3-season TV deal for GR Griffins games

Several Grand Rapids Griffins players celebrate a goal on the ice (April 18, 2014).
Several Grand Rapids Griffins players celebrate a goal on the ice (April 18, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapid Griffins have signed a multi-year deal to bring them back to television.

Tuesday, the Grand Rapids hockey team announced an agreement with Michigan Entertainment Sports (MES) to televise a minimum of 40 games, including at least 10 home games, during each of the next three seasons, according to a release.

The Wixom-based network, which will launch on cable providers this autumn, will show those games live in HD in parts of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. It will be the first time the Griffins will be regularly broadcasted since 2009.

The games will simulcast through the Griffins’ radio partner Newsradio WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM.

Announcer Bob Kaser, who has been with the Griffins for 14 years, will continue to provide play-by-play.

“We are thrilled to return Griffins Hockey to television, especially given the tremendous success of the organization both on and off the ice these last two years,” Kaser said in a statement.

The agreement means the Griffins will broadcast the second-highest number of games of any team in the American Hockey League next season.
“MES strives to showcase the best sports in the Midwest, and nothing says high-quality hockey like the Grand Rapids Griffins,” said MES President Peter Schinkai in a statement.

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