Blazers Announce Television Broadcast Schedule

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The Blazers released the TV broadcast schedule for the 2013-2014 season, in which every game will be televised.

This season, 78 games will be televised locally. 60 of the games will be aired on Comcast SportsNet (CSN), and the other 18 will air on KGW NewsChannel 8. The other four games will air on TNT nationally. ESPN will air two Blazers games nationally, both of which will be simulcasted on CSN.

The press release, seen below, also highlights the crew CSN will bring back for this season of Blazers basketball.

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 29, 2013) – The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that all 82 regular season games will be broadcast in high definition, highlighted by a 78-game local broadcast schedule.

The Trail Blazers will air 60 games on Comcast SportsNet (CSN) and 18 contests on KGW NewsChannel 8. The remaining four games will air exclusively on TNT. In addition, two games are scheduled to be simulcast nationally on ESPN and locally on CSN.

Mike Barrett enters his 15th season on the Trail Blazers broadcast team and his 11th season handling television play-by-play duties. For the ninth straight year, Barrett will be joined on the broadcast by color analyst Mike Rice, who begins his 24th season overall behind the microphone for the Trail Blazers.

Adam Bjaranson, in his fourth season, and Michael Holton, who begins his seventh season, will anchor Trail Blazers pregame and halftime coverage. For the second season, the Toyota Pre-Game Show and McDonald’s Halftime Show will be shot live from the 100-level concourse of the Moda Center.

On Aug. 15, Charter Communications and CSNNW announced the completion of a distribution agreement to launch CSNNW to Charter customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a result, Trail Blazers games and other sports programming will be available to Charter customers, including regions in Southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast, with Expanded Basic Digital service beginning Sept. 17.

Three new Partial Season Ticket Plans are on sale now featuring the Big Game Pack, Weekend Pack and Rivals Pack. These eight and 12-game plans are the best way to secure seats to all the biggest games now prior to individual tickets going on sale in late September. Call 503-797-9600 or visit trailblazers.com for more information.

The complete TV broadcast schedule is shown here.

How does this schedule impact what games you plan to go to this season? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar

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Blazers to Transition to 620 AM

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It was announced today by the Blazers would move broadcasts to a new radio station: FOX Sports Radio 620 AM in Portland. This deal encompasses both pre-season and regular season games, as well as Trail Blazers Courtside. As they were previously, the games will be called by Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey. Wheeler and Harvey will be joined by TV broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, as the four will all host Trail Blazers Courtside.

The first broadcast on the new station will be the Blazers first pre-season game this year, October 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Trail Blazers Courtside will debut this season on Monday, September 9.

Below is the official press release from the Blazers:

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 29, 2013) – The Portland Trail Blazers and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment have entered into an agreement to air all preseason and regular season games on Fox Sports Radio 620 (KPOJ AM) during the 2013-14 season, it was announced by the team today.

Trail Blazers Radio Announcers Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will call the first broadcast on the new radio flagship when the Trail Blazers open the 2013-14 preseason against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center on Monday, Oct. 7. 

“We are excited about the opportunity to broadcast our games on a station the offers an all-sports format,” said Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan. “This transition also allows us to avoid any preemption throughout the course of the season.”

Fox Sports Radio 620 will also broadcast Trail Blazers Courtside, the team’s weekly talk show hosted by Wheeler, Harvey and television broadcasters Mike Barrett andMike Rice, beginning Monday, Sept. 9. 

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership and build “Blazer Mania” in Portland,” said Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Market President Robert Dove. ”For all things Trail Blazers you only need Fox Sports Radio 620.”

Radio affiliates outside of the Portland area will not be affected.

What are your thoughts? Will you guys be affected by the change? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, 

~BlazersBySagar

Goodbye Rose Garden, Hello Moda Center

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Well, it’s official. The Blazers and Moda Health have struck a 10 year deal worth about $4.2 million per year over the naming rights for what was formerly known as the Rose Garden.

The new name will be the Moda Center, and it will come with a new logo. Upon the request of Blazers owner Paul Allen, the logo will incorporate a rose as a service to the fans. The Rose Quarter will not be re-named.

In terms of the money, the exact price has not been revealed, but it is around the $4.2 million per year that I mentioned earlier. Casey Holdahl (digital reporter for the Blazers) did some work and compared this to other NBA markets around Portland’s market-size. The Indiana Pacers, who play in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, only get $2 million per year. The Phoenix Suns, who play in US Airways Center, only get $866,000 per year. Other arena’s that are worth the same as us are the FedEx Forum (Memphis Grizzlies – NBA) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks – NFL, Seattle Sounders – MLS). This is a VERY good deal for the team. The money will go towards enhancing the fan experience and facility improvements.

There are a few other things to note. While the new logo will probably be revealed within the next month, the logo won’t be up in the arena until later in the season. A good guess, given by Blazers President Chris McGowan, is December 1. With the new deal, the fountain close to the MAX station entrance will also be fixed.

Blazers Ink Williams

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In what was expected to be a fairly low-key Wednesday afternoon, the Blazers surprised the Twitter-verse by signing free agent point guard Mo Williams. Williams was one of the top free agents remaining on the market, if not the top free agent. Both the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat were heavily pursuing him, but he chose to come to Portland.

The contract is a fairly standard one. It is two years, $5.4 million contract, with a player option on the second year. The contract should come as a surprise to no one, as player options are increasingly becoming more and more prevalent in deals.

In his 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers, he has held career averages of 13.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. He was an All Star in 2009, and last season, he averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists, shot 43% from the field, and shot 38% from three-point land. He did all of that in 46 starts for the Jazz last season. He did, however, miss a large part of the season after undergoing surgery on his thumb.

Williams will wear #7 for the Blazers, which does bring some controversy. As most Blazer fans should remember, the last player who wore #7 for Portland had a few glorious years here.

Most of the fan base on Twitter and Facebook are split. Some are fine with Williams wearing Roy’s number, but others argue that Roy and his jersey should be hung in the rafters of the Rose Garden. I have to agree with hanging Roy’s jersey in the rafters. He did so much for the team. He brought the franchise out of one of the worst eras we’ve endured with the Jail Blazers and he ended a Playoff drought for the team. I just can’t imagine not having his jersey in the rafters.

To wrap it all up, I like the signing, although it shocked everybody, but I don’t like that the franchise let Williams choose #7 for his jersey.

How do you guys feel about the signing? Do you guys think it was right to let Williams wear #7? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar

Dissecting the 2013-2014 Schedule

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The NBA released the 2013-2014 schedule this afternoon, and to be honest, Portland got a decent schedule. The season starts off fairly difficult, when they start with 10 of the first 17 on the road, It’ll even out in the middle, and the end of the season, in which 5 of the last 6 games will be played at the Rose Garden. However, the season will be travel-heavy. By the time the season ends, Portland will have traveled about 50,000 miles, second only to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Portland’s season opener is on the road for the first time in a few years, as they visit the land of the sun and take on the Phoenix Suns on October 30. Their home opener, their third game, against the reigning Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs come to town on November 2.

During the season, Portland will play each Eastern Conference team twice, one meeting at home, and the other on the road. Portland will also play each Western Conference team four times, except for a select few, which Portland will only meet three times. Of the teams Portland will play against four times, two meetings will be at home and two will be on the road.

As I mentioned earlier, Portland plays a few teams just three times. Portland will host the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers twice, and will visit each team just once. However, Portland will play visitor to both the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks twice, but will only host each of the two teams once.

The Blazers longest road trip will be just five games long. They will have two five game road trips this season. The first will put Portland up against the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, and New Orleans Pelicans. The trip will take place between March 7 and March 14. The second five game road trip will have Portland squaring off against the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, and Chicago Bulls. This road trip will be between March 22 and March 28. Getting by with a five game road trip as your longest is a gift, as the Blazers haven’t fared well in seven or eight game road trips.

The team’s longest home stand will last four games. Just as they did with road trips, they will have two of these home stands. The first one will have the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks all coming to town. This home stand be between the dates of December 2 and December 7. The second home stand will feature the Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Atlanta Hawks, all between the dates of February 26 and March 5.

The Blazers will get to say hello to some former Blazers fairly early in the season. Former Blazer, and 2007 #1 overall draft pick Greg Oden will make his return to the Rose Garden on December 28 as the Miami Heat visit. Also, fan favorite J.J. Hickson will play against the Blazers on January 23 as the Denver Nuggets visit Portland.

Portland’s schedule features 19 back-to-back sets. Of those 19, 10 will have both games on the road. Only one of those 19 will feature both games being played at the Rose Garden. The remaining eight sets will be split into two categories of four. One category has a road game, followed by a home game. The other features the home game before the road game.

How does this fare for the Blazers and their playoff chances? I have to say that Portland will not crack the top six seeds in the Western Conference. They will, however, put up a very good fight for one of the final two spots. Those two spots will not be easy to get, as they will be competing with the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Dallas Mavericks.

For a full schedule, as well as national and local television broadcasting, check out the “Salaries” page here.

What do you guys think of the schedule Portland is slated for? Do you think it is a fair schedule? What seed do you think Portland will be in the Western Conference? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar

Blazers Selling Rose Garden Naming Rights?

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It’s been well documented for a while among media members that Blazers president Chris McGowan has been actively shopping the naming rights of the arena, what we call the Rose Garden. It was recently reported by Isaac Ropp of 1080 the Fan (AM radio station in Portland) that the Blazers had sold the arena naming rights to Moda Health.

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As Ropp noted, the deal was rumored to be $4.2 million per year. There were no reports of what the arena would be called, although we would guess something along the lines of either Moda Health Garden or Moda Health Arena. However, earlier this week, Candace Buckner of The Columbian reported that the Blazers had not reached an agreement regarding the naming rights. They were furiously denying the report.

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That makes it official that the naming rights to the Rose Garden haven’t been sold to Moda Health, YET. McGowan is still actively shopping the naming rights.

I really don’t want to sell the naming rights. The Rose Garden is a name that reminds everyone of the city of Portland, the Rose City! I also heard that when the Rose Garden was built, the Blazers said they didn’t plan on changing the name. I don’t think I can get used to a new name, and I will still call it the Rose Garden, no matter what the name becomes.

What do you guys think? Do you guys like the idea of renaming the Rose Garden? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar

Blazers Renew TV Contract with KGW

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It was made official by the Blazers on July 30 that they had renewed their contract with KGW Channel 8 for the next three seasons, through the 2015-2016 season. This means that at least 16 games will be aired live by KGW each season. Of course, the station could choose to air more if they wanted to, but the contract minimum is 16 games per season.

However, this leaves Seattle blacked out. Fans in Seattle can’t watch Blazers games through NBA League Pass as the city is considered by the NBA to be a home market for the team. Also, KGW isn’t aired in Seattle, as it is a local channel. For a few years, KING-TV was airing Blazers games as a sub-channel, but that contract was not renewed for last season and has not been yet been renewed for the future. The Blazers have not yet announced any web-streaming of the games live, so as of now, the only way for Seattle residents to watch Blazers games (live) is by visiting Portland.

I’m personally happy with the contract extension. I like watching games on KGW Channel 8 whenever I can, and I’m sure many others do as well.

How do you guys feel about the contract renewal? Let me know in the comments!!

I want to thank Blazers Edge for providing much of the Seattle situation information to me. Go ahead and follow them on Twitter @blazersedge for all things Blazers, as well as some cool NBA clips.

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar