BOSTON – Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman, the country's longest running, sports television commentary team, will call their 1000th Celtics telecast tonight when the Celtics play the Utah Jazz. The announcement was made this morning by David Woodman, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Fox Sports Net New England.
Heinsohn and Gorman called their first live Celtics game on November 6, 1981 versus the Indiana Pacers as the Celtics won that contest 111-94. In the 21 years since, the channel has grown to 3.7 million households and has gone from being known as PRISM/New England to Sports Channel New England to Fox Sports Net New England. Tonight's telecast will be Heinsohn and Gorman's 1000th Celtics game together.
"This is not only a milestone for Tommy and Mike, it is a milestone for New England sports," said Woodman. "Tommy and Mike have called more than two decades of Boston Celtics basketball and the game is just a fresh as it ever was with a duo who've graced us with their wit, wisdom, and good nature for all these years."
In commemoration of their 1000th game, Fox Sports Net will host a series of events to recognize Tommy and Mike's milestone, including a halftime presentation at the Celtics game this evening by Celtics legend and fellow television commentator, Bill Walton. Tonight's game will also include special messages from Red Auerbach, Commissioner David Stern, Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.
Fox Sport Net New England reaches more than 3.7 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Fox Sports Net New England's programming includes Boston Celtics, Boston University Hockey, Hockey East, New England Revolution, New England Sports Tonight, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, NASCAR and The NFL Show. Fox Sports Net New England is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks.
Rainbow Sports Networks is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Fox Sports Net reaches more than 80 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., 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 Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets: Chicago, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.