Giants jump to KNTV 

After spending 50 years on KTVU (Ch. 2), the Giants are picking up and

moving on the television dial.

KNTV (Ch. 11), based in San Jose, is the new flagship television station of the Giants beginning in 2008. The station and the Giants have agreed to a three-year working relationship, the team announced Thursday.

"I think they are a very strong NBC-owned station and they have a real commitment to sports and sports in prime time, which is very important to us," Giants executive vice president and chief operating officer Larry Baer told The Examiner.

KTVU, which had broadcast Giants games since the team moved from New York to The City, had problems clearing summer prime-time space with network parent Fox. Baer said it was tough telling the station of this decision.

"That was hard because they have been a great partner," Baer said. "They are a small owner in the team, remain a small owner, and helped save the team [when it was on the verge of leaving the Bay Area in the early 1990s]. But they realized the market is different and that television is a different landscape now."

Primary broadcasters Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow will still call games on KNTV.

Fox Sports Net, which televised about 110 games this season, remains the cable home of the Giants. Next year’s local television schedule has not been set as the Giants are waiting on Major League Baseball to determine which games will be televised nationally.

KNTV will televise spring training games and also have other programming, including "Giants Magazine."

"We are excited to partner with the premier sports franchise in the Bay Area," KNTV president-general manager Richard Cerussi said in a statement released by the Giants. "NBC has a longstanding association with baseball and we are thrilled that NBC11 is the new home of baseball in the Bay Area — particularly in 2008, when the Giants and the Olympics Games will make for a spectacular summer."

sdrumwright@examiner.com

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