SaberCats, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announce 2013 TV schedule

SaberCats, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announce 2013 TV schedule
February 21, 2013, 3:15 pm
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The SaberCats posted a 12-6 record last year before falling 51-48 to the Arizona Rattlers in the first round of the playoffs. (AP)

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose SaberCats and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced Thursday that the network will be the television home for seven SaberCats football games during the 2013 season. The majority of telecasts will be broadcast by the voice of the SaberCats, Bob Fitzgerald and former SaberCats wide receiver Steve Papin.

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“Comcast SportsNet is the premier home for all Bay Area sports on television and we look forward to our renewed partnership this season,” said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. “We are focused as an organization in providing our fans with the best broadcasts of our games possible as we continue our quest for our fourth ArenaBowl championship.”

The SaberCats open the 2013 slate on the road on Saturday, March 23 against the defending Central Division champion San Antonio Talons at the AlamoDome at 5:30 p.m. PT. San Jose’s home opener is in Week 2 against the Orlando Predators on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT at the HP Pavilion.

The partnership also includes a wide range of SaberCats programming separate from the televised games, including a 30-minute show, SaberCats Weekly. The show will delve into the latest action in SaberCats football both on and off the field, including game recaps, previews, interviews with Arbet as well as a number of key players throughout the season.  

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area President Ted Griggs added, “Comcast SportsNet is committed to providing the region’s most comprehensive coverage of one of the Arena Football League’s most illustrious franchises. As the SaberCats make a run at their fourth ArenaBowl Championship, we are pleased to provide our viewers a robust telecast schedule along with season-long news and analysis on SportsNet Central and Chronicle Live.”

2013 San Jose SaberCats on Comcast SportsNet:
Date                                      Opponent                            Time                     Network
Saturday, March 23               at San Antonio Talons           5:30 p.m. PT         CSN Plus
Friday, March 29                   Orlando Predators                7:30 p.m. PT          CSN Bay Area
Saturday, April 27                 at New Orleans VooDoo        5:00 p.m. PT         CSN Plus
Saturday, May 18                  at Jacksonville Sharks           4:00 p.m. PT          CSN Plus
Saturday, June 15                 at Iowa Barnstormers            5:05 p.m. PT          CSN Bay Area
Saturday, June 29                 at Utah Blaze                        6:00 p.m. PT           CSN Bay Area
Saturday, July 27                  at Chicago Rush                   5:00 p.m. PT           CSN Bay Area