The National TV Schedule for the National Hockey League and for the Dallas Stars, it's only going to be a handful of games on National Television as Versus has only scheduled 3 Games for the upcoming season as they have one in November, one in January and one in December.
In addition to the Versus Games, theirs 2 that the Dallas Stars are being looked at for games on NBC Late in the regular season. One of them is on the last day of the regular season as the Stars are looking at the March 13 game against the LA Kings and on April 10 against the Minnesota Wild which would end the regular season before the playoffs are scheduled to get underway on April 13 this season.
For the NBC Games, some of the dates are on a Flex Package so it could depend on how both teams are looking heading into the last few weeks of the regular season. With both teams out of the playoffs last year, don't be surprised to see this game in particular to be switched to get a game that could get playoff or division title possibilities.
This stinks that the team could possibly be on National TV 3-to-5 Times this season as the team could still possibly struggle again, especially with the current ownership situation being in the air. I also blame the NHL where they seem to be so stinking biases towards the big East Coast Teams like Pittsburgh & Washington to get Ovechkin & Crosby on TV More.
Also teams like the NY Based Teams (NYR, NYI, NJ), Philadelphia and Boston. They still had very few big time Western Conference Teams like the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche just to name a few.
Hopefully when the Dallas Stars get out of the ownership situation this season, they will start getting out of the valley and get stronger and ultimately back on National TV a lot more.
Here's the expected National TV Schedule for the Dallas Stars. To see the full NHL Television Highlights, Click Here
In addition to the NHL Website, Greg Wyshynski who does the Puck Daddy Blog has an interesting take on this as well.
Puck Daddy's Scheduling Takes
NHL Notable Dates
Games on Versus
11/29: @ Carolina Hurricanes
1/17: VS. Los Angeles Kings
2/22: VS. New Jersey Devils
Games that could be on NBC
3/13: VS. Los Angeles Kings
4/10: @ Minnesota Wild
Rest of Dallas Stars TV Coverage
As for the rest of the season, for the 11th straight season and for the 18th season overall. The vast majority of the games will be on FSN Southwest as they will provide coverage for 62 of the team's 82 games during the regular season with about a dozen of the games being on FSN Plus which is the Networks Alt. Network if they is a scheduling conflict. The official dates to find out which games will be on FSN Plus will be announced a later date.
Here's the Dallas Stars Press Release
The Dallas Stars announced today that the National Hockey League club local television schedule for the 2010-2011 season. All 82 games will be televised in the D/FW Market and, for the first time, all games will be on available in HD.
"We are very excited about providing our fans all 82 Dallas Stars Games for local television with every one offered in HD," said Stars Exc. VP Geoff Moore. "I'd like to think our great partners - Jon Heidtke of FOX Sports Southwest and Gary Schneider of CBS 11 & TXA 21 - in working together with us to make that happen. Along with Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, we have an all star line up for our viewing and listening public. With Ralph and Razor again calling the action, we look forward to a great broadcast season for the Dallas Stars."
Fox Sports Southwest: returns for its 18th season of carrying Stars Television Coverage, with 62 regular season games scheduled on the network. 12 of these games will be on FSN Plus, the network's alt. channel which is provided by participating cable and satellite providers. Specific channel info. for ind. carriers will be announced a later date.
FSN Sports Southwest provides quality local sports programming for over 10 million cable and satellite TV Subscribers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of New Mexico. The Stars Regular season opener is on Friday, October 8 at New Jersey is featured on FOX Sports Southwest schedule, as well as the team's home openers on October 14 vs. the Detroit Red Wings.
FOX Sports Southwest comprehensive coverage includes "Stars Live" pre and postgame shows before and after ever game, a weekly "Stars Insider" magazine show, and interview and documentary specials airing throughout the season.
TXA 21: Seventeen games will be broadcast locally on air on TXA 21 which enters its first season of a four year contract agreement to televise Stars Games. Stars Broadcasts on TXA 21 will air primarily on Saturday Nights, beginning on October 9 when the Stars visit the NY Islanders. Stars Games will have a 30 minute pregame and postgame shows.
The Stars join an extensive sports lineup on TXA 21, including Texas Rangers, Friday Night HS Football, Dallas Mavericks Basketball, as well as BIG 12 Sports, SEC Football and the HS Football Game of the Week. If its local sports in D/FW, it must be TXA 21
For more info on on TXA 21, click here
Versus will exclusively televise three Stars Contests: Monday, November 29; Monday January 17 VS. Los Angeles; and Tuesday February 22 VS. New Jersey. Versus is the exclusive national cable home for the National Hockey League.
NBC Sports has the option to choose from two games on the Dallas Stars local TV Schedule during the Spring. First introduced in 2007, NHL on NBC will feature flexible scheduling for regular season dates on the network. NBC will have nearly two weeks in advance of a particular weekend to select which games to air. No matter what NBC Decides on possibly picking up Dallas contests, all 82 Stars Games will be televised locally in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area
Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket enters its second season as the flagship home of the Dallas Stars Hockey and will broadcast all 82 regular season contests and all playoff games, with extensive pre and post game shows planned for most games with studio host Matt Mcclearin, and home post game shows with Bob Sturm and Dan Mcdowell. The Ticket will also broadcast one Stars Preseason Game - September 30, 2010 vs. the Colorado Avalanche. The all sports broadcast on both 1310 AM & 104.1 FM.
Forming the broadcast team for the Stars 15th straight season will be Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh. Strangis begins his 21st season as a Stars Broadcaster while Reaugh will serve in his 15th season as the Stars Color Analyst.
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