Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
|Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic|
|Launched||April 1984 (as Home Team Sports)
April 4, 2001 (as Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic)
|Slogan||Washington's Sports Leader|
Eastern West Virginia
|Formerly called||Home Team Sports (1984-2001)|
|Sister channel(s)||The Comcast Network
NBC Sports Network
|DirecTV||Channel 642 (SD/HD)
Channel 643 CSN+ (SD)
Channel 643-1 CSN+ (HD)
|Dish Network||Channel 424 (SD)
Channel 374 (HD) (game only)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 76 (SD)
Channel 576 (HD)
Channel 1 CSN+ (SD)
Channel 575 CSN+ (HD)
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (CSN Mid-Atlantic) is a regional sports network of the NBC Sports Group that delivers live-game coverage and sports news and entertainment television programming to more than 4.7 million households throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region of the United States.
The network serves as the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Washington Wizards, D.C. United and Washington Mystics, as well as the home of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association.
The network was founded in 1984 as Home Team Sports (HTS) by Westinghouse Broadcasting. It one of the first regional sports networks in the country. In the 1990s it became affiliated with the Prime Network. In 1997, it affiliated with Fox Sports Net and would continue to carry Fox Sports programming until all Comcast Sport Networks dropped it in 2012. Comcast agreed to acquire a two-thirds ownership stake in HTS from Viacom on July 11, 2000. The transaction was completed seven months later in mid-February 2001.HTS was relaunched as Comcast SportsNet on April 4, 2001.
In 2010, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic split its website into two regional websites and rebranded them as Comcast SportsNet Baltimore and Comcast SportsNet Washington. While the websites were rebranded, the Baltimore and Washington markets still show the same programming, and therefore are still collectively known as Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
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.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is distributed to more than 4.7 million households throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia, on 25 cable and satellite providers.
Live game coverage: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic provides more than 500 live professional and college sporting events per year. The network serves as the regional rights holder for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, airing all non nationally exclusive games, as well as D.C. United of Major League Soccer, the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the MLL and the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. As the official cable partner of the Washington Redskins, the network also has exclusive high-definition rights to televise their preseason games (games airing over broadcast television on WRC-TV are carried only in 480i).
As the region's television home for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic broadcasts numerous men's and women's college sporting events, often featuring Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia. The network's coverage of college sports also includes games from Conference USA, the Pac-12, and the Big 12 conferences through Fox Sports Net.
News & entertainment programming: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic provides daily news and entertainment programs that deliver news, analysis and opinion surrounding the region's sports landscape. The network also features special pregame and postgame shows, as well as numerous specials and original programming.
- SportsNet Central - A daily half-hour news program that cover's the region's top sports news, the program airs live at 6:30pm, 10pm, midnight and 1am and replays from 6-9 a.m.
- Sports Talk Live - A half-hour program that uses discussions, interviews and feature stories to cover all aspects of the area's sports scene. The program, which is hosted by Rick "Doc" Walker and former NFL running back Brian Mitchell, airs weekdays at 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
- Redskins Nation - Hosted by Redskins radio voice Larry Michael, this program is dedicated exclusively to covering the Washington Redskins. The half-hour show airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Anchors & reporters
- Nicole Darin
- Julie Donaldson
- Brent Harris
- Chick Hernandez
- Michael Jenkins
- Chris Miller
- Jill Sorenson
- Larry Michael (Redskins Nation)
- Brian Mitchell (Sports Talk Live)
- Rick "Doc" Walker (Sports Talk Live)
- Steve Buckhantz (Play-by-Play Announcer)
- Phil Chenier (Color Analyst)
- Chris Miller (Sideline Reporter)
- Ron Thompson (Postgame Analyst)
- Joe Beninati (Play-by-Play Announcer)
- Craig Laughlin (Color Analyst)
- Al Koken (Sideline Reporter)
- Alan May (Postgame Analyst)
- Dave Johnson (Play-by-Play Announcer)
- Thomas Rongen (Color Analyst)
- Russ Thaler (Sideline Reporter)
- Dave Johnson (play-by-play)
- Brent Harris (play-by-play)
- Jerry Glanville (league-wide color analyst)
- Joe Beninati (Play-by-Play)
- Scott Garceau (Fill in Play-by-Play)
- Quint Kessenich (Color Analyst)
- Evan Washburn (Fill in Color Analyst)
Former on-air staff
- Ivan Carter (2009-2012), no longer active in the television industry
- Rich Cook (2002–2004)
- Scott Hanson (2002–2006), now an anchor/reporter for the NFL Network
- Lisa Hillary (2007–2010), now with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
- George Johnson (2001–2004), former sports director at WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, WI
- Kelli Johnson (2004–2012), now with Comcast SportsNet Houston
- Carol Maloney (2001-2012), now a sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor at WRC-TV (NBC) in Washington, DC
- Marius Payton (2004–2006), now with Comcast SportsNet Houston
- Sage Steele (2001–2007), now with ESPN
- Russ Thaler (2001–2011), now with the NBC Sports Network
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic also has an overflow channel named "Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus" that broadcasts select sports programming when the main channel is carrying another live event. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus is carried by DirecTV and Dish Network and most cable companies in the region.
- Guidera, Mark. "Comcast to buy HTS sports channel," The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, July 12, 2000.
- Henry, Kristine. "Nevins leaves PR post for presidency of HTS," The Baltimore Sun, Saturday, March 3, 2001.
- "HTS now Comcast SportsNet, adding sports news coverage," The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, April 4, 2001.