After the jump you'll find the announcement that just landed in the Unfair Park in-box, but short story shorter: KTXA will broadcast 15 Dallas Stars regular-season games each season for the next four beginning, well, this season. Most, incidentally, will be Saturday-night games -- and all will be in high-def, of course. Says president Jeff Cogen, "It is very important for us to maintain a strong over-the-air television presence for our fans, and TXA 21 is the preeminent sports carrier in our market."
Indeed: KTVT-Channel 11's sister station already has the Dallas Mavericks, it just got the Texas Rangers this season, and it's the over-the-air provider for Dallas Cowboys cable- and satellite-broadcast games. KDFI-Channel 27 had been the longtime Stars broadcast partner, but Rob Scichili, Dallas Stars spokesman, tells Unfair Park there were myriad Saturday-night conflicts in recent years that banished Stars games to a Fox Sports Southwest "extra" station that had made games hard to find.
Says Scichili, "This elminates all the confusion, because Channel 21 wanted Saturday nights, and we were like, 'Oh, good.' And now we're working iwht FSN to come up with a schedule. This is agood deal for us, because we'll be easier to find. And and the games will be in HD, and our sport is very good in HD."
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TXA 21 NAMED THE NEW OVER-THE-AIR TV HOME OF THE DALLAS STARS
Dallas/Fort Worth - TXA 21 has entered into a four-year contract with the Dallas Stars to broadcast 15 regular season games per season, plus select playoff games, beginning with the 2010-11 season. All of the telecasts will be in high-definition.
Dallas Stars broadcasts will air primarily on Saturday nights on TXA 21 and will include 30-minute pre and post-game coverage. The games to be aired on TXA 21 for 2010-11 will be announced at a later date.
"The Stars are a terrific addition to TXA 21's sports lineup," said CBS 11 and TXA 21 President and General Manager Gary Schneider. "They brought the thrill of a Stanley Cup to North Texas and play an exciting brand of hockey. We're looking forward to bringing that excitement to the fans and viewers with Saturday Night Stars games."
"The Stars are excited to enter into this agreement with TXA 21," commented team President Jeff Cogen. "It is very important for us to maintain a strong over-the-air television presence for our fans and TXA 21 is the preeminent sports carrier in our market."
Forming the broadcast team for the Stars for the 15th consecutive season will be Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh. Strangis begins his 21st season as a Stars broadcaster while Reaugh will serve in his 15th season as the Stars' color analyst.