Press

“SPLIT END: THE CURIOUS CASE OF WARREN WELLS,” ABOUT FORMER OAKLAND RAIDERS STAR, DEBUTS JANUARY 12 AT 7:00 PM ON NBC BAY AREA

press_release_online_header.jpg
NBC Sports Bay Area

“SPLIT END: THE CURIOUS CASE OF WARREN WELLS,” ABOUT FORMER OAKLAND RAIDERS STAR, DEBUTS JANUARY 12 AT 7:00 PM ON NBC BAY AREA

 

Revealing One-Hour Documentary Chronicles Troubled Career

and Life of Former Raiders Receiver

 

“If he could have played long enough, he could have been the greatest wide receiver that ever played.”

– John Madden, Former Raiders Head Coach, on Warren Wells

 

“The most dynamic receiver in football, the most feared player in the AFL.”

– Bill Walsh, then the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals (1968-1975), on Wells

 

Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells Narrated by Sway Calloway,

Oakland Native and Hip Hop Icon

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 3, 2019 – What if one of the best football players in the NFL were sent away to live in a dangerous cult?  What if his mind was subjected to various forms of brainwashing and thought control?  The thought of it is too incredible to be believed…but it happened.   Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells, a one-hour documentary about the life of former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Warren Wells, debuts on Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. PST on NBC Bay Area/KNTV (@nbcbayarea).

 

NBC Sports Bay Area (@NBCSAuthentic) will provide an encore presentation of Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells on Thursday, January 24 at 8:30 p.m. PST.  Visit NBCSportsBayArea.com for additional air dates and times.

 

For three seasons – 1968 through 1970 – Warren Wells was perhaps the best receiver in football.  He averaged over a thousand yards receiving, 12 touchdowns, and over 23 yards every time he touched the football for the Raiders.  In his four years with the Raiders, Wells caught 156 passes for 3,634 yards and 42 touchdowns. 

 

But problems with alcohol led Wells down a perilous path, one that led him to be “sentenced” to a new age treatment facility called Synanon. 

 

With “houses” in downtown Oakland and San Francisco, and two compounds in Marin County, Synanon was well known to Bay Area residents in the 1970s, but few knew what was really going on inside its walls: a dangerous “game” in which residents were subjected to abuse and ridicule until they eventually broke down. Once subjugated, the “players” were coerced to join Synanon, donate all of their possessions to the group, and “never leave.”  Eventually the “self-help group” asked to be classified as a religion.  This is the world Warren Wells walked into in January of 1972. 

 

Wells, 76, died on December 27, 2018 just days after what is reported to be the Raiders’ final game in the Oakland Coliseum.  Only a few Raiders fans still remember him as a shooting star that lit up the old American Football League; few others know how that star fell after football.  Almost no one, however, knows the full story, Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells.

 

“As a young boy growing up in Hayward, California, my first sports love was the Oakland Raiders, especially the dynamic offense of ‘The Mad Bomber’ Daryle Lamonica and his receivers Warren Wells, Fred Biletnikoff and tight end Raymond Chester.  In 1971 we all wondered what had happened to Warren Wells – we knew he was in trouble – but we thought he’d be back better than ever the next year,” said Ted Griggs, President, Group Leader and Strategic Production & Programming Leader for NBC Sports Regional Networks.  “When my father took me to a preseason game in 1972, I saw Wells go out for a pattern and even at 11-years old I knew something was wrong.  He ran in slow motion.”

 

Griggs added:  “When I got a chance to work with John Madden in the 1980s and 1990s, I asked him about Warren.  John told me that he suspected that something happened to him in Synanon – and he was never the same.  That began a near three decade curiosity to find out what really happened to Warren Wells.  I began working on this project in earnest in 2015 and I think, finally, I’ve found some of the answers.  I’m also left with many more questions. I know Warren was loved and cared for in his final years by his nephew Wyron and sister-in-law Consetta.  They helped him successfully battle his problems with alcohol and live happily in his final years.   I do hope Warren Wells rests in peace.”

 

Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells is narrated by Oakland native, radio personality, hip-hop artist and Oakland Raiders fan Sway Calloway (@RealSway).

 

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV:

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

 

About NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California:

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.

 

# # #

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA UNVEIL NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIO FACILITIES

press_release_online_header.jpg
NBC Sports Bay Area

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA UNVEIL NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIO FACILITIES

Dynamic Studio Features Main Anchor Desk, Multiple Anchor/Reporter Locations

and Interactive Demonstration Area

 

Sharks Pregame Live will Debut New Set on October 5

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 4, 2019 – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” will unveil its new state-of-the-art studio tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 5th) at 6:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live.

 

The new studio, located at the network’s headquarters at 360 3rd Street in San Francisco (South of Market), will feature a sleek, modern and open design and utilize dynamic LED technology, a stunning and interactive video floor, and multiple anchor and reporter positions designed for movement and flexibility.

 

The studio features large displays that are seamlessly integrated into the scenic architecture, making every part of the studio an engaging broadcast location. A sleek LED display runs along the length of the room, forming the backdrop for the main anchor area.  The visual center of the space is the dynamic demo area, with a large wall display and an LED floor, and portrait monitors.

 

For photos and video highlights of the new studio, click HERE and HERE.

 

NBC Sports Bay Area’s new studio will primarily serve as the main set for Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers pre- and postgame shows, along with news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows.  Additionally, the studio will occasionally carry NBC Sports California’s signature programming including San Jose Sharks, Sacramento Kings and Oakland A’s pre- and postgame shows.

 

“Our new studios will provide our anchors, analysts and insiders the ability to provide the region’s most comprehensive, informative and entertaining sports coverage across multiple platforms,” said Matt Murphy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “We’ve created a world-class facility that is designed for innovation and the creation of compelling content for local sports fans.  We’re looking forward with great excitement to tomorrow night’s first broadcast from the new studio.”

 

In addition to the main studio, a secondary studio, also located at the San Francisco headquarters, will debut on Wednesday, Oct. 16th at 7:00 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, prior to the Sharks-Carolina Hurricanes game.  The modern studio will primarily host NBC Sports California’s pre- and postgame shows, news updates, press conferences and breaking news.

 

NBC Sports Bay Area Studio highlights include:

  • 2,270-square-foot studio
  • 30-foot-wide LED monitor wall in main anchor area
  • Interactive Demo Area with a 16-foot-wide by 9-foot-tall monitor wall, a 15-foot-wide and 8-foot-deep LED floor, and five vertical monitors
  • 120 LED tiles integrated into the set, including 75 in the walls and 45 in the Demo Area floor
  • Large, full-height images in the studio depicting San Francisco’s world-renowned cityscape; plus, the iconic NBC logo incorporated into the set design  

 

The set design is the result of the partnership of NBC Sports and the design group at Jack Morton Worldwide.  Fabrication work was done by blackwalnut.  Lighting Design and installation was done by The Lighting Design Group.  LED technology was provided by Leyard and Planar.

 

About NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California:

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 and MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year.  The MyTeams by NBC Sports app provides live steams of the games and pre-and postgame shows, 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.

 

# # #

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS COVERAGE

press_release_online_header.jpg
NBC Sports Bay Area

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS COVERAGE

Network to Present 70 Regular-Season Games and Three Preseason Games

 

Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw Join NBC Sports Bay Area as Studio Analysts

 

Blair Hardiek Joins Network as “Warriors Outsiders” Analyst

 

Complete Game Day Coverage with “Warriors Pregame Live” and “Warriors Postgame Live”

 

Comprehensive Warriors and NBA Coverage via “MyTeams by NBC Sports”

Mobile App and NBCportsBayArea.com

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – September 30, 2019 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced its coverage of the Golden State Warriors for the 2019-20 NBA season – their first at Chase Center in San Francisco – which includes 70 regular-season games; former Warrior and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Chris Mullin, Olympic Gold Medalist, 13-year professional player, and former University of San Francisco head coach Jennifer Azzi, and 14-year NBA player and former head coach Brian Shaw joining the network as studio analysts; game-day coverage with one-hour Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors Postgame Live shows; and Warriors and NBA news and analysis, insider reports and video via the MyTeams by NBC Sports mobile app and NBCSportsBayArea.com. 

 

MyTeams is available for download on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  DOWNLOAD now.

 

The 2019-20 Warriors regular season on NBC Sports Bay Area gets underway on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m. when the Warriors visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Calling all the action for Warriors games on NBC Sports Bay Area will be Emmy Award-winner Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike, with Kerith Burke handling sideline reporter duties.

 

In addition to the 70 regular-season games, NBC Sports Bay Area will televise three preseason games: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Minnesota Timberwolves and Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Lakers.

 

See attachment for NBC Sports Bay Area’s 2019-20 Warriors schedule.  

 

Warriors Pregame Live, Warriors Postgame Live – One hour prior to the game, Warriors Pregame Live presents the latest team developments, interviews with players and coaches and game previews. Immediately following the game, Warriors Postgame Live will give viewers an hour-long game breakdown with stats and highlights, locker room interviews and a preview of the next game.

 

The shows are anchored by Greg Papa with expert analysis from former Warriors general manager and head coach Garry St. Jean, and new analysts Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw.  Additional analysis will be provided by Warriors Insider Monte Poole, Warriors reporter Logan Murdock, Bob Fitzgerald, Kelenna Azubuike and Kerith Burke. 

 

Mullin, who spent 13 years of his 16-season NBA career as a member of the Golden State Warriors, was originally selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft.  Prior to re-joining the Warriors for his final NBA season in 2000, he spent three seasons with the Indiana Pacers.  A five-time NBA All-Star, Mullin ended his 16-year NBA career with averages of 18.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 986 games.  Additionally, he was a member of the gold-medal winning 1992 USA Basketball Team, also known as the original “Dream Team,” at the Olympic Games in Barcelona and he also won a gold medal as a college player at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  Following his NBA playing career, Mullin served as a special advisor for the Sacramento Kings and general manager for the Warriors.  He was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.  Mullin was the head coach of the men's basketball team at St. John’s University, his alma mater, from 2015-2019.

 

Azzi, a four-year starter and captain at Stanford from 1987-1990, became the first Cardinal women's basketball player to earn the Wade Trophy, the James Naismith Player of the Year award, and the Honda-Broderick National Player of the Year honor. A three-time All-Pacific-10 performer and the 1990 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Azzi led the Cardinal to a pair of conference titles (1989, 1990) and Stanford's first national championship in 1990.  Upon graduation, she played professionally overseas (1990-95).  Azzi was one of the founding members of the American Basketball League (ABL) and played for the San Jose Lasers from 1996 to 1999.  Azzi was drafted by the Detroit Shock in the first round, fifth overall pick, of the inaugural WNBA draft. She played for the Shock (1999), Utah Starzz (2000-03) and the San Antonio Silver Stars (2003).  Internationally, she was a key member of the United States gold medal-winning 1996 Olympic Team.  Azzi was the head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of San Francisco from 2010-2016, ending her coaching career with a WCC Championship.  She is currently serving as Associate Vice President, Development, University of San Francisco.

 

Shaw, drafted 24th overall by Boston in 1988, played 14 NBA seasons with the Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers. He was a member of Los Angeles’ back-to-back-to-back title teams (2000, 2001 and 2002). Following his NBA playing career, Shaw spent seven seasons (2005-2011) as an assistant with the Lakers, who won two NBA titles while he was a member of the coaching staff; two seasons (2011-2013) as associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers; two seasons (2013-2015) as the head coach for the Denver Nuggets; and, returning to the Lakers, three seasons (2016-2019) as an associate head coach.  An Oakland native, Shaw played at Bishop O’Dowd High School and collegiately at Saint Mary’s College of California and UC Santa Barbara. 

 

MyTeams by NBC Sports, NBCSportsBayArea.com:  NBC Sports Bay Area offers live streams of its Warriors games to NBC Sports Bay Area subscribers, along with its game-day shows Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors Postgame Live, via the MyTeams by NBC Sports mobile app.

 

MyTeams and NBCSportsBayArea.com deliver complete Warriors and NBA coverage – showcasing Warriors Insider Monte Poole, Warriors reporter Logan Murdock and NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh – all season long, featuring in-depth news and analysis; daily insider reports; extensive live video of player, coach and front office personnel interviews and press conferences; a robust line-up of on-demand video; podcasts; and content from the network’s news programming.

 

Season-Long Warriors Shows:

 

Warriors Outsiders – Warriors Outsiders, hosted by Drew Shiller and Grant Liffmann, will present viewers with a fresh take on each game with analysis, commentary and analytics. For select shows, Blair Hardiek, Global Director for the NBA Academy and founder of Azzi Academy, will join Shiller and Liffmann and provide additional insight and analysis.  Warriors Outsiders is multi-platform show simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience.  Warriors Outsiders airs after Warriors Postgame Live.

 

Hardiek, in her current role as Global Director for the NBA Academy leads the international, elite development initiative to develop top players in China, India, Africa, Australia, and Mexico. She is the program's NCAA liaison opening up the world to universities and elite talent. Prior to her current role with the NBA Academy and the Azzi Academy, she served as Associate Head Coach/International Recruiting Coordinator at the University of San Francisco from 2010-2016.  Hardiek helped lead the Dons to the finals at the 2015 West Coast Conference tournament to earn a bid to the WNIT, USF's first postseason appearance since 2001-02.  She led the Dons to the NCAA tournament in 2016 after the Dons took home the West Coast Conference Championship title.  Hardiek began her coaching journey as an intern for Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer and her staff at Stanford. While working with VanDerveer, the Cardinal posted an overall record of 35-4 while earning a 2008 NCAA Final Four appearance.  Hardiek enjoyed a successful playing career at the University of Missouri as a point guard and team captain for the 2003-2007 squads. 

 

Warriors Raw – NBC Sports Bay Area presents Warriors Raw, a same-day, condensed version of that day's game. Warriors Raw offers viewers highlights of key plays from alternative camera angles, authentic in-game sound and pre- and postgame interviews in an entertaining half-hour format.  Visit NBCSportsBayArea.com for air dates and times.

 

Warriors Ground – The Emmy Award-winning Warriors Ground returns for the 2019-20 NBA season on NBC Sports Bay Area.  Warriors Ground, a half-hour show produced by Warriors Studio, features behind-the-scenes footage, community highlights, team history, fan stories and more.  Visit NBCSportsBayArea.com for show dates and times.

 

# # #