CSNNE Press Release

CSN Announces 2017-18 Patriots Football Coverage


CSN Announces 2017-18 Patriots Football Coverage

  • 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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.




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.


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.

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.