The Sacramento Kings organization announced today that they will be partnering with Sacramento local television station, News10, an ABC affiliate, to broadcast 11 games of the Kings’ 2013-2014 schedule.
The season and home opening game against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 30th will receive top billing as “Long Live the Kings” and commercial free, coming to Sacramento television sets with zero commercial interruptions. News10 General Manager Maria Barrs and Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger had statements regarding the television partnership.
From the press release:
No one was more excited than we were about the decision to keep the Kings in Sacramento. This is a pivotal year, and a commercial-free opening game is a great chance for fans to tune-in and rediscover why Kings basketball is so exciting and so important to this community,
News10 has been a loyal and valuable partner for us, and we look forward to working with them again this year. We are excited to offer the home opener commercial-free, and give our wonderful fans a peek into the arena experience on what is certain to be a special night,
Here are a couple tweets that tease the “can’t miss” type evening in Sacramento from News10’s Sean Cunningham:
Airing the home/season opener commercial free will allow Kings fans who are unable to be there for that special night to see EVERYTHING
— Sean Cunningham (@News10Sean) September 16, 2013
That Sacramento Kings season/home opener will have such huge pageantry. It’s really going to be something Kings fans can’t miss. NBA 3.0 — Sean Cunningham (@News10Sean) September 16, 2013
News10 sports anchor Bryan May also tweeted in response to a question regarding the Kings broadcast team:
.@24wharf Are Grant and Jerry doing the games this year? Yes, with one more person added to the mix. Stay tuned…
— Bryan May (@BMayNews10) September 16, 2013
I will be in attendance at the game myself for the home opener, and I am thoroughly excited for what Vivek Ranadivé and company have in store for me and the rest of the great, passionate, loyal fans of the Sacramento Kings. I’ll have to set my DVR for this one.
Seventy of the remaining games will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet California and one nationally televised game will be on ESPN when the Kings play the Detroit Pistons.
The News10 television schedule is as follows:
Day Date Opponent Time LocalTelevision Wednesday Oct. 30 Denver Nuggets 7:00 p.m. News10 Sunday Dec. 1 Golden State Warriors 3:00 p.m. News10 Friday Dec. 27 Miami Heat 7:00 p.m. News10 Friday Jan. 17 @ Memphis Grizzlies 5:00 p.m. News10 Friday Jan. 24 Indiana Pacers 7:00 p.m. News10 Sunday Jan. 26 Denver Nuggets 6:00 p.m. News10 Saturday Feb. 1 @ San Antonio Spurs 5:30 p.m. News10 Friday Feb. 28 @ LA Lakers 7:30 p.m. News10 Saturday Mar. 15 @ Chicago Bulls 5:00 p.m. News10 Friday Mar. 28 @ Oklahoma City Thunder 5:00 p.m. News10 Saturday Mar. 29 @ Dallas Mavericks 5:30 p.m. News10