CSN Mid-Atlantic announces 83-game Wizards TV schedule


CSN Mid-Atlantic announces 83-game Wizards TV schedule

Bethesda, Md. (Sept. 23, 2015) – CSN Mid-Atlantic and the Washington Wizards have announced the team’s 83-game regional television schedule for the 2015-16 NBA season, which is highlighted by 80 regular-season and three preseason games, as well as comprehensive gameday programs Wizards Pregame Live and Wizards Postgame Live.

CSN’s live coverage of the Wizards, including pregame and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service, which debuted at the beginning of last season, allows authenticated CSN subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S.

CSN will tip off its schedule of live 2015-16 Wizards coverage with the preseason matchup against Philadelphia on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. CSN’s third and final preseason game, at Philadelphia on Oct. 16, will be preceded and followed by the premiere of a season preview special, Wizards Countdown to Tipoff, which will encore multiple times. CSN’s regular-season schedule of live Wizards coverage begins with the opener on Oct. 28 at Orlando. 

CSN’s live-game coverage will again be led by four-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz and longtime analyst Phil Chenier, who are entering their 19th season together. Chris Miller will return as the courtside reporter and Wizards Insider J. Michael will again contribute to game coverage.

Wizards Pregame Live and Wizards Postgame Live will deliver comprehensive news, analysis and interviews surrounding games. The half-hour shows will feature Miller and Frank Hanrahan as alternating hosts, with Ron Thompson serving as lead analyst. Tony Massenburg and Cory Alexander will also provide analysis for select shows. 

CSN’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, will offer expanded Wizards news, features and interviews throughout the season at 10:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. In addition, SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, which airs weekdays at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., will feature Wizards commentary, debate and interviews. 

Led by and the CSN Mid-Atlantic mobile app, CSN’s digital media properties will continue to feature comprehensive written, video and interactive content covering the Wizards all season. Fans can also follow the coverage on Twitter at @CSNWizards and join the conversation by using #WizardsTalk.

The Wizards regional TV schedule this season will include 70 games on CSN and 13 games on CSN Plus. For information regarding CSN Plus channel location, check with your provider or go to

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thaamel of YAHOO Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Among some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball includes former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent, Andy Miller and his former associate, Christian Dawkins of ASM Sports were dishing out the incentives. Included were cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other player's included in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama are also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the NBA draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA released this statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.


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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?


NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.


Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!