The Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse team signed a television agreement today to televise all eight home games during the 2002-2003 season on WRWB TV-16. WB-16 will televise five Knighthawks lacrosse games live from the Arena, with the remaining three home games replayed on a taped delayed basis on WB-16. The agreement also includes the television broadcast of 22 Rochester Americans hockey games.
"This local television agreement is truly historic for our local professional sports teams," said Americans & Knighthawks President & CEO Steve Donner. "With the cooperation of Time Warner Cable, WRWB TV-16 and The Blue Cross Arena, we will be able to market our players, teams, the Arena and our sponsors to over a million fans in our region. This is the first step in a technological adventure that will bring professional sports closer to every fan in Rochester and the surrounding area."
Using an underground fiber cable connection between The Blue Cross Arena and the Time Warner Cable studios on Mt. Hope Avenue, the television stations will be able to transmit a live action broadcast feed from the Constellation Video Board in the Arena to local cable outlets in area homes. Inserting the audio play-by-play from the broadcasters in the Arena press box, a complete television game production will be made available for viewers.
"One of our goals is to provide our customers with quality programming that they can't get anywhere else," said Jeffrey Hirsch, Division President of Time Warner Cable. "The addition of the Amerks and Knighthawks games to our line-up gives us the opportunity to provide valuable local content."
A unique combination of live games and taped delayed contests highlight the television schedule. Fans will be able to watch either the Amerks or Knighthawks on a weekly basis beginning in late November until both teams enter the playoffs in April.
"We couldn't be more excited to bring these games to area sports fans," said Tish Robinson, General Manager of WRWB TV, Rochester's WB-16. "This is the result of a true cooperative vision on behalf of Time Warner Cable, WB-16, the teams and The Blue Cross Arena. Together we are providing an important show of support for our local sports teams while helping build interest in these sports among young people."
The first Knighthawks game to be carried on WB-16 is the season opener vs. the New Jersey Storm. The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, December 28th at 7:30pm. The first scheduled television broadcast of the new agreement will feature the Friday, November 22nd American Hockey League contest between the Rochester Americans and the Albany River Rats. That game will be tape delayed until Saturday, November 23 when it will be replayed at 11:00 a.m. on Time Warner Cable Channel 98.
The National Lacrosse League has already announced its 22 game national television package in Canada, to be carried on Rogers Sportsnet. The league expects to announce its television schedule for the United States in the coming days.
KNIGHTHAWKS LACROSSE ON WB-16
(all games from the Blue Cross Arena)
Sat., Dec. 28 New Jersey LIVE at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 18 Vancouver LIVE at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 1 Albany tape delay at 9:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 15 Columbus LIVE at 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 28 Ottawa tape delay Sat., Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 14 Toronto tape delay Sat., Mar. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 29 Buffalo LIVE at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 12 Philadelphia LIVE at 7:30 p.m.