schedule will mean for you, the average viewer.
Today, the Raptors’ broadcast partners/owners, Bell and Rogers, the corporate cartel that controls, respectively, TSN and Sportsnet, released the team’s television schedule. The games are all on the same times and dates as previously announced, but now you’ll know which channel they’re on (or where on the radio dial on which to tune in).
Check it out below:
As is the standard now, TSN and Sportsnet will each broadcast 41 games apiece, with Matt Devlin doing the play-by-by for all 82. He’ll be joined by Jack Armstrong for the TSN games and Leo Rautins for the Sportsnet contests, each in their usual analyst role.
TSN, meanwhile, will get the Raptors’ first road game of the season (vs. Boston), the Giants of Africa Game (Dec. 5th vs. Houston), and the return of Kawhi to Toronto (on Dec. 11), and both games against our old friends, the Golden State Warriors (Mar. 5 and 16).
On the ol’ radio dial, we can look forward to Eric Smith handling play-by-play duties for 590 The Fan broadcasts, with Paul Jones as his wingman. Meanwhile, for TSN 1050, Jones switches seats and will have Armstrong and Sherman Hamilton in as his analysts.
And of course, because of the inexhaustible demand for basketball coverage, all of Toronto’s preseason games will be televised, including their pair of games on Oct. 8 and 10 against the Rockets that are happening in Tokyo, Japan.
Get — and I can’t stress this enough — ready.