Partly because of the intense interest for obvious reasons in the Kings' regular-season opener Oct. 30 against the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena, the team and KXTV Ch. 10 came up with a unique format for the 2013-14 tipoff: a commercial-free telecast.
The opener is the first of 11 games Ch. 10 will telecast this season. Comcast SportsNet remains the Kings' primary broadcasting partner and will televise 70 games, with ESPN taking the remaining game Nov. 15 against the Detroit Pistons at Sleep Train Arena.
"Opening night is going to be such a celebration, a new chapter in the journey," Kings president Chris Granger said. "It's going to be a sellout, so we have been thinking about ways to include more people. This (commercial-free telecast) seemed like a way to do that, and fortunately, News10 was more than willing to partner with us."
Granger also confirmed that Kayte Christensen is returning as a sideline reporter, reuniting with Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds after a three-year absence. The former WNBA player, who has worked for ABC/ESPN and currently is the social media producer for azcentral sports in Phoenix, was replaced by veteran Jim Gray after the 2009-10 season.
What to watch
Baseball, L.A. Angels at A's, 7:05 p.m., CSNCA: The A's continue their push toward a playoff spot and possible home-field advantage.
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