Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
|CSN Bay Area|
|Launched||July 1, 1989specify][|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area
Nationwide (via satellite)
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Formerly called||Pacific Sports Network (1989–1991)
SportsChannel Bay Area (1990–1991)
SportsChannel Pacific (1991–1998)
Fox Sports Bay Area (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net Bay Area (2000–2004)
FSN Bay Area (2004–2008)
|Replaced||Pacific Sports Network|
Comcast SportsNet California
(some events may air on overflow feed Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus due to event conflicts)
|DirecTV||696 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (SD/HD)
697 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus (SD)
697-1 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus (HD)
|Dish Network||419 (HD/SD)|
|Available on select U.S. cable systems in designated broadcast area||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
|PlayStation Vue||PlayStation Vue Core and Elite packages for the San Francisco Bay Area also include CSN Bay Area Plus, CSN California and CSN California Plus.|
CSN Bay Area is an American regional sports network that is owned as a joint venture between NBCUniversal and the San Francisco Giants, and operates as an affiliate of NBC Sports Group. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of professional sports events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. CSN Bay Area's sister channel is Comcast SportsNet California.
The network was formed as a merger of two separate regional sports networks: the Pacific Sports Network, which launched in July 1, 1989 as an affiliate of the Prime Network and SportsChannel Bay Area, an owned-and-operated outlet of SportsChannel America that launched in April 1990 under the ownership of Rainbow Media, the broadcasting subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation. The two networks merged in July 1991 into SportsChannel Pacific.
On June 30, 1997, News Corporation and Liberty Media – which formed Fox Sports Net the year prior through News Corporation's partial acquisition of the Liberty-owned Prime Network group of regional sports networks – purchased a 40% interest in Cablevision's sports properties including the SportsChannel America networks (as well as Madison Square Garden and its NBA and NHL team tenants, the New York Knicks and New York Rangers); the three companies formed the venture National Sports Partners to run the owned-and-operated regional networks. The channel was rebranded as Fox Sports Bay Area in January 1998, at which time most of the SportsChannel networks (with the exception of SportsChannel Florida, which did not join the network until 2000) underwent a near-groupwide rebranding as part of their integration into the Fox Sports Net family.
The channel was then rebranded as Fox Sports Net Bay Area in 2000, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner; subsequently in 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN Bay Area, through the networks' de-emphasis of the brand.
On April 30, 2007, Comcast purchased 50% interests in FSN Bay Area and FSN New England from Rainbow Media for $570 million. Then on December 10, the San Francisco Giants acquired a 30% stake in FSN Bay Area, with News Corporation becoming a minority partner in the network. As a result of Comcast becoming the majority interest holder, the network (after the sale was finalized in February 2008) was integrated into the company's own regional sports network group Comcast SportsNet, rebranding as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on March 31, 2008. CSN Bay Area became the first Comcast SportsNet-branded network to use a logo style (utilizing Comcast's then-universal corporate logo), similar to the current NBC-styled logo, that was later adopted by all the other NBC Sports regional networks on October 1, 2008.
Following Comcast's purchase of majority control of NBCUniversal, which already owned NBC owned-and-operated station KNTV (channel 11) and Telemundo O&O KSTS (channel 48), on April 19, 2011, the network announced plans to build an additional set specifically for use on sports segments seen on KNTV's newscasts. The revamp would also include in-depth interviews in addition to providing scores and highlights, and utilize CSN Bay Area's sports anchors and analysts. KNTV plans to begin the segments in June 2011.
Through its partial ownership by Fox, CSN Bay Area formerly carried programming distributed nationally for Fox Sports Networks affiliates, even after relinquishing controlling ownership of the network to Comcast and the Giants. This included access to a variety of college sports, notably Sunday telecasts of men's and women's basketball games from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12 basketball games on various nights, as well as Saturday telecasts of football games from the Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences during their respective seasons. Most of that programming has shifted to Fox Sports' national sports network Fox Sports 1 or Fox College Sports, with Comcast SportsNet having dropped FSN-distributed programming in September 2012 after the two parties were unable to renew their program content agreement. This arrangement was formed to secure national coverage for its lineup of collegiate sports events. The channel also aired simulcasts of radio shows such as The Dan Patrick Show until those programs were inherited by NBC Sports Network.
Current on-air staff
- Rich Aurilia – Giants studio analyst
- Jim Barnett – Warriors color analyst
- Vida Blue – Giants studio analyst
- Brodie Brazil – SportsNet Central anchor and reporter
- Dennis Brown – 49ers studio analyst
- Rosalyn Gold-Onwude – Warriors sideline reporter
- Shawn Estes – Giants studio analyst
- Randy Winn – Giants studio analyst
- Ahmed Fareed – SportsNet Central anchor and reporter
- Dave Feldman – SportsNet Central anchor and reporter
- Bob Fitzgerald – Warriors play-by-play announcer
- Amy Gutierrez – Giants sideline reporter
- Jim Kozimor – SportsTalk Live anchor
- Mike Krukow – Giants color analyst
- Duane Kuiper – Giants play-by-play announcer
- Bill Laskey – Giants studio analyst
- Matt Maiocco – 49ers Insider
- Greg Papa – Warriors pre-game and post-game host, Giants pre-game and post-game host, and substitute play-by-play announcer
- Ray Ratto – CSNBayArea.com Senior Insider
- Henry Wofford - Warriors reporter, host of Race Week, and SportsNet Central anchor and reporter
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