Indianapolis television stations WISH-8 and WNDY-23 will combine to televise 19 syndicated Chicago Blackhawks games this season.
They will televise the games being syndicated by WGN out of Chicago, starting Saturday when the Blackhawks play the New York Islanders. All of the games broadcast in Indianapolis will be on Saturdays or Sundays. Some of these games had been previously televised by WTTV’s 4.2 digital subchannel.
Indianapolis is the “home” market for two NHL teams’ broadcasts – the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. The Fox Sports Indiana cable channel carries the majority of St. Louis Blues games when not in conflict with Indiana Pacers or high school state championship broadcasts. Fox Sports Indiana is an affiliate of St. Louis-based Fox Sports Midwest, and has carried Blues games in Central Indiana for two decades.
The WISH/WNDY agreement continues a relationship begun this spring when the channels began carrying Chicago Cubs and White Sox games being syndicated by WGN.
In addition to the WISH/WNDY over-the-air games, Comcast Sports Net Chicago, which carries the majority of Blackhawks games, is available on some Indianapolis-area cable systems.
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Also for over-the-air coverage, WRTV will carry Indy Fuel home games, primarily on its 6.2 digital subchannel, branded HTSN.
NBC will begin its national 0ver-the-air broadcast coverage on Nov. 27 with the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, and follow with the Jan. 1 Winter Classic between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. NBC will air games most Sunday afternoons on WTHR-13 beginning Jan. 24 through the end of the regular season, and carry weekend games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and all but two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Between NBC and the NBCSN cable channel, the group plans to nationally televise 105 regular-season games.