After it was finally decided to postpone Wednesday night's Celtics-Hawks game because the basketball floor at Boston Garden became slick as humid air caused the ice beneath to melt, TBS filled the time with an episode of "CHiPs." When the originally scheduled show closed in Boston, announcer Skip Carey named himself player of the game.
Also that evening, ESPN showed Kentucky at Cincinnati at 7:30 with Bob Carpenter and Larry Conley from Shoemaker Center. At 9:40, the network shifted across town to the Xavier-Ball State game with Wayne Larrivee and Greg Kelser at Cincinnati Gardens.
Home Team Sports will televise the season's first college football bowl game next Saturday at 3 p.m. as Central Michigan meets San Jose State in the California Raisin Bowl.
The Washington-based network also will experiment with a taped, out-of-season game, which New England Sports Network often uses to fill slow days. HTS will show the Orioles' season finale against the Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium on Christmas Day at 1 p.m.
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In addition to five appearances on HTS, George Mason University will produce two games for local cable systems, including next Friday's game against St. John's in the opening round of the Brigham Young tournament.
Media General will show the game live on Channel 8, and HTS will use a same-day tape. Bob Gotkin and GMU Athletic Director Jack Kvancz will handle the announcing. The other broadcast will be from Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 2.
"This is what we need to do to grow as a program, and part of that is televising the games and reaching out to the community," Patriots Coach Ernie Nestor said.
Major League Baseball's four division winners will make at least three appearances each on ESPN's exclusive Sunday night broadcasts. The Cubs, Mets, Giants and Blue Jays also will be seen at least three times. Seattle at Oakland on April 14 is the first game.
Only one Orioles game -- June 9 against Toronto -- will be shown, and Baltimore's April 4 exhibition game with the Yankees will be televised.