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Hornets Announce New TV Agreement

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - According to an official statement from the NBA Monday, the Hornets games will now be to be available on the new" FOX Sports New Orleans" network.

The new local television station will be the new home of the Hornets. Financial details were not disclosed, officials say.

"This is great news for our market, for our fans and for our region. This will be tremendous for the New Orleans Hornets and our continued growth. It's important that we continue to brand our great city and we see no better way than our partnership with FOX Sports and the creation of FOX Sports New Orleans," said Tom Benson, chairman of the New Orleans Hornets.

Under the new agreement, FOX Sports New Orleans will televise approximately 75 regular-season Hornets games per season, including any games not selected for exclusive distribution by the NBA's national TV partners.

"We are pleased to welcome the Hornets to the FOX Sports family," said Jeff Krolik, executive vice president of FOX Sports Networks. "This is an exciting time for the Hornets and their fans. The team has generated tremendous buzz with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft," Krolik also said. "We are delighted to be partners with them and look forward to a long and successful relationship."

FOX also announced that its regional sports network currently serving the New Orleans market (FOX Sports Southwest) will be re-launched as "FOX Sports New Orleans" in October to coincide with the start of the Hornets' 2012-13 season.

"There are many positive moves happening with the Hornets such as the improvements to the (New Orleans) Arena, and of course our upcoming selection of the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft and this announcement is just the beginning," Benson said.

Hornets' coverage on FOX Sports New Orleans will include HORNETS LIVE pregame and postgame shows and other team programming.


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