CSNNE Press Release

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.

Horizons for Homeless Children Partners with CSN New England and the Boston Celtics for Fifth Annual Horizons Week


Horizons for Homeless Children Partners with CSN New England and the Boston Celtics for Fifth Annual Horizons Week

ROXBURY, MA (March 20, 2017) – Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children by ensuring they have access to early education and opportunities to play, today announced that it is partnering with CSN New England and the Boston Celtics for the fifth annual Horizons Week, a weeklong fundraising and homelessness awareness campaign.

As part of the campaign the week of March 20th, multiple public service announcements will air in heavy rotation on CSN New England as well as in-program integration and additional robust television coverage. Walmart will be the matching sponsor for home games held during the week.

“We are pleased to once again partner with Horizons for Homeless Children to garner awareness for this important cause,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager of CSN New England. “Beginning today, we will use our network assets to highlight to our viewers the importance of early education for young, homeless children.”

“Youth homelessness is a troubling topic, and one that we are proud to take steps towards fighting,” Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said. “Teaming up and utilizing resources such as Horizons for Homeless Children and CSN New England allows us to not only address, but also raise awareness towards this ongoing issue.”

“When thinking about homelessness, many people don’t picture families with children – but over the past nine years, the number of homeless families has doubled in Massachusetts. In the city of Boston, 65% of the children in shelter are under the age of five,” said Kate Barrand, President and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children. “That’s why it’s so critical to partner with such outstanding organizations like CSN New England and the Boston Celtics to help us spread the word about this issue. We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to reach out to the local community to drive change.”

Each week, Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of 2,000 young homeless children in Massachusetts while working with their families to increase their economic and social well-being. Gifts can be made online by visiting www.horizonschildren.org/donate

About Horizons for Homeless Children

Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. Horizons provides high quality early education, comprehensive family support services, opportunities for play, and statewide advocacy work. Today, Horizons serves more than 2,000 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through three early education centers and more than 120 shelter-based Playspaces. For more information about Horizons for Homeless Children, please visit: www.horizonschildren.org.

About The Boston Celtics
A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved into the National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 17 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row from 1959-1966, winning their first title in 1957 and their most recent in 2008. The Celtics have long stood for equality, and respect, including hiring the first African American Coach and starting the first all black starting five. In addition, 33 former Celtics players, management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2002 the team returned to local ownership for the first time since 1963. For more information on the Celtics, log on to www.celtics.com.  

About CSN New England

CSN New England reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. CSN New England’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Post Up, The Baseball Show, Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, New England Football Night, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of CSN New England, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. CSN New England is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

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.