Comcast SportsNet New England
|Comcast SportsNet New England|
|Launched||1981 (as PRISM New England)|
|Owned by||Spectacor (1981–1983)
Comcast (2007-present, NBCUniversal since 2011)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Network of Champions|
|Formerly called||PRISM New England (1981–1983)
SportsChannel New England (1983–1998)
Fox Sports New England (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net New England (2000–2004)
FSN New England (2004–2007)
|Sister channel(s)||New England Cable News
NBC Sports Network
|Website||Comcast SportsNet New England|
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Comcast SportsNet New England (CSN New England) is a regional cable sports television network based in Burlington, Massachusetts that operates in Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island as a member of the NBC Sports Group. CSN New England began in 1981 as PRISM New England as the cable home for the Hartford Whalers, Boston Celtics, Boston Breakers, and various college teams. It was co-owned with the original PRISM network in Philadelphia by Spectacor. In 1983, the network was sold to Cablevision and it was rebranded as SportsChannel New England. As with the other SportsChannel networks, it joined Fox Sports Net and was rebranded as Fox Sports New England on January 28, 1998 (later FSN New England). In later years, it carried selected New York Mets games to parts of Connecticut not served by MSG or FSN New York (now MSG Plus), which then produced the games.
In 2007, Cablevision sold its remaining share of the network to Comcast and on October 1, 2007 the network was rebranded as CSN New England.
CSN New England, along with the other Comcast SportsNet branded networks, was revamped with a new network logo and graphics package (similar to CSN Bay Area) in August 2008. 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.
- Boston Celtics (NBA): 1981–present
- New England Revolution (MLS): 1996–2007; 2010–present
- Boston Cannons (MLL)
- Maine Red Claws (NBDL) 2011–present
Notable On-air staff
Current on-air staff
- Michael Felger: Host of UNO Sports Tonight, Felger and Mazz, Sticks and Stones, SportsNet Central Xtra, and Sports Sunday
- Greg Dickerson: Boston Celtics courtside reporter (2006–present), studio host (2001–2006)
- Tommy Heinsohn: Boston Celtics color commentator for Celtics games (1982–present)
- Mike Gorman: Boston Celtics play-by-play announcer (1982–present) Connecticut Sun play-by-play announcer (2010–2011)
- Donny Marshall: Boston Celtics studio analyst, color commentator for select Celtics' road games
- Gary Tanguay: Boston Celtics studio host (1999–present) and host of UNO Sun Sports Tonight
- Cedric Maxwell: basketball analyst
- Lou Merloni: baseball analyst and fill-in UNO Sun Sports Tonight host (2009–present)
- Troy Brown: football analyst (2008–present)
- Ty Law: football analyst (2011–present)
- Bob Beers: hockey analyst (2009–present)
- Tony Amonte: hockey analyst (2011–present)
- Tony Massarotti: co-host of Felger and Mazz
- Michael Holley: Celtics Now host and fill-in UNO Sun Sports Tonight host (2008–present)
- Sean McAdam: CSNNE.com baseball staff writer (2009–present)
- Bob Neumeier: SportsNet Central anchor/reporter (2010–present)
- Eric Frede: SportsNet Central anchor/reporter (2010–present), Boston Celtics studio host (1998–2001)
- Rebecca Lobo: Connecticut Sun color analyst
- Damon Amendolara New England Revolution Sideline & Halftime Reporter Home Games (2010–present)
- Brian Scalabrine Boston Celtics commentator and analyst (2012–present)
Former on-air staff
- Upton Bell: Boston Breakers studio host (1983)
- Don Blackburn: Hartford Whalers color commentator (1983–1986)
- Bob Cousy: Boston Celtics color commentator (1999–2008)
- Gerry Cheevers: Hartford Whalers color commentator (1986–1995)
- Larry Collmus: Racing From Suffolk Downs co-host
- Mike Fornes: Hartford Whalers play-by-play (1981–84)
- John Forslund: Hartford Whalers play-by-play (1995–1997)
- Bill Gardner: Hartford Whalers color commentator (1996–1997)
- André Lacroix: Hartford Whalers color commentator (1982–83)
- Bob Lobel: Boston Celtics studio host (1989–1993)
- Mike Lynch: Boston Celtics studio host (1993–1994)
- Willie Maye: Boston Celtics courtside reporter (1996–2005), studio host (1994–1996)
- Johnny McKenzie: Hartford Whalers color commentator (1981–82)
- Harvey Pack: Racing From Suffolk Downs co-host
- Rick Peckham: Hartford Whalers play-by-play (1984–1995)
- Nicole Zaloumis SportsNet Central anchor/reporter (2009–2012)
- Daryl Reaugh: Hartford Whalers color commentator (1995–1996)
- Leah Secondo: Boston Celtics studio host (1997–1998)
- Kim Walden: Boston Celtics studio host (1996–1997)
- Carolyn Manno: "SportsNet Central" anchor/reporter (2009-2012)
Pre and post-game coverage
UNO Sports Tonight
Airs live at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. every weeknight. Sports Tonight recaps the day in Boston sports and covers the latest headlines and is hosted by Michael Felger and Gary Tanguay. Lou Merloni is the baseball analyst, Cedric Maxwell is the basketball analyst, Bob Beers is the hockey analyst, and Troy Brown is the football analyst. Frequent guests include Steve Buckley, Dan Shaughnessy, Ron Borges, Jackie MacMullan, Michael Silverman, Joe Haggerty, Michael Holley, Tom E. Curran, Sean McAdam, Rob Bradford, Chris Gasper, Kevin Paul Dupont, Andy Gresh, Chris Mannix, Tony Massarotti, Tim Welsh, and other Boston area sports media personalities and writers.
Airs live at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 1 a.m. every night. SportsNet Central is a daily highlight show that covers the day in Boston sports. Hosts and reporters include Kyle Draper, Mike Giardi, Carolyn Manno, Kevin Walsh, Jessica Moran, Bob Neumeier and Eric Frede.
SportsNet Central Xtra
Airs before and after New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Bruins playoff games, serving as pre and post-game coverage of games aired on another network. Michael Felger hosts with Tony Amonte as an analyst for Bruins games and former Patriots Troy Brown and Ty Law as the analysts for Patriots games.
Michael Felger hosts a studio show every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Sports Sunday reviews the previous week in New England Sports. Lou Merloni, Bob Ryan, Ron Borges, Michael Holley, Chris Gasper, Sean McAdam, Cedric Maxwell, Damon Amendolara, Tom E. Curran, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Kevin Paul Dupont, and others are part of discussions with Felger. The "conference call" segment features writers from across the country who call in to talk about the national sports scene.
Felger and Mazz
Premiering November 14, 2011, 98.5 The Sports Hub's afternoon drive program simulcasts on CSNNE weekdays from 2-6pm. Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti host with Marc Bertrand providing the day's headlines every 20 minutes. Former Patriots' tight end Jermaine Wiggins is the third man in every Tuesday from 2-4pm in a segment called Tuesday's with Wiggy. Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe also makes a weekly in-studio appearance on Friday's and during football season Paul Perillo talks Patriots on Thursdays. Bruins' president Cam Neely makes a weekly appearance during hockey season.
The Baseball Show
Airs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during baseball season and hosted by Bob Neumeier with analysts Lou Merloni, Sean McAdam, Dan Shaughnessy and Steve Buckley. Michael Felger was the original host, but had to leave the show after committing to 98.5 The Sports Hub in August 2009 because the show is simulcast on 98.5 competitor WEEI, although the show currently airs, solely on CSNNE. The show takes viewer and listener calls about the latest issues regarding the Boston Red Sox. Whenever the Boston Celtics are in the NBA Finals, the program airs as The Basketball Show.
A weekly studio hosted by Michael Holley reviewing the week of the Boston Celtics.
An interactive football show airing Thursday nights at 7 p.m. during football season and hosted by Tom E. Curran and Mary Paoletti, answering questions about current events in the NFL via Twitter, Facebook, and live chat.
Sticks and Stones
Airs every Tuesday night during hockey season. Hosted by Michael Felger, the show discusses all of the week's latest Boston Bruins news. Joe Haggerty and Bruins fourth line winger Shawn Thornton make weekly appearances. The show's signature segment is called Fan or Fraud, in which Bruins fans are stopped around Boston and asked questions about the team to determine if they are a true fan.
New England Tailgate
Patriots Football Weekly
Airs every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. during football season. Hosted by writers/editors of the New England Patriots official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly: Fred Kirsch, Andy Hart, and Paul Perillo.
FSN on Comcast SportsNet
CSN New England carries FSN programming in lieu of an FSN affiliate. This offers the region access to a variety of college sports, notably Pac-12 Conference basketball on various nights, plus Big 12 Conference and Pac-12 football on Saturdays during their respective seasons. They also formerly aired FSN studio shows, such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and the FSN Final Score, before the network added its own SportsNet Central program in December 2009.
CSN New England HD
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