January 9, 2010 by USA Post 

Baynews9,PINELLAS PARK – The biggest change in Bay Area television sports is taking place January 1, 2010.

That’s when the Toyota Sports Connection, the longest-running half-hour sports highlight show in Tampa Bay, is moving from Bay News 9 to Bright House Sports Network, cable channel 47.
The program, hosted five nights a week by longtime anchor Rock Riley, debuted with Bay News 9 in 1997. Starting in 2010, the program enters a new chapter in its history by being exclusively offered live on BHSN.

“Moving Toyota Sports Connection exclusively to Bright House Sports Network solidifies our commitment to local sports coverage”, said General Manager Paul Kosuth. “The Toyota Sports Connection will continue to lead the area in breaking sports news and in-depth stories. ”

The Toyota Sports Connection features highlights and live postgame coverage of the region’s four professional sports teams, along with the state’s college programs and big high school stories. The show also features exclusive interviews with the most relevant sports figures in the area-recent guests include Rays manager Joe Maddon, National League rookie of the year Chris Coghlan, Bucs lineman Chris Hovan, Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, former Magic great Nick Anderson and Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig.

Bright House Sports Network began as Catch 47 in 2005, before taking on its current name in 2008, along with adding nine counties in Central Florida (including Orlando) to its reach.

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