As we’ve been telling you, the Connecticut Sun and CPTV Sports have been on verge of a new relationship.
Well, the courtship is now over.
The Sun announced Wednesday a new deal with CPTV Sports that will begin with tonight’s preseason game against the Minnesota Lynx.
Up to 23 broadcasts of home and away Sun games are currently planned with more potential additions to the schedule. Veteran Sun broadcaster Bob Heussler will handle play-by-play duties while former UConn greats Rebecca Lobo, Jen Rizzotti and Kara Wolters will rotate as color commentators. In a creative arrangement that will allow more Sun games to be aired, CPTV Sports will also take advantage of opportunities to utilize the opponent’s broadcast when Connecticut is playing on the road.
“We are very excited for this new partnership with CPTV Sports and the opportunity to broadcast many more home and away games to our fans around the state than ever before,” Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “This is a wonderful chance to give our loyal fans a chance to watch the Sun on the road while also showing those who have not yet attended a Sun home game what they are missing.”
The first independently-owned WNBA franchise, the Connecticut Sun have been one of the most successful teams in the league, advancing to the playoffs seven times in nine years with two trips to the WNBA Finals. Led by league stars Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery, Asjha Jones and Kara Lawson, the Sun posted a 21-13 record that was tied for best in the Eastern Conference. With virtually the entire lineup back from last year, the Sun will be aiming for their first WNBA Championship in 2012.
“With the return of our core players along with the addition of some talented free agents, we feel this team can compete with anyone,” Sienko said. “We are eager to get the season underway.”
A not-for-profit channel owned and managed by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), CPTV Sports is the new, expanded version of its previous incarnation, the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN). Launched in November 2011, CPTV Sports is Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network broadcasting Connecticut high school, college and professional sports competitions from more than 40 schools and organizations, including the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University and the state university system. CPTV Sports also brings viewers coverage of unique sporting events like auto racing, roller derby and ultimate frisbee.
CPTV Sports is available on Comcast cable channels 185, 187 and 744; Cox Communications cable channel 805; Cablevision channel 139; Charter Northeaster channel 223; Charter Western channel 224 and Thames Valley channel 87.
“Based on our long tradition of excellence in sports and basketball coverage, CPTV Sports is thrilled to be partnering with the Connecticut Sun to give the team more expanded television coverage than ever before,” said Jerry Franklin, the President and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, which is the parent company of CPTV Sports.
Thursday, 10 May v. Minnesota, preseason 7pm
Sunday, 20 May v. New York, 5pm
Friday, 25 May v. San Antonio, 7pm
Friday, 1 June v. Minnesota, 7pm
Sunday, 3 June v. Washington, 3pm
Sunday, 10 June v. Atlanta, 5pm
Tuesday, 19 June v. Indiana, 7pm
Thursday, 21 June @ Indiana, 7pm
Friday, 29 June @ Washington, 7pm
Sunday, 1 July v. Seattle, 5pm
Saturday, 7 July @ Minnesota, 8pm
Tuesday, 10 July @ Washington, 11:30am
Friday, 13 July @ Chicago, 8:30pm
Saturday, 18 August v. New York, 7pm
Sunday, 26 August v. Chicago, 5pm
Tuesday, 28 August @ Chicago, 7pm
Tuesday, 4 September @ Washington, 7pm
Friday, 7 September v. Phoenix, 7pm
Sunday, 9 September v. Chicago, 5pm
Wednesday, 12 September @ Phoenix, 10pm
Friday, 14 September @ Los Angeles, 11pm
Sunday, 16 September @ Seattle, 9pm
Sunday, 23 September v. Atlanta, 5pm