New England Sports Network
|New England Sports Network|
|Owned by||Fenway Sports Group (80%)
Delaware North (20%)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||New England's Most Watched Sports Network|
|Broadcast area||New England (automatic on all cable and satellite systems)
Nationwide (via special satellite package)
|Dish Network||434 (HD/SD)
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
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, Connecticut which is covered by New York City sports networks. It is available on New England cable systems, and nationally (in both standard definition and high definition) through satellite TV providers DirecTV (Channel 628) and Dish Network (Channel 434). The network is a joint venture between Fenway Sports Group (owners of Liverpool F.C., Boston Red Sox and an 80% majority share in the network) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins and the remaining share in the network)
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 Net (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 
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.
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 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. Jerry Remy returned to the booth on August 21, 2009.
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.
List of announcers 
Boston Bruins coverage 
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.
Pre and post-game 
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.
Jack Edwards handles the play-by-play duties during games while Andy Brickley serves as the color analyst. Naoko Funayama is the reporter at ice level. Every game since the start of the 2006–2007 season has been broadcast in HD.
List of announcers 
College sports coverage 
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.
NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon 
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 
- NESN Daily is a nightly half-hour show that replaced SportsDesk on August 6, 2010.
- 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.
- 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 
- 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.
- 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.
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 
- 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
- Naoko Funayama - 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 - Red Sox field reporter
- Didier Morais - NESN.com Red Sox beat writer
- Ben Watanabe - NESN.com Celtics beat writer
- Leah Hextall - NESN Daily anchor
- Jamie Erdahl - NESN Daily anchor
- Jamison Coyle - NESN Daily anchor
- Adam Pellerin - NESN Daily anchor
- Uri Berenguer - NESN Daily reporter
- Jayme Parker - NESN Daily reporter
- Dana Barros - NESN basketball insider on NESN Daily
- Al Skinner NESN basketball insider on NESN Daily
- Ted Johnson - NESN football insider on NESN Daily
- Matt Chatham - NESN football insider on NESN Daily
- Charlie Moore - Host of Charlie Moore Outdoors
Notable former staff 
NESN HD 
The HD service's early tagline was "Red Sox Tradition in High Definition."
NESN Plus 
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 
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. Brighthouse Networks in Michigan added it on November 1, 2010. 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.
See also 
- Beanpot 2011, Boston University Vs. Boston College: Time, History, Results And More
- "Liverpool FC, English Premier League Action to Be Aired on NESN Beginning Feb. 28". New England Sports Network. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- NESN Staff. "New England Sports Ventures Statement on the Purchase of Liverpool FC". New England Sports Network. NESN.com. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- Chad Finn (March 19, 2010). "NESN is trying to solve a chemistry problem". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "NESN, Bruins on Breakaway". Multichannel News. November 13, 2005. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Chad Finn (November 5, 2010). "Signoff for NESN’s Wright". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- NESN Goes National Forbes.com September 9, 2010
- Bright House Bows NESN National In Michigan Multichannel News November 1, 2010