CBC Sports signs broadcast deal with Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are coming to CBC Sports.
CBC Sports announced a three-year broadcast agreement Wednesday that brings Raptors basketball to the network for the first time.
Under the terms of the deal, CBC Sports will broadcast up to 10 Raptors regular-season games in the 2007-08 season, and up to 20 regular-season games in each of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns.
CBC Sports' broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
"We're thrilled to welcome Toronto Raptors basketball to CBC for the first time," said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.
"CBC is dedicated to providing Canadians with sports programming that is second-to-none, and having Canada's NBA team — the Raptors — as part of our lineup demonstrates this ongoing commitment.
"This is a great time for us to get involved with the Raptors. They have built a strong, exciting team whose success will only continue to grow over the long-term, both on the court and in the Canadian marketplace."
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the Raptors' owners, also lauded the broadcast deal.
"We're excited that the Raptors will be part of CBC Sports' stellar programming," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of MLSE.
"The promotional power of CBC Sports reaches every location in the country and supports bringing Raptors broadcasts to millions of households coast-to-coast."
The Raptors earned a playoff berth for the first time in five years last season, tying a franchise record for wins (47) and claiming its first Atlantic Division title in franchise history.