CSNNE Announces Expanded Football Coverage


CSNNE Announces Expanded Football Coverage

-- Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Tom Curran, Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh and Damon Amendolara to headline Football Day in New England with Exclusive conversation with Wes Welker --

-- Five Additional Dedicated Weekly Shows to Return to Network, including Patriots Wednesday Live, Quick Slants, Patriots Football Weekly, New England Tailgate, and Patriots This Week --

BURLINGTON, MA, September 4, 2012 The NFL season is upon us and Comcast SportsNet will once again bring viewers the most comprehensive regional coverage of the New England Patriots all season long, including even more programming in 2012. In addition to the return of five weekly Patriots programs Patriots Wednesday Live, Quick Slants, Patriots Football Weekly, New England Tailgate and Patriots This Week the network for the first time will debut dedicated Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows on every Patriots gameday as part of Football Day in New England.

The new Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers will begin with Pregame Live which will take place two hours immediately prior to every game, the only regional television program to do so. Pregame Live presented by Nissan will include a detailed preview of the days matchup and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform for fans to weigh in on that days matchup and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game. New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will join Comcast SportsNet for exclusive post-game conversation during the program. The talent team will include Michael Felger as host along with expert offensive and defensive perspectives from analysts Ty Law and Troy Brown. Comcast SportsNets Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh will report from on-site at Gillette Stadium with additional contributions from CSNNE.coms Mary Paoletti. Damon Amendolara will join at the Web Desk and Michael Holley will host Sports Sunday during Football Day in New England on Sunday gamedays.

Comcast SportsNet will also stream a live and local halftime show during every game exclusively on CSNNE.com featuring participants from the Pre and Postgame crew.

Additional shows throughout the week include Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Comcast Business Class which will debut on Wednesday, September 5th and will air weekly throughout the season from Noon 1PM. The show provides exclusive coverage of the teams mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarter Back Tom Brady and gives fans the first preview of the upcoming game.

Comcast SportsNet will also bring back New England Football Night presented by AT&T which will debut Thursday, September 6th and includes three exclusive 30-minute football programs.

Quick Slants presented by Nissan and hosted by CSNNEs Curran and Paoletti, begins at 7PM and is an interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans and CSNNE talent.
Patriots Football Weekly follows at 7:30PM. Shot on-location from Gillette Stadium, thisshow delivers exclusive access from the writers who work on the inside for the Patriots weekly magazine Patriots Football Weekly.
New England Tailgate, which follows at 8PM, is in its 14th year, with the well-established team of Glenn Ordway and NFL veterans Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie.The show provides viewers with a review of the Patriots prior game, a preview of their upcoming opponent, predictions and bold commentary.

Patriots This Week will make its season debut on Friday, September 7th and will air weekly at 9:30PM through October and 12AM thereafter. The show is a no holds barred discussion with passionate debate and timely analysis from host Scott Zolak along with a rotating roster of former Patriots players.

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, Comcast SportsNet will also continue to offer fans in-depth coverage of the Patriots throughout the week as part of nightly news programs like Chevrolet SportsNet Central, UNOs Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday presented Dicks Sporting Goods. The network will also provide hours of dedicated coverage surrounding key NFL events like Thanksgiving Day 2012 (Patriots vs. Jets), Super Bowl, NFL Draft, and more.

Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNets programming includes the Boston Celtics, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Unos Sports Tonight, Celtics Now, Sports Sunday, Quick Slants, The Baseball Show, New England Tailgate and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNetNew England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


Source: Celtics offseason focus is an All-Star frontcourt addition

Source: Celtics offseason focus is an All-Star frontcourt addition

WALTHAM, Mass. – No matter how an NBA team’s season ends, change is inevitable.
And while there’s no doubt that the Celtics are on the right track in terms of their ascension in the NBA, it's too soon to tell how many players on the Celtics’ 15-man roster that Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations, will bring back next season.


“One thing I do know. He’ll make the best decisions for the team and if players don’t end up being back here, I wish the best for them,” said Avery Bradley.  “Those are my brothers. We all had a special year. I appreciate everything, all the time I had with them. I’d love for all those guys to be back. We’ll see.”
And with Boston coming off its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012, adding just any player won’t cut it.
The Celtics’ mindset now isn’t just to improve, but get good enough to where they can better compete with the likes of Cleveland, which just ended the Celtics’ season with a Game 5 thumping.
The most significant move made by the Celtics last offseason was the signing of Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract.
Like most of his Boston teammates this season, Horford is eager to see what changes are in store this summer.
“We just have to wait and see,” Horford said. “We had such a good year. A lot of positive things. It’ll be interesting to see what Danny, the organization feels is going to be the next step.”
Multiple league sources have told CSNNE.com in recent weeks that the Celtics are focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt.
That makes sense when you consider how guard-dominant the Celtics were this season and how that had a negative impact on the team’s rebounding and, to a lesser degree, their defense as a whole.
Gordon Hayward has emerged as a target, but all indications – for now at least – point toward him returning to Utah.
The Celtics may pursue Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin. Although like Hayward, he too is expected to re-sign with his current team for a max contract (for Griffin that would be five years, $175 million).
While trades are certainly in the cards for Boston, at this point the Celtics seem more inclined to improve their overall talent base via the draft and free agency.
“It’s always a good thing when you have the opportunity to add value to your team and don’t have to change your team too much,” said Celtics’ reserve Gerald Green, who will be a free agent this summer. “I’m going to be very interested to see what they do as far as building a team. We’re in a good place right now as far as being where we want to be organization-wise. I feel like we’re one or two steps away from actually being at the Finals. I think Danny has some things to think about, but I’m sure he’s going to do the job. I’ve seen Danny go to work in these situations. He always makes the team better. I’m pretty sure he’s got something planned that, at the end of the day, is going to make this organization better.”
Indeed, the Celtics could very well strengthen their position for next season by simply locking up some of their core players who may hit the free agent market soon.
Boston may look to work out an extension with Isaiah Thomas before the start of this season. Because if he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, he will be poised to command a salary that in year one would be worth more than the entire four-year, $27 million deal he signed with Phoenix in 2014.
“Boston’s changed my career, changed my life,” Thomas said. “I would love to be here long-term and win championships here. But as you guys know, it’s a business and anything can happen. I know that and understand that. But I would love to be here. This has been everything to me. This city, this organization … it’s been good.”