CSNNE Announces new programming strategy to start April 3rd


CSNNE Announces new programming strategy to start April 3rd


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 to televise 15 Connecticut Sun games in 2017


CSN to televise 15 Connecticut Sun games in 2017

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (May 18, 2017) – For the first time, 15 Connecticut Sun games will be televised on CSN New England during the 2017 season.

“We are thrilled to bring so many locally-televised games to our dedicated fan base,” Vice President of Sports Amber Cox said. “As our franchise continues to mature, increased visibility through all forms of media is a natural step in our growth process. With a team on the court that’s on the rise, we want to share the journey of our 15th season with our fans and we’re excited to do that through this extensive broadcast package.”

One of the premier sports stations in the region, CSN New England will begin broadcasting games on May 26th, when Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx visit Mohegan Sun Arena. Other CSN New England broadcasts include games against Washington (5/31), San Antonio (6/3), Atlanta (6/10), Minnesota (6/17), New York (6/23), Dallas (6/25), Indiana (7/1), Washington (7/8), San Antonio (7/16), New York (7/19), Washington (7/28), Phoenix (8/4), Atlanta (8/15) and Phoenix (8/20). The games on June 3, 17 and 23 will be tape delayed.
“New England fans expect the best basketball coverage from us and we’re excited to work with the Sun to bring 15 WNBA games to our viewers,” said Princell Hair, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CSN New England. “Between the Connecticut Sun, live Celtics NBA Summer League games, the NBA Draft and NBA Trade Deadline coverage, it’s going to be a great summer of basketball on CSN.”
WCCT-TV also returns as a broadcast partner of the Sun for three road games, beginning with Saturday’s game against the Indiana Fever from Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.  WCCT-TV will also carry Sun games against the Chicago Sky on May 28th and the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks on September 3rd.
“We are once again thrilled to offer Connecticut fans the ability to follow our home team this summer,” Jon Hitchcock, Vice President and General Manager of WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV said.
Beginning his 15th season with the Sun, Bob Heussler will deliver the play-by-play for all Sun broadcasts. He will partner with Sarah Kustok or Rebecca Lobo – respected analysts with extensive experience – throughout the 2017 season. Kustok works as a sideline reporter for the Brooklyn Nets, and she also worked for ESPN as an analyst and sideline reporter covering college football and men’s and women’s basketball. Lobo is an ESPN basketball analyst 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, who led UConn to its first National Championship in 1995 before helping to launch the WNBA. She finished her playing career with the Connecticut Sun in 2003.
The first independently owned WNBA franchise, the Connecticut Sun opened its 15th season on May 13th against the Atlanta Dream. Second-year coach Curt Miller will guide a talented roster that returns eight players from last season – Jasmine Thomas, Alyssa Thomas, Alex Bentley, Morgan Tuck, Jonquel Jones, Courtney Williams, Rachel Banham and Shekinna Stricklen – along with newcomers Lynetta Kizer, Danielle Adams. Connecticut Sun season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting a sales representative at 877-SUN-TIXX or tickets@connecticutsun.com or by visiting www.connecticutsun.com.

CSN to televise every First Round Celtics Playoff Game


CSN to televise every First Round Celtics Playoff Game

  • First Round Game Schedule Announced; Every Game on CSN
  • One Hour Pre & Post Coverage Surrounding Every Game
  • Every Game, Plus Pre & Post Coverage, to be Streamed Live on CSNNE.com & the NBC Sports App
  • 60-Minute Live Celtics Playoff Preview Special to Air Thursday, April 13th at 8PM

BURLINGTON, MA, April 13, 2017 -- The Boston Celtics will take on the Chicago Bulls in the First Round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs which tip-off this weekend and CSN New England, home of the Celtics, will bring fans the live call of every First Round game including one-hour pre-game and post-game shows surrounding every matchup both on TV and online. To tip-off the Playoff excitement, CSN will bring viewers the Celtics Playoff Preview, a live 60-minute special, scheduled to air tonight (Thursday, April 13th) at 8PM.

The Celtics Playoff Preview presented by New England Ford Dealers and Arbella Insurance, will originate from the CSN studios in Burlington, MA and will provide an in-depth look at the upcoming series from all CSN Celtics talent. The special will include commentary and contributions from executives, players and others throughout the night, and will feature exclusive interviews with Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas and Head Coach Brad Stevens. CSN’s Playoff game schedule will include play-by-play from Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and color commentary from Tommy Heinsohn and Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine), with courtside reporter Abby Chin (@TVAbby), studio host Kyle Draper (@KyleDraperTV), and CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) bringing fans the best coverage throughout the series. Yahoo’s Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) will also contribute to Pre and Post-game shows.

CSN’s coverage of every Celtics First Round game, as well as the one-hour pregame and postgame shows, will be streamed live on CSNNE.com and via the NBC Sports App for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service allows authenticated CSN subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S. via participating distributors. Celtics fans should download the app prior to the series to be sure they don’t miss a minute of the action. The Celtics Live Stream is presented by McDonalds.

Following is the Celtics First Round Playoff game schedule:

(All Times listed are Eastern)

  • Game 1 – Sunday, April 16 Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m. (CSN)
  • Game 2 – Tuesday, April 18 Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN)
  • Game 3 – Friday, April 21 Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m. (CSN)
  • Game 4 – Sunday, April 23 Boston at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. (CSN)
  • Game 5 * Wednesday, April 26 Chicago at Boston, TBD (CSN)
  • Game 6 * Friday, April 28 Boston at Chicago, TBD (CSN)
  • Game 7 * Sunday, April 30 Chicago at Boston, TBD (TBD)

* Additional schedule for Games 5,6 & 7 to be released if necessary

CSN will be the go-to television source before and after each game with one-hour live pre and post-game coverage of every game in the series. Celtics Pre-Game Live presented by Ace Ticket and Celtics Post-Game Live presented by New England Ford Dealers will provide in-studio analysis surrounding each game. Additionally, daily network programming, including the network’s expanded Arbella Early Edition (6-8PM weeknights) and the all new Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire (9PM-Midnight weeknights) will offer game previews and recaps, real-time updates, and indepth analysis. Celtics Post Up presented by Lahey Health -- CSN’s interactive discussion, commentary and debate Celtics program -- will continue to air weekly throughout the NBA Playoffs.

CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) will provide 24/7 coverage of Celtics Playoff action including daily game-day and off-day coverage from the entire CSN crew including Celtics Insider Blakely. Fans can get all the up-to-the-minute stats, scores, analysis and on-demand clips throughout the series, and follow all the action at @CelticsCSN.