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"Anything is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics" Debuts May 29th at 8:00pm

"Anything is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics" Debuts May 29th at 8:00pm

Exclusive NBC Sports Boston Two-Hour Documentary on the 2008 Celtics Championship Team - 10 Years Later - Featuring In-Depth Interviews with Players, Coaches, Executives & Media

BURLINGTON, MA, May 22, 2018– The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics Championship team finished their season with a record of 66 -16 -- posting the best single-season turnaround in NBA history, while also bringing Boston their first Championship title since 1986.  The team is still talked about today -- 10 years later -- as one of the first and most fascinating Super Teams of this era.

On Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm, NBC Sports Boston will debut a 2-hour documentary -- “Anything Is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics” presented by Coastal Heritage Bank -- which begins its story back in 1986 after the Celtics won the NBA Finals and brings viewers through the years to 2008 when they won their next Championship.   This NBC Sports Boston-produced original documentary includes exclusive and insightful interviews with the team’s players and other key constituents and serves as a sequel to the network’s “The ’86 Celtics” documentary which debuted in 2016.

The documentary -- narrated by Boston native and Celtics fan Donnie Wahlberg -- features exclusive interviews from key members of the 2008 Celtics team including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins. Also featured are role players James Posey, Eddie House, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Leon Powe, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine, plus key mid-season acquisitions P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell.  In addition, the film includes interviews and guest appearances from Coaches, Executives and Media including Doc Rivers, Tom Thibodeau, Danny Ainge, Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca, Rich Gotham, Michael Holley, Marc J. Spears and more. 

Highlights from Anything Is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics” will include:

After 1986 - Building the next Championship Team

  • Begins with a close look at what went wrong after winning the 1986 Title
  • A deep dive into the difficulty the franchise experienced in the 1990’s and early 2000’s
  • A look at the purchase of the Boston Celtics by Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca  
  • The subsequent hiring of Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers -- two of the major components to the title team
  • An in-depth look at the game-changing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett trades
  • How the word “Ubuntu” became an essential part of the team

 

The Personalities

  • Paul Pierce’s backstory, history with the franchise, and overall importance to the 2008 team 
  • A breakdown of Doc Rivers’ motivational tactics as he coached this team to a Championship
  • Kevin Garnett’s intensity and how it elevated everyone’s game

 

The Playoffs & Finals

  • The Atlanta Hawks pushing the Celtics to the limit in First Round of Playoffs
  • Paul Pierce and LeBron James’ classic Game 7 duel in the Eastern Conference Semifinals   
  • Beating the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals
  • A Renewed rivalry with the Lakers in the NBA Finals and winning the Championship

 

After the Championship

  • A flashback of the Duck Boat victory parade
  • Aftermath of the team - 2009 KG injury, 2010 NBA Finals loss against Lakers
  • Ray Allen’s abrupt departure in 2012 -- why it happened, why players were upset
  • Where players relationships stand now and where it’s likely headed next
  • Legacy of the 2008 Celtics - one of best defensive NBA teams of all-time and arguably the most competitive group of players ever assembled


Leading up to the documentary debut, NBCSportsBoston.com and @NBCSBoston will feature teaser videos, plus bonus content not included in the special, to give fans a preview.  The network will also release several podcasts over the summer which will include exclusive content and interview material.   

Anything Is Possible: The Story of the 2008 Celtics will be presented with limited commercials thanks to sponsor Coastal Heritage Bank. After its original debut on Tuesday, May 29th, the special will repeat throughout the following months, only on NBC Sports Boston (check local listings for airtimes).

 

Day Date Time
Tuesday 5/29/18 8:00 PM
Saturday 6/2/18 4:00 PM
Sunday 6/10/18 6:00 PM
Saturday 6/16/18 4:30 PM
Sunday 6/17/18 6:00 PM
Saturday 6/30/18 4:00 PM
Saturday 7/7/18 5:00 PM
Saturday 7/14/18 4:00 PM
Sunday 7/15/18 5:00 PM
Saturday 7/21/18 4:30 PM
Saturday 7/28/18 8:00 PM
Sunday 8/5/18 6:00 PM
Sunday 8/12/18 6:00 PM
Saturday 8/18/18 8:00 PM
Sunday 8/26/18 6:00 PM

NBC Sports Boston announces comprehensive Patriots coverage for 2019 NFL season

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NBC Sports Boston announces comprehensive Patriots coverage for 2019 NFL season

BURLINGTON, MA, September 5, 2019 - The NFL is back for its 100th season and NBC Sports Boston will once again be the go-to source for coverage of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots with dedicated Patriots shows every weeknight at 6PM; Pregame Live, Halftime Live, and Postgame Live every gameday; and comprehensive digital coverage on NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams App. Former Patriots Matt Cassel and Ted Johnson will join NBC Sports Boston’s football coverage this season along with the network’s expert on-air talent team.

 

NBC Sports Boston will bring viewers the most robust offering of coverage of their New England Patriots with fresh Patriots programming every weeknight including: Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, Patriots Wednesday, Patriots Unfiltered, Football Fix, Pregame Live, Halftime Live, and Postgame Live. Headlining these shows will be some of the best voices in football and television, including Michael Holley, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson, Tom Curran, Kyle Van Noy, Phil Perry, and Bert Breer, among others.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to get the NFL season going with our comprehensive line-up of Patriots programming featuring more current and former NFL players than any other local outlet,” said Princell Hair, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Boston. “We are especially thrilled to welcome NBC Sports Boston’s on-air talent ‘rookies’ Matt Cassel and Ted Johnson who will join our expert gameday talent roster this season -- they will both undoubtedly bring a unique and new perspective to our Patriots and NFL coverage.”

 

WEEKLY FOOTBALL SHOWS “AT A GLANCE”:

Following is a snapshot of NBC Sports Boston’s weekly Patriots programming line-up:

 

  • *Sunday (or Gameday) – Pregame Live/Halftime Live/Postgame Live
  • Monday @6PM - Monday Night Patriots
  • Tuesday @6PM – Quick Slants
  • Tuesday @8PM – New England Tailgate
  • Wednesday @ 6PM – Patriots Wednesday 
  • Thursday @6PM – Patriots Unfiltered
  • Friday @6PM – Football Fix

 

* 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 Sunday, September 8th as the Patriots kick off the season at home against the Steelers. NBC Sports Boston’s gameday coverage will originate from Six String Grill & Stage at Patriot Place for every game.

 

  • Pregame Live, Halftime Live & Postgame Live - Pregame Live 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 NBCSportsBoston.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Halftime Live will be part of every Patriots gameday for the third consecutive season and will once again 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 Holley, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson and Bert Breer. NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran and Phil Perry will report from inside the stadium along with insight from DJ Bean.

 

WEEKLY PATRIOTS/NFL PROGRAMMING:

Following are more details on NBC Sports Boston’s football shows:

 

  • Monday Night Patriots (Mondays at 6PM) - Monday Night Patriots presented by John’s Sewer will enter its sixth season on NBC Sports Boston with the season debut on Monday, September 9th. The 30-minute show, hosted by Phil Perry and Ted Johnson, will 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 is hosted by Tom Curran who will be joined each week by Patriots’ linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The show is an original production which entails interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans, athletes and NBC Sports Boston talent.  

 

  • New England Tailgate (Tuesdays at 8PM) - New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire is in its 21st year and will be hosted by Gary Tanguay, 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 NBC Sports Boston’s touchscreen; predictions and bold commentary.

 

  • Patriots Wednesday (Wednesdays at 6PM) - Patriots Wednesday will air weekly throughout the season.  The show provides coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and gives fans a preview of the upcoming game. Patriots Wednesday is hosted by Tom Giles with Tom Curran and Phil Perry joining weekly from Foxborough with Patriots player interviews.

 

  • Patriots Unfiltered (Thursdays at 6PM) - Patriots Unfiltered originates from on-location at Gillette Stadium and is hosted by Megan O’Brien along with Paul Perillo and the rest of the Patriots Unfiltered writers and contributors.

 

  • Football Fix (Fridays at 6PM) - Football Fix Presented by Heritage Plumbing -- coming back for its fifth season -- will be hosted by NBC Sports Boston’s BST co-host Danielle Trotta, along with 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.

 

AND MORE….

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, NBC Sports Boston will continue to offer fans the most daily and nightly coverage of the Patriots with its full slate of regular programming, digital coverage, and podcasts.

 

  • Daily Studio Shows & Radio Simulcasts - Simulcasts of 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand presented by Awaken 180 and Felger & Mazz, will include significant Patriots coverage. Additionally, Patriots news, debate and opinion will be a primary topic throughout the season on NBC Sports Boston’s Arbella Early Edition and Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire.

 

  • Digital/NBCSportsBoston.com/MyTeams - For robust digital coverage of the Patriots, fans can go to NBCSportsBoston.com where Tom Curran leads the football coverage along with Patriots beat reporter Phil Perry. NBCSportsBoston.com will once again offer daily video updates from practice, full video-on-demand features, and more. Fans can also consume 24/7 Patriots content on the MyTeams app; and additionally can subscribe and download NBC Sports Boston’s football podcasts including the “Tom Curran Patriots Talk Podcast” (formerly The Quick Slants Podcast) to keep up with all the weekly action. NBC Sports Boston will also feature comprehensive Patriots coverage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NBCSBoston. 

NBC Sports Boston to air all Major League Lacrosse Boston Cannon games in 2019

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NBC Sports Boston to air all Major League Lacrosse Boston Cannon games in 2019

QUINCY, MA (March 28, 2019) - The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and NBC Sports Boston have agreed on a media partnership to present all 16 Boston Cannons lacrosse games in the 2019 season, starting with their home opener on June 1 at 5 p.m. ET. 

NBC Sports Boston will broadcast all 16 games as well as full-event replays for select games. This marks NBC Sports Boston’s third year as a partner of the Boston Cannons, growing from an online collaboration to hosting multiple live games in the 2018 season. In 2019, the partnership has expanded to the full 16-game season as well as multi-platform marketing promotion. 

Coverage of each home game will begin before face-off at the top of the hour and will end at the conclusion of the game.  Away contests may be aired on delay – viewers can check local listings for airtimes. The full schedule is below:

BOSTON CANNONS ON NBC SPORTS BOSTON 

June 1 vs. Ohio Machine – LIVE

June 8 at Charlotte Hounds – LIVE

June 15 at Florida Launch – LIVE

June 22 vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks – LIVE

June 29 vs. Denver Outlaws – LIVE

July 6 at Dallas Rattlers – LIVE

July 11 at New York Lizards 

July 20 vs. Atlanta Blaze – LIVE

August 3 at Chesapeake Bayhawks 

August 10 vs. Florida Launch 

August 17 at Ohio Machine 

August 24 vs. New York Lizards – LIVE

August 31 at Denver Outlaws – LIVE

September 7 vs. Charlotte Hounds 

September 14 at Atlanta Blaze 

September 21 vs. Dallas Rattlers – LIVE

About NBC Sports Boston:

NBC Sports Boston reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Arbella Early Edition, Boston Sports Tonight, Celtics Post Up, Talkin’ Baseball, Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. NBCSportsBoston.com and all of the networks social media channels (@NBCSBoston) provide continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. NBC Sports Boston is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit NBCSportsBoston.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

About Boston Cannons:

The Boston Cannons are a Founding Member of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and one of the most recognizable global lacrosse brands. Led by Rob Hale and his ownership team, the Cannons won the 2011 MLL Championship, have eleven playoff appearances and hold a league record with five MLL MVP’s over fifteen seasons. Off the field, the Cannons provide a game day experience second to none and annually top the MLL in attendance and partnership engagement. For more information, call the front office at 617-746-9933 or visit BostonCannons.com.

 

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