INDIANAPOLIS -- The excitement of hometown baseball is coming home to Indiana TV viewers in 2012. The Indianapolis Indians and RTV 6 are teaming up to televise live coverage of Indians home games for the 2012 season on HTSN, Indiana's Hometown Sports & News channel. The announcement was made today by Cal Burleson, Vice President and General Manager of the Indianapolis Indians and by Larry Blackerby, Vice President and General Manager of RTV 6 and HTSN. It is the first time all 72 Indians Home games will be available on free, over-the-air broadcast TV.
"RTV 6 and HTSN are proud to be teaming up with such a family-friendly Hoosier institution like the Indianapolis Indians," says Blackerby. "Live Indians baseball coverage in the spring and summer is a perfect complement to the local sports programming of High School Football in the fall (Friday Football Frenzy) and HTSN's High School Basketball coverage in the winter (Hoosier Hoop Hysteria.) This new partnership bringing all the home baseball games to HTSN is a home-run for viewers across Central Indiana!"
"The Indianapolis Indians are pleased to enter into this relationship with WRTV Channel 6 and their digital channel, HTSN," says Burleson. "This arrangement will provide us with a great way to uplift the fun and excitement of Indians Baseball at Victory Field to over a million households in central Indiana. It's an important part of our overall marketing strategy."
The new partnership will offer baseball fans an opportunity to see all 72 Indianapolis Indians home games on HTSN. HTSN is available via cable and over-the-air reaching more than one million homes across central Indiana.
The first Indians home game is Friday, April 13 against the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field.
HTSN can be seen over-the-air on channel 6.2, and is available on numerous cable systems in central and southern Indiana, including Comcast and Brighthouse. For Comcast subscribers, HTSN is on channel 247 in some areas and channel 420 or 130 in others. For Brighthouse subscribers, HTSN is on channel 164. For information on how to find HTSN visit www.TheIndyChannel.com.
About the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field
The Indianapolis Indians are a Triple-A professional baseball team that plays its home games at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. The Indians are the top farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Professional baseball has been played continuously in Indianapolis since 1887 and the Indians have been community-owned since 1956. Twelve former Indians have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. and the team has won 23 championships. Victory Field has been named "Best Minor League Ballpark" by several national media including Baseball America and Sports Illustrated. Victory Field is another great attraction in the 250-acre White River State Park.
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