Fans win: Wolves will air 78 of 82 games this season
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- August 21, 2012 - 1:12 PM
You yelped, and the Timberwolves listened.
There was plenty of outcry a year ago when the hastily scheduled lockout season left just 50 of 66 games televised locally.
That's changing this season.
The Wolves have added WFTC Ch. 29 back as a broadcast partner with a 25-game over-the-air schedule in addition to the 50 FSN (and FSN-Plus) games carried last season and again this season.
Add in three exclusive TNT games and fans in the Twin Cities will see 78 of the 82 games this season.
That's the most they've ever carried locally, going back to and including the Kevin Garnett era.
The only games that won't be televised: Home games Jan. 19 vs. Houston and April 5 vs. Toronto and games Jan. 21 at Atlanta and March 21 at Sacramento.
Some of the FSN and Ch. 29 games also will air on NBA TV and ESPN.
Ch. 29 showed 12 games two seasons ago, the last time the team had an over-the-air partner.
They didn't have one last season -- when several prime weekend games, including Ricky Rubio's first NBA start, weren't televised -- because the abruptly started lockout season didn't allow time to put one together.
"We certainly heard from our fans," Wolves senior VP and chief marketing officer Ted Johnson said. "Given how quickly the lockout ended and the season started, we had three weeks to go from zero to 60 and given clearance issues and other techincal issues, we weren't able (to have an over-the-air schedule). Given how exciting of a season it was -- we saw all numbers spike, from attendance to ratings on FSN -- we knew there's certainly an appetite to see more games. It was a given we'd have an over-the-air package, but it was not a given that we'd go as aggressive as we did (with the 25 Ch. 29 games)."
Here's the full TV schedule:
Nov. 2 Friday Sacramento 7:00 PM WFTC
Nov. 4 Sunday at Toronto 5:00 PM FSN
Nov. 5 Monday at Brooklyn 6:30 PM FSN
Nov. 7 Wednesday Orlando 7:00 PM FSN
Nov. 9 Friday Indiana 7:00 PM WFTC
Nov. 10 Saturday at Chicago 7:30 PM WFTC
Nov. 12 Monday at Dallas 7:30 PM FSN
Nov. 14 Wednesday Charlotte 7:00 PM FSN
Nov. 16 Friday Golden State 7:00 PM FSN
Nov. 21 Wednesday Denver 7:00 PM FSN
Nov. 23 Friday at Portland 9:00 PM FSN
Nov. 24 Saturday at Golden State 9:30 PM FSN
Nov. 27 Tuesday at Sacramento 9:00 PM FSN
Nov. 28 Wednesday at L.A. Clippers 9:30 PM FSN
Nov. 30 Friday Milwaukee 7:00 PM WFTC
Dec. 4 Tuesday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM FSN
Dec. 5 Wednesday at Boston 6:30 PM FSN
Dec. 7 Friday Cleveland 7:00 PM FSN
Dec. 12 Wednesday Denver 7:00 PM FSN
Dec. 14 Friday at New Orleans 7:00 PM FSN
Dec. 15 Saturday Dallas 7:00 PM WFTC
Dec. 17 Monday at Orlando 6:00 PM FSN
Dec. 18 Tuesday at Miami 6:30 PM FSN
Dec. 20 Thursday Oklahoma City 6:00 PM TNT
Dec. 23 Sunday at New York 4:00 PM WFTC
Dec. 26 Wednesday Houston 7:00 PM FSN +
Dec. 29 Saturday Phoenix 7:00 PM WFTC
Jan. 2 Wednesday at Utah 8:00 PM FSN +
Jan. 3 Thursday at Denver 8:00 PM FSN +
Jan. 5 Saturday Portland 7:00 PM WFTC
Jan. 8 Tuesday Atlanta 7:00 PM FSN
Jan. 9 Wednesday at Oklahoma City 7:00 PM WFTC
Jan. 11 Friday at New Orleans 7:00 PM FSN
Jan. 13 Sunday at San Antonio 6:00 PM FSN
Jan. 14 Monday at Dallas 7:30 PM FSN
Jan. 17 Thursday L.A. Clippers 7:00 PM TNT
Jan. 23 Wednesday Brooklyn 7:00 PM FSN
Jan. 25 Friday at Washington 6:00 PM FSN
Jan. 26 Saturday at Charlotte 6:30 PM FSN
Jan. 30 Wednesday L.A. Clippers 7:00 PM FSN
Feb. 1 Friday L.A. Lakers 8:30 PM WFTC
Feb. 2 Saturday New Orleans 7:00 PM WFTC
Feb. 4 Monday Portland 7:00 PM FSN
Feb. 6 Wednesday San Antonio 8:00 PM FSN
Feb. 8 Friday New York 7:00 PM FSN
Feb. 10 Sunday at Memphis 5:00 PM WFTC
Feb. 11 Monday at Cleveland 6:00 PM FSN
Feb. 13 Wednesday Utah 7:00 PM FSN
Feb. 20 Wednesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM FSN
Feb. 22 Friday at Oklahoma City 7:00 PM FSN
Feb. 24 Sunday Golden State 2:30 PM FSN
Feb. 26 Tuesday at Phoenix 8:00 PM FSN +
Feb. 28 Thursday at L.A. Lakers 9:30 PM TNT
Mar. 2 Saturday at Portland 9:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 4 Monday Miami 7:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 6 Wednesday Washington 7:00 PM FSN
Mar. 9 Saturday at Denver 8:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 10 Sunday Dallas 6:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 12 Tuesday San Antonio 7:00 PM FSN
Mar. 13 Wednesday at Indiana 6:00 PM FSN
Mar. 15 Friday at Houston 7:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 17 Sunday New Orleans 6:00 PM FSN
Mar. 18 Monday at Memphis 7:00 PM FSN
Mar. 22 Friday at Phoenix 9:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 24 Sunday Chicago 6:00 PM FSN
Mar. 26 Tuesday at Detroit 6:30 PM FSN +
Mar. 27 Wednesday L.A. Lakers 7:00 PM WFTC
Mar. 29 Friday Oklahoma City 7:00 PM FSN
Mar. 30 Saturday Memphis 7:00 PM WFTC
Apr. 1 Monday Boston 7:00 PM WFTC
Apr. 3 Wednesday at Milwaukee 7:00 PM FSN +
Apr. 6 Saturday Detroit 7:00 PM WFTC
Apr. 9 Tuesday at Golden State 9:30 PM FSN +
Apr. 10 Wednesday at L.A. Clippers 9:30 PM FSN +
Apr. 12 Friday at Utah 8:00 PM WFTC
Apr. 13 Saturday Phoenix 7:00 PM WFTC
Apr. 15 Monday Utah 7:00 PM FSN
Apr. 17 Wednesday at San Antonio 7:00 PM WFTC
A couple other things:
* The Wolves will sell 100 Brandon Roy "No. 3" season-ticket specials at the State Fair starting on Thursday.
They're selling the top rows of Target Center end-zone seats for $3 a game, or $129 for the season package.
And they're selling only 100 of them.
* Also starting Thursday at the State Fair, the Wolves will sell their 12-game "flex" ticket packages.
If you're not a season-ticket holder, a flex pack is the only to get tickets to games against the Lakers, Thunder, Heat and Celtics.
Those games will not be available in single-game sales.
* The Wolves are down to the finalists for their new television play-by-play guy. He'll replace Tom Hanneman,who's moving to studio-host duties for game broadcasts.
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