via press release:
FOX Sports New Orleans Doubles TV Distribution for Hornets Games
Hornets Telecasts will be Available Locally on Cox, DirecTV, Dish, and AT&T U-Verse Starting October 31
First Time Ever Hornets Telecasts Will be Available to DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse Customers
FOX Sports New Orleans Will Televise 75 Hornets Games to More Than 1.5 Million TV Homes Across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
With the New Orleans Hornets’ October 31 regular-season opener fast approaching, FOX Sports announced today that more viewers than ever before will be able to watch the team’s local telecasts on the re-branded FOX Sports New Orleans regional sports network thanks to several agreements reached with local video providers.
The opening night telecast against the San Antonio Spurs will reach more than 1.5 million homes throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama on the majority of the local video providers, including Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse. The number of homes is expected to grow as FOX Sports continues negotiations with the other local video distributors.
The Hornets and FOX Sports earlier this year reached a long-term television rights agreement establishing FOX Sports New Orleans as new local television home of the Hornets. Prior to the agreement, Hornets telecasts were available to roughly 700,000 homes in Louisiana.
FOX Sports Southwest, FOX’s regional sports network currently serving Louisiana, will be re-branded as FOX Sports New Orleans throughout the Hornets TV territory on October 31 to coincide with the Hornets’ season opener. FOX Sports New Orleans will televise 75 regular-season Hornets games this season.