Monday, September 7, 2009

Thrashers and SportSouth Announce 61-Game Television Schedule for 2009-10

Play-by-Play Announcer Matt McConnell to Join Analyst Darren Eliot in the SportSouth Booth

The Atlanta Thrashers and SportSouth, the team’s regional cable partner, have announced the 61-game television schedule (see attached) for the 2009-10 NHL regular season. In all, 61 of the Thrashers 82 regular-season games will be televised locally, including 60 games on SportSouth and one on FOX Sports South. Thrashers games to be broadcast by SportSouth in HD will be released at a later date.

Coverage of the Thrashers 2009-10 regular season will begin on opening night, Saturday, Oct. 3, when they host the Southeast Division-rival Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena at 7 p.m. Overall, 27 home games and 34 road games will be televised throughout the season. Thirty-two of the final 33 road games will be televised by SportSouth, as well as 42 of the team’s final 47 games of the season.

Throughout the season, several key match-ups will be televised including 19 games against Southeast Division rivals (Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and Washington), all four games against the 2009 Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins (Nov. 21, Jan. 5, April 3 and April 10) and the Thrashers lone match-up against 2009 Western Conference-champion Detroit Red Wings (Nov. 25). SportSouth’s coverage also highlights several intra-conference games, televising 13 of the Thrashers contests against Western Conference opponents, incuding match-ups against Chicago (Feb. 13), Columbus (Nov. 5 and March 11) and Anaheim (Jan. 26).

Matt McConnell, the Thrashers original television play-by-play announcer, returns to the SportSouth broadcast booth for the 2009-10 season. McConnell served as the television voice of the team from 1999-00 to 2002-03, and is entering his fifth season in a play-by-play role for the Thrashers. During the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, he co-hosted SportSouth’s Thrashers LIVE and also served as a fill-in announcer for select Thrashers games over the past two seasons.

Darren Eliot, who has served as the Thrashers television analyst since the team’s inception, will join McConnell in the SportSouth broadcast booth for all televised games. In addition to game telecasts, McConnell and Eliot will also co-host Thrashers LIVE expanded post-game coverage on SportSouth.

Thrashers’ telecasts on SportSouth are available in Georgia and South Carolina, as well as Alabama (excluding the Huntsville/Decatur DMA) and Mississippi (excluding Mississippi counties in the Memphis DMA and the counties of Pontotoc, Union, Lee, Itawamba, Prentiss and Tishomingo in the Columbus/Tupelo/West Point DMA).

Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets for the 2009-10 regular season start as low as $10 per game and are available by visiting or calling (866) 715-1500.
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