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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA SERVES UP “THE HAPPY HOUR” WITH GREG PAPA, RAY RATTO AND KELLI JOHNSON

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA SERVES UP “THE HAPPY HOUR” WITH GREG PAPA, RAY RATTO AND KELLI JOHNSON

New One-Hour Weekday Bay Area Sports Discussion & Opinion Show

Premieres Monday, April 10 at 5:30 PM

“The Happy Hour” Available Across NBC Sports Bay Area’s Multiple Platforms

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 29, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced the launch of The Happy Hour, a new, live hour-long conversational program – hosted by iconic Bay Area sports media personalities Greg Papa and Ray Ratto, along with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Kelli Johnson – premiering Monday, April 10 at 5:30 PM. following the San Francisco Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks game and Giants Postgame Live.  After the debut, The Happy Hour will regularly air weekdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM PT.

The Happy Hour will showcase the distinctive voices and wit of Papa, Ratto and Johnson sharing their unfiltered spirited commentary, hot takes with heavy debate, and lively conversation on the day’s trending sports headlines and other provocative stories.  In addition, the show will welcome sports insiders and newsmakers from coast to coast to present an insightful and entertaining take on topics and issues meaningful to local sports fans.

The Happy Hour will be available across NBC Sports Bay Area’s multiple platforms:

  • Live on NBC Sports Bay Area
  • Streaming live on the NBC Sports App
  • Live audio streaming via NBCSportsBayArea.com
  • Archived podcasts available on NBCSportsBayArea.com 

The Happy Hour is a bold step forward in NBC Sports Bay Area’s evolution to provide Northern California sports fans with entertaining and thought-provoking content on multiple platforms,” said Tom Stathakes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “We’re excited to showcase the dynamic chemistry between Greg Papa, Ray Ratto and Kelli Johnson and their lively commentary, uniquely different opinions and fresh takes on the day’s trending sports news.”

“We’re thrilled to combine three of the Bay Area’s top talents on one drive-time show,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. “Greg, Ray and Kelli will have the last word on the biggest topics in sports."

The show’s hosts will also be heavily engaged in social media with timely posts, interactive questions and behind-the-scenes content. Fans can follow along and interact with the hosts through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic

Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic

Instagram: @NBCSAuthentic

(Beginning April 2)

Papa, a three-time winner of the California Sportscaster of the Year Award, is one the most accomplished and versatile announcers in sports broadcasting.  He was the television play-by-play voice for the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, and Golden State Warriors and is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Raiders.  Papa was also on the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers broadcast teams.  In addition to his duties on The Happy Hour, Papa will continue to anchor NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors Postgame Live.  He also hosts The Afternoon Delight with Greg Papa, a weekday radio show on 95.7 The Game.

Ratto, regarded as one of the nation’s premier multi-platform sports journalists, joined NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California (formerly CSN) in 2010 as a Senior Insider contributing to the network’s websites and signature studio shows.  He has been a fixture in the Bay Area sports pages for over three decades, most notably with the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.  Ratto has also written national columns for NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com and is a frequent guest on national radio and television sports programs.  Ratto was also a host with Tom Tolbert on KNBR 680’s afternoon drive show.

Johnson, a two-time Emmy Award winner, joined the network in 2014 as an anchor and reporter for SportsNet Central, Pregame Live, Postgame Live and other studio shows.  Previously, she was an anchor and reporter for CSN Houston covering the Astros and Rockets.  Additionally, Johnson hosted the inaugural season of 3 & Out, a half-hour football analysis and debate program which airs across NBC Sports Regional Networks.  Before Houston, she was CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Washington Redskins beat reporter, where she provided daily coverage of the team and contributed to the network’s Redskins pregame and postgame shows, Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live.  During her tenure at CSN Mid-Atlantic, she won two Emmy Awards in 2009, one for Best Sports Reporter and one for Sports/Regularly Scheduled Weekly Program for Redskins Kickoff.  A graduate of the University of Idaho, Johnson was a four-year starter on the women's basketball team and earned All-Conference academic honors each season.

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES 2018-19 SACRAMENTO KINGS COVERAGE

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NBC Sports California

NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES 2018-19 SACRAMENTO KINGS COVERAGE

Network to Present 81 Regular-Season Games, 1 Preseason Game

 

Kings Analyst Jerry Reynolds to Join “Kings Pregame Live” and “Kings Postgame Live” Shows

from Golden 1 Center; Plus, Reynolds Returns to Provide Color Commentary

for Select Games

 

Complete Game Day Coverage with “Kings Pregame Live” and “Kings Postgame Live,”

Shows to Originate from Exclusive Set at Golden 1 Center for Home Games

 

NBCSportsCalifornia.com to Feature Extensive Season-Long Kings & NBA News,

Analysis, Exclusive Video and the “Kings Insider Podcast” with James Ham

 

“Authentic Fan Friday” Returns to Golden 1 Center, Every Friday Regular-Season

Home Game Fans to Receive Free “Authentic Fan” Prizes and More

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 3, 2018 – NBC Sports California and NBCSportsCalifornia.com (@NBCSAuthentic), “Home of the Authentic Kings Fan,” announced today its coverage of the Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) for the 2018-19 season, which includes: presenting 82 games (81 regular season, 1 preseason); legendary Kings color analyst Jerry Reynolds joining Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live and returning to call select games; comprehensive game-day coverage with Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live shows; and Kings and NBA news, analysis and insider reports on NBCSportsCalifornia.com

 

The Kings will open their season on NBC Sports California versus the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.  Calling all the action for Kings games on NBC Sports California will be the announcing team of Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) and Doug Christie (@TheDougChristie).  Legendary Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds will reunite with longtime broadcast partner Napear and provide color commentary for select games this season.  Kayte Christensen-Hunter (@kayte_c) will return as sideline reporter for select games.

 

In addition to the 81 regular-season games, NBC Sports California will televise one preseason game on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. as the Kings host the Jazz.

 

NBC Sports California’s 2018-19 Kings telecast schedule is as follows:

DAY

DATE

VS/AT

OPPONENT

TIME (PT)

Thursday

10/11

vs

Utah Jazz (Preseason)

7:00 PM

Wednesday

10/17

vs

Utah Jazz

7:00 PM

Friday

10/19

at

New Orleans Pelicans

5:00 PM

Sunday

10/21

at

Oklahoma City Thunder

4:00 PM

Tuesday

10/23

at

Denver Nuggets

6:00 PM

Wednesday

10/24

vs

Memphis Grizzlies

7:00 PM

* Friday

10/26

vs

Washington Wizards

7:00 PM

Monday

10/29

at

Miami Heat

4:30 PM

Tuesday

10/30

at

Orlando Magic

4:00 PM

Thursday

11/1

at

Atlanta Hawks

4:30 PM

Sunday

11/4

at

Milwaukee Bucks

12:30 PM

Wednesday

11/7

vs

Toronto Raptors

7:00 PM

* Friday

11/9

vs

Minnesota Timberwolves

7:00 PM

Saturday

11/10

vs

Los Angeles Lakers

7:00 PM

Monday

11/12

vs

San Antonio Spurs

7:00 PM

Friday

11/16

at

Memphis Grizzlies

5:00 PM

Saturday

11/17

at

Houston Rockets

5:00 PM

Monday

11/19

vs

Oklahoma City Thunder

7:00 PM

Wednesday

11/21

at

Utah Jazz

6:00 PM

Saturday

11/24

at

Golden State Warriors

5:30 PM

Sunday

11/25

vs

Utah Jazz

5:00 PM

Saturday

12/1

vs

Indiana Pacers

7:00 PM

Tuesday

12/4

at

Phoenix Suns

6:00 PM

Friday

12/7

at

Cleveland Cavaliers

4:30 PM

Saturday

12/8

at

Indiana Pacers

4:00 PM

Monday

12/10

at

Chicago Bulls

5:00 PM

Wednesday

12/12

vs

Minnesota Timberwolves

7:00 PM

* Friday

12/14

vs

Golden State Warriors

7:00 PM

Sunday

12/16

at

Dallas Mavericks

4:00 PM

Monday

12/17

at

Minnesota Timberwolves

5:00 PM

Wednesday

12/19

vs

Oklahoma City Thunder

7:00 PM

* Friday

12/21

vs

Memphis Grizzlies

7:00 PM

Sunday

12/23

vs

New Orleans Pelicans

3:00 PM

Wednesday

12/26

at

Los Angeles Clippers

7:30 PM

Thursday

12/27

vs

Los Angeles Lakers

7:00 PM

Sunday

12/30

at

Los Angeles Lakers

6:30 PM

Tuesday

1/1

vs

Portland Trail Blazers

6:00 PM

Thursday

1/3

vs

Denver Nuggets

7:00 PM

Saturday

1/5

vs

Golden State Warriors

7:00 PM

Monday

1/7

vs

Orlando Magic

7:00 PM

Tuesday

1/8

at

Phoenix Suns

6:00 PM

Thursday

1/10

vs

Detroit Pistons

7:00 PM

Saturday

1/12

vs

Charlotte Hornets

7:00 PM

Monday

1/14

vs

Portland Trail Blazers

7:00 PM

Thursday

1/17

at

Charlotte Hornets

4:00 PM

Saturday

1/19

at

Detroit Pistons

4:00 PM

Monday

1/21

at

Brooklyn Nets

12:30 PM

Tuesday

1/22

at

Toronto Raptors

4:00 PM

Friday

1/25

at

Memphis Grizzlies

5:00 PM

Sunday

1/27

at

Los Angeles Clippers

12:30 PM

Wednesday

1/30

vs

Atlanta Hawks

7:00 PM

Saturday

2/2

vs

Philadelphia 76ers

7:00 PM

Monday

2/4

vs

San Antonio Spurs

7:00 PM

Wednesday

2/6

vs

Houston Rockets

7:00 PM

* Friday

2/8

vs

Miami Heat

7:00 PM

Sunday

2/10

vs

Phoenix Suns

3:00 PM

Wednesday

2/13

at

Denver Nuggets

6:00 PM

Thursday

2/21

at

Golden State Warriors

7:30 PM

Saturday

2/23

at

Oklahoma City Thunder

5:00 PM

Monday

2/25

at

Minnesota Timberwolves

5:00 PM

Wednesday

2/27

vs

Milwaukee Bucks

7:00 PM

* Friday

3/1

vs

Los Angeles Clippers

7:00 PM

Monday

3/4

vs

New York Knicks

7:00 PM

Wednesday

3/6

vs

Boston Celtics

7:00 PM

Saturday

3/9

at

New York Knicks

9:00 AM

Monday

3/11

at

Washington Wizards

4:00 PM

Thursday

3/14

at

Boston Celtics

4:30 PM

Friday

3/15

at

Philadelphia 76ers

4:00 PM

Sunday

3/17

vs

Chicago Bulls

3:00 PM

Tuesday

3/19

vs

Brooklyn Nets

7:00 PM

Thursday

3/21

vs

Dallas Mavericks

7:00 PM

Saturday

3/23

vs

Phoenix Suns

7:00 PM

Sunday

3/24

at

Los Angeles Lakers

6:30 PM

Tuesday

3/26

at

Dallas Mavericks

5:30 PM

Thursday

3/28

at

New Orleans Pelicans

5:00 PM

Saturday

3/30

at

Houston Rockets

3:00 PM

Sunday

3/31

at

San Antonio Spurs

4:00 PM

Tuesday

4/2

vs

Houston Rockets

7:00 PM

Thursday

4/4

vs

Cleveland Cavaliers

7:00 PM

Friday

4/5

at

Utah Jazz

6:00 PM

Sunday

4/7

vs

New Orleans Pelicans

6:00 PM

Wednesday

4/10

at

Portland Trail Blazers

7:30 PM

 

82 games (81 regular season, 1 preseason)

Schedule as of 10/3/18; Dates and times subject to change

*Authentic Fan Friday

 

For approximately 24 hours following each game, NBC Sports California’s Kings telecasts will be available on XFINITY On Demand.  Note: NBC Sports California/Kings On Demand is available only in the Kings’ broadcast territory. 

 

Kings Pregame Live, Kings Postgame Live – In addition to live game coverage, NBC Sports California delivers comprehensive pre- and postgame analysis.  Prior to the game, fans can catch the latest team developments, interviews with players and coaches and game previews on Kings Pregame Live. Immediately following the game, Kings Postgame Live will give viewers an in-depth game breakdown with stats and highlights, locker room interviews, and a preview of the next game.  Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live are hosted by fan favorite Jim Kozimor (@KozNBCS).  Kings analyst Jerry Reynolds will join Kozimor for Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live shows from Golden 1 Center, and Kayte Christensen-Hunter will join Kozimor in-studio for select shows when the team is on the road. 

 

Additional analysis will be provided by NBCSportsCalifornia.com’s Kings Insider James Ham (@James_HamNBCS), Grant Napear and Doug Christie.  During home games, the network will broadcast Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live from its exclusive, state-of-the-art set at Golden 1 Center.

 

Kings Central – Each month of the 2018-19 NBA season, Kings Central – a half-hour program hosted by Kayte Christensen-Hunter – will give fans an inside look at the Kings both on and off the court.  Visit NBCSportsCalifornia.com for air dates and times.

 

NBCSportsCalifornia.com – NBCSportsCalifornia.com delivers complete Kings and NBA coverage via Kings Insider James Ham, provides insightful news and analysis, daily insider reports and “The Kings Insider Podcast.”  NBCSportsCalifornia.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video; player, coach and front office personnel interviews; press conferences; and content from the network’s news programming.

 

NBC Sports California Social Media – Throughout the 2018-19 NBA season, NBC Sports California will deliver extensive original content across the network’s various social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Plus, NBC Sports California will present live game-day content from Golden 1 Center at every Kings home game.  Follow NBC Sports California: Facebook (facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic); Instagram (NBCSAuthentic); and Twitter (@NBCSAuthentic & @NBCSKings).

 

Authentic Fan Friday – NBC Sports California brings back the popular Authentic Fan Friday to the Golden 1 Center for every Friday home game during the regular season.  Fans will receive a collector’s edition cheer card and free NBC Sports California giveaways.  Fans sitting in the “Authentic Fan” 219 section will also have the chance to be seen on the NBC Sports California telecast. Visit NBCSportsCalifornia.com for more information.

 

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year.  NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips.  Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.

 

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OAKLAND A’S SCORE HIGHEST RATED SEASON ON NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA SINCE 2014

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OAKLAND A’S SCORE HIGHEST RATED SEASON ON NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA SINCE 2014

 

2018 Final Season Average Increased +69% Compared to Last Season

 

Increased Ratings Registered in Key Advertising Demographics,

“A’s Pregame Live” and “A’s Postgame Live”

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 2, 2018 – NBC Sports California (@NBCSAuthentic), “Home of the Authentic A’s Fan,” has posted a significant rise in ratings for the Oakland A’s during the 2018 MLB season, including household ratings in the San Francisco DMA (San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose) and key advertising demographic categories, along with increased streaming numbers.

 

For the 2018 MLB season, NBC Sports California’s A’s television averaged a 0.94 household rating – a +69% percent increase over 2017’s viewership, and a +43% percent increase over 2016’s viewership.  The A’s 2018 household rating is the highest final season average in four years (1.33 in 2014).

 

Additional highlights from the A’s 2018 season include:

 

  • Since the All-Star break (July 20-Sept. 30), the A’s averaged a 1.29 household rating, up +153% compared to the same period in the 2017 season;
  • The August 8th A’s-Dodgers game earned a 2.21 household rating and is the highest-rated A’s game since August 2014;
  • The August 17th A’s-Astros game registered a 2.17 household rating and is the second-highest rated A’s game since August 2014;
  • Significant ratings gains compared to the 2017 MLB season were also delivered by A’s Pregame Live (+78%) and A’s Postgame Live (+131%);
  • Ratings in key advertising demographics have posted increased numbers, including A18-49 (+11%) and M18-49 (+40%); and
  • During the 2018 MLB season, streaming of A’s games has seen 113K unique devices consume 22.8M minutes, up +64% and +83% respectively across both metrics, compared to last season.


NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year.  NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips.  Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.

 

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