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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.

Danielle Trotta joins NBC Sports Boston

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Danielle Trotta joins NBC Sports Boston

BURLINGTON, MA, June 4, 2018 - NBC Sports Boston announced that on-air sports television personality Danielle Trotta will join the network beginning today, Monday, June 4, 2018.  Trotta will play a role in all of the network’s multi-platform programming offerings including her primary role as a new co-host of the network’s nightly studio show “Boston Sports Tonight”.

Prior to joining NBC Sports Boston, Trotta was most recently covering the auto-racing industry with roles at Sirus XM, co-host of NASCAR Race Hub and NASCAR Raceday Pre-race show on Fox Sports 1. Trotta started her career in high school, and after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she worked for local station WBTV. She moved to Fox Sports in July 2010 where she had covered NASCAR and the NFL.

“We are thrilled to have Danielle join us as a member of the NBC Sports Boston on-air talent team,” said Princell Hair, SVP & General Manager of NBC Sports Boston. “Danielle’s deep sports knowledge, commentary and opinion will be a great fit on Boston Sports Tonight and will help us to continue connecting our communities through sports while bringing fans the content they crave across all of our NBC Sports Boston platforms.”

“I am incredibly excited to join NBC Sports Boston and start this new chapter in my career,” said Trotta. “NBC Sports Boston delivers high quality sports coverage to an extremely passionate Boston sports fan base and I’m excited to get into it each day and night with both my colleagues and the fans.”

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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