Comcast SportsNet California

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Comcast SportsNet California
Launched 2004[specify]
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by NBCUniversal
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Authentic Bay Area Sports
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Northern California
Western Nevada
National (via satellite)
Formerly called CSN West (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s) Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
NBC Sports Network
Website CSN California
DirecTV 698 CSN California (SD/HD)
699 CSN California Plus (SD)
699-1 CSN California Plus (HD)
Dish Network 438
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels

Comcast SportsNet California (CSN California) is an American regional sports network that serves Northern California and parts of Oregon and Nevada. It is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal. It serves as a sister network to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.


After Comcast acquired the television rights to the Sacramento Kings, Comcast SportsNet West was launched in 2004. At different times, those games had been shown on pay-per-view sports packages and on an alternate feed of SportsChannel Bay Area (now Comcast SportsNet Bay Area).

Although the network was originally aimed at the Northern California region, the network began to expand as a complement to their Bay Area network, beginning with a rebranding to Comcast SportsNet California in September 2008, and becoming the official broadcaster of the Oakland Athletics (who were originally served by CSN Bay Area, in addition to the San Francisco Giants) for the 2009 MLB season, broadcasting an increased number of 145 regular season games (an increase of 37 from in 2008)[1] The San Jose Sharks followed the Athletics from CSN Bay Area for the 2009-10 NHL season, seeing a similar increase in games broadcast with 75 games overall and 50 in high definition.[2]

Bay Area basic cable packages have since added CSN California, which was previously available only to digital cable and satellite subscribers. CSN Bay Area and California merged websites and are officially considered "sister stations". The CSN Bay Area original program Chronicle Live also airs on CSN California at midnight.

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. Prior to 2014, Kings games on the network used a different graphics package, branded as "Kings TV", and were produced by the Kings and Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV (channel 10). For the 2014–15 season and beyond, Kings games will now feature the typical CSN graphics scheme used in other CSN networks.


CSN California is the cable home for MLB's Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, the NHL's San Jose Sharks, the NBA's Sacramento Kings, MLS's San Jose Earthquakes, the AFL's San Jose SaberCats, the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions, and the PASL's Stockton Cougars, and was the cable home for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until the team folded. The network also carries programming related to the NFL's Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.

CSN California's college sports coverage includes UC Berkeley, Sacramento State University, St. Mary's College, UC Davis, the University of San Francisco, the University of the Pacific, the University of Nevada and San Jose State University. CSN California also carries high school football games on Friday nights during the fall.[3] CSN California is the official home for the California Golden Bears, often airing football and men's basketball games that are not nationally televised by ABC, ESPN and Fox Sports Net.

A live simulcast of KRON-TV sports anchor Gary Radnich's KNBR radio show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon on the network, unless preempted by a live sporting event on either CSN California or KNBR. Oakland Athletics pre-game and post-game shows are either hosted on-site for home games, or at CSN Bay Area's Sportsnet Central studios for road games. The station also shows Shark Byte, a magazine-style show centering on the San Jose Sharks that originated on CSN Bay Area.

CSN California was also home for the Oakland Raiders original show "Raiders Report", a weekly show featuring Raider news and game highlights. Beginning in the 2009 season, this was replaced by a live post-game show starting directly after network coverage of a Raiders game.


CSN California HD[edit]

Comcast SportsNet California HD (CSN California HD) is a 1080i high-definition simulcast feed of CSN California. CSN California shows all Sacramento Kings home games in HD, as well as all San Jose Sharks home games as well as some road games. In 2010, CSN California began broadcasting all Athletics games in HD.[4]

Dish Network dispute[edit]

In September 2009, the contract with Dish Network expired, but the provider continued to carry the channel. Negotiations went on for months and the dispute went to the FCC for arbitration. Dish Network lost its case and dropped the channel on November 24, 2010.[5] On February 3, 2011, Dish Network restored CSN California after the satellite provider reached an agreement to carry the channel without any legal arbitration.[6]