TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning and WTOG-TV Channel 44 (CW44) in Tampa Bay are again joining forces to bring Lightning fans three exciting games in high definition on Saturday nights during the 2011-12 season. These games would have otherwise been unavailable in the Tampa Bay market, making this season the first time in franchise history all 82 games will be available on television in the local area.
Entitled "High Voltage Saturday Nights", these games will augment the team's previously-announced broadcast schedules on Sun Sports, VERSUS and NHL Network. The broadcast team of play-by-play man Rick Peckham, color analyst Bobby "the Chief" Taylor as well as rinkside reporter, Sun Sports' Paul Kennedy, remains intact for all games on CW44.
The full High Voltage Saturday Night schedule is below:
|Date ||Game ||Time |
|October 29, 2011 ||vs. Winnipeg ||7 p.m. |
|November 9, 2011 ||vs. New Jersey ||7 p.m. |
|April 7, 2011 ||at Winnipeg ||7 p.m. |
"Our agreement with CW44 brings three great weekend games to our fans," Lightning Chief Operating Officer Steve Griggs said. "More importantly, it means that fans in our area will be able to see each and every Lightning game this season for the first time in the history of the franchise. We are extremely proud of that and would like to thank CW44 for again allowing us to expand our broadcast reach."
"The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a tremendous partner to CW44 during the previous five years and we're very pleased to be extending and expanding our relationship with them," says CW44 Vice President and General Manager Laura Caruso. "CW44 has a long history of providing quality sports entertainment to its viewers that dates back to the inception of the station. We understand the important role sports play in the Tampa Bay community and we have an obligation to provide those viewers with programming that brings them closer to our local sports teams so this was a natural fit. Both the Lightning and CW44 are dedicated to providing the Tampa Bay area with quality sports entertainment and we are very excited about this partnership."