Sun Sports Extends Magic Pact


Sun Sports said Wednesday that it has extended its agreement with the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic.

Under terms of the deal, the former Sunshine Network continues as the exclusive regional cableand satellite distribution channel for the team, extending a relationship that began in 1989.

The network will have telecast rights to a minimum of 42 regular-season games, as well as select playoff games, Sun said.

Sun also airs Magic-related fare such as pregame show Magic Tonight, postgame coverage and Under the Lights: Magic Makeover, a behind-the-scenes look at the team's offseason rebuilding process.

“In 1989, the television-rights agreement with the Orlando Magic was Sunshine Network's first-ever with a professional-sports franchise,” Sun Sports vice president and general manager Cathy Weeden said in a prepared statement.

“Fans have come to know Sunshine and, now, Sun Sports as the place to follow the Magic across central and north Florida,” she added. “Magic programming has become a cornerstone of our programming lineup, and we are proud to continue this long-term, positive relationship.”