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CSN MID-ATLANTIC NAMES KARA LAWSON PRIMARY WIZARDS ANALYST

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CSN MID-ATLANTIC NAMES KARA LAWSON PRIMARY WIZARDS ANALYST

LAWSON, A LONGTIME COLLEGE BASKETBALL AND NBA ANALYST, TO CALL LIVE GAMES ALONGSIDE PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER STEVE BUCKHANTZ

WASHINGTON-AREA NATIVE IS A FORMER WNBA MYSTICS AND UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE STAR

PHIL CHENIER, DREW GOODEN TO SERVE AS SECONDARY ANALYSTS FOR SELECT GAMES
 
BETHESDA, Md. (Sept. 27, 2017) – CSN Mid-Atlantic announced today that Kara Lawson has been named the primary analyst for Washington Wizards’ games. A native of the Washington, D.C., area and a former member of the Washington Mystics and University of Tennessee Lady Vols, Lawson has covered college and professional basketball for 14 years. She will serve alongside play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz to lead CSN’s 2017-18 live Wizards coverage.

Lawson, Buckhantz and courtside reporter Chris Miller will be joined during live coverage by secondary analysts Phil Chenier and Drew Gooden, who will be used for select games.

“We are thrilled that Kara is joining the CSN Mid-Atlantic team,” said Rebecca Schulte, President and GM, CSN Mid-Atlantic. “She has tremendous experience as a broadcaster and standout former player. We look forward to Kara bringing her insight back home to Washington and joining our broadcast team of Buckhantz, Chenier and Gooden.” 

Lawson is a longtime ESPN game and studio analyst for men’s and women’s college basketball and the NBA, and she will continue to contribute to ESPN broadcasts in addition to her new role with CSN. Initially much of her broadcasting assignments overlapped her playing career, and she has covered some of the sport’s biggest events, including the NBA playoffs and the NCAA Women’s Final Four and championship. On Jan. 12, 2007, she became the first female analyst for a nationally televised NBA game, which coincidentally featured the Wizards.

“I’m ecstatic to return to my hometown and be a part of the coverage for the franchise I rooted for with growing up,” Lawson said. “There are not many times in life when you are offered an opportunity that fits on so many levels. To cover the NBA on a day-to-day basis, as part of a team, is a dream come true. I look forward to working with everyone on the CSN Mid-Atlantic team and the Washington Wizards.”

Lawson started with ESPN as an analyst for the 2004 and 2005 NCAA women’s basketball tournament and WNBA drafts. She joined ESPN’s NBA coverage as a courtside reporter in 2006 and started serving as a game analyst for men’s college basketball in 2010. Her first broadcasting role was as a studio analyst for regional coverage of the Sacramento Kings for three years, from 2004 to 2007, when she was a member of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs.

As a player, Lawson earned numerous accolades at the professional, international, college and high school levels. She spent 14 seasons in the WNBA, appearing in 377 games for Sacramento, Washington and the Connecticut Sun from 2003 to 2015. She led the Monarchs to the championship in 2005, was a 2007 WNBA All-Star and was the recipient of the league’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award in 2009. She spent her final two seasons, 2014 and 2015, with the Mystics.

Lawson represented the United States in 59 international games in tournaments, including the Olympics, FIBA World League Tournament, FIBA Americas Championship and World University Games. She was a member of the team that captured the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Overall, Lawson earned five gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal in various competitions as a member of the USA Women's National Team.

At the University of Tennessee, Lawson played for legendary coach Pat Summit. During her collegiate career, Lawson led the Lady Vols to four Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular-season titles, the 2000 SEC Tournament championship and three Final Four appearances. Among her many academic and athletic honors, Lawson was a four-time All-SEC and two-time SEC All-Tournament selection, 2003 Academic All-America and three-time Academic All-SEC selection. She was also a recipient of the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award.

Born in Alexandria, Va., Lawson is a graduate of West Springfield (Va.) High School, where she led the Spartans to consecutive Virginia Class AAA state basketball championships. In 1999 she was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year and The Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year, one of her three All-Met honors.

Lawson is active in the community and an advocate for fitness and personal health issues. She is a member of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign and actively supports several charitable organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society and Race for the Cure.

In addition to Lawson, Chenier will appear as a second analyst in select live games and contribute regularly on CSN’s Wizards pregame and postgame coverage as well as other Wizards-related programming. He also has additional roles with the Wizards organization and Monumental Sports Network. Chenier served as CSN’s primary game analyst for 33 seasons, beginning with the network’s first full season in 1984, following a playing career that included nine seasons with the Baltimore-then-Washington Bullets.

Gooden joins CSN this season to contribute to live-game coverage. He spent the final three seasons of his 14-year NBA career with the Wizards, helping the team to the conference semifinals in 2014 and 2015. Since his retirement from playing, Gooden has served in an ambassador position with the NBA and has appeared regularly on ESPN, FS1, NBATV and SiriusXM Radio. He recently graduated from the University of Kansas, where he starred from 1999 to 2002. 

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CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NHL's Washington Capitals, NBA's Washington Wizards, NFL's Washington Redskins and ACC. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis, and entertainment programming. CSN Mid-Atlantic's digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region's top source for written, video and interactive sports content.

NBC Sports Regional Networks to align CSN and TCN properties under 'NBC Sports' brand

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NBC Sports Regional Networks to align CSN and TCN properties under 'NBC Sports' brand

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS TO ALIGN CSN & TCN PROPERTIES UNDER ‘NBC SPORTS’ BRAND

Seven Networks to Join NBC Sports Bay Area & NBC Sports California to Complete Brand Evolution on October 2

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 23, 2017 – NBC Sports Regional Networks will align the remainder of its five CSN-branded networks, as well as two TCNs, on October 2. The new names will incorporate “NBC Sports” with each of the networks’ regional designations. The announcement was made today by David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy.

“We’re excited to complete the brand evolution of our remaining RSNs, which will now include the iconic NBC Sports name on all of our networks,” said Preschlack. “This development is a reaffirmation of our continued commitment to provide the best, most compelling local sports coverage to our fans across the country.”

The brand evolution will not impact the scheduled games, pre- and post-game shows, and other programming currently available on these networks.

CSN Chicago, CSN Northwest and CSN Philadelphia will combine “NBC Sports” with their current regional designations: NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Northwest and NBC Sports Philadelphia. TCN will transition to NBC Sports Philadelphia +, and continue to house separate material produced by NBC Sports Philadelphia.

CSN Mid-Atlantic, TCN Mid-Atlantic and CSN New England will also adopt the city names used by their primary team partners, becoming NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and NBC Sports Boston, respectively.

The brand progression of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, which began in April with NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, will be complete in advance of the 2017-18 NHL and NBA regular seasons. New York-based SNY will retain its name.

In addition to new names, the NBC Sports Regional Networks will feature enhanced logos and graphics. They will continue to feature the NBC Peacock, which was first integrated into the networks’ logos in 2012, the year after the formation of NBC Sports Group.

Many NBC Sports production, programming elements and on-air talent have been incorporated on the RSNs since the Comcast-NBCUniversal acquisition in 2011, much like NBCSN and Golf Channel. In addition to the integration of the NBC Peacock in 2012, “Comcast SportsNet” changed to “CSN” in 2016. Similarly, several NBC Sports Regional Networks collaborate with NBC Owned Television Stations in their respective markets on content and other initiatives.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. 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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CSN MID-ATLANTIC TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF WIZARDS-HAWKS FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFF SERIES

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CSN MID-ATLANTIC TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF WIZARDS-HAWKS FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFF SERIES

BETHESDA, Md. – April 13, 2017 – CSN Mid-Atlantic will provide comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Wizards’ 2017 first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, highlighted by live coverage of the first six potential games, beginning with Game 1 on Sunday, April 16, at 1 p.m.

CSN’s live-game coverage, along with pregame and postgame shows, will continue to be available on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app during the playoffs.

CSN will surround all first-round games with more than two hours of live Wizards news, analysis, commentary and entertainment with one-hour editions of Wizards GameTime before games and expanded postgame coverage on Wizards Extra and the new Wizards Overtime. Extensive coverage will also be delivered throughout the postseason across CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms, led by CSNmidatlantic.com.

CSN’s Wizards postseason coverage tips off Friday, April 14, at approximately 1:30 p.m. when CSNmidatlantic.com will stream live coverage of Wizards practice from Verizon Center. The coverage will also be presented on CSN as a 30-minute special, Wizards Practice Live, that night at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

CSN’s multiple daily editions of Geico SportsNet Central also provide expanded coverage of the Wizards during the playoffs. Wizards-related talk, debate and interviews will also be featured on Geico SportsTalk Live each weeknight and on 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.

LIVE GAME COVERAGE

CSN’s live coverage of the series will begin with Game 1 on Sunday, April 16, at 1 p.m. at Verizon Center. CSN will also present Game 2 on April 19 at 7 p.m., Game 3 on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. and Game 4 on April 24 at 8 p.m. If necessary, CSN will also present Game 5 on April 26 and Game 6 on April 28. Television information for Game 7 on April 30 has not been announced. Play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz, analyst Phil Chenier and reporter Chris Miller will continue to lead CSN’s live game coverage in the postseason.

Gm.  Day         Date            Time             Game                                              TV

1       Sun.        April 16       1 p.m.           Atlanta at Washington                     CSN
2       Wed.       April 19       7 p.m.           Atlanta at Washington                     CSN Plus

3       Sat.         April 22       5:30 p.m.      Washington at Atlanta                     CSN

4       Mon.       April 24       8 p.m.           Washington at Atlanta                     CSN

5       Wed.       April 26*      TBD              Atlanta at Washington                     CSN
6       Fri.          April 28*      TBD              Washington at Atlanta                     CSN
7       Sun.        April 30*      TBD              Atlanta at Washington                     TBD

*If necessary

 

GAMEDAY SHOWS

One-hour editions of Wizards GameTime will lead in to every postseason matchup, with expanded versions of Wizards Extra providing postgame analysis, commentary and fan interaction for at least 45 minutes. For home games, both programs will be live from Verizon Center.

Wizards GameTime and Wizards Extra will be hosted alternately by Chick Hernandez and Julie Donaldson and will feature analysts Tony Massenburg, Ron Thompson and Christy Winters Scott, as well as Wizards Insider J. Michael and other contributors.

New this postseason is Wizards Overtime, which will follow Wizards Extra after games for a half hour. The high-energy, interactive format will take a fan-focused approach to covering the game’s top moments and most compelling storylines. Wizards Overtime will feature a rotating group of personalities and insiders, including Travis Thomas and ESPN 980’s Bram Weinstein.

ONLINE, MOBILE & SOCIAL CONTENT

CSN’s digital media properties, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, will continue to feature extensive Wizards coverage throughout the playoffs. Comprehensive written, video and interactive content will be delivered across the network’s online, mobile and social media platforms. Fans can follow Wizards coverage on Twitter at @CSNWizards and can connect with CSN on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNMA.

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CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NFL’s Washington Redskins and ACC. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top source for written, video and interactive sports content.