The Minnesota Timberwolves will have a franchise-record 78 regular-season games on local TV in 2012-13, including 50 on FOX Sports North and 25 on the Wolves' exclusive over-the-air broadcast home, WFTC My29.
The 2012-13 Timberwolves home opener vs. the Sacramento Kings will be broadcast on My29, beginning a string of 36 consecutive televised games to start the season. The TV schedule breaks down as follows:
Nationally-televised games will also be available locally on either My29 or FSN.
The only games not scheduled to be broadcast locally are Jan. 19 vs. Houston, Jan. 21 at Atlanta, March 21 at Sacramento and April 5 vs. Toronto.
"Thanks to our wonderful broadcast partners, we are thrilled to offer our loyal fans the opportunity to watch 95 percent of our regular-season games on television and to listen to all 82 regular-season games on radio," said Ted Johnson, Timberwolves Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief Marketing Officer. "In addition to the 50 games available in high definition on Fox Sports North, we are extremely excited to be returning to My29 for our over-the-air partner, providing Wolves fans with even more opportunities to watch Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and the rest of our young team in what we expect to be a breakout season. We're also thankful for Northland Ford Dealers' commitment to our team as the presenting sponsor of our 25 games on My29. Finally, we're happy to continue our great partnership with one of the premier radio stations in the country in WCCO. It is clear that all four partners share our excitement about the direction and future of our team and we are very grateful for their commitment to our franchise."
The 50-game regular-season FOX Sports North schedule tips off on Sunday Nov. 4 against Toronto with a special one-hour edition of Wolves Live starting at 4:00 p.m. The new Timberwolves play-by-play announcer, joining current analyst Jim Petersen, will be announced at a later date. Tom Hanneman, Robby Incmikoski and Marney Gellner will host Wolves Live before and after every game, featuring analysis from Kevin Lynch and Quincy Lewis.
"I'm confident this will be a competitive and exciting season for the Wolves," said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports North. "We're proud to partner with the Timberwolves to televise 50 games to the loyal NBA fans across the five state region."
This will mark the second time WFTC My 29 has broadcast Timberwolves games, having aired 12 games during the 2010-11 season. The partnership between the Wolves and WFTC My29 is part of an integrated marketing relationship that will include ticket promotions, in-arena promotions, community involvement and other promotional elements.
"We're excited to be partnering with the Timberwolves once again, and to bring My29/WFTC viewers 25 over-the-air games," said Carol Rueppel, Vice President and General Manager of WTFC.