Nashville, Tenn. (September 22, 2015) – For the first time in Nashville Predators franchise history, all 82 regular-season games will have a television home, with 78 contests being broadcast locally on FOX Sports Tennessee and four nationally on NBCSN. The new schedule is the centerpiece to the 2015-16 TV broadcast that also includes the addition of Willy Daunic as the TV play-by-play announcer and the expansion of Lyndsay Rowley’s role as a rinkside reporter for all 78 FOX Sports Tennessee games.
“Each year the Nashville Predators relationship with FOX Sports Tennessee strengthens; with that growing partnership, fans are able to continue enjoying unprecedented access to watch their team both on the ice and behind-the-scenes,” Nashville Predators President and COO Sean Henry said. “In addition to televising 78 regular-season games this season, FOX Sports Tennessee will once again be the first place for fans to go before and after Preds games with another year of Predators LIVE! pregame show, that debuted to huge success last season, and the return of the network’s Predators LIVE! postgame show. It’s going to be an exciting season in Smashville, and FOX Sports Tennessee is the premier place for fans to follow along with the Nashville Predators.”
For the second year, the Predators LIVE! pregame show will run for 30 minutes before all home games and select road games while the postgame show will run after every game telecast. Terry Crisp, who offers unique insight and analysis as one of 14 people who have won the Stanley Cup as both a player and a coach, and has 17 years of broadcasting experience on the Preds television broadcasts, and Mark Howard, who is entering his eighth year as part of the Preds broadcast team, return this season as hosts of Predators LIVE!.
New for the 2015-16 season is the addition of Daunic, formerly the Preds’ radio play-by-play announcer, in the television play-by-play role. Former Preds TV play-by-play broadcaster Pete Weber has moved to the Predators Radio Network where he will join Brent Peterson on the team’s radio call.
Daunic, who has been a part of the Predators broadcast crew since the team began playing in Nashville 17 years ago, will join color commentator Stu Grimson and Rowley to complete Nashville’s in-game broadcasting crew. Rowley will work all 78 FOX Sports Tennessee games, giving the team a rink-side presence for every game for the first time in team history. Throughout the season, Grimson, Daunic and Rowley will join Crisp and Howard at Predators LIVE! and be featured alongside Predators players and personnel in FOX Sports Tennessee original programming such as Predators Snapshot.
All members of the Predators broadcast crew will help contribute unique content to the web at NashvillePredators.com and on the team’s social media channels (Twitter: @PredsNHL, Facebook: Nashville Predators Hockey Team). Throughout the 2015-16 season, content provided by the broadcast crew, as well as by NashvillePredators.com staff writers, will continue to make NashvillePredators.com, along with the Smashville app, the go-to, quick reference for all Preds news, stories and expert analysis.
Coverage begins with a one-hour edition of Predators LIVE! before the Predators’ regular-season opener on Oct. 8 against the Carolina Hurricanes (Predators LIVE! at 6 p.m. CT, face-off at 7 p.m. CT), which will also be the first time fans can get a look at the new broadcast crew pairing of Grimson and Daunic. Other highlights from the 2015-16 telecast schedule include early season matchups against Eastern Conference foes in the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, five contests versus Central Division rival St. Louis Blues and two games against the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Fans should also take note that Buffalo Wild Wings will enter their second year serving as the official away game viewing-party headquarters for the 2015-16 season. All Nashville Predators road games will be available for viewing at all Middle Tennessee Buffalo Wild Wings locations.
Individual game tickets for the 2015-16 Nashville Predators season are currently on sale and available online at NashvillePredators.com, by calling (615) 770-7800 or at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Fans can get the best deals by purchasing tickets through Season-Ticket Plans, Half Season-Ticket Plans or 13-Game Flex Plans. These plans, all on sale now, include benefits like 2016 NHL® All-Star jersey patch and pin, 20 percent discount at the Predators Team Store, 10 percent discount at Bridgestone Arena concession stands, access to the season-ticket holder loyalty program, Smashville Rewards, and more.
More information on the Nashville Predators Season-Ticket Plans, Half Season-Ticket plans, 13-Game Flex Plans and individual game tickets, and links to purchase are available at NashvillePredators.com/Seasons or by calling (615) 770-7800.
About the Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League’s 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 17 years since. The team is led by the only general manager in franchise history, David Poile, two-time Jack Adams Finalist and Stanley Cup-winner Peter Laviolette, and is anchored by three-time Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber, three-time Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne, and a blend of rising young talent and experienced veterans.
About FOX Sports Tennessee
The FOX Sports regional networks serving the Southeast – FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Tennessee and FOX Sports Southeast – collectively reach more than 13 million households across seven states. They are the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Nashville Predators, Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, St. Louis Cardinals, UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, Big East Conference, and Conference USA. Combined, the networks televise nearly 1400 live events each year. For more information, please visit FOXSportsSouth.com, FOXSportsTennessee.com, and FOXSportsCarolinas.com.