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Danielle Trotta joins NBC Sports Boston

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NBC Sports Boston

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

NBC Sports Boston to televise 1st Round Playoff games with Mike, Tommy and Scal

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NBC Sports Boston

NBC Sports Boston to televise 1st Round Playoff games with Mike, Tommy and Scal

The Boston Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the First Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs which tip-off this weekend and NBC Sports Boston -- the home of the Boston Celtics -- will bring fans the live call of several First Round games, plus one-hour Pregame and Postgame shows surrounding every matchup both on TV and online. To tip-off the Playoff excitement, NBC Sports Boston will bring viewers the Celtics Playoff Preview, a 60-minute special, scheduled to air Friday, April 13th at 8PM.
 
The Celtics Playoff Preview presented by New England Ford Dealers and Arbella Insurance, will originate from the NBC Sports Boston studios in Burlington, MA and will provide an in-depth look at the upcoming series from all NBC Sports Boston Celtics talent.  The special will include commentary and contributions from several guests and players and will feature an exclusive interview with Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge.
 
NBC Sports Boston’s Playoff game schedule will include play-by-play from Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and color commentary from Tommy Heinsohn and Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine), with courtside reporter Abby Chin (@TVAbby), studio host Kyle Draper (@KyleDraperTV), and NBCSportsBoston.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) bringing fans the best coverage throughout the series. Yahoo’s Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) will also contribute to Pre and Postgame shows.
 
“The NBA Playoffs is an exciting time for us as we showcase the best of Celtics basketball through our live game coverage, pre & postgame shows and talk shows,” said Princell Hair, General Manager and SVP for NBC Sports Boston. “As the Celtics prepare to take on the Bucks in the First Round, we remain committed to providing Celtics fans with the best hometown coverage of their team from their favorite local talent line-up.”
 
NBC Sports Boston’s game coverage, as well as the one-hour 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. Celtics fans should download the app prior to the series to be sure they don’t miss a minute of the action. The Celtics Live Stream is presented by Nissan.
 
Following is the Celtics First Round Playoff schedule on NBC Sports Boston:
 
CELTICS FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS ON NBC SPORTS BOSTON
(All Times listed are Eastern & denote Pregame Coverage Start Time):

  • Game 1- Sunday, April 15th Milwaukee at Boston: @ Noon on NBCSB (Pregame/Live Game/Postgame)
  • Game 2- Tuesday, April 17th Milwaukee at Boston: @ 7 p.m. on NBCSB (Pregame/Live Game/Postgame)
  • Game 3- Friday, April 20th Boston at Milwaukee: @ 8:30 p.m. on NBCSB (Pregame/Live Game/Postgame)
  • Game 4- Sunday, April 22nd Boston at Milwaukee: @ Noon on NBCSB (Pregame/Postgame)
  • Game 5 * Tuesday, April 24th Milwaukee at Boston, (TBD)  
  • Game 6 * Thursday, April 26th Boston at Milwaukee, (TBD)  
  • Game 7 * Saturday, April 28th Milwaukee at Boston, (TBD)  

* Additional schedule for Games 5,6 & 7 to be released if necessary
 
NBC Sports Boston will be the go-to television source before and after each game with one-hour live pre and postgame coverage of every game in the series.  Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank, Celtics Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket and Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford Dealers will provide in-studio analysis surrounding each game. Additionally, daily network programming, including Arbella Early Edition (6-8PM weeknights) and Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire (9PM-Midnight weeknights) will offer game previews and recaps, real-time updates, and in-depth analysis. Celtics Post Up presented by Nissan -- NBC Sports Boston’s interactive discussion, commentary and debate Celtics program -- will continue to air weekly throughout the NBA Playoffs.
 
NBCSportsBoston.com will provide 24/7 coverage of Celtics Playoff action including daily game-day and off-day coverage from the entire NBC Sports Boston crew. Fans can get all the up-to-the-minute stats, scores, analysis and on-demand clips throughout the series both online and via all social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @NBCSBoston and @NBCSCeltics.