New England Sports Network

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New England Sports Network
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NESN logo
Launched 1984
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned by Fenway Sports Group (80%)
Delaware North (20%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan New England's Most Watched Sports Network
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area New England (automatic on all cable and satellite systems)
Nationwide (via special satellite package)
Headquarters Watertown, Massachusetts
Website NESN.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Satellite
DirecTV 628 (HD/SD)
NESN Plus:
629-1 (HD)
629 (SD)
Dish Network 434 (HD/SD)
5434 (HD)
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels
Comcast 851 (HD)
51 (SD)
RCN 170 (HD)
30 (SD)

The New England Sports Network, or NESN [NESS-en], is a regional cable television network that covers the six New England states except Fairfield County, Connecticut and Southbury, Connecticut, a town in New Haven County. It is available on New England cable systems, and nationally (in both standard definition and high definition) through satellite TV providers DirecTV and Dish Network. The network is a joint venture between Fenway Sports Group (owners of Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club with a 80% majority share) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins, TD Garden and the remaining 20% share).

NESN is the primary broadcaster of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins—serving as the exclusive home for all games not aired by a national broadcaster. NESN also features minor league baseball, regional college sports, various outdoor shows, various sports talk shows, and delayed Premier League games.

NESN was, for a time, the New England carrier for Fox Sports Networks (before Sports Channel New England joined Fox Sports Net), after that, until early 2006, NESN carried ESPNews in the afternoon and overnight hours. NESN has carried regional Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games since Boston College joined the conference, including games from Fox Sports Net since FSN sold regional competitor CSN New England. NESN was launched as a premium channel, however it moved to a basic cable in 2001, a model that has since been copied by others through their respective launch of new regional sports networks.

Red Sox coverage[edit]

Boston Red Sox baseball coverage began in 1984 on the New England Sports Network, airing mostly mid-week home games on the newly formed pay cable channel. Former Sox second baseman Mike Andrews served as the play-by-play announcer and Kent Derdivanis provided color commentary. NESN periodically sent guest color commentators to the booth, with the likes of Rico Petrocelli, Bill Monbouquette, and Dick Radatz. The in-studio host was Sean McDonough.

NESN now carries full coverage (minus some nationally broadcast games on Fox and ESPN) of Red Sox games as well as in-depth pre- and post-game shows. Unlike previous seasons where it split coverage with over-the-air stations, it now broadcasts all games not on national television, using the slogan "One Nation, One Network". In 2006, it became the first network to broadcast all its Major League Baseball team's games in high definition (however spring training games were not until 2012), available to cable providers throughout New England, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse (in Connecticut), Comcast (in most of New England), and Verizon FiOS. On March 26, 2008, Dish Network joined the list of providers offering NESN in HD.

Pre-game[edit]

One hour before each Red Sox game, Tom Caron hosts Red Sox Game Day Live, where Caron and others, including, Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Peter Gammons, and Jim Rice along with former Major Leaguer Matt Stairs provide highlights from the previous game, analysis on the upcoming team, player profiles, news from around the league, and their "keys to the game." Dan Shaughnessy, Nick Cafardo, Peter Abraham and Michael Vega of The Boston Globe make regular appearances on the Pregame Show. Former Oakland Athletics manager Ken Macha was named a rotating analyst on this program in April 2007, but left after the 2008 season to become the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2006, NESN introduced a segment before the Pre-Game Show called Friday Night Fenway, which, on Red Sox Friday home games, showcases pre-game activities from inside Fenway Park. They have also included a Monday segment, Monster Monday, which airs every game day Monday, regardless of whether or not the game is at Fenway Park.

NESN's studio shows were originally broadcast at their Fenway Park studio. Since 2003, NESN has broadcast their pregame show from Yawkey Way. NESN still has the Fenway Park studio, but is rarely used on-air. It is, however, used during weekly interviews with Larry Lucchino and other Red Sox personnel.

In-game[edit]

For Red Sox game broadcasts, Don Orsillo serves as the play-by-play announcer with Jerry Remy as his color commentator and Jenny Dell as the field reporter.

In 2009 while Jerry Remy took an indefinite leave of absence due to illness, Dennis Eckersley performed the color commentary for home games and Dave Roberts for most road games. Orsillo worked with 26 different partners starting in Spring Training 2009, including Frank Viola, Ken Ryan, Jim Kaat, Gordon Edes, Bob Montgomery, Dwight Evans, Brian Daubach, Buck Martinez, Ron Coomer, Rance Mulliniks, Sean Casey, Rex Hudler and numerous sports writers.[1] Jerry Remy returned to the booth on August 21, 2009.

Post-game[edit]

After the game has finished, W.B. Mason's Extra Innings and Granite City Electric's Red Sox Final go back into the studio where Tom Caron and one or more of the studio analysts from the pre-game show deliver a wrap-up of the night's game. They present highlights and statistics from the completed game and often have a member of the Red Sox team on hand to get their take on the game. This hour of coverage also focuses on the upcoming game as well as news from the league. The post-game is usually not covered if the Red Sox are on the west coast, in those instances NESN Daily immediately follows the game.

Since 2003, NESN has broadcast the postgame show from their Watertown studios. Previously, it had been broadcast from their Fenway Park studio.[2]

List of announcers[edit]

YEARS PLAY-BY-PLAY COLOR STUDIO FIELD LEVEL
1984 Kent Derdivanis Mike Andrews
1985–1987 Ned Martin Bob Montgomery Sean McDonough Sean McDonough
1988 (Home) Ned Martin Jerry Remy Eric Reid
1989-1992 (Home) Ned Martin Jerry Remy Bob Kurtz
1993–1994 (Home) Bob Kurtz Jerry Remy Steve Burton Amy Stone
1995 (Home) Bob Kurtz Jerry Remy Tom Larson Kim Walden
1996–1999 Bob Kurtz Jerry Remy Bob Rodgers Debbi Wrobleski
2000 Bob Kurtz or Bob Rodgers Jerry Remy Bob Rodgers or Tom Caron with Rico Petrocelli Debbi Wrobleski
2001 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Bob Rodgers with Rico Petrocelli Debbi Wrobleski
2002–2003 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Bob Rodgers with Jim Corsi, Jim Rice or Dennis Eckersley Tom Caron
2004–2005 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Sam Horn, Gary DiSarcina, or Bob Tewksbury Eric Frede
2006 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Dave McCarty Tina Cervasio
2007 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty, Ken Ryan or Ken Macha Tina Cervasio
2008 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty, Lou Merloni, or Ken Macha Heidi Watney
2009 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy or Guest Analyst Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Guest Analyst. Heidi Watney
2010–2011 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Peter Gammons. Heidi Watney
2012 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Matt Stairs, or Peter Gammons. Jenny Dell
2013 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Tom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Tim Wakefield, or Peter Gammons. Jenny Dell
2014 Don Orsillo Jerry Remy Sarah Davis, Elle Duncan, or Gary Striewski

Boston Bruins coverage[edit]

Bruins coverage began in 1984 with Fred Cusick and Johnny Peirson as play-by-play as analyst respectively for both NESN's games (mostly home contests) as well as WSBK's coverage of mainly away games. In 1985, NESN dropped Pierson and added Dave Shea. Terry O'Reilly joined to the telecasts the following season. When O'Reilly left NESN to become head coach of the Bruins, Derek Sanderson became the analyst.

NESN broadcast some games of the 1988 and 1990 Stanley Cup Finals' in the United States.

Pre and post-game[edit]

Bruins coverage has grown since NESN took over exclusive rights (previously shared with WSBK). It now includes Bruins Face-Off Live and Bruins Overtime Live, with the focus similar to the Red Sox shows, plus a weekly magazine show (The Instigators) and a highlights show (The Big Bad Bruins Show) during the season. Dale Arnold is the pregame and postgame host along with analysts Gord Kluzak, Barry Pederson, Mark Mowers and Billy Jaffe. Arnold co-hosts The Instigators with Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jaffe, Mowers, and others while Naoko Funayama hosts The Big Bad Bruins Show.

In-game[edit]

Jack Edwards handles the play-by-play duties during games while Andy Brickley serves as the color analyst. Jamie Erdahl is the reporter at ice level. Every game since the start of the 2006–2007 season has been broadcast in HD.

List of announcers[edit]

YEARS PLAY BY PLAY COLOR STUDIO RINKSIDE REPORTER
1984–1985 Fred Cusick Johnny Peirson None
1985–1986 Fred Cusick & Dave Shea Tom Larson Dave Shea
1986–1987 Fred Cusick Dave Shea & Terry O'Reilly or Derek Sanderson (joined broadcast team after O'Reilly became Bruins' head coach) Tom Larson Dave Shea
1987–1993 Fred Cusick Dave Shea & Derek Sanderson Tom Larson Dave Shea
1993–1994 Fred Cusick Dave Shea & Derek Sanderson Tom Larson Amy Stone
1994–1995 Fred Cusick Dave Shea & Derek Sanderson Tom Larson Kim Walden
1995–1998 Dale Arnold Gord Kluzak Dawn Mitchell Brenda Brenon
1998–2000 Dale Arnold Gord Kluzak Tom Caron
2000–2002 Dale Arnold (Home) or Dave Shea (Road) Gord Kluzak (Home) or Andy Brickley & Gerry Cheevers (Road) Tom Caron
2002–2003 Dale Arnold (Home) or Dave Shea (Road) Gord Kluzak (Home) or Andy Brickley (Road) Tom Caron with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, & Cam Neely
2003–2004 Dale Arnold (Home) or Dave Shea (Road) Gord Kluzak (Home) or Andy Brickley (Road) Tom Caron with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Cam Neely, & Paul Stewart Corey Masse (Playoffs Only)
2004–2005 NHL Lockout
2005–2007 Dale Arnold (Home) or Jack Edwards (Road) Andy Brickley Eric Frede with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Tom Fitzgerald Rob Simpson
2007–2008 Jack Edwards Andy Brickley Kathryn Tappen with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Mike Milbury Rob Simpson
2008–2011 Jack Edwards Andy Brickley Kathryn Tappen with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Mike Milbury Naoko Funayama
2011–2012 Jack Edwards Andy Brickley Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, Billy Jaffe, or Mark Mowers Naoko Funayama
2012–2013 Jack Edwards Andy Brickley Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Billy Jaffe Naoko Funayama
2013–2014 Jack Edwards Andy Brickley Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Billy Jaffe Jamie Erdahl

College sports coverage[edit]

NESN's Hockey East Friday Night showcases all ten Hockey East teams including National Champions Boston University and Boston College. NESN airs the Beanpot, the Hockey East playoffs and championship game as well.

Tom Caron, Eric Frede, or Mike Logan handle the play-by-play, with Craig Janney or Bob Beers as color analyst. Pre-game and intermission reports are hosted by John Chandler along with Brendan Walsh. For the Beanpot, Boston Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo handles the play-by-play and Boston Bruins announcers Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama handle color commentary and rinkside reporting respectively.[3]

NESN also airs Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college football and basketball games. The network's ACC telecasts are usually produced by Fox Sports Net.

NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon[edit]

Each year since 2002, NESN and WEEI have joined to raise money for the Jimmy Fund by holding a "radio-telethon." For two days every August the event is simulcast on WEEI and NESN for 36 hours. WEEI radio shows are seen on NESN featuring interviews with cancer patients and survivors, doctors, and athletes and celebrities like Terry Francona, Mike Lowell, Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump, and formerly George Steinbrenner. Many other Red Sox players and Boston athletes take part in the Radio-Telethon and in pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park. Since 2002, this event has raised around $17 million for the Jimmy Fund and has received donations from all 50 states.

Hartford Colonials coverage[edit]

Two of the UFL team's games from Rentschler Field were broadcast on NESN in 2010, including the season opener.[4]

Shows[edit]

The SportsDesk logo.
  • NESN Sports Today replaced NESN Daily as NESN's nightly sports program on June 11, 2013.[5]
  • The Ultimate Red Sox Show, a weekly show recapping the week in Red Sox Nation, hosted by Jenny Dell.
  • The Big Bad Bruins Show, a fast-paced Top 10 countdown of all things Bruins hosted by Naoko Funayama.
  • The Instigators, a show in which the latest hockey news is debated by Bruins analysts. Mike Milbury, Jack Edwards, and Andy Brickley were the original hosts of the show with Bob Beers and Lyndon Byers as substitutes. For the 2011-12 season, Edwards, Brickley, Tom Caron, Billy Jaffe, and Ian Moran will serve as hosts and the show is now called The Instigators Live".
  • Charlie Moore Outdoors, a fishing and outdoors show hosted by Charlie Moore.
  • The Red Sox Report, hosted by Don Orsillo with reporter Rob Crawford.
  • Sox in 2/Bruins in 2, a two-hour replay of the previous night's game, usually aired at midnight and early afternoon the next day (Not aired when the Red Sox play games on the West Coast).
  • RemDawg Unleashed, a half-hour of bloopers and funny moments from Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy.
  • The Remy's, an awards show showcasing the top moments and players from the first half of the Red Sox' season. The "Top Dawg" of 2006 (its first season) was Jonathan Papelbon. A postseason edition is also aired.
  • The Brick's, an awards show showcasing the top moments and players from the first half of the Bruins' season. A postseason edition of the show is also aired.
  • Red Sox Classics, old Red Sox games that have been deemed classic because of events happening in the game or someone achieving some kind of record are shown. Walk Off Sox is essentially the same program, but with a walk-off win by the Red Sox.
  • Bruins Classics, shows old Boston Bruins games condensed to fit a one-hour time slot.
  • Red Sox Hot Stove is a Red Sox show that is hosted by Tom Caron and is played during the baseball offseason. Many guest stars such as Gordon Edes, Nick Cafardo, and Jerry Remy also appear.
  • Friday Night Fenway, a 30 minute show before Red Sox pregame, that airs every Friday night the Red Sox are home. Tom Caron hosts, along with Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo.
  • Monster Monday, a 30 minute show before Red Sox pregame, that airs every Monday night. Tom Caron hosts.
  • Minor League Baseball, NESN airs multiple Pawtucket Red Sox games each season, as well as Futures at Fenway, a double header in which the PawSox and Portland Sea Dogs play. Eric Frede formerly handled the play-by-play with Ken Ryan as color commentator.
  • Little League Baseball, in 2008 and 2009, NESN aired the New England Regional Little League Tournament in August.
  • Dennis and Callahan, NESN began airing a 3-hour simulcast of this WEEI morning show starting on November 16, 2010.
  • English Premier League match of the week. NESN shows tape-delayed matches of select Fox Soccer Channel’s coverage of the Premier League. Most games feature Liverpool F.C., which, like NESN, is owned by New England Sports Ventures.[6][7]
  • NESN also airs college basketball, soccer, college football, tennis, the Celebrity Spotlight series, Dirty Water TV, UFC Wired, Golf Destination, After the Game, and Shining City.

Former shows[edit]

  • SportsDesk was a twice-daily half hour-long show reporting on the teams and players who matter to New England viewers. It was generally shown in the evening after Red Sox or Bruins coverage. In the morning it was rerun from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. (9 a.m. on mornings when Bruins or Red Sox do not play) in half-hour blocks. Jade McCarthy and Cole Wright were the lead anchors; Jayme Parker served as a reporter. Tony Massarotti, former Celtic Dana Barros, former Patriot Ted Johnson, Mike Adams, James Murphy, and others contributed to the show regularly.
  • SportsDesk Lights Out was a weekly wrap up show that aired on Sunday at 10 p.m. and re-aired at 11 p.m. It was hosted by Cole Wright or Jade McCarthy and generally covered all the top sports stories of the week.
  • NESN Daily was a nightly half-hour show that replaced SportsDesk on August 6, 2010. The last airing of NESN Daily was June 10, 2013.
  • Sox Appeal was a reality television series began airing in August 2007. It is a Red Sox themed dating game show that follows a man or woman during three, two-inning long blind dates that take place over the course of a Red Sox game.
  • NESN's Comedy All Stars was a 30 minute show that features various stand-up comics. Most of the jokes are geared towards Boston sports.
  • Breakfast with the Sox/Breakfast with the Bruins, a one hour replay of the previous night's game. Originally aired when the Sox are on the west coast, later expanded to every morning after a game, expanded to include Bruins games in 2007. Ended in November 2010 when NESN began simulcasting WEEI's morning show, Dennis and Callahan.
  • Pocket Money is a 30 minute show that takes place on the streets of Boston asking fans sports trivia questions. The host is Paul "Fitzy" Fitzgerald (Nick Stevens). SportsTime Ohio and SportsNet New York air a similar program called Beer Money.

Graphics[edit]

NESN has different-colored borders on its graphics according to the event being aired. They include: red (Red Sox), gold (Bruins), blue (NCAA and NESN Daily) and green (golf and tennis).

NESN has a sports ticker, called The Edge, at the bottom of the screen similar to the one found on ESPN. It is on during :20/:50 intervals only during a live event.

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Dale Arnold - Bruins studio host
  • Billy Jaffe - Bruins studio analyst
  • Mark Mowers - Bruins studio analyst
  • Gord Kluzak - Bruins studio analyst
  • Barry Pederson - Bruins studio analyst
  • Jack Edwards - Bruins play-by-play
  • Andy Brickley - Bruins color commentator
  • Jamie Erdahl - Bruins ice-level reporter
  • Naoko Funayama - former Bruins ice-level reporter
  • Lyndon Byers - NESN hockey insider
  • Douglas Flynn - NESN.com Bruins beat writer
  • Tom Caron - Red Sox studio host and Hockey East play-by-play
  • Dennis Eckersley - Red Sox studio analyst
  • Peter Gammons - Red Sox studio analyst/reporter
  • Jim Rice - Red Sox studio analyst
  • Matt Stairs - Red Sox studio analyst
  • Tim Wakefield - Red Sox studio analyst
  • Don Orsillo - Red Sox play-by-play
  • Jerry Remy - Red Sox color commentator
  • Jenny Dell - NESN Sports Today anchor, former Red Sox field reporter
  • Gary Striewski - NESN Sports Today reporter, Red Sox field reporter
  • Elle Duncan - NESN Sports Today reporter, Red Sox field reporter
  • Sarah Davis - NESN Sports Today reporter, Red Sox field reporter
  • Didier Morais - NESN.com Red Sox beat writer
  • Ben Watanabe - NESN.com Celtics beat writer
  • Leah Hextall - NESN Sports Today anchor
  • Jamison Coyle - NESN Sports Today anchor
  • Adam Pellerin - NESN Sports Today anchor
  • Uri Berenguer - NESN Sports Today reporter
  • Jayme Parker - NESN Sports Today reporter
  • Dana Barros - NESN basketball insider on NESN Sports Today
  • Al Skinner NESN basketball insider on NESN Sports Today
  • Ted Johnson - NESN football insider on NESN Sports Today
  • Matt Chatham - NESN football insider on NESN Sports Today
  • Charlie Moore - Host of Charlie Moore Outdoors

Notable former staff[edit]

NESN HD[edit]

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NESN HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of NESN, featuring HD broadcasts of Red Sox and Bruins games and of other original content.

The HD service's early tagline was "Red Sox Tradition in High Definition."

NESN Plus[edit]

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When two sports events that NESN has the rights to conflict, NESN carries one of those events and carries the second on a second channel called "NESN Plus". Originally Comcast systems utilized NECN or CN8 for NESN Plus while other stations placed NESN Plus on an empty channel or a local Public-access television cable TV channel. DirecTV added it in both SD and HD on April 11, 2009.

Some ACC telecasts may also be moved to NESN Plus in the event of a conflict with NESN's Red Sox or Bruins coverage, especially when a televised Boston College sports event takes place.

NESN National[edit]

NESN National is a separate NESN channel for cable systems outside of New England. It carries alternate program during Red Sox and Bruins games, but pre and post games are shown. Time Warner Cable in North and South Carolina was the first provider pick it up.[11] Brighthouse Networks in Michigan added it on November 1, 2010.[12] It is different than the national feed of NESN available on DirecTV and Dish Network in which Red Sox and/or Bruins games can be watched outside of New England with a subscription to MLB Extra Innings and/or NHL Center Ice.

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