February 13, 2013
Seattle Mariners and Root Sports™ to Return to GCI Prior to Spring Training and 2013 MLB SeasonROOT SPORTS™ and GCI today announced the Seattle Mariners will be coming back to GCI TV in time for spring training and the rest of the 2013 MLB season. All ROOT SPORTS events, including the Seattle Mariners; Seattle Seahawks pregame, postgame and coaches’ shows; Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC, and college football and basketball games from the most prominent conferences will be available to GCI TV customers all across Alaska, starting March 1. GCI TV customers can find ROOT SPORTS on channel 36 and in HD on channel 713.
“We and our team partners want to enable as many fans as possible to have access to all of our events,” says Patrick Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks, which operates ROOT SPORTS. ”We are thrilled to renew our long association with GCI. Our new agreement will allow thousands of GCI families throughout Alaska to follow the Seattle Mariners and other Northwest teams for years to come.”
With this new agreement, GCI customers will be able to watch 159 Mariners games during the 2013 season, in addition to six spring training game telecast beginning March 4. The Mariners regular season opens on April 1 against the Oakland Athletics on ROOT SPORTS at 6:00PM Alaska Standard Time. Every Mariners game is produced in high definition.
“The Mariners appreciate greatly our fans in Alaska. The partnership with ROOT SPORTS and GCI provides an important connection between the team and the fans throughout the state, from spring training throughout the summer and hopefully, into the postseason. We are excited about the 2013 Mariners as we continue to grow into a championship-caliber team,” said Chuck Armstrong, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mariners.
“GCI continues to bring valued services to our neighbors across Alaska without raising rates for GCI TV,” said Paul Landes, Senior Vice President of Consumer at GCI. ”The addition of ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners back to our lineup, is part of our effort to bring more sports related content for fans.” In the past several months, GCI has launched the MLB, Pac-12 and Big Ten networks in HD.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
ABOUT GCIGCI is the largest telecommunications company in Alaska. A pioneer in bundled services, GCI is the top provider of voice, data, and video services to Alaska consumers with a 70 percent share of the consumer broadband market. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com/about.
ABOUT ROOT SPORTS™ROOT SPORTS™ is the cable home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Seattle University Redhawks and Big Sky Conference. The network reaches more than 3.2 million viewers across five states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.
ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach more than 8.8 million viewers across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.