SportSouth to televise 75 Hawks games

Vivlamore reporting.

SportSouth will televise 75 of the 82 Hawks games during the 2012-13 NBA season, all in high definition. The network will air the season opener on Nov. 2 against the Rockets at Philips Arena.

Former Hawks star and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins returns for his fifth straight season as the Hawks game analyst. Play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun returns for his 17th season. Jerome Jurenovich will serve as the sideline reporter.

Before and after every televised game, SportSouth will air a 30-minute pre- and post-game segment. Andre Aldridge will host and Mike Glenn will be the analyst.

- Chris Vivlamore

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Buddy Grizzard

September 20th, 2012
4:19 pm

Melvin

September 20th, 2012
4:22 pm

Hawks will have NIMBERS again this season

bulldogbubba

September 20th, 2012
4:31 pm

Sounds like a good crew except for Bob Rathburn.For some reason I can’t listen to him long.Was glad a few years back when the braves replaced him on their telecasts. Oh well I guess I can turn down the sound and listen to radio.

NOT 'NIQUE AGAIN

September 20th, 2012
4:44 pm

I love Nique as a Hawk, but my god he’s the worst to ever broadcast sports. EVER. How many times can I hear him say ‘He do what he do out on the court’ or ‘he’s a guy that can shoot that shot?’ Tell me why teams are running certain plays or why a defense is reacting the way they are, not ‘this guy’s a good player, Bob.’

HawkGuy

September 20th, 2012
4:47 pm

Am I the only one who thinks it’s odd a paid Hawks/ATL VP is also the game analyst? Is this normal for other teams?

Buddy Grizzard

September 20th, 2012
4:47 pm

Click on that link and you’ll know why we don’t get a lot of detailed analysis from Dominique regarding defensive technique.

tjhook

September 20th, 2012
4:48 pm

Domonique Wilkins the player: YES
Domonique Wilkins the analyst: NO-O-O!!

Why doesn’t Sports South switch up Wilkins and Glenn’s roles?

Astro Joe

September 20th, 2012
4:51 pm

“Heat Check” returns.

Buddy Grizzard

September 20th, 2012
4:52 pm

Seriously, watch that video at 2:40. Bird isolates against Dominique and goes by him like he’s not even there. Dominique was a player with athleticism comparable to Michael Jordan. Why was Jordan one of the best defensive players in NBA history while Dominique, a player with similar athletic gifts, was a complete joke defensively?

Heart.

Effort.

Seriously, watch that video at 2:40 and watch the plodding white guy blow by one of the most celebrated athletes in NBA history. It’s pathetic.

NOT 'NIQUE AGAIN

September 20th, 2012
4:54 pm

tjhook: I agree! I thought the Stinger was great as an analyst. Bring him back. PLEASE!

Astro Joe

September 20th, 2012
4:55 pm

Buddy, you must be bored if you are looking for video evidence that a player considered one of the 10 best in NBA history was able to score off a guy who was never known for being an excellent defender. Not to mention that it is 20+ years old.

vanomania

September 20th, 2012
4:55 pm

@HawkGuy Tom Glavine is in the Braves’ front office and also does color commentary about once a week. I also find it odd, but it is apparently normal in Atlanta.

Buddy Grizzard

September 20th, 2012
4:56 pm

This is why Dominique was left off the 50 greatest players. Because greatness involves effort at both ends of the court.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

September 20th, 2012
4:58 pm

This year I’m turning the TV down and listening to Steve Holman on the radio. I can’t take another year of Nique.

Buddy Grizzard

September 20th, 2012
4:59 pm

AJ I’m just making the comparison between Joe Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. Both were lacking in the Heart department. Both failed to take the Hawks to the ECF.

Pete

September 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

It shows your knowledge of basketball when you are comparing Joe Johnson to Dominique. Why didn’t you post the video of Nique scoring 56 against the Bulls while being guarded by Pippen and Jordan? Or why didn’t you post the video of Dominique scoring 57 against the Celtics?

Astro Joe

September 20th, 2012
5:41 pm

Buddy, so YouTube is a good tool for evaluating a player’s heart? Wow. Sorry, I don’t ever recall watching a Hawks team with Joe Johnson and thinking to myself, “they should be in the ECF because they are clearly a top 2 team in the conference”. Not once did I personally come to that conclusion. If it would take a Herculean effort to get a team to the ECF, then maybe that team needs to consider adding talent (or better coaching) as opposed to purchasing rabbit’s feet and hoping for a miracle.

Astro Joe

September 20th, 2012
5:45 pm

Clyde, Holman is a trip. Dude always sounds shocked and surprised when the Hawks go something good. He acts like a blogger. :lol:

glw

September 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

I dont care for Nique analyst skills. His subject and verbs dont always agree with each other.

I loved it when Steve Smith did it. He was very inciteful.

Rod from College Park

September 20th, 2012
6:03 pm

“Seriously, watch that video at 2:40. Bird isolates against Dominique and goes by him like he’s not even there. Dominique was a player with athleticism comparable to Michael Jordan. Why was Jordan one of the best defensive players in NBA history while Dominique, a player with similar athletic gifts, was a complete joke defensively?

Heart.

Effort.”

Well I guess Bird played with no heart and effort either because Nique continuosly put up 50 or mor points with Bird checking him. LOL

Rod from College Park

September 20th, 2012
6:04 pm

As long as I don’t have to see that “At home with Marvin Williams” show again, I’m ok.

Rod from College Park

September 20th, 2012
6:05 pm

They also need to replace Nique a couple of games with Duane Ferrell. He was very good the few games he did last year.

chc4

September 20th, 2012
6:18 pm

Jordan was not even close to being one of the best defenders of all time. Clown statement.

ECF or Bust

September 20th, 2012
6:50 pm

is that Fox sports south or comcast sports south?
looks like neither is on comcast lineup.

Bubba G. Resident Genius

September 20th, 2012
6:53 pm

ECF or Bust

September 20th, 2012
6:57 pm

according to comcast sign up website but found css on tv channel guide line up

Slimjr

September 20th, 2012
7:04 pm

Danny realizes his guards will only take his Franchise so far. He will need two ALLSTAR Caliber Frontline players to contest for an ECF or dare I say Finals..

I keep seeing the Miami model being posted by a very longtime Hawk Fanatic over and over again ..

What does Miami have that the Hawks are lacking? Hmmmmm

Slimjr

September 20th, 2012
7:22 pm

11.7 pts.per game on 0.474 [NBA.com] shooting from an [AllStar] in the playoffs is not getting it done….

His 8.7 rebs, is not impact changing stuff from your AllStar 5 by a long shot.

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/al_horford/career_stats.html

ECF or Bust

September 20th, 2012
7:29 pm

any comcasters out there care to pipe in on whether or not you get css or is it foxss?

isaih the rider

September 20th, 2012
8:07 pm

Bob Rath bum is the worst anouncer in sports. Danny Ferry needs to clean house with the announcing team! If I hear ” heat check” one more time from Nique I’m going to go insane!!

Blast

September 20th, 2012
8:19 pm

The part I like best is the games will be in high def. Great on my new home dvr!

I actually think Nique is hilarious.

brigadierjerry

September 20th, 2012
8:35 pm

i watch clyde frazier in the northeast and he is good. i remember when clyde did hawks games with john sterling

Tired of Horford Hating

September 20th, 2012
8:46 pm

“11.7 pts.per game on 0.474 [NBA.com] shooting from an [AllStar] in the playoffs is not getting it done….

His 8.7 rebs, is not impact changing stuff from your AllStar 5 by a long shot.”

Allstar – 7′2″ Roy Hibbert Playoff Stat: 11.2 pts. per game on 0.483 is he getting it done?

Roy Hibbert Salary: 2012=13.6M, 2013=14.3M, 2014=14.9M, 2015=15.5M
Al Horford Salary: 2012=12M, 2013=12M, 2014=12M, 2015=12M

Roy makes more while Al salary is not even inflation protected.

All you do is hate on the Hawks and Al while you call yourself a fan.

You are a closet troll blinded by your hate for Al calling yourself a fan

Don’t know JACK about the game

Ignorance on parade

DawgNole

September 20th, 2012
8:59 pm

Buddy Grizzard
September 20th, 2012
4:59 pm

AJ I’m just making the comparison between Joe Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. Both were lacking in the Heart department. Both failed to take the Hawks to the ECF.
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NO ATL Hawks player has taken the team to the ECF. Ever.

DawgNole

September 20th, 2012
9:01 pm

ECF or Bust
September 20th, 2012
7:29 pm

any comcasters out there care to pipe in on whether or not you get css or is it foxss?
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Not a comcaster any more–they drove us crazy with their technical and billing issues–but I believe it’s SportSouth, not CSS, that will be carrying the Hawks.

DawgNole

September 20th, 2012
9:07 pm

isaih the rider
September 20th, 2012
8:07 pm

Bob Rath bum is the worst anouncer in sports. Danny Ferry needs to clean house with the announcing team! If I hear ” heat check” one more time from Nique I’m going to go insane!!
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Agreed. Hawks announcers have to be the worst shills in pro sports. Hate to see that they’re bringing back the bush league homers. At least Nique has substance as a player, but Rathbun is totally worthless–about as biased a play-by-play man as I’ve ever heard. Especially on the pro level. No pretense whatsoever of objectivity–and thus no integrity.

brigadierjerry

September 20th, 2012
9:09 pm

dawgnole,

long time no see. can u give me ur thoughts on the hawks moves starting with joe johnson and marvin williams trades until now?

DawgNole

September 20th, 2012
9:25 pm

brigadierjerry
September 20th, 2012
9:09 pm

dawgnole,

long time no see. can u give me ur thoughts on the hawks moves starting with joe johnson and marvin williams trades until now?
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Hello there, brig. Hope you’ve enjoyed the offseason. I haven’t been following the Hawks much at all this summer. Was so disappointed with their failure against the Celtics, I just took a break and started trolling (I prefer to call it “visiting”) the UGA, GT, Braves, and Falcons blogs.

I will say that I’m surprised (but pleased) that they let go of Johnson and Williams–as much for the $$$ it freed up as anything else. I was a fan of both of those guys, but shared the frustration of many on here when they repeatedly fell short of their capabilities–especially given the bloated salaries they commanded.

I’m hoping Ferry will prove to be a breath of fresh air–something this franchise has sorely needed. I think he has shown a willingness to at least do something, not just stand pat–as so many ATL teams have done for 5 decades.

Hard to believe the season starts in little over a month. Maybe we’ll finally show some real progress this go-round; i.e., make it past Round 2.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 20th, 2012
11:12 pm

The Hawks were on SportSouth — not CSS — on my Comcast last year.

I wish they would put these games on Peachtree TV so they can be seen in HD over the air.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 20th, 2012
11:13 pm

“Hawks announcers have to be the worst shills in pro sports. Hate to see that they’re bringing back the bush league homers. At least Nique has substance as a player, but Rathbun is totally worthless–about as biased a play-by-play man as I’ve ever heard. Especially on the pro level. No pretense whatsoever of objectivity–and thus no integrity.”

You ever watched a Celtics home broadcast?

brigadierjerry

September 20th, 2012
11:51 pm

yes tommy heinson actually makes me laugh the way he calls games

ag

September 21st, 2012
6:23 am

Man, I agree Rod… that at home with Marvin Williams must have played about 50 times over the last two seasons! You never know, we had a season review about Willie Green after he was traded to the Clippers!

ECF or Bust!

September 21st, 2012
7:17 am

mee too Najeh. PTV and the Hawks. matchup made in heaven.
personally I like Rathbun. Nopefully Nique will step it up a notch this year.
Ooogadala is out west this year so we won’t get that classic as often.

ECF or Bust!

September 21st, 2012
7:20 am

thanks Dawnnole. go confused with all the sports souths out there.
fox ss
comcast ss
plain old ss. [sister station with fss, I think]
am I missing any?

Pinball

September 21st, 2012
8:13 am

To Astro Joe:
You are right. Steve Holman may be the worst “homer” announcer of all time. It’s OK to show a little favoritism to your employer, but he is an embarrassment.

NUNNA!!!

September 21st, 2012
8:14 am

bulldogbubba
September 20th, 2012
4:31 pm

“Sounds like a good crew except for Bob Rathburn. Oh well I guess I can turn down the sound and listen to radio.”
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And listen to whiny a– Steve Holman”???

“And they call a foul on Josh Smith”!!!
“Whistle blows and the officials find another hawk to call a foul on”..
“And they call a technical on Coach Mike Woodson”!! Home Cooking!!
“Josh shoots another air ball and the sixers get the rebound”..

Well,the last one i don’t mind but he acts as though the hawks never foul and is such a HOMER!! lol..
But..I love him anyway lol

Geemack

September 21st, 2012
8:16 am

Atlanta is a great city with excellent sports fans when you give them something to cheer about. Hard to believe this franchise has never been past the 2nd round in almost 50 years of hoops. Not 1 conference Championship.

Now, Bob, that there was a Heat Check

September 21st, 2012
8:22 am

Wow, you geniuses still can’t distinguish Fox Sport South from SportSouth? Hilarious!

I love Buns of Wrath, but Jacques Dominique Wilkins should be fired. Ratings nimbers have really plummeted since he joined the broadcast.

Sam

September 21st, 2012
8:25 am

What about the 7 other games? Are those going to be national broadcasts?

glw

September 21st, 2012
9:04 am

I used to like Holman, but the Hawks moved so much on radio, but rarely listen now, but that sounds like him so much. He is a homer, but he is also like a fan, who points out the obvious like u said with Josh shooting another airball or throws up a brick.

Nique is so bad though. Not much insight.

And then when his grammar use gets off.

Like Nique if a team is making a comeback he will say, “The Celtics is back in this game”, “is” should be “are” Nique went to GA before all that Jan Kemp stuff, I guess. lol