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HURRICANES SIGN 5-YEAR DEAL WITH FOX SPORTS NET

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

55 GAMES WILL BE TELEVISED ON NETWORK THIS SEASON

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2002) -- Ken Lehner, Vice President of Marketing Communications for the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has signed a five-year contract for its games to be televised on Fox Sports Net. The contract, which runs through the 2006-2007 season, will provide 55 games per season on the cable network.

The television package features 33 road games and 22 home games. The Hurricanes Television Network’s first cable broadcast will be the team’s second game of the season against the Atlanta Thrashers from the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Opening night against the New York Rangers at the ESA on Oct. 9 will be shown exclusively on ESPN starting at 8:00 p.m.

“It is a pleasure to build upon the partnership that we have established over the past five seasons with Fox Sports Net,” Lehner said. “We are extremely pleased with the TV schedule that we were able to put together. It features the most compelling road games, as well as the best home games that should sell out.”

Hunter Nickell, Fox Sports Net Senior Vice President and General Manager, said, “The Hurricanes’ hard work to build this team and make it part of the community has really paid off. We’ve been with them since their arrival in the Carolinas, and we are delighted to extend our partnership for the next five seasons.”

John Forslund enters his eighth season as the Hurricanes’ television play-by-play announcer and his 12th overall with the club. Forslund will once again team with Tripp Tracy to provide all the exciting NHL hockey action on Hurricanes television broadcasts. In addition to his hockey broadcast work, Forslund has also covered Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball for Fox Sports Net the past few seasons.

Tracy returns for his fifth year as the Hurricanes’ television color analyst. Tracy is a former goaltender in the Hurricanes organization and a graduate of Harvard University.

The Hurricanes are scheduled to play one other game on ESPN: the regular season finale against the New York Islanders on April 6 at 3:00 p.m. Two other games will be shown on ESPN2 – Jan. 29 vs. Toronto at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 5 at San Jose at 10:30 p.m.

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