CSN to deliver comprehensive Patriots Playoff coverage with "Drive for 5" programming

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CSN to deliver comprehensive Patriots Playoff coverage with "Drive for 5" programming

  • Early Edition, SportsNet Central, Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Patriots Wednesday Live, New England Football Night, Quick Slants, and other Patriots shows on CSN to give Viewers in-depth Coverage Throughout Patriots Playoff Run
  • Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Albert Breer, Tom Curran & Michael Felger to Headline Game Day Coverage Beginning with Patriots-Texans Matchup Saturday, January 14th
  • Pre-Game Live Kicks off at 6PM Saturday; Post-Game Live Immediately Following Game CSNNE.com to Provide Robust, Interactive, Coverage of Patriots Playoff Run

BURLINGTON, MA, January 10, 2017 - The Patriots host the Houston Texans on Saturday at 8:15PM at Gillette Stadium in a Divisional Playoff game, and no local station, regional network or national sports network is providing more coverage dedicated to the game and to the Patriots Playoff run than CSN New England. CSN will feature ongoing coverage of the Patriots in all of the network’s news and opinion programs, Patriots specific programs, and via live pre & post-game shows -- all under the title “Drive for 5”.

“We look forward to extending our robust season-long coverage of the Patriots into the post-season as the team continues their quest for another Super Bowl title,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager, CSN New England. “We are committed to offering Patriots fans a one-stop destination for all of their Patriots Playoffs news, analysis and opinion -- both on TV and online -- from some of the most influential and expert personalities in the marketplace."

CSN’s gameday coverage will be highlighted by Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers. For the Patriots-Texans game this Saturday, Pregame Live presented by Ace Ticket will kick off at 6PM and will provide a preview of the upcoming game with an interactive element with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will take an in-depth look back at the game and will also be an interactive platform for fans to weigh in with their thoughts. Michael Felger will host along with expert analysis from Troy Brown, Albert Breer and Dan Koppen, while CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi will report from inside Gillette Stadium. CSN will also televise a Halftime Live show both on TV and on CSNNE.com.

Throughout the Patriots Playoff run, each episode of CSN’s nightly studio shows will dedicate time to the upcoming Patriots matchups, including Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6PM and Arbella Early Edition at 6:30PM which will focus heavily on the Patriots post-season. Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight and 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich and Felger & Mazz will also spend each week previewing the upcoming Patriots game in each of its episodes, and Sports Sunday will dig into each game on Sunday in its aftermath.

All CSN-produced weekly football programs will continue with robust coverage and previews of the upcoming matchup. Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Nissan (Wednesdays @ Noon) will continue to bring viewers exclusive coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady as they prepare for their next matchup. Thursday night’s New England Football Night presented by AT&T will offer Playoff focused episodes of New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire (7PM) and Patriots Football Weekly (7:30PM). Both Monday Night Patriots and Quick Slants presented by Papa Gino’s will take a look back at the prior matchup and break down all the best and worst plays on the Monday following the game.

CSNNE.com will keep fans engaged with up-to-the-minute news, daily video updates, on demand content and preview highlights. CSNNE.com’s “The Pulse” presented by New England Ford, will be the center for any and all social media chatter before, during and after each Playoff game. Halftime Live will also be the only exclusive online local halftime show in the region. Additionally, CSNNE.com will continue to feature both the live “Quick Slants” podcasts with Curran and Phil Perry as well as the “Ex-Pats Podcast” with Giardi, Koppen and Jerod Mayo. Fans are also encouraged to download the CSNNE app for access to real-time updates and Patriots news via push notifications.

CSN’s “Drive for 5” coverage is presented by New England Chevy Dealers.

Brady on reported extension for Goodell: 'I don't have any thoughts'

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Brady on reported extension for Goodell: 'I don't have any thoughts'

Tom Brady has said many times it doesn't do him any good to harbor negative emotions for those who opposed him in Deflategate. In an interview with TheMMQB's Peter King following Super Bowl LI, he summed up his thoughts thusly: "I don’t want to give my power away to other people by letting my own emotions be subjected to what their thoughts or opinions are. So if someone calls me something, that’s their problem. It’s not my problem. I’m not going to give away my power."

It comes as little surprise, then, that when he was asked about Roger Goodell's reported contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL, Brady had little to say. 

"Nope," Brady told Mike Mutnansky and Andy Hart on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show. "I don't have any thoughts."

According to multiple reports, the NFL is close to signing a deal that would keep Goodell in the commissioner's role through the 2024 season. Goodell is 58 years old and was first named commissioner in September of 2006.

The league's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire following the 2020 season, which means that once the deal is finalized, Goodell will be in position to have a major impact on yet another CBA, as he did back in 2011 during that year's lockout.  

Boldin abruptly retires two weeks after signing with Bills

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Boldin abruptly retires two weeks after signing with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Receiver Anquan Boldin is abruptly giving up on football to pursue his humanitarian and charitable work just under two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills.

Boldin released a statement on Sunday night shortly after informing the Bills of his decision.

"Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work," Boldin. "At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life's purpose is bigger than football."

He added that football brings together people of different races and religions to strive toward one shared goal, and how important it is to not let your fellow man down.

Boldin, the NFL's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, oversees the south Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for under-privileged children.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team respects Boldin's decision to retire.

"We appreciate the time he gave us over the past two weeks," Beane said. "He is one of the best receivers to play this game and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward."

Boldin's decision came as a complete surprise, especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and being open to serving as a mentor for Buffalo's young group of receivers. Though he was non-committal about his future beyond this year, Boldin was intent on playing this season upon signing a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.75 million on Aug. 7.

"At this point in your career, you can't get too far ahead of yourself, so I just take it a year at a time," he had said. "Once I'm committed, I'm all in."

The Bills, however, aren't the same team he joined. Only four days after Boldin signed, Buffalo traded its top receiving threat in Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines as part of two blockbuster deals on Aug. 11. In a separate trade, the Bills acquired receiver Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia for starting cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Bills also acquired second- and third-round draft picks in an indication the team is more intent on building through next year's draft.

Though surprised by the moves, Boldin insisted at the time that Watkins' presence had little to do with him signing with Buffalo.

"For me, I would've loved to have played alongside of Sammy, but that wasn't the reason I signed here," Boldin had signed. "The reason I signed here is the guys who are still here. I believe in coach Sean (McDermott) and what he's doing and the direction this organization is heading in."

McDermott is a first-time coach who spent the past six seasons as the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator. He was hired in January to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired in the final week of last season.

Boldin ranks in the top four among active receivers with 1,076 catches, 13,779 yards receiving and 82 touchdowns receiving.

He appeared in just one preseason game for Buffalo, and finished with one catch for 5 yards in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Boldin spent last season with Detroit, where he had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games. The former Florida State star spent his first seven NFL seasons with Arizona, then played three years with Baltimore and three with San Francisco. He helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February 2013.

The Bills are in a sudden state of disarray at the receiver position three weeks before the season opens, and in the midst of a 17-year playoff drought - the longest active streak in North America's four professional sports.

Boldin was supposed to fill a top-three spot alongside Matthews and rookie second-round draft pick Zay Jones.

Matthews, however, is listed as week to week after chipping a bone in his sternum during his first practice after being traded. He began light workouts on Sunday, and is on track to be ready for the season opener against the New York Jets.

Free-agent addition Rod Streater's status is more uncertain after hurting his left toe against Philadelphia. McDermott said the medical staff is still evaluating Streater's injury and wouldn't rule out the possibility of surgery.

That leaves Andre Holmes and Philly Brown now competing for an increased role in an offense headed by quarterback Tyrod Taylor.