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August 15, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3's Erika von Tiehl didn't even know she makes sounds so high-pitched. Then again, your body does crazy things when you're doused in ice water. Von Tiehl was participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. She's one of many media stars to take part in the social-media-fueled task. It goes a little something like this: Dump a bucket of icy-cold water on your head, upload a video of the deed to YouTube, nominate three more people to dump ice water on themselves.
SPORTS
October 2, 1997 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new era in Philadelphia sports television began last night when the Comcast SportsNet went on. There was a glitch or two and a hint of nervousness, but the new 24-hour regional sports cable network started to define itself right away as the TV place to look for area sports. The mission for the network was made clear immediately in a half-hour documentary, The Making of Comcast SportsNet. The show also gave a peek at the on-camera talent, as well as those who work on the other side of the camera.
SPORTS
June 29, 2010
Comcast SportsNet's "Daily News Live" is hitting the road for the AT & T National. Beginning tomorrow and through Friday, the show will air from Aronimink Golf Course in Newtown Square at 5 p.m. daily, with host Michael Barkann, Daily News golf writer Mike Kern and members of the DN sports staff and special guests. Tomorrow, "DNL" will kick off several golf-related programs. Following "SportsNite" at 6 p.m., "TeeTime at the AT & T National" airs at 6:30 with host Neil Hartman.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | by Robert Strauss, For the Daily News
It could have been a real disaster at Comcast SportsNet last Thursday night. Hurricane Georges had washed out the centerpiece of the prime-time lineup - Curt Schilling's start against the Florida Marlins and a shot at 300 strikeouts for the season. Then, halfway through the 6:30 p.m. "SportsNite" newscast, a power surge blew out all the electricity on the studio set, leaving anchors Leslie Gudel and Neil Hartman completely in the dark. But no one freaked out on the SportsNet staff, and the gods of calm blessed them.
SPORTS
March 25, 1999 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The 76ers on tape delay? No Penn-Princeton? Whatever happened to Big 5 games on TV? There are more questions in the post-PRISM/SportsChannel era in Philadelphia sports television than there are ex-Channel 3 employees working at Comcast SportsNet. What is CN8? Why don't we get that? Why isn't this on SportsNet, too? And now, the Phillies are bracing to be bumped off local television for a game or two. Or more? It is a dilemma waiting to happen in May if the 76ers make the NBA playoffs and the Flyers' ship somehow stays the course and crashes into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
SPORTS
July 30, 2010
Comcast SportsNet shows "Countdown to Kickoff" segments daily from Eagles training camp, beginning on " Daily News Live" at 5 p.m. Reports, including player interviews and practice highlights, also air during "SportsNite" at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Sunday, CSN will begin a six-part series called "Meet the Eagles. " The show will air at 10:30 p.m. Quarterback Kevin Kolb will be featured on the first show. In addition to training camp coverage, CSN will replay three Eagles' preseason games: Sunday, Aug. 15 vs. Jacksonville (7 p.m.)
BUSINESS
March 30, 2007 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jon Litner, who yesterday was named president of Comcast SportsNet, a collection of eight regional sports networks, claims loyalty to no particular team. And that is probably a wise diplomatic move for a guy who grew up in Boston, most recently ran SportsNet New York, the regional network of the New York Mets that is part of the Comcast SportsNet empire, and will soon move to Phillies, Sixers and Flyers country. Comcast SportsNet carries those games locally. "I'm a sports fan, so I have tremendous respect and admiration for what professional athletes can do on the big stage," Litner said.
SPORTS
September 17, 2007
With the Eagles on "Monday Night Football" and the Phillies still in the playoff hunt, Comcast SportsNet will have a busy night, beginning with an hourlong edition of "Daily News Live" at 5 p.m. Here is the rundown: 5 p.m. "Daily News Live," hosted by Neil Hartman, with panelists Dana Pennett O'Neil and John Smallwood. 6 p.m. "SportsNite" with Leslie Gudel and Phil Andrews 6:30 p.m. "Monday Night Live" with Michael Barkann and Ike Reese 7 p.m. "Pre-Game Live," with Neil Hartman and reports from Derrick Gunn at Lincoln Financial Field 8 p.m. Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals 10:45 p.m. "Phillies Post Game Live" with Ron Burke and Mitch Williams (show begins immediately after the Phillies game)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
COMCAST SPORTSNET will welcome a new face at the end of the month as Jen Daniels joins the team. Daniels' most recent stint as a sports reporter was at the ABC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., but her gig at Comcast SportsNet is a homecoming of sorts. Daniels hails from Brigantine, N.J., where she was a basketball star in her own right, making Sports Illustrated 's Faces in the Crowd section as an eighth-grader at Brigantine North Middle School, and achieving basketball stardom at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J. She attended George Mason University on a full athletic scholarship.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies became the latest professional sports franchise to reap the benefits of the booming television market when they agreed Thursday to a long-term extension with Comcast SportsNet that will be worth billions. Comcast SportsNet announced the deal in a statement sent to local news organizations. Terms were not released, although a source said the agreement is for at least 20 years. The two sides' current deal was set to expire after the 2015 season. "We're pleased to confirm that NBCUniversal and Comcast SportsNet have signed a new long-term deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that will expand Comcast SportsNet's role as the Phillies' primary TV partner," the statement said.
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August 15, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3's Erika von Tiehl didn't even know she makes sounds so high-pitched. Then again, your body does crazy things when you're doused in ice water. Von Tiehl was participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. She's one of many media stars to take part in the social-media-fueled task. It goes a little something like this: Dump a bucket of icy-cold water on your head, upload a video of the deed to YouTube, nominate three more people to dump ice water on themselves.
SPORTS
July 22, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release. Hosted by SFBN executive producer and CEO Ari Bluestein, "SFBN Talks High School Sports" will discuss the top teams in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and South Jersey, and will premiere Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Bluestein will be joined by various co-hosts and guests throughout the 2014-2015 school year, including top local coaches and high school sports writers.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Forever remembered in Philadelphia for their contributions to the 2008 World Series championship, Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs will author a new chapter this season as Phillies broadcasters. The two popular former Phillies were hired Tuesday by Comcast SportsNet. They replace venerable broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, who were dropped from the booth last month by Comcast. Moyer and Stairs have little experience in TV work, but they have instant cachet with fans.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
COMCAST SPORTSNET will welcome a new face at the end of the month as Jen Daniels joins the team. Daniels' most recent stint as a sports reporter was at the ABC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., but her gig at Comcast SportsNet is a homecoming of sorts. Daniels hails from Brigantine, N.J., where she was a basketball star in her own right, making Sports Illustrated 's Faces in the Crowd section as an eighth-grader at Brigantine North Middle School, and achieving basketball stardom at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J. She attended George Mason University on a full athletic scholarship.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN THE 24 HOURS since Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews from the TV broadcast team, Brad Lidge's name was atop the list of new candidates rumored to be on Comcast's wish list. Lidge was first reported as a candidate by the Associated Press , which broke the changes in the broadcast booth story on Wednesday. USA Today reported yesterday that the former Phillies closer was a front-runner yesterday morning. Lidge's Philadelphia-based agent, Rex Gary, was well aware of the increasing whispers, so he gave his client a heads-up that he might have to answer to the queries.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT WORKS as a cute joke, but it is also true that the only thing harder than being let go by the Phillies is getting Ed Snider to retire. Which makes yesterday's announcement that the Phillies were "reassigning" broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews to other roles rather peculiar, especially on the heels of last month's sudden and stunning resignation by Snider's righthand man, Peter Luukko, to pursue other, unspecified interests. Loyal to Snider and in charge of overseeing interests that included the Flyers, Luukko left smack in the middle of a hockey season and with the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships he worked so hard to obtain on the immediate horizon.
SPORTS
January 6, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DESPITE a quiet offseason this winter, the Phillies have been among baseball's biggest-spending teams in the last half decade. The Phillies' Opening Day payroll has been in baseball's top five in each of the last 4 years. In 2009, they were seventh (and third in the National League). Following the agreement on a new local TV-rights contract with Comcast SportsNet on Thursday, the Phillies should have no excuses in remaining among the game's most aggressive spenders. The new deal with Comcast SportsNet is for at least 25 years and in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion.
NEWS
January 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies were not interested in a bidding war for the rights to televise their games. They negotiated for the last year with Comcast SportsNet, their cable partner since the network's inception. The way Phillies president David Montgomery saw it, two powerful Philadelphia corporations could find a common ground that benefited both. "We're pleased," Montgomery said Friday. "And I think Comcast is pleased. " The Phillies and Comcast SportsNet, according to two sources, agreed Thursday to a massive 25-year contract through 2041 worth more than $2.5 billion that will provide the network with precious live summer programming and the baseball team with another substantial revenue source.
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