Raycom Media and the New Orleans Saints have entered into a multiple year agreement for Raycom Media to produce and broadcast the New Orleans Saints pre-season games. The games will be broadcast on a network of Raycom Media owned or operated stations as well as other stations via syndication in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Raycom Media President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul McTear stated, "Raycom Media has a commitment to the communities we serve through our local stations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida of providing content with a strong local appeal. We are proud to partner with one of the area's most successful sports franchises, the New Orleans Saints, and to be able to offer their pre-season games. It is a great opportunity for our stations, the communities they serve and the loyal fans of the New Orleans Saints."
"I am very pleased to make this announcement today. We have a very good working relationship with Raycom Media," said Saints Owner Tom Benson. "Our preseason games are the first real introduction of our team to our fans and we are very pleased that Raycom Media will provide us an opportunity to reach so many of our fans not only in Louisiana but also throughout the Gulf South including Mississippi, Alabama and Florida."
This agreement expands an already existing partnership with WVUE FOX8. WVUE is owned by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and is managed by Raycom Media.
Raycom Media owned or operated stations in the area that will carry the games are KSLA in Shreveport, LA, KPLC in Lake Charles, LA, WAFB in Baton Rouge, LA, WVUE in New Orleans, LA, WLBT in Jackson, MS, WDAM in Hattiesburg, MS, WLOX in Biloxi, MS and WPGX in Panama City, FL. Games will also be available in syndication to Lafayette, LA, Monroe, LA, Alexandria, LA, Meridian, MS, Columbus/Tupelo, MS and Mobile, AL.
An announcement regarding additional New Orleans Saints television plans along with the exact dates and times of all preseason games, will be announced at a later date.