Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

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Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
CSNBayArea.png
Launched 1989
(as Pacific Sports Network)
1990
(as SportsChannel Bay Area)
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by NBCUniversal (45%)
San Francisco Giants (30%)
21st Century Fox (25%)
(Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Holdings)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Authentic Bay Area Sports
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Northern California
Central California
Southern Oregon
Nevada
Nationwide via satellite
Formerly called Pacific Sports Network (1989–1991)
SportsChannel Bay Area (1990–1991)
SportsChannel Pacific (1991–1998)
Fox Sports Bay Area (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net Bay Area (2000–2004)
FSN Bay Area (2004–2008)
Replaced Pacific Sports Network
Sister channel(s) Comcast SportsNet California
KNTV
KSTS
NBCSN
Website CSN Bay Area
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 696 CSN Bay Area (SD/HD)
697 CSN Bay Area Plus (SD)
697-1 CSN Bay Area Plus (HD)
Dish Network 419 (HD/SD)
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (CSN Bay Area) is an American regional sports network that operates as an affiliate of Comcast SportsNet and serves the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as other parts of Northern California, Central California, Southern Oregon, and Nevada. The network is owned by NBCUniversal (which owns a controlling 45% interest), the San Francisco Giants (which owns 30%) and the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox (which owns 25%).

History[edit]

The network started as a merger of two separate networks: Pacific Sports Network, which launched in July 1989 as an affiliate of the Prime Network and SportsChannel Bay Area, which launched in April 1990. The two networks merged in July 1991 and became SportsChannel Pacific. When the SportsChannel networks joined the Fox Sports Net family, the channel was rebranded as Fox Sports Bay Area in January 1998, and to FSN Bay Area in 2004. After Comcast and the San Francisco Giants acquired stakes in FSN Bay Area, the network was rebranded under the Comcast SportsNet name as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on March 31, 2008.[1]

CSN Bay Area was the first Comcast SportsNet-branded network to use a logo style, similar to the current NBC-styled logo, that was later adopted by all the other Comcast SportsNet-branded networks on October 1, 2008.

With NBCUniversal also owning NBC and Telemundo owned-and-operated stations KNTV and KSTS, on April 19, 2011, the network announced plans to build an additional set specifically for KNTV sports segments. The revamp also includes in-depth interviews in addition to scores and highlights, and hosted by its sports anchors and analysts.[2] KNTV plans to begin the segments in June 2011.[3] The new segment, along with the unveiling of the new set, began on June 13, 2011.

With Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011, Comcast SportsNet was also integrated into the new NBC Sports Group, culminating with the addition of the peacock logo and an updated graphics package to mirror that of its parent network.

Programming[edit]

CSN Bay Area is the main broadcast home for the MLB's San Francisco Giants and the NBA's Golden State Warriors, and also shows select games from MLS's San Jose Earthquakes along with sister network Comcast SportsNet California. The channel also broadcasts college sports, mainly involving the Stanford Cardinal and the California Golden Bears as well as sports involving the Pacific-12, Western Athletic, Mountain West, and West Coast Conferences. Select prep/high school games are also occasionally broadcast.

Until 2004, the network also broadcast games involving the NBA's Sacramento Kings and the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs. Following the expiration of their contracts with the then-FSN Bay Area, the owners of the Kings and Monarchs went on to create CSN Bay Area's sister channel, Comcast SportsNet West (now Comcast SportsNet California). The network was also home to MLB's Oakland Athletics up to the end of the 2008 baseball season, when the team's games also moved to CSN California; similarly, the network was the home of the NHL's San Jose Sharks until the end of the 2008-09 NHL season when their games also moved to CSN California. The network also occasionally broadcast games featuring the Arena Football League San Jose Sabercats.

CSN Bay Area formerly carried FSN programming in lieu of an FSN affiliate due to being partially owned by Fox. This offered the regions access to a variety of college sports, notably ACC men's and women's basketball on Sundays, Pac-12 basketball on various nights, plus Big 12 and Pac-12 football on Saturdays during their respective seasons. Most of that programming has shifted to Fox Sports 1 or Fox College Sports. This arrangement was to secure national coverage for its collegiate lineup of games. The channel also aired simulcasts of radio shows such as The Dan Patrick Show until such programming was inherited by NBC Sports Network.

Original programming[edit]

Every Thursday night during hockey season, CSN Bay Area airs an out-of-market National Hockey League game, usually either from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia or Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Most Giants, 49ers, and Warriors games are preceded by a Pregame Live and followed by a Postgame Live show, even though CSN Bay Area does not broadcast 49ers football games. These pre-game and post-game shows are produced in the San Francisco SportsNet Central studios, although shows for some games are occasionally broadcast on-site. They are also usually only aired when they do not conflict with another live scheduled game.

On April 6, 2009, CSN Bay Area premiered its sports news program, SportsNet Central. The half-hour news show features up-to-date scores, highlights, and news of all the Bay Area/Northern California teams (including those covered primarily by CSN California, like the Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, San Jose Sharks, and Sacramento Kings). Reporters include current CSN Bay Area personalities Scott Reiss, Kate Longworth, Kelli Johnson and others. The same day, the network also premiered Chronicle Live, hosted by Bay Area sports announcer Greg Papa (Giants pre-game and post-game host, Giants substitute play-by-play announcer and Raiders play-by-play caller), which features analysis and debates on hot topics on Bay Area sports, with the panel consisting of writers and experts mainly (but not exclusively) from the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, and San Jose Mercury News.[4]

Additional channels[edit]

Besides the main channel and its sister channel CSN California, CSN Bay Area also operates two additional channels for their programming. CSN Plus is an overflow channel utilized by both CSN Bay Area and CSN California for scheduling conflicts when more than one team broadcast by the station is playing at the same time. If there are additional scheduling conflicts, such as when the Athletics, Sharks, and Kings play at the same time, one game will air on Comcast Hometown Network, with the HD feed available on the NFL RedZone HD slot.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area HD[edit]

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area HD is the 1080i high definition simulcast feed of the network. Starting in 2010, all of the Warriors and Giants games, as well as most of the network's original programming, are broadcast in HD.[5]

Personalities[edit]

The logo of the network when it was FSN Bay Area.

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

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