The Celtics Road Games HD Question

One question that I’ve been getting over and over again in recent weeks is regarding when the Celtics road games on Comcast SportsNet are going to be shown in HD. I’ve even been included on a campaign-style email encouraging viewers to contact CSN and urge them put the away games in HD.

I took a couple minutes to connect with Skip Perham, who is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Comcast SportsNet here in New England, in an effort to shed some light on this matter.

Perham first stated that CSN “as much as anyone” wants to get the away games broadcast in HD, and noted very accurately that it is in their “best interest” to get this done. He noted that they’ve expanded the Celtics coverage in a lot of areas this season, from the dedicated pre and post-game shows, to the weekly magazine style show and having Greg Dickerson as courtside reporter for both home and away games.

He also acknowledged that the “standard telecast in this market for local teams is in high definition” both road and away. NESN has been broadcasting all Red Sox and Bruins games in HD, and it is a rare occasion when the Patriots are not shown in HD. (I don’t think it will happen at all this season, and might’ve happened once last season.) Held to this standard, CSN has thus admittedly fallen short so far, but plans are in place to change that.

Perham said that putting the Celtics road games in HD is their “number one priority” and he expects this to be done sometime during this 2007-2008 Celtics season. Right now, their focus is on making this happen.

So while the exact date is still up in the air, Celtics fans can rest assured that before the end of the season, all Celtics games, both home and away will be shown in crystal clear High Definition.

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With the bye-week behind us, it’s time to again plan our weekend around the Patriots, who take on the Buffalo Bills on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Over on Patriots Daily, the weekly roundtable is posted as the crew discusses the AFC playoff picture, and what sort of challenge the Bills can present for the Patriots on Sunday night.

Michael Silver has his weekly edition of The Gameface, looking ahead to the weekend’s NFL action.

The crew over at Cold, Hard Football Facts takes on SI’s Dr Z for his ridiculous take on the Colts/Chargers game and the performance of Peyton Manning in particular. Dr. Z tries to respond in his weekly mailbag.

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With the struggling Miami Heat coming to town tonight, Mike Fine has a look at Shaquille O’Neal slowing down and losing his lustre.

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Check out this weekend’s College Football TV Schedule.

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Next week, the NFL Network starts its schedule of regular season broadcasts. With it comes the continued furor over the fact that most people still do not have access to the channel. Richard Sandomir, Neil Best and Ed Sherman all examine the situation.

Laura Nachman hands out her annual sports media turkey awards.