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PORTLAND -- The Portland Trail Blazers have renewed their broadcast television agreement with KGW NewsChannel 8 for the next three seasons, the team and the NBC affiliate station jointly announced Wednesday.

The agreement secures local broadcast carriage of Trail Blazers basketball through the 2015-16 season.

KGW NewsChannel 8, which has been the flagship broadcast television carrier of the Trail Blazers since the 1992-93 season, can broadcast a minimum of 16 regular season games from the upcoming 2013-14 schedule. The actual number of games aired each season is contingent on the NBA s national broadcast schedule, which will be released next month. The Trail Blazers game telecasts on cable will also be announced at a future date.

We have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with KGW NewsChannel 8 for the past 20 years, said Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan. As a result, our fans all over the state have come to know KGW as the proud over-the-air home for Trail Blazers games. We are excited to be continuing this important partnership for the next three seasons.

We re thrilled to extend this long-standing partnership, said DJ Wilson, president and general manager of KGW NewsChannel 8. The Portland Trail Blazers are a vital part of the fabric of our community. KGW is proud to bring the excitement of Rip City to Trail Blazers fans in our entire viewing area through free over-the-air telecasts.

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