“The ‘86 Celtics": A 2-Hour special debuting Wednesday, June 15th at 8:00pm


“The ‘86 Celtics": A 2-Hour special debuting Wednesday, June 15th at 8:00pm

In-Depth Interviews with Celtics All-Time Greats Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton, Danny Ainge & More in this Exclusive CSN-Produced 2-Hour Documentary on the Exceptional 1985-86 Celtics Team…30 Years Later

BURLINGTON, MA, June 9, 2016 -- The 1985-86 Boston Celtics team has long been considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history, fielding one of the strongest and deepest talent pools and bringing the storied franchise to its 16th NBA Championship.  Featuring NBA legends like Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and Larry Bird  (who once again confirmed his MVP status that season), the 1985-86 Celtics team is still revered and celebrated, even 30 years later.

On Wednesday, June 15th at 8PM, CSN New England will debut a 2-hour documentary -- “’The ’86 Celtics” -- recounting this incredible season of NBA dominance with 67 wins, just one loss at home all season, and culminating with an NBA Championship. This CSN-produced original documentary, almost a year in the making, includes exclusive and insightful interviews with the team’s key constituents who are now spread across the country.

The documentary -- narrated by Glenn Ordway who served as the Celticscolor commentator along side the legendary Johnny Most during the 1986 season -- features exclusive interviews from every key member of the ‘86 Celtics team and others.  Interviews include the original “Big Three” Bird, McHale, and Parish as well as Bill Walton, Danny Ainge, Greg Kite, Jerry Sichting, Sam Vincent, and Rick Carlisle. In addition, the show includes interviews and guest appearances from several who battled against this formidable Celtics team, including Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers and James Worthy, as well as former Celtics great Cedric Maxwell.  The journalists who covered the team during this amazing journey to Banner 16 will also be featured with their perspective, including Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy, Peter May and Mike Gorman.

Highlights from ”The ’86 Celtics” will include:

  • A summary of how Celtics legend Red Auerbach assembled one of the greatest teams in NBA history.
  • A look back from Bill Walton and Cedric Maxwell on how Auerbach made the trade with the Clippers to bring Walton to the Celtics. 
  • Player interviews and insight on how their dynamic roster -- which included five future Hall of Fame players --were able to mesh to become one of the most prolific teams in NBA history. 
  • A plethora of Celtics nostalgia as the film takes viewers back inside the original BostonGarden to the glory days of the Bird era. 
  • A retrospective on how the Celtics battled Michael Jordan in one of the greatest playoff games in NBA history. 
  • A recount of the Celtics supremacy in the Playoffs over the Hawks and Bucks, culminating in a showdown with Rockets in the NBA Finals. 

Leading up to the documentary debut, CSN has been running an “86 Days until the 86 Celtics Special” countdown initiative (#86Celtics) in an effort to get viewers and fans ready for this exclusive 2-hour show.  CSN will also begin running dedicated podcasts which will include additional exclusive content and interview material related to the ‘86 Celtics that can only be seen online.

This documentary, produced by the same network and production team that just won the New England Sports Emmy for Sports: One-Time Special for the “Tommy Heinsohn: An NBA Masterpiece” documentary, promises to provide CSN New England viewers with an exclusive and honest look back at the 1986 Boston Celtics franchise with unique viewpoints from the players and media who were part of that era and others that have been part of the franchise since. Anyone tuning in – whether it be on TV or online -- can bask in the glory of the Celtics Championship title 30 years ago as this cherished team raised Banner 16 to the rafters.   

“The ‘86 Celtics” is presented by SpeeDee Oil Change and Auto Service. After its original debut on Wednesday, June 15th, it will repeat throughout the month, only on CSN (check local listings for airtimes).

“FUNdraiser Fight with the Pros”


“FUNdraiser Fight with the Pros”

What:               Inaugural FUNdraiser Fight with the Pros

This event will feature 12 teams competing in a BOXFIIT™ TRAIN circuit workout. Each team will be required to raise a minimum of $5,000 to compete.

Who:                Hosted by CSN and George Foreman III, founder of EveryBodyFights ® to benefit Horizons for Homeless Children

Each team will be led by a Boston sports celebrity, assigned to them at the event. Confirmed coaches include CSN broadcaster and fan favorite Brian Scalabrine, WEEI personality and former Red Sox legend Lou Merloni, and Revolution players Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury.

When:              Sunday May 15, 2016

The deadline to apply is Friday March 25, 2016.

Where:             EveryBodyFights®

                        15 Channel Center Street

                        Boston, MA 02210

How:                Teams can apply online athttp://www.horizonschildren.org/ fundraiserfight 

Why:                Join CSN, EveryBodyFights®, and Horizons for Homeless Children for a fun-filled afternoon dedicated to a good cause. This is a great opportunity for organizations to promote health and wellness, in addition to philanthropy, to their employees. Sponsorship details are available upon request.

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, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. 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 EveryBodyFights®

EveryBodyFights® was born out of the belief that anything worth having is worth fighting for, every single day. Our unique BOXFIIT™ classes are designed to find the inner fighter in all of us, building physical confidence and self-esteem. Our community is made up of trainers and fighters engaged in and out of the class, with gear that functions with their fitness and lifestyle. 

What we do is so much more than throwing punches. In addition to serving a community of fighters, we offer FightFuel™ nutrition counseling, BOXFIIT™ trainer certifications, EBF Studio™ partnership opportunities for big-box gyms, and more. 

It’s not just our name, it’s our belief: EveryBodyFights®.

About Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNet’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Insider, The Baseball Show, 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 Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNet 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.

Horizons Contact

Rachel Schlacter

Director of Marketing and Communications



EveryBodyFights® Contact

Ben Eld

Director of Marketing




Comcast SportsNet Contact

Laura Hannon

Director of Communications