Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
|Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic|
|Launched||April 4, 1984
(as Home Team Sports)
April 4, 2001
(as Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic)
|Slogan||Washington's Sports Leader|
Eastern West Virginia
Hampton Roads MSA
National (via satellite)
|Formerly called||Home Team Sports (1984–2001)|
|Sister channel(s)||Comcast Network
|DirecTV||Channel 642 (SD/HD)
Channel 643 CSN+ (SD)
Channel 643-1 CSN+ (HD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 76 (SD)
Channel 576 (HD)
Channel 78 CSN+ (SD)
Channel 575 CSN+ (HD)
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (CSN Mid-Atlantic) is an American regional sports network that operates as an affiliate of Comcast SportsNet and delivers live-game coverage and sports news and entertainment television programming to more than 4.7 million households throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region of the United States. It is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal.
The network serves as the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Washington Wizards, D.C. United and Washington Mystics, as well as the home of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association.
The network was founded on April 4, 1984 as Home Team Sports (HTS), under the ownership of Westinghouse Broadcasting. It was one of the first regional sports networks in the country. In the 1990s, HTS became affiliated with Prime Network. In 1997, it affiliated with Fox Sports Net, along with most of its sister networks. Comcast agreed to acquire a two-thirds ownership stake in HTS from Viacom on July 11, 2000. The transaction was completed seven months later in mid-February 2001. HTS was relaunched as Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on April 4, 2001 - exactly 17 years to the day the network first launched under its previous incarnation as HTS. It continued to carry Fox Sports Net programming until it followed its sisters in dropping this secondary affiliation in 2012.
In 2010, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic split its website into two regional websites and rebranded them as Comcast SportsNet Baltimore and Comcast SportsNet Washington. While the websites were rebranded, the network still shows a single feed across its entire coverage area.
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. The updated graphics were implemented on CSN's live game coverage and all studio shows, with the exception of SportsNet Central. That program would ultimately follow with a new on-air look of its own and, in conjunction with it, the switch to the aforementioned updated graphics package on April 14, 2014.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is distributed to more than 4.7 million households throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia, on 25 cable and satellite providers.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic also has an overflow channel named Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, that broadcasts select sports programming when the main channel is carrying another live event. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus is carried by DirecTV, and most cable companies in the region.
Live game coverage: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic provides more than 500 live professional and college sporting events per year. The network serves as the regional rights holder for the NHL's Washington Capitals and the NBA's Washington Wizards, airing all non-nationally-exclusive games, as well as the D.C. United of Major League Soccer, the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the MLL and the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. As the official cable partner of the NFL's Washington Redskins, the network also has the rights to televise their preseason games; until the consummation of the 2012 merger between NBC and Comcast which made NBC's owned-and-operated station WRC-TV a sister operation, games on WRC-TV were carried only in 480i standard definition to provide high-definition exclusivity for the network. After the merger, both operations carry the games in HD
As the region's television home for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic broadcasts numerous men's and women's college sporting events, often featuring Virginia Tech and Virginia. The network's coverage of college sports also includes games from Conference USA, the Pac-12, and the Big 12 conferences through Fox Sports Net.
News & entertainment programming: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic provides daily news and entertainment programs that deliver news, analysis and opinion surrounding the region's sports landscape. The network also features special pregame and postgame shows, as well as numerous specials and original programming.
- SportsNet Central - A daily half-hour news program that covers the region's top sports news; the program airs live at 6:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. and replays from 6-9 a.m.
- Sports Talk Live - A half-hour program that uses discussions, interviews and feature stories to cover all aspects of the area's sports scene. The program, which is hosted by former NFL running back Brian Mitchell, airs weekdays at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
- Redskins Nation - Hosted by Redskins radio voice Larry Michael, this program is dedicated exclusively to covering the Washington Redskins. The half-hour show airs weekdays at 5:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Anchors and reporters
- Rob Carlin
- Julie Donaldson
- Keli Fulton
- Brent Harris
- Chick Hernandez (also co-hosts Sports Talk Live)
- Michael Jenkins
- Dave Johnson (also play-by-play announcer)
- Chris Miller
- Sebastian Salazar
- Jill Sorenson
- Larry Michael (Redskins Nation)
- Brian Mitchell (Sports Talk Live)
- Rick "Doc" Walker (Sports Talk Live)
- Steve Buckhantz (play-by-play announcer)
- Phil Chenier (color analyst)
- Chris Miller (sideline reporter)
- Ron Thompson (postgame analyst)
- Joe Beninati (play-by-play announcer)
- Craig Laughlin (color analyst)
- Al Koken (sideline reporter)
- Alan May (postgame analyst)
- Jill Sorenson (sideline reporter)
- Dave Johnson (play-by-play announcer)
- Santino Quaranta (color analyst)
- Dave Johnson (play-by-play)
- Brent Harris (play-by-play)
- Jerry Glanville (league-wide color analyst)
- Joe Beninati (play-by-play)
- Scott Garceau (fill-in play-by-play)
- Quint Kessenich (color analyst)
- Evan Washburn (fill-in color analyst)
Former on-air staff
- Ivan Carter (2009–2012, no longer active in the television industry)
- Rich Cook (2002–2004)
- Nicole Darin (2012-2014)
- Scott Hanson (2002–2006, now an anchor/reporter for the NFL Network)
- Lisa Hillary (2007–2010, now with Fox Sports West)
- George Johnson (2001–2004, former sports director at WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin)
- Kelli Johnson (2004–2012, previously with Comcast SportsNet Houston from 2012-2014, now with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
- Carol Maloney (2001-2012, now a sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.)
- Marius Payton (2004–2006, was with Comcast SportsNet Houston until it folded November 16, 2014)
- Sage Steele (2001–2007, now with ESPN)
- Russ Thaler (2001–2011, now with NBCSN)
- Guidera, Mark. "Comcast to buy HTS sports channel," The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, July 12, 2000.
- Henry, Kristine. "Nevins leaves PR post for presidency of HTS," The Baltimore Sun, Saturday, March 3, 2001.
- "HTS now Comcast SportsNet, adding sports news coverage," The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, April 4, 2001.