By: Dan Slaubaugh
FOX Sports North and the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday announced a 75-game telecast schedule for the 2017-18 season that will once again see the network serve as the exclusive local television home for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
FOX Sports North's regular-season coverage begins Wednesday, October 18, with the Wolves season opener at San Antonio, marking the first of three televised games against the Spurs. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. CT with a special one-hour edition of Wolves Live. The game will also be televised on ESPN.
Coverage will continue Friday, October 20, as Fox Sports North will again offer a special edition of Wolves live beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT for the team's home opener (and Ricky Rubio's return!) against the Utah Jazz.
And of course, there is the preseason.
Fox Sports North will televise all three Wolves preseason games, including two contests from China on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 8. against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Per Fox Sports North's press release, "The overseas telecasts will air live and re-air again during primetime".
Coverage begins on September 30 with Fox Sports North's first preseason broadcast for the Wolves' game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, California.
Play-by-play announcer Dave Benz enters his 6th season alongside color analyst Jim Peterson, who will be in his 15th season providing his excellent color commentary for FOX Sports North.
Kevin Lynch and Quincy Lewis return as analysts for the pregame and postgame shows, while Tom Hanneman is back for his fifth season as host.
Marney Gellner will once again serve as the in-game reporter, and will helm the pre- and post-game shows.