FOX’s Sun Sports and the Tampa Bay Lightning have released the team’s local broadcast television schedule for the 2013 season. In total, Lightning games will be featured 43 times on the FOX Sports Florida family of networks. Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Lightning, will broadcast 37 games, while FOX Sports Florida will serve as the home for six games in April.
Sun Sports is scheduled to air the majority of the Lightning’s 20th anniversary season, beginning with a special one-hour “Lightning Live” pregame show at 6:00 p.m., before the season opener vs. the Washington Capitals this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham and color analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor return to the broadcast booth. Lightning analysts Paul Kennedy, Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman will also return to join the broadcasts as the hosts of “Lightning Live”, Sun Sports’ pregame show for home and road games, and extended postgame show for all telecasts. All Lightning pre- and post-game shows for away games will originate from the FOX Sports Studio in Fort Lauderdale.
The popular “Inside the Lightning” series returns and will feature player profiles and episodes offering behind-the-scenes access to other aspects of the team and its operations. There are three new episodes tentatively scheduled to air throughout the upcoming season.
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