Comcast SportsNet California
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|Comcast SportsNet California|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Authentic Bay Area Sports|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area
|Formerly called||CSN West (2004-2008)|
|Sister channel(s)||CSN Bay Area
NBC Sports Network
|DirecTV||698 CSN California (SD/HD)
699 CSN California Plus (SD)
699-1 CSN California Plus (HD)
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Comcast SportsNet California (CSN California) is a regional sports network that serves Northern California and parts of Oregon and Nevada. It is owned by NBCUniversal and is a member of the NBC Sports Group. It serves as a sister network to CSN Bay Area.
CSN California is the cable home for MLB's Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, the NHL's San Jose Sharks, the NBA's Sacramento Kings, MLS's San Jose Earthquakes, the AFL's San Jose SaberCats, the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions, and the PASL's Stockton Cougars, and was the cable home for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until the team's folding. The network also carries programming related to the NFL's Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.
CSN California college coverage includes UC Berkeley, Sacramento State University, St. Mary's College, UC Davis, the University of San Francisco, the University of the Pacific, the University of Nevada and San Jose State University. CSN California also covers Friday night high school football. CSN California is the official home for the Cal Golden Bears, often airing Football and Men's Basketball games that did not make national television on ABC, ESPN and Fox Sports Net.
Bay Area sports anchor Gary Radnich also simulcasts his KNBR radio show live on this network, weekdays from 9am to noon, unless preempted by a live sporting event on either CSN California or KNBR. Oakland A's pre-game and post-game shows are either hosted on-site for home games, or at CSN Bay Area's Sportsnet Central studios for road games. The station also shows Shark Byte, a magazine-style show centering on the San Jose Sharks that originated on CSN Bay Area.
CSN California was also home for the Oakland Raiders original show "Raiders Report", a 52 week show featuring Raider news and game highlights. Beginning in the 2009 season, this was replaced by a live post-game show starting directly after network coverage of a Raiders game.
After Comcast acquired the television rights to the Sacramento Kings, Comcast SportsNet West was launched in 2004. At different times, those games had been shown on pay-per-view and on an alternate feed of SportsChannel Bay Area (now CSN Bay Area).
Although the network was originally aimed at the Northern California region, the network began to expand as a complement to their Bay Area station, beginning with a re-branding to Comcast SportsNet California in September 2008, and becoming the official broadcaster of the Oakland Athletics (who were originally served by CSN Bay Area in addition to the San Francisco Giants) for the 2009 MLB season, broadcasting an increased regular season of 145 regular season games (an increase of 37 from in 2008) The San Jose Sharks followed the Athletics from CSN Bay Area for the 2009-10 NHL season, seeing a similar increase in games broadcast with 75 games overall and 50 in high definition.
Bay Area basic cable packages have since added CSN California, which was previously available only to digital cable and satellite subscribers. CSN Bay Area and California merged websites and are officially considered "sister stations". The CSN Bay Area original program "Chronicle Live" also airs on CSN California at midnight.
With Comcast's acquisition of NBC in 2011, Comcast SportsNet was also integrated into the new NBC Sports Group, culminating with the addition of the peacock logo and an updated graphics package to mirror that of its parent network. However, Kings games on the network use a different graphics package, branded as "Kings TV", and is produced by the Kings and ABC's Sacramento-based affiliate KXTV News10.
- Shooty Babitt, Athletics pre-game and post-game host
- Mindi Bach, Athletics pre-game and post-game host
- Jamie Baker, Sharks post-game analyst
- Brodie Brazil, Sharks sideline reporter
- Dan Dibley, Earthquakes and Mountain Lions sideline reporter
- Ray Fosse, Athletics color analyst
- Jerry Glanville, Mountain Lions color analyst
- Randy Hahn, Sharks play-by-play announcer
- Bret Hedican, Sharks pre-game and post-game analyst
- Jim Kozimor, Earthquakes play-by-play announcer, and House Party and Zero to Sixty anchor
- Glen Kuiper, Athletics play-by-play announcer
- Mike Lamb, Comcast SportsNet Insider host and Mountain Lions color analyst
- Kate Longworth, Athletics sideline reporter
- Grant Napear,Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer, Mountain Lions play-by-play announcer
- Mike Pawlawski, Mountain Lions color analyst
- Scott Reiss, Sharks pre-game, intermission and post-game host
- Drew Remenda, Sharks color analyst and Shark Byte host
- Jerry Reynolds, Sacramento Kings color analyst
- John Shrader, Earthquakes color analyst
CSN California HD
Comcast SportsNet California HD (CSN California HD) is a 1080i high-definition simulcast of CSN California. CSN California shows all Sacramento Kings home games in HD, as well as all San Jose Sharks home games as well as some road games. In 2010, CSN California began broadcasting all Athletics games in HD.
Dish Network dispute
In September 2009, the contract with Dish Network expired, but the provider continued to carry the channel. Negotiations went on for months and the dispute went to the FCC for arbitration. Dish Network lost its case and dropped the channel on November 24, 2010. On February 3, 2011 Dish Network restored CSN California after they reached an agreement to carry the channel without any legal arbitration.
- Welcome to Comcast SportsNet - California
- COMCAST SPORTS NET CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAKLAND ATHLETICS TELECAST SCHEDULE
- "Comcast SportsNet California Announces Inaugural San Jose Sharks Telecast Schedule". Comcast SportsNet California. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- CSN California OAKLAND A's TV SCHEDULE
- Dish Disconnects CSN California After Losing Arbitration Decision Multichannel News November 24, 2010
- Dish Network, Comcast SportsNet California Reach Carriage Agreement Sacramento Kings official site February 3, 2011