Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rangers to televise two games on WPIX-TV

In a news release posted yesterday on the New York Rangers' official web site, the National Hockey League team announced they will air two MSG Network-produced games on free over-the-air television for the second straight season. This season's slate features one on February 28th against the Colorado Avalanche and the other on March 21st against the Buffalo Sabres on WPIX-TV. Both games will be also be available in high definition.

"We are proud to partner with PIX 11 to bring our award winning coverage of the Knicks and Rangers to their viewers," MSG Networks executive vice president and general manager Dan Ronayne stated in the news release. "This is a great opportunity to find a new audience and promote the teams as well as our other MSG programming."

Last season, two Rangers games were shown locally on WWOR-TV. It was the first time since April 1, 1989 in Pittsburgh that any particular Rangers game was not aired exclusively on cable.

"The Knicks and the Rangers, like WPIX, have a long and rich history with New York and we are excited about our partnership with MSG and the opportunity to expand our programming for New York sports fans," WPIX-TV president and general Manager Betty Ellen Berlamino said.

Both WPIX-TV (the flagship station of The CW Television Network) and MSG Network have been airing promos this week to notify viewers of this broadcast schedule update. Would you like to see any examples? See the two video clips below with a personal word of thanks to NYRParis30 for providing us with the preview.

video courtesy: MSG Network and WPIX-TV

video courtesy: MSG Network, WPIX-TV and NYRParis30

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