FSN Florida Expands Spanish Language SAP Audio to 70 Marlins' Home Games in 2005

FSN Florida to Produce SAP Feed for 46 Games on the Regional Sports Network and 24 Games on PAX TV

Spanish Language Announcers Cookie Rojas and Raul Striker, Jr. Return for Third Season

(SUNRISE, FL) – FSN Florida, the exclusive television rights holder for Florida Marlins baseball, today announced that it will produce a live Spanish audio SAP feed for 70 Marlins' home games during the 2005 regular season. FSN Florida will telecast Spanish language play-by-play and color commentary for 46 of the regional sports network's home game telecasts and, for the first time, in home game telecasts on broadcast television. FSN's coverage of the Florida Marlins is televised throughout Florida on over 150 cable systems plus Direct TV and the Dish Network. Paxson Communications' PAX TV will televise 24 Marlins' home games on WPXM TV-35 in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

Five-time MLB All-Star Cookie Rojas and South Florida sports producer and broadcaster Raul Striker, Jr. return to FSN Florida's Spanish language broadcast booth for a third year. Rojas, a 19-year veteran of professional baseball, will provide the color commentary and game analysis alongside Striker Jr., who will call the play-by-play action. FSN Florida's regular season Marlins coverage begins Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. with a home game against the Atlanta Braves. (SAP game schedule follows)

"FSN Florida is pleased to announce that every Florida Marlins' home game telecast on FSN and PAX station WPXM, serving the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market, will have Spanish language game call accessible through SAP technology," said Jeff Genthner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FSN Florida. "With a Spanish language audio feed on all FSN Florida and broadcast television Marlins' home games, the Hispanic community will be able to enjoy the game call of Cookie Rojas and Raul Striker, Jr. on 70 games in 2005, an increase of 40% over Spanish language SAP games during the 2004 season."

The secondary audio feed is accessible through the (SAP) program feature is available on most television sets. The SAP audio is imbedded within a television channel as an alternative to the standard audio that accompanies the video portion of a program. Listeners can choose this secondary audio signal through either a television, stereo VCR equipped to receive SAP signals, or a special SAP receiver. FSN Florida's 2005 Marlins SAP coverage is sponsored by KFC.

FSN Florida's 2005 Marlins Home Game SAP Telecast Schedule

Tue. 5-Apr v. Atlanta 4:00p
Wed. 6-Apr v. Atlanta 7:00p
Thu. 7-Apr v. Atlanta 7:00p
Sat. 9-Apr v. Washington 6:00p
Sun. 10-Apr v. Washington 1:00p
Mon. 11-Apr v. Philadelphia 7:00p
Tue. 12-Apr v. Philadelphia 7:00p
Wed. 13-Apr v. Philadelphia 1:00p
Thu. 21-Apr v. NY Mets 7:00p
Sat. 23-Apr v. Cincinnati 1:00p
Sun. 24-Apr v. Cincinnati 1:00p
Fri. 6-May v. Colorado 7:30p
Mon. 9-May v. Houston 7:00p
Wed. 11-May v. Houston 7:00p
Sun. 22-May v. Tampa Bay 1:00p
Mon. 23-May v. Philadelphia 7:00p
Tue. 24-May v. Philadelphia 7:00p
Thu. 26-May v. NY Mets 7:00p
Fri. 27-May v. NY Mets 7:30p
Tue. 7-Jun v. Seattle 7:00p
Thu. 9-Jun v. Seattle 7:00p
Fri. 10-Jun v. Texas 7:30p
Sun. 12-Jun v. Texas 1:00p
Tue. 28-Jun v. Atlanta 7:00p
Wed. 29-Jun v. Atlanta 7:00p
Thu. 30-Jun v. Atlanta 7:00p
Tue. 5-Jul v. Milwaukee 7:00p
Thu. 7-Jul v. Milwaukee 1:00p
Sat. 9-Jul v. Chicago Cubs 6:00p
Sun. 10-Jul v. Chicago Cubs 1:00p
Tue. 26-Jul v. Pittsburgh 7:00p
Fri. 29-Jul v. Washington 7:30p
Tue. 9-Aug v. Arizona 7:00p
Wed. 10-Aug v. Arizona 7:00p
Fri. 12-Aug v. San Francisco 7:30p
Tue. 16-Aug v. San Diego 7:00p
Thu. 18-Aug v. San Diego 7:00p
Fri. 19-Aug v. Los Angeles 7:30p
Mon. 22-Aug v. Los Angeles 1:00p
Tue. 30-Aug v. St. Louis 7:00p
Fri. 2-Sep v. NY Mets 7:30p
Mon. 26-Sep v. Washington 7:00p
Tues 27-Sep v. Washington 7:00p
Wed. 28-Sep v. Washington 7:00p
Sat. 1-Oct v. Atlanta 6:00p
Sun. 2-Oct v. Atlanta 1:00p

FSN Florida reaches over 5 million households in Florida. FSN Florida's programming includes Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, the University of Miami, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and The Sports List. FSN Florida is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks.

Rainbow Sports Networks is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Fox Sports Net reaches more than 81.1 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership in Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of FSN regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets: Chicago, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.

Press Contacts

  • Diana Hanford
    FSN Florida, Communications Manager