The Nashville Predators announced a new four-year television contract Wednesday that will increase the number of games shown live on television to unprecedented levels.
Beginning with the coming season and continuing through 2013-14, Predators’ broadcasts will be split between Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth.
Those channels will combine to show 60 games in 2010-11, 65 in each of the following two seasons and 70 in 2013-14. Also, a minimum of 45 games will be shown in high definition.
“We wanted to increase the number of games and we also wanted to increase the rights fee paid to the Predators for those games,” Predators executive vice president Chris Parker said in a release announcing the deal. We are excited to say that we accomplished both goals. For the first time in franchise history we will broadcast more than 55 games in a regular season, starting with 60 this year and up to 70 in the final year of the deal.”
Fox Sports Tennessee has been the television home of the Predators since the inaugural season of 1998-99.
The complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.