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Boston Celtics Basketball Returns For The 2017-18 Season ON NBC Sports Boston

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Boston Celtics Basketball Returns For The 2017-18 Season ON NBC Sports Boston

BURLINGTON, MA, October 2, 2017 – The NBA season is upon us and NBC Sports Boston -- television home of the Boston Celtics and formerly CSN -- will televise 70 regular season Boston Celtics games during the 2017-18 season, as well as four Pre-Season games.  The Celtics pre-season tips off on NBC Sports Boston Monday, October 2nd as they face the Charlotte Hornets beginning at 7PM. The Celtics regular season on NBC Sports Boston will commence with a one-hour Pregame and Postgame show for the season opener on October 17th against the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBC Sports Boston will bring viewers live coverage of the team’s home opener the next night, Wednesday, October 18th, as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Garden with Pregame coverage beginning at 7PM. 

With new faces to the Boston Celtics including Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Jayson Tatum, joining key stars like Al Horford and Marcus Smart, all led by Coach Brad Stevens, this Celtics team is projected to be one of the top teams in the league this season. NBC Sports Boston’s 2017-18 Celtics broadcast schedule features an abundance of games, including many exclusive, key games for the team.  

In addition to a full game schedule, NBC Sports Boston will return this season with broadcast duo Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and Tommy Heinsohn calling games for their 37th season as the network’s primary telecast team on all home games.  Fan-favorite Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine), now in his third season being full-time at the network, will contribute on every Celtics game night; Scalabrine will once again be the color analyst for all road games and primary studio analyst for all home games on Celtics Pre/Postgame Live, in addition to making weekly appearances on Celtics Post Up and other NBC Sports Boston programming. Kyle Draper (@KylerDraperTV) and Abby Chin (@TVAbby) will return to the NBC Sports Boston telecasts this season as studio host and courtside reporter, respectively.

NBC Sports Boston will be the go-to source before and after each game with live Pre and Postgame coverage of every game this season, including national network games. Draper will host Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank at least 30 minutes prior to each game; Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket; and Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford immediately following each game. Joining Draper in-studio will be a rotating roster of experts including Heinsohn, Scalabrine, NBCSportsBoston.com Celtics Insider Sherrod Blakely and NBC Sports and Yahoo’s Chris Mannix.

Prior to the regular season tip-off, NBC Sports Boston will feature a Celtics Season Preview show on Thursday, October 12th at 8PM. The show will feature an interview with Brad Stevens and interaction with key members of the team. NBC Sports Boston’s entire Celtics broadcast team will participate as they look ahead to not just the Celtics storylines, but also the top stories around the league heading into the season.  Additionally, Celtics Post Up, the network’s weekly Celtics show which brings viewers unfiltered debate, commentary and discussion surrounding the most “talked about” social media driven Celtics/NBA topics of the day, will continue throughout the 2017-18 Celtics season.

NBC Sports Boston will introduce some new features this year and bring back some features from last year to enhance the Celtics viewing experience both on TV and online, including:

  • Throughout the season, NBC Sports Boston will keep the cameras rolling at the arena even when ads are on so viewers can get a full scope of the in-arena action.
  • NBC Sports Boston will incorporate a 3D telestrator system into the experience which allows viewers to watch 360 degree replays of what’s happening on the court.
  • Fans will also have an improved access and viewer experience from various cameras that will allow new and different perspectives of what’s happening on and off the court.
  • Exclusive content and one-on-one interview with Coach Brad Stevens before and after each game telecast.
  • AnnouncerCam, which is back for its third season, gives viewers an inside, up-close look at Mike, Tommy and Scal as they call the games.
  • Viewers will get special insider access with mic’ed Celtics players during select regular season games.
  • In collaboration with the Celtics, this season’s telecasts will once again feature advanced analytics throughout the night, integrating modern game metrics like points per possession, effective field goal percentage, rebounding percentage, pace of players, and more.
     

NBC Sports Boston’s coverage of the Celtics games, as well as the Pregame and Postgame shows, will be streamed live on NBCSportsBoston.com and via the NBC Sports app for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service allows authenticated NBC Sports Boston subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S. via participating distributors. The Celtics Live Stream is presented by Nissan. 

NBC Sports Boston will significantly increase its social media presence on all 82 game days, with content for fans beginning in the morning and continuing through Postgame. Social Media features throughout each gameday will include:

  • Increased social media staffing/content at both home and road games
  • Live social segments via Facebook Live/Periscope following morning shootarounds and production meetings
  • New exclusive clips from the network’s game cameras that will be shared on social
  • Robust content via @NBCSCeltics throughout the day
  • A dominant presence across all social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap: @NBCSBoston  


Additionally, NBCSportsBoston.com will provide 24/7 coverage of all the Celtics action with up-to-the-minute stats, scores, analysis and on-demand clips throughout the season. Fans can also get all of the insider information with the Celtics Talk podcast from NBC Sports Boston.

Additionally, if anyone misses any of the action, they can enjoy “Lunch with the Celtics” the next day, as every Celtics game on NBC Sports Boston will be replayed the next day at lunchtime.

NBC Sports Boston and NECN to televise all six MIAA High School Super Bowls

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NBC Sports Boston and NECN to televise all six MIAA High School Super Bowls

Burlington, MA, November 30, 2017 - The MIAA High School Super Bowls are scheduled for Saturday, December 2, at Gillette Stadium and NBC Sports Boston, along with sister station NECN, will be providing live television coverage of the games throughout the day.

Following are the scheduled matchups, with coverage beginning on NBC Sports Boston at 9 a.m.:
 
•    9 a.m. – D6: Littleton vs. Middleboro (NBCSB) 
•    11 a.m. – D4: Nashoba vs. Melrose (NECN) 
•    1:30 p.m. – D8: Hoosac Valley vs. Mills (NECN) 
•    3:30 p.m. – D5: West Springfield vs. Dennis-Yarmouth (NECN) 
•    6 p.m. – D7: Blackstone Valley vs. Mashpee (NBCSB) 
•    8 p.m. – D1: Everett vs Xaverian Brothers (NBCSB) 
 
The games broadcast on NBC Sports Boston also are available on NBCSportsBoston.com via 24/7 stream
 
MIAA High School Super Bowl coverage is presented by Nissan.

CSN Announces 2017-18 Patriots Football Coverage

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CSN Announces 2017-18 Patriots Football Coverage

  • CHARLIE WEIS & ROB NINKOVICH TO JOIN CSN’S PATS COVERAGE TEAM THIS SEASON
  • 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. 

WEEKLY FOOTBALL SHOWS “AT A GLANCE”:
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.

 PATRIOTS GAMEDAY COVERAGE – “FOOTBALL DAY IN NEW ENGLAND”:
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.

WEEKLY PATRIOTS/NFL PROGRAMMING – “6 O’CLOCK KICKOFF”:
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.  

AND MORE….
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.