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CSNNE Announces new programming strategy to start April 3rd

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CSNNE Announces new programming strategy to start April 3rd

  • TOM E. CURRAN, MICHAEL HOLLEY, TOM GILES AND KAYCE SMITH TO HOST ALL NEW “BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT” WEEKNIGHTS FROM 9PM-MIDNIGHT
  • MICHAEL FELGER, GARY TANGUAY & TRENNI KUSNIEREK TO HOST NEWLY EXPANDED “EARLY EDITION” 6PM-8PM EVERY WEEKNIGHT

CSN New England (CSN) announced today a newly expanded programming line-up to super-serve New England sports fans with the most comprehensive, in-depth and unfiltered New England sports coverage, when, where and how they want it. The new programming will begin on April 3rd.

“We pride ourselves on providing Boston sports fans with the best coverage of their teams in the most informative, interesting and unfiltered way possible,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager, CSN New England. “With our new programming line-up we will ensure that we continue to give the fans what they want, when they want it.”

As part of the new line-up, CSN will add a new nightly show Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire which will air every weeknight from 9PM to Midnight.  This 3-hour show will be hosted by CSN’s Tom Curran and Tom Giles, along with WEEI’s Michael Holley and Kayce Smith who are both set to join the network next month.  Boston Sports Tonight will be a cross-section of opinion, information and fun. The unique format of the show and the 9pm-Midnight timing will allow Boston Sports Tonight hosts and guests to provide immediate, real-time reactions to what is happening throughout the Boston sports world all night long, be it live games, breaking news or fan chatter.  The show will have a heavy social media interaction component that will engage with fans, athletes and other media influencers on a nightly basis. Curran, Giles, Holley and Smith will host from various locations around the CSN offices, getting takes from CSN staffers and guests.

Also beginning April 3rd, CSN will expand its Arbella Early Edition program to two hours, airing weeknights from 6pm-8pm.  The show will be hosted by new line-up of Gary Tanguay, Trenni Kusnierek and Michael Felger, who will join the show each night in-studio following Felger & Mazz.  Early Edition will combine hot takes and opinion, with heavy debate from hosts and guests and will offer an unfiltered look at the best Boston sports topics of the day. All of CSN’s on-air talent, including CSNNE.com’s Insiders, plus high-profile contributors from the Boston sports landscape, will appear on a nightly basis on both Arbella Early Edition and Boston Sports Tonight.

Chevrolet SportsNet Central will remain as CSN’s news brand and will live throughout the day across all CSN programming.

CSNNE.com and CSN’s social media channels will compliment the new television programming line-up with relevant videos, podcasts, blogs, interactivity and more. The network will continue to offer a 24/7 live stream of its TV line-up through CSNNE.com and the NBC Sports App.

CSN Announces 2017-18 Patriots Football Coverage

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CSN Announces 2017-18 Patriots Football Coverage

  • CHARLIE WEIS & ROB NINKOVICH TO JOIN CSN’S PATS COVERAGE TEAM THIS SEASON
  • Joining Expert Talent Team of Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Tom E. Curran, Bert Breer, Mike Giardi, Phil Perry, & Others
  •  Network to Feature Patriots Shows EVERY SINGLE NIGHT this season Beginning at 6PM, including Pregame Live, Halftime Live, Postgame Live, Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, Patriots Wednesday, New England Tailgate, Football Fix, Patriots This Week, and Patriots Football Weekly
     

BURLINGTON, MA, September 6, 2017 - The NFL season has arrived and CSN New England will once again bring viewers more New England Patriots coverage than ever before with dedicated Patriots shows every single night of the week throughout the entire season beginning at 6PM. CSN’s football coverage will feature top-notch talent and key football guests, including more Patriots players -- both current and former -- throughout the week than any other network. New to CSN’s expert talent team this season will be former Patriots Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis and recently retired Patriots Defensive End Rob Ninkovich.

CSN will bring viewers the most robust offering of coverage of their New England Patriots with fresh Patriots programming seven days a week, including: Pregame Live, Halftime Live, Postgame Live, Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, Patriots Wednesday, New England Tailgate, Football Fix, Patriots This Week, and Patriots Football Weekly. Headlining these shows will be some of the best voices in football and television, including new faces Weis and Ninkovich, joining expert returning talent Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Tom E. Curran, Bert Breer, Mike Giardi, and Phil Perry, among others. 

WEEKLY FOOTBALL SHOWS “AT A GLANCE”:
Following is a snapshot of CSN’s weekly Patriots programming line-up:

  • *Sunday (or Gameday) – Pregame Live/Postgame Live
  • Monday @6pm - Monday Night Patriots
  • Tuesday @6pm – Quick Slants
  • Wednesday @ 6pm – Patriots Wednesday
  • Thursday @6pm – New England Tailgate
  • Friday @6pm – Football Fix
  • Friday @ Midnight - Patriots This Week
  • Saturday @6pm – Patriots Football Weekly


* Patriots Shows and Gameday coverage shifts when the Pats play on Thursdays/Mondays.

 PATRIOTS GAMEDAY COVERAGE – “FOOTBALL DAY IN NEW ENGLAND”:
Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers surrounds every Patriots gameday and begins on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30PM as the Patriots kick off the season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Pregame Live, Halftime Live & Postgame Live - Pregame Live presented by Ace Ticket will take place two hours prior to every game, once again the only regional television program to do so.  Pregame Live will include a detailed preview of the day’s match-up and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Halftime Live presented by Nissan will be part of every Patriots gameday this season for the first time and will be the only local live halftime show on television and online.  Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform in which fans can weigh in on that day’s matchup and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game.

Gameday Talent Team -The talent team will be headlined by Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Bert Breer, and new addition Charlie Weis, with contributions from Dan Koppen and Rob Ninkovich. CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry will report from inside the stadium while CSN’s DJ Bean will be at the AT&T Web Zone for each game. Dr. Jessica Flynn -- Orthopedic Surgeon from Lahey Health -- will contribute medical analysis in Pregame and Postgame as well this season.

WEEKLY PATRIOTS/NFL PROGRAMMING – “6 O’CLOCK KICKOFF”:
Following are more details on CSN’s shows as part of “6 O’Clock Kickoff” presented by AT&T:

Monday Night Patriots (Mondays at 6PM) - Monday Night Patriots presented by DCU will enter its fourth season on CSN with the season debut on Monday, September 11th. The 30-minute show, hosted by Giardi and 10-year NFL veteran Koppen, will originate from CSN’s Web Zone set from CSN’s Burlington headquarters.  Each week, Giardi and Koppen take to the new 85” touchscreen to break down the previous Pats game, plus viewers can watch a rotating roster of Patriots players as guests.

Quick Slants (Tuesdays at 6PM) - Quick Slants kicked-off its in-season episodes on Tuesday, September 5th. The show, hosted by Curran and former Patriots defense leader Jerod Mayo, is an original production which entails interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans and CSNNE talent. Quick Slants delves into all things football and will feature a one-on-one weekly in-studio interview with the Patriots’ Devin McCourty in addition to other guests throughout the season.

Patriots Wednesday (Wednesdays at 6PM) -Patriots Wednesday presented by Nissan will make its season debut on Wednesday, September 6th and will air weekly throughout the season.  The show provides coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady and gives fans a preview of the upcoming game. Patriots Wednesday is hosted by Tom Giles with Curran and Giardi joining weekly from Foxborough with Patriots player interviews.

New England Tailgate (Thursdays at 6PM) - New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire is in its 19th year and will be hosted by Gary Tanguay along with NFL veterans Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. The show provides viewers with highlights and a review of the Patriots’ prior game; preview of their upcoming opponent; play breakdowns on CSN’s touchscreen; predictions and bold commentary.

Football Fix (Fridays at 6PM) - Football Fix Presented by Lahey Health -- coming back for its third season -- will make its debut on Friday, September 8th. The show will be hosted by CSN’s Boston Sports Tonight co-host Kayce Smith, along with CSNNE.com’s Phil Perry and Marc Bertrand. The show is a fun, light-hearted review of the full week in social media surrounding the Patriots and other NFL storylines, along with analysis and a final breakdown before a weekend of football.

Patriots This Week (Fridays at Midnight) - Patriots This Week will make its season debut on Friday, September 9thth and will air weekly on Friday nights.  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.

Patriots Football Weekly (Saturdays at 6pm) - Patriots Football Weekly will be a weekly Saturday show (NOTE: will debut in Week 1 on Wednesday, September 6th due to Patriots 9/7 start).  The show is on-location at Gillette Stadium and delivers exclusive access from the writers who work on the inside for the Patriots’ weekly magazine “Patriots Football Weekly” including Fred Kirsh, Paul Perillo and Andy Hart.  

AND MORE….
In addition to the above dedicated football programs, CSN will continue to offer fans the most daily and nightly coverage of the Patriots with its full slate of regular programming.

Daily Studio Shows & Radio Simulcasts - Simulcasts of 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich and Felger & Mazz, will include significant Patriots coverage. Additionally, Patriots news, debate and opinion will be a primary topic throughout the season on CSN’s Arbella Early Edition, Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire and Sports Sunday.

Digital/CSNNE.com - For robust digital coverage of the Patriots, fans can go to CSNNE.com where Curran leads the football coverage along with CSNNE.com Patriots beat reporter Phil Perry. Fans can also subscribe and download CSN’s football podcasts multiple times every week throughout the season. The popular “Quick Slants Podcast” will once again feature Curran, Mayo and Perry. The second season of “The Ex-Pats Podcast” will be available on Tuesday mornings with Giardi, Koppen and other guests.  Curran, Perry and Giardi will also continue to provide real-time updates and news via social media channels. Additionally, CSNNE.com will once again offer daily video updates from practice with “Reporting from Foxboro”, full video-on-demand features, and more. Fans can also download the CSNNE app for access to real-time updates and Patriots news via push notifications and follow all of CSN’s Patriots coverage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CSNNE.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS TO ALIGN CSN & TCN PROPERTIES UNDER ‘NBC SPORTS’ BRAND

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NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS TO ALIGN CSN & TCN PROPERTIES UNDER ‘NBC SPORTS’ BRAND

Seven Networks to Join NBC Sports Bay Area & NBC Sports California to Complete Brand Evolution on October 2

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 23, 2017 – NBC Sports Regional Networks will align the remainder of its five CSN-branded networks, as well as two TCNs, on October 2. The new names will incorporate “NBC Sports” with each of the networks’ regional designations. The announcement was made today by David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy.

“We’re excited to complete the brand evolution of our remaining RSNs, which will now include the iconic NBC Sports name on all of our networks,” said Preschlack. “This development is a reaffirmation of our continued commitment to provide the best, most compelling local sports coverage to our fans across the country.”

The brand evolution will not impact the scheduled games, pre- and post-game shows, and other programming currently available on these networks.

CSN Chicago, CSN Northwest and CSN Philadelphia will combine “NBC Sports” with their current regional designations: NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Northwest and NBC Sports Philadelphia. TCN will transition to NBC Sports Philadelphia +, and continue to house separate material produced by NBC Sports Philadelphia.

CSN Mid-Atlantic, TCN Mid-Atlantic and CSN New England will also adopt the city names used by their primary team partners, becoming NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and NBC Sports Boston, respectively.

The brand progression of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, which began in April with NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, will be complete in advance of the 2017-18 NHL and NBA regular seasons. New York-based SNY will retain its name.

In addition to new names, the NBC Sports Regional Networks will feature enhanced logos and graphics. They will continue to feature the NBC Peacock, which was first integrated into the networks’ logos in 2012, the year after the formation of NBC Sports Group.

Many NBC Sports production, programming elements and on-air talent have been incorporated on the RSNs since the Comcast-NBCUniversal acquisition in 2011, much like NBCSN and Golf Channel. In addition to the integration of the NBC Peacock in 2012, “Comcast SportsNet” changed to “CSN” in 2016. Similarly, several NBC Sports Regional Networks collaborate with NBC Owned Television Stations in their respective markets on content and other initiatives.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.