October 2, 1997 |
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.
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.
October 1, 1998 |
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.
March 25, 1999 |
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.
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.)
March 30, 2007 |
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.
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)
January 4, 2014 |
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.
January 21, 2014 |
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.
September 20, 2004 |
The regional-news Emmys were handed out at the Philadelphia Marriott on Saturday night with far less fanfare than last night's prime-time Emmys in Hollywood. Star Jones wasn't waiting on the red carpet. In fact, the ceremony wasn't even televised locally. But Comcast SportsNet (with 10 awards) and CBS3 (with eight) were the night's big winners. NBC10 and WHTM in Harrisburg each took home six. Comcast SportsNet received recognition for its coverage of the Wing Bowl and of the shuttering of Veterans Stadium.