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Gonzaga, KHQ-TV, FSN Northwest extend TV contract

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men's basketball will continue to be aired on KHQ and FSN Northwest through the 2009-10 season according to a contract extension announced Friday.

Bulldog athletics director Mike Roth, KHQ vice president and general manager Patricia McRae and FSN vice president and general manager Mark Shuken made the joint announcement. The original 4-year contract was announced prior to the 2004-05 season with an option for two 2-year extensions. The new contract exercises one of those 2-year options with another 2-year option still in place.

"We are excited to be able to extend a wonderful television partnership with KHQ and FSN," Roth said. "We will continue to have one of the most comprehensive men's basketball television contracts in the country and we look forward to fostering our relationship with KHQ and FSN."

All Gonzaga men's basketball games not televised by another entity will be aired throughout the Pacific Northwest on KHQ-TV in Spokane and on FSN which includes the five-state region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

KHQ-TV is completing its seventh season of television Bulldog basketball as the Spokane station had a 3-year television agreement with Gonzaga that expired at the end of the 2003-04 campaign. In a unique partnership involving Seattle-based FSN Northwest and Spokane's KHQ-TV, the current agreement was announced in May, 2004.

"We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Gonzaga and FSN," McRae said. "The past four years have been exciting and we're looking forward to continued coverage of games for Gonzaga fans throughout the Pacific Northwest for at least two more seasons."

"Gonzaga basketball is still among the elite teams in NCAA Division I and has developed a loyal, avid fan base. We appreciate the opportunity to bring Bulldog basketball into their living rooms," Shuken said. "FSN has become the only destination to find all of your favorite local teams and this partnership is an integral part of that promise to our viewers."

Gonzaga basketball reaches more than 5 million homes throughout the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska and the western provinces of Canada.

"FSN will continue to guarantee distribution in the Seattle market for every game in the package, and the telecasts will extend to the five-state region (over 3 million homes) as often as possible," Shuken said.

McRae said KHQ-TV, which will also continue to televise some games on local affiliate KAYU-TV (FOX 28), reaches more than 400,000 homes in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and another 1.5 million homes in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, including as far away as Calgary and Edmonton. KHQ-TV continues its affiliation agreement with KAYU-TV, including the Fox 28 "First At Ten" weeknight newscasts.

"Naturally, we'll televise as many games as possible on KHQ, but there will probably continue to be some programming conflicts which make it necessary to air some games on KAYU-TV as we have done in the past," McRae said.

Under terms of the agreement, KHQ will retain exclusivity of Gonzaga basketball game coverage in the normal KHQ viewing area of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Canada.

This is the fourth straight season Gonzaga has had every men's game televised. Gonzaga had 30 of 31 games televised in 2004.

(gozags.com)

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