Hornets and FOX Announce Franchise High Broadcast Deal

By Community | August 23, 2012

National Basketball Association (NBA) side, the New Orleans Hornets and FOX Sports New Orleans, have announced the 2012/13 broadcast schedule that will feature a franchise-high 75 live regular season home and away Hornets games.

FOX Sports New Orleans is available statewide on cable, satellite and telco providers.

The schedule begins on 31 October against the San Antonio Spurs and will go on to feature 38 home and 37 away games.

Dennis Lauscha, President of the Hornets said: “We are proud of our relationship with Fox Sports and excited to be part of the launch of a new network that will bring Hornets basketball not only to New Orleans but to all our fans throughout the Gulf South with a franchise-record 75 broadcasts,”

Highlights of the schedule include both games against Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the World Champion Miami HEAT on Dec. 8 in Miami and Mar. 29 in New Orleans, all four games against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder (Nov. 16, Dec. 1, Dec. 12, Feb. 27), all four games against Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 5, Jan. 29, Mar. 6, Apr. 9) and all four series matchups against division-rivals Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

John Heidtke, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports New Orleans added: “We’re anxious to get the season started and to begin our new partnership with the New Orleans Hornets.

“We look forward to what promises to be an exciting season.”

Hornets’ coverage on FOX Sports New Orleans will include ‘Hornets Live’ pre-game and post-game show and additional Hornets programming.

FOX Sports New Orleans

FOX Sports New Orleans will become the 21st regional sports network in the FOX Sports Networks family. The network will offer a robust lineup of local sports programming, including SEC football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, Olympic sports and coaches’ shows. Other regional programming on FOX Sports New Orleans will feature Big 12 and Conference USA collegiate events, Texas Rangers baseball and Dallas Stars hockey. FOX Sports New Orleans will be available to over 1.6 million cable and satellite TV homes throughout the Hornets territory.

FOX Sports is the nation’s leader in offering hometown NBA coverage through FSN, the largest owned-and-operated regional sports network group in the country. FSN serves as the local television home to more than half of all NBA teams, producing more than 1,000 live NBA telecasts per season.