Comcast SportsNet New England

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Comcast SportsNet New England
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Launched November 6, 1981[1]
(as PRISM New England)
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by Spectacor (1981–1983)
Cablevision (1983–2007)
Comcast (2007–present; NBCUniversal since 2011)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Network of Champions
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Massachusetts
eastern Connecticut
central Connecticut
Vermont
Maine
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Nationwide via DirecTV and Dish Network
Headquarters Burlington, Massachusetts
Formerly called PRISM New England (1981–1983)
SportsChannel New England (1983–1998)
Fox Sports New England (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net New England (2000–2004)
FSN New England (2004–2007)
Sister channel(s) New England Cable News
NBC Sports Network
Website Comcast SportsNet New England
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 630
Dish Network 435
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels

Comcast SportsNet New England (CSN New England) is an American regional sports network based in Burlington, Massachusetts that operates as an affiliate of Comcast SportsNet and serves Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. It is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal.

History[edit]

CSN New England began in 1981 as PRISM New England as the cable home for the Hartford Whalers, Boston Celtics, Boston Breakers, and various college sports teams. It was co-owned with the original PRISM channel in Philadelphia by Spectacor. In 1983, the network was sold to Cablevision and it was rebranded as SportsChannel New England. As with the other SportsChannel networks, it joined Fox Sports Net and was rebranded as Fox Sports New England on January 28, 1998 (later FSN New England). In later years, the channel carried selected New York Mets games to parts of Connecticut that were not served by MSG or FSN New York (now MSG Plus), which then produced the games.

In 2007, Cablevision sold its remaining share of the network to Comcast and on October 1, 2007 the network was rebranded as Comcast SportsNet New England. CSN New England, along with the other Comcast SportsNet branded networks, was revamped with a new network logo and graphics package (similar to CSN Bay Area) in August 2008. 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. On August 6th, 2014, CSNNE was dropped by Dish Network in a dispute over fees. <http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/08/06/dish-network-drops-csnne-celtics-broadcast-home/bxYpM1P9u5XyjxmjqCYlxM/story.html>

Teams[edit]

Former teams[edit]

Notable on-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Former on-air staff[edit]

Celtics coverage[edit]

In-game coverage[edit]

Mike Gorman handles the play-by-play with Tommy Heinsohn as the color commenator. Abby Chin is the courtside reporter.

Pre and post-game coverage[edit]

Kyle Draper is the studio host alongside an alternating color analyst. Abby Chin conducts interviews with the players and coach Brad Stevens. Gorman and Heinsohn also preview and recap the game.

Original programming[edit]

  • Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight (airs live at 6:30 and 10 p.m. every weeknight) – Sports Tonight recaps the day in Boston sports and covers the latest headlines and is hosted by Michael Felger and Gary Tanguay. Lou Merloni is the baseball analyst, Cedric Maxwell is the basketball analyst, Bob Beers is the hockey analyst, and Troy Brown is the football analyst. Frequent guests include Steve Buckley, Dan Shaughnessy, Ron Borges, Jackie MacMullan, Michael Silverman, Joe Haggerty, Michael Holley, Tom E. Curran, Sean McAdam, Rob Bradford, Chris Gasper, Kevin Paul Dupont, Andy Gresh, Chris Mannix, Tony Massarotti, Tim Welsh, and other Boston area sports media personalities and writers.
  • SportsNet Central (airs live at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 1 a.m. every night) – SportsNet Central is a daily highlight show that covers the day in Boston sports. Hosts and reporters include Kyle Draper, Mike Giardi, Abby Chin, Dalen Cuff, Kevin Walsh, Jessica Moran, Bob Neumeier and Eric Frede.
  • SportsNet Central Xtra – Airs before and after New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Bruins playoff games, serving as pre- and post-game coverage of games aired on another network. Michael Felger hosts with Tony Amonte as an analyst for Bruins games and former Patriots Troy Brown, Ty Law and Mike Flynn as the analysts for Patriots games.
  • Sports Sunday (Sundays at 7:30 p.m.) – Sports Sunday, a studio show hosted by Michael Felger, reviews the previous week in New England Sports. Lou Merloni, Bob Ryan, Ron Borges, Michael Holley, Chris Gasper, Sean McAdam, Cedric Maxwell, Damon Amendolara, Tom E. Curran, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Kevin Paul Dupont, and others are part of discussions with Felger. The "conference call" segment features writers from across the country who call in to talk about the national sports scene.
  • Felger and Mazz – Debuted on November 14, 2011, a simulcast of the afternoon drive program from WBZ-FM (98.5) airs on Comcast SportsNet New England weekdays from 2-6 p.m. Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti host with Marc Bertrand providing the day's headlines every 20 minutes. Until August, 2014, former Patriots' tight end Jermaine Wiggins was the third man in every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. in a segment called "Wiggy Tuesday". Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe also makes a weekly in-studio appearance on Fridays and during football season, Paul Perillo discusses the New England Patriots on Thursdays. Bruins' president Cam Neely makes a weekly appearance during hockey season.
  • The Baseball Show (airs Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. during baseball season) – This program is hosted by Bob Neumeier with analysts Lou Merloni, Sean McAdam, Dan Shaughnessy and Steve Buckley. Michael Felger was the original host, but had to leave the show after committing to WBZ-FM in August 2009 because the show is simulcast on WBZ competitor WEEI (850 AM), although the show currently airs, solely on CSNNE. The show takes viewer and listener calls about the latest issues regarding the Boston Red Sox. Whenever the Boston Celtics are playing in the NBA Finals, the program airs as The Basketball Show.
  • Celtics Now – A weekly studio hosted by Michael Holley reviewing the week of the Boston Celtics.
  • Quick Slants (Thursdays at 7 p.m. during football season) – An interactive football show that airs hosted by Tom E. Curran and Mary Paoletti, answering questions about current events in the NFL via Twitter, Facebook, and live chat.
  • Cross Check – Airs every Tuesday night during hockey season. Hosted by Michael Felger and Mike Milbury, the show discusses all of the week's latest Boston Bruins news. Joe Haggerty and Bruins fourth line winger Shawn Thornton make weekly appearances. The show's signature segment is called Fan or Fraud, in which Bruins fans are stopped around Boston and asked questions about the team to determine if they are a true fan.
  • New England Tailgate (Thursdays at 8 p.m. during football season) – Hosted by Glenn Ordway with Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie as analysts.
  • Patriots Football Weekly (Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. during football season) – Hosted by writers/editors of the New England Patriots official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly: Fred Kirsch, Andy Hart, and Paul Perillo.

FSN on Comcast SportsNet[edit]

Comcast SportsNet New England carries FSN programming in lieu of an FSN affiliate. This offers the region access to a variety of college sports, notably Pac-12 Conference basketball on various nights, plus Big 12 Conference and Pac-12 football on Saturdays during their respective seasons. The channel also formerly aired FSN studio shows, such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period and FSN Final Score, before the network added its own sports news program SportsNet Central in December 2009.

CSN New England HD[edit]

CSN New England HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast feed of Comcast SportsNet New England; programming that is broadcast in high definition includes live Boston Celtics games, studio shows, and series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the air". Bangor Daily News. November 13, 2001. pp. C4, C8. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "CSN New England to televise Revs games". NECN.com. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 

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