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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Connecticut Sun, CPTV announce partnership

The Connecticut Sun and CPTV announced that a majority of the WNBA's team's games will be shown on the CPTV Sports station beginning with tonight's preseason game against defending WNBA champion Minnesota. Bear in mind that CPTV Sports is different from CPTV but as time goes on, CPTV Sports is being added to cable/satellite customers in Connecticut.

Here is the press release announcing the move

CPTV Sports Announces Broadcast Deal with WNBA’s Connecticut Sun

HARTFORD Conn. (May 10, 2012) – CPTV Sports, the state’s only 24-hour local sports channel, has announced a new deal with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun to broadcast more televised Sun games than at any time in the franchise’s history.

Beginning with tonight’s preseason game against the Minnesota Lynx, up to 23 broadcasts of home and away Sun games are currently planned with more potential additions to the schedule. Veteran Sun broadcaster Bob Heussler will handle play-by-play duties while former UConn greats Rebecca Lobo, Jen Rizzotti and Kara Wolters will rotate as color commentators. In a creative arrangement that will allow more Sun games to be aired, CPTV Sports will also take advantage of opportunities to utilize the opponent’s broadcast when Connecticut is playing on the road.

Jerry Franklin, President & CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, the parent company of CPTV Sports, commented on the new agreement. “Based on our long tradition of excellence in sports and basketball coverage, CPTV Sports is thrilled to be partnering with the Connecticut Sun to give the team more expanded television coverage than ever before.”

“We are very excited for this new partnership with CPTV Sports and the opportunity to broadcast many more home and away games to our fans around the state than ever before,” Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “This is a wonderful chance to give our loyal fans a chance to watch more of our games on the road while also showing those who have not yet attended a Sun home game what they are missing.”

CPTV Sports Announces New Broadcast Deal with Connecticut Sun/Page 2

The first independently owned WNBA franchise, the Connecticut Sun have been one of the most successful teams in the league, advancing to the playoffs seven times in nine years with two trips to the WNBA Finals. Led by league stars Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery, Asjha Jones and Kara Lawson, the Sun posted a 21-13 record that was tied for best in the Eastern Conference. With virtually the entire lineup back from last year, the Sun will be aiming for their first WNBA Championship in 2012.

“With the return of our core players along with the addition of some talented free agents, we feel this team can compete with anyone,” Sienko said. “We are eager to get the season underway.”

A not-for-profit channel owned and managed by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), CPTV Sports is the new, expanded version of its previous incarnation, the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN). Launched in November 2011, CPTV Sports is Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network broadcasting Connecticut high school, college and professional sports competitions from more than 40 schools and organizations, including the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University and the state university system. CPTV Sports also brings viewers coverage of unique sporting events like auto racing, roller derby and ultimate frisbee.

CPTV Sports is available on Comcast cable channels 185, 187 and 744; Cox Communications cable channel 805; Cablevision channel 139; Charter Northeaster channel 223; Charter
Western channel 224 and Thames Valley channel 87.

The Sun will open their 10th regular season on Saturday, May 19 at New York, and will return home to host the Liberty the next day at Mohegan Sun Arena at 5 p.m. For more information on the Connecticut Sun, visit Season tickets and a variety of mini-plans packages are also on sale now, and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499), via email at or by visiting

Thursday, 10 May v. Minnesota, preseason 7pm                                
Sunday, 20 May v. New York, 5pm                                       
Friday, 25 May v. San Antonio, 7pm                                      
Friday, 1 June v. Minnesota, 7pm                                           
Sunday, 3 June v. Washington, 3pm                                       
Sunday, 10 June v. Atlanta, 5pm                                                        
Tuesday, 19 June v. Indiana, 7pm                                          
Thursday, 21 June @ Indiana, 7pm                                        
Friday, 29 June @ Washington, 7pm                                      
Sunday, 1 July v. Seattle, 5pm                                                
Saturday, 7 July @ Minnesota, 8pm                                       
Tuesday, 10 July @ Washington, 11:30am                             
Friday, 13 July @ Chicago, 8:30pm                                       
Saturday, 18 August v. New York, 7pm                                             
Sunday, 26 August v. Chicago, 5pm                           
Tuesday, 28 August @ Chicago, 7pm                                     
Tuesday, 4 September @ Washington, 7pm                           
Friday, 7 September v. Phoenix, 7pm                                     
Sunday, 9 September v. Chicago, 5pm                                               
Wednesday, 12 September @ Phoenix, 10pm                        
Friday, 14 September @ Los Angeles, 11pm                          
Sunday, 16 September @ Seattle, 9pm                                               
Sunday, 23 September v. Atlanta, 5pm                                               



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