All 82 Sens games on TV

Sens fans will be able to watch all 82 regular-season games featuring Daniel Alfredsson and Co. —...

Sens fans will be able to watch all 82 regular-season games featuring Daniel Alfredsson and Co. — if they have Rogers. (QMI Agency/Tony Caldwell)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Still almost three weeks from the start of training camp, one question commonly heard around office water coolers has already been answered regarding the Senators’ upcoming season.

It’s the “is tonight’s game on TV?” query.

The correct response: Yes. All of them are.

A 52-game broadcast deal with Rogers Sportsnet announced Tuesday means that, for the first time in their history, every one of the Senators’ 82 regular-season contests will be shown on the tube during the 2010-11 campaign.

The national schedules from CBC, TSN, RDS and RIS were announced earlier.

“It’s great for us, for our fans,” said Senators president Cyril Leeder. “Just speaks to the fact that Senators games are in demand by the networks, by the fans and by the advertisers as well.”

Along with 40 games to be shown on Rogers Sportsnet East, 12 will be shown on Sportsnet Sens, a companion channel to Sportsnet ONE that will be available to all Rogers customers in the club’s regional broadcast territory.

Those who have Bell will get the 40-game package, but are currently at the mercy of a deal being worked out between Rogers and Bell to get the 12 Sportsnet Sens games.

As it stands, only Rogers customers have Sportsnet ONE.

Dean Brown will be back to do the play-by-play on Sportsnet, but will have a new colour commentator after former broadcast partner Garry Galley signed a two-year Hockey Night in Canada contract. The names rumoured as potential replacements for Galley include Denis Potvin, John Druce, Jason York. Mike Eastwood and Ron Tugnutt.

Meanwhile, Leeder said long gone are the days when teams worried that showing home games on TV might hurt their attendance.

“Broadcasting your games is nothing but good for your team,” he said. “It exposes the game to lots of fans, and new fans. Chicago was probably the last team to be a holdout on broadcasting home games. They’ve done that with great success.

“More games televised is better for us and for the fans.”

The team is also satisfied with season tickets sales to date. 

“It’s been good. Last week was our best week throughout the summer,” he said. “We’re pretty bullish on the year. Our ticket base is doing fine. We’ll be a little over 10,000, we think, when we start the year, which is a bit ahead of where we were last year on seasons tickets. But we’ve already sold more game packs than we did all of last year, so some encouraging signs so far.”


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