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Rowdies’ games to be broadcast on Bright House Networks

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies are television stars.

And they’re going to be more popular than ever.

The Rowdies have reached an agreement with Bright House Sports to broadcast all of their home games this season. The Rays, Bucs and Lightning also have most of their games broadcast.

More than 85,000 fans came out to Al Lang stadium to see the Rowdies in 2015.  With this new partnership, Rowdies soccer will now be available on television in homes St. Petersburg/Tampa/ Clearwater and Orlando/Daytona/Melbourne.

“Bright House Sports Network is the perfect partner to share the renewed energy and excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Rowdies,” said Rowdies principal owner Bill Edwards.   “Soccer is the fastest growing sport in America, with millions of kids playing across the country and tens of thousands playing right here in Central Florida. With Bright House Networks we will be able to showcase our attack-minded style of play to soccer enthusiasts and families around the state.”

Bright House Sports Network (BHSN) will televise all 16 home matches, plus pre and post-game shows, live and in high definition (HD). Matches can be seen exclusively on Bright House Networks HD Channel 1147 and in standard definition on channel 47. The contests will be telecast using 12 state-of-the-art HD cameras and even more microphones to ensure that every kick, tackle, foul and goal can be seen – and heard – in the viewer’s living room.  A replay of the game will be also be telecast the following Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Bill Edwards has done an outstanding job with the franchise, building excitement and turning ‘Soccer Saturdays’ into must see events in downtown St. Petersburg,” said Chris Jadick, Director of Bright House Sports Network.  “We at Bright House see a great future for the franchise and we proudly look forward to being a part of it.”

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California and two of the top 20 DMAs.

Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. Bright House Networks Business Solutions offers a strong portfolio of video, voice, data, and cloud-based solutions to the small and medium business segments. In addition, Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions provides advanced, fiber-based telecommunication services to key industry verticals in the mid-market and carrier segments, including cloud-based hosted voice, managed security, and cell backhaul to wireless carriers.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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