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Columbus Blue Jackets, FSN Ohio Announce 2007-08 Telecast Schedule

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and television partner FSN Ohio released the 2007-08 telecast schedule as the network will once again carry 75 regular season games live, including 24 in High Definition, starting Friday, Oct. 5, when the Blue Jackets open their seventh National Hockey League season at home with a 7 p.m. game against defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

Thirteen of FSN Ohio's High Definition telecasts will originate from Nationwide Arena along with 11 on the road. Central Ohio viewers who have HD televisions equipped with a digital cable box can find the HD broadcasts on Time Warner's channel 753 and Insight’s channel 929.

"We're pleased to partner with FSN Ohio to offer our fans 75 broadcasts of Blue Jackets hockey including an expanded high definition schedule. FSN Ohio will once again offer fans throughout Ohio unparalleled access and coverage of the Blue Jackets," said the club's Vice-President of Marketing Marc Gregory.

FSN Ohio will air 39 home games and 36 away contests during the 2007-08 regular season. Highlights of this year's television schedule include 29 of the 32 rivalry games against Central Division foes Detroit, St. Louis, Nashville and Chicago. The schedule also features the team’s 10 inter-conference games against Eastern Conference opponents in the Northeast and Southeast divisions, including a Feb. 5 home contest against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. In addition, FSN Ohio will carry the Blue Jackets' string of consecutive road games against Canadian opponents - Toronto (Feb. 19), Ottawa (Feb. 21) and Montreal (Feb. 23).

"FSN Ohio is thrilled to offer Blue Jackets fans 24 games in high definition this season," said FSN Ohio's Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Liverani. "As the leading sports television network in the region, FSN Ohio will provide fans with more access, information and in-depth coverage of the Columbus Blue Jackets than ever before."

The FSN Ohio-Blue Jackets broadcast team once again features play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer alongside color analyst and former NHL All-Star Danny Gare. Coverage each game night begins with Blue Jackets Live presented by your Central Ohio Toyota Dealers, a pre-game show featuring player interviews and analysis 30 minutes prior to each game. Immediately following the final horn, the coverage continues with post-game highlights and analysis on Blue Jackets Live presented by Direct Energy.

Blue Jackets radio network analyst Bill Davidge joins the television team for the pre-game edition of Blue Jackets Live hosted by Jeff Hogan from Nationwide Arena, and Jim Day from the road. The home and road post-game shows are hosted by Jim Day.

On a national level, Versus will feature one Blue Jackets contest when Columbus hosts Dallas at Nationwide Arena on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. In addition, NBC has selected the Mar. 16 home matinee against Detroit as one of the three games on their flex schedule for that Sunday afternoon.

Individual tickets for 2007-08 regular season home games, including the Oct. 5 Opening Night contest vs. Anaheim, are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line locations at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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