ORLANDO, FL — The Orlando Magic and FOX Sports Florida have announced the 2013-14 local television broadcast schedule.
For the second straight season, all Magic games will be televised exclusively on one channel in high definition: FOX Sports Florida. The network will televise 81 regular-season games and one preseason game.
FOX Sports Florida, the exclusive local TV home of the Orlando Magic, kicks off its regular season coverage with the team’s opener on Tues., Oct. 29 at Indiana. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 pm ET, with tip set for 7 p.m. ET.
In addition, FOX Sports Florida will air the Magic’s final preseason game on Fri., Oct. 25 vs. New Orleans. Coverage begins live from Amway Center at 7 p.m. ET.
Calling the action for Orlando Magic basketball on FOX Sports Florida will be longtime Magic announcer David Steele (play-by-play), celebrating his 25th season with the team, and former Magic player, Jeff Turner (analyst).
Magic fans will continue to enjoy extensive live pregame and postgame content during “Magic LIVE,” including expert analysis, news conferences, player interviews and more. A half-hour edition of the show will air before each of the 81 regular season games, with an extended postgame edition to return immediately following each game broadcast.
Paul Kennedy, who also returns for his 25th season covering the Magic, will serve as the host of “Magic LIVE.” Joining him will be former Magic players Nick Anderson and Tony Battie, and former Magic Head Coach Brian Hill, who will take turns analyzing the matchups throughout Orlando’s Silver Season.
Dante Marchitelli will serve as sideline reporter for all Magic road games, while Jessica Blaylock will join the crew during all home games as a social media reporter via twitter on @FOXSportsMagic.
FOX Sports Florida will continue to bring Magic fans closer to their hometown team with its commitment to feature programming produced by the network. Six new episodes of the “Inside the Magic” series will focus on the team’s 25th Anniversary, as well as the team’s current roster and operations. In addition, FOX Sports Florida will take a look back in Magic history by airing six “Magic Classic Games.”
For a complete listing of channel locations for FOX Sports Florida in your area, please visit FOXSportsFlorida.com.
ABOUT THE ORLANDO MAGIC
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic, celebrating its 25th Anniversary Silver Season, has seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 23 years more than $18 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations via the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the Magic’s 2013-14 Silver Season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards‘ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.