New England Sports Network

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New England Sports Network
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NESN logo
Launched1984
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byFenway Sports Group (80%)
Delaware North (20%)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganNew England's Most Watched Sports Network
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNew England (automatic on all cable and satellite systems)
Nationwide (via special satellite package)
HeadquartersWatertown, Massachusetts
WebsiteNESN.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Satellite
DirecTV628 (HD/SD)
NESN Plus:
629-1 (HD)
629 (SD)
Dish Network434 (HD/SD)
5434 (HD)
Cable
Available on select cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Comcast851 (HD)
51 (SD)
RCN170 (HD)
30 (SD)
 
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New England Sports Network
Nesnlogo.png
NESN logo
Launched1984
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byFenway Sports Group (80%)
Delaware North (20%)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganNew England's Most Watched Sports Network
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNew England (automatic on all cable and satellite systems)
Nationwide (via special satellite package)
HeadquartersWatertown, Massachusetts
WebsiteNESN.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Satellite
DirecTV628 (HD/SD)
NESN Plus:
629-1 (HD)
629 (SD)
Dish Network434 (HD/SD)
5434 (HD)
Cable
Available on select cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Comcast851 (HD)
51 (SD)
RCN170 (HD)
30 (SD)

The New England Sports Network, or NESN [NESS-en], is a regional cable television network that covers the six New England states except Fairfield County, Connecticut and Southbury, Connecticut, a town in New Haven County. It is available on New England cable systems, and nationally (in both standard definition and high definition) through satellite TV providers DirecTV and Dish Network. The network is a joint venture between Fenway Sports Group (owners of Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club with a 80% majority share) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins, TD Garden and the remaining 20% share).

NESN is the primary broadcaster of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins—serving as the exclusive home for all games not aired by a national broadcaster. NESN also features minor league baseball, regional college sports, various outdoor shows, various sports talk shows, and delayed Premier League games.

NESN was, for a time, the New England carrier for Fox Sports Networks (before Sports Channel New England joined Fox Sports Net), after that, until early 2006, NESN carried ESPNews in the afternoon and overnight hours. NESN has carried regional Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games since Boston College joined the conference, including games from Fox Sports Net since FSN sold regional competitor CSN New England. NESN was launched as a premium channel, however it moved to a basic cable in 2001, a model that has since been copied by others through their respective launch of new regional sports networks.

Red Sox coverage[edit]

Boston Red Sox baseball coverage began in 1984 on the New England Sports Network, airing mostly mid-week home games on the newly formed pay cable channel. Former Sox second baseman Mike Andrews served as the play-by-play announcer and Kent Derdivanis provided color commentary. NESN periodically sent guest color commentators to the booth, with the likes of Rico Petrocelli, Bill Monbouquette, and Dick Radatz. The in-studio host was Sean McDonough.

NESN now carries full coverage (minus some nationally broadcast games on Fox and ESPN) of Red Sox games as well as in-depth pre- and post-game shows. Unlike previous seasons where it split coverage with over-the-air stations, it now broadcasts all games not on national television, using the slogan "One Nation, One Network". In 2006, it became the first network to broadcast all its Major League Baseball team's games in high definition (however spring training games were not until 2012), available to cable providers throughout New England, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse (in Connecticut), Comcast (in most of New England), and Verizon FiOS. On March 26, 2008, Dish Network joined the list of providers offering NESN in HD.

Pre-game[edit]

One hour before each Red Sox game, Tom Caron hosts Red Sox Game Day Live, where Caron and others, including, Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Peter Gammons, and Jim Rice along with former Major Leaguer Matt Stairs provide highlights from the previous game, analysis on the upcoming team, player profiles, news from around the league, and their "keys to the game." Dan Shaughnessy, Nick Cafardo, Peter Abraham and Michael Vega of The Boston Globe make regular appearances on the Pregame Show. Former Oakland Athletics manager Ken Macha was named a rotating analyst on this program in April 2007, but left after the 2008 season to become the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2006, NESN introduced a segment before the Pre-Game Show called Friday Night Fenway, which, on Red Sox Friday home games, showcases pre-game activities from inside Fenway Park. They have also included a Monday segment, Monster Monday, which airs every game day Monday, regardless of whether or not the game is at Fenway Park.

NESN's studio shows were originally broadcast at their Fenway Park studio. Since 2003, NESN has broadcast their pregame show from Yawkey Way. NESN still has the Fenway Park studio, but is rarely used on-air. It is, however, used during weekly interviews with Larry Lucchino and other Red Sox personnel.

In-game[edit]

For Red Sox game broadcasts, Don Orsillo serves as the play-by-play announcer with Jerry Remy as his color commentator and Jenny Dell as the field reporter.

In 2009 while Jerry Remy took an indefinite leave of absence due to illness, Dennis Eckersley performed the color commentary for home games and Dave Roberts for most road games. Orsillo worked with 26 different partners starting in Spring Training 2009, including Frank Viola, Ken Ryan, Jim Kaat, Gordon Edes, Bob Montgomery, Dwight Evans, Brian Daubach, Buck Martinez, Ron Coomer, Rance Mulliniks, Sean Casey, Rex Hudler and numerous sports writers.[1] Jerry Remy returned to the booth on August 21, 2009.

Post-game[edit]

After the game has finished, W.B. Mason's Extra Innings and Granite City Electric's Red Sox Final go back into the studio where Tom Caron and one or more of the studio analysts from the pre-game show deliver a wrap-up of the night's game. They present highlights and statistics from the completed game and often have a member of the Red Sox team on hand to get their take on the game. This hour of coverage also focuses on the upcoming game as well as news from the league. The post-game is usually not covered if the Red Sox are on the west coast, in those instances NESN Daily immediately follows the game.

Since 2003, NESN has broadcast the postgame show from their Watertown studios. Previously, it had been broadcast from their Fenway Park studio.[2]

List of announcers[edit]

YEARSPLAY-BY-PLAYCOLORSTUDIOFIELD LEVEL
1984Kent DerdivanisMike Andrews
1985–1987Ned MartinBob MontgomerySean McDonoughSean McDonough
1988 (Home)Ned MartinJerry RemyEric Reid
1989-1992 (Home)Ned MartinJerry RemyBob Kurtz
1993–1994 (Home)Bob KurtzJerry RemySteve BurtonAmy Stone
1995 (Home)Bob KurtzJerry RemyTom LarsonKim Walden
1996–1999Bob KurtzJerry RemyBob RodgersDebbi Wrobleski
2000Bob Kurtz or Bob RodgersJerry RemyBob Rodgers or Tom Caron with Rico PetrocelliDebbi Wrobleski
2001Don OrsilloJerry RemyBob Rodgers with Rico PetrocelliDebbi Wrobleski
2002–2003Don OrsilloJerry RemyBob Rodgers with Jim Corsi, Jim Rice or Dennis EckersleyTom Caron
2004–2005Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Sam Horn, Gary DiSarcina, or Bob TewksburyEric Frede
2006Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Dave McCartyTina Cervasio
2007Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty, Ken Ryan or Ken MachaTina Cervasio
2008Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty, Lou Merloni, or Ken MachaHeidi Watney
2009Don OrsilloJerry Remy or Guest AnalystTom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Guest Analyst.Heidi Watney
2010–2011Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Peter Gammons.Heidi Watney
2012Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Matt Stairs, or Peter Gammons.Jenny Dell
2013Don OrsilloJerry RemyTom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Tim Wakefield, or Peter Gammons.Jenny Del
2014Don OrsilloJerry RemyElle Duncan, Sarah Davis

Boston Bruins coverage[edit]

Bruins coverage began in 1984 with Fred Cusick and Johnny Peirson as play-by-play as analyst respectively for both NESN's games (mostly home contests) as well as WSBK's coverage of mainly away games. In 1985, NESN dropped Pierson and added Dave Shea. Terry O'Reilly joined to the telecasts the following season. When O'Reilly left NESN to become head coach of the Bruins, Derek Sanderson became the analyst.

NESN broadcast some games of the 1988 and 1990 Stanley Cup Finals' in the United States.

Pre and post-game[edit]

Bruins coverage has grown since NESN took over exclusive rights (previously shared with WSBK). It now includes Bruins Face-Off Live and Bruins Overtime Live, with the focus similar to the Red Sox shows, plus a weekly magazine show (The Instigators) and a highlights show (The Big Bad Bruins Show) during the season. Dale Arnold is the pregame and postgame host along with analysts Gord Kluzak, Barry Pederson, Mark Mowers and Billy Jaffe. Arnold co-hosts The Instigators with Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jaffe, Mowers, and others while Naoko Funayama hosts The Big Bad Bruins Show.

In-game[edit]

Jack Edwards handles the play-by-play duties during games while Andy Brickley serves as the color analyst. Jamie Erdahl is the reporter at ice level. Every game since the start of the 2006–2007 season has been broadcast in HD.

List of announcers[edit]

YEARSPLAY BY PLAYCOLORSTUDIORINKSIDE REPORTER
1984–1985Fred CusickJohnny PeirsonNone
1985–1986Fred Cusick & Dave SheaTom LarsonDave Shea
1986–1987Fred CusickDave Shea & Terry O'Reilly or Derek Sanderson (joined broadcast team after O'Reilly became Bruins' head coach)Tom LarsonDave Shea
1987–1993Fred CusickDave Shea & Derek SandersonTom LarsonDave Shea
1993–1994Fred CusickDave Shea & Derek SandersonTom LarsonAmy Stone
1994–1995Fred CusickDave Shea & Derek SandersonTom LarsonKim Walden
1995–1998Dale ArnoldGord KluzakDawn MitchellBrenda Brenon
1998–2000Dale ArnoldGord KluzakTom Caron
2000–2002Dale Arnold (Home) or Dave Shea (Road)Gord Kluzak (Home) or Andy Brickley & Gerry Cheevers (Road)Tom Caron
2002–2003Dale Arnold (Home) or Dave Shea (Road)Gord Kluzak (Home) or Andy Brickley (Road)Tom Caron with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, & Cam Neely
2003–2004Dale Arnold (Home) or Dave Shea (Road)Gord Kluzak (Home) or Andy Brickley (Road)Tom Caron with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Cam Neely, & Paul StewartCorey Masse (Playoffs Only)
2004–2005NHL Lockout
2005–2007Dale Arnold (Home) or Jack Edwards (Road)Andy BrickleyEric Frede with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Tom FitzgeraldRob Simpson
2007–2008Jack EdwardsAndy BrickleyKathryn Tappen with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Mike MilburyRob Simpson
2008–2011Jack EdwardsAndy BrickleyKathryn Tappen with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Mike MilburyNaoko Funayama
2011–2012Jack EdwardsAndy BrickleyDale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, Billy Jaffe, or Mark MowersNaoko Funayama
2012–2013Jack EdwardsAndy BrickleyDale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Billy JaffeNaoko Funayama
2013–2014Jack EdwardsAndy BrickleyDale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, or Billy JaffeJamie Erdahl

College sports coverage[edit]

NESN's Hockey East Friday Night showcases all ten Hockey East teams including National Champions Boston University and Boston College. NESN airs the Beanpot, the Hockey East playoffs and championship game as well.

Tom Caron, Eric Frede, or Mike Logan handle the play-by-play, with Craig Janney or Bob Beers as color analyst. Pre-game and intermission reports are hosted by John Chandler along with Brendan Walsh. For the Beanpot, Boston Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo handles the play-by-play and Boston Bruins announcers Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama handle color commentary and rinkside reporting respectively.[3]

NESN also airs Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college football and basketball games. The network's ACC telecasts are usually produced by Fox Sports Net.

NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon[edit]

Each year since 2002, NESN and WEEI have joined to raise money for the Jimmy Fund by holding a "radio-telethon." For two days every August the event is simulcast on WEEI and NESN for 36 hours. WEEI radio shows are seen on NESN featuring interviews with cancer patients and survivors, doctors, and athletes and celebrities like Terry Francona, Mike Lowell, Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump, and formerly George Steinbrenner. Many other Red Sox players and Boston athletes take part in the Radio-Telethon and in pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park. Since 2002, this event has raised around $17 million for the Jimmy Fund and has received donations from all 50 states.

Hartford Colonials coverage[edit]

Two of the UFL team's games from Rentschler Field were broadcast on NESN in 2010, including the season opener.[4]

Shows[edit]

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Former shows[edit]

Graphics[edit]

NESN has different-colored borders on its graphics according to the event being aired. They include: red (Red Sox), gold (Bruins), blue (NCAA and NESN Daily) and green (golf and tennis).

NESN has a sports ticker, called The Edge, at the bottom of the screen similar to the one found on ESPN. It is on during :20/:50 intervals only during a live event.

Current on-air staff[edit]

Notable former staff[edit]

NESN HD[edit]

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NESN HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of NESN, featuring HD broadcasts of Red Sox and Bruins games and of other original content.

The HD service's early tagline was "Red Sox Tradition in High Definition."

NESN Plus[edit]

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When two sports events that NESN has the rights to conflict, NESN carries one of those events and carries the second on a second channel called "NESN Plus". Originally Comcast systems utilized NECN or CN8 for NESN Plus while other stations placed NESN Plus on an empty channel or a local Public-access television cable TV channel. DirecTV added it in both SD and HD on April 11, 2009.

Some ACC telecasts may also be moved to NESN Plus in the event of a conflict with NESN's Red Sox or Bruins coverage, especially when a televised Boston College sports event takes place.

NESN National[edit]

NESN National is a separate NESN channel for cable systems outside of New England. It carries alternate program during Red Sox and Bruins games, but pre and post games are shown. Time Warner Cable in North and South Carolina was the first provider pick it up.[11] Brighthouse Networks in Michigan added it on November 1, 2010.[12] It is different than the national feed of NESN available on DirecTV and Dish Network in which Red Sox and/or Bruins games can be watched outside of New England with a subscription to MLB Extra Innings and/or NHL Center Ice.

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