Patriots Preseason Network Affiliates, Schedule, and Crew

The Patriots today officially announced the changes to their preseason telecasts. The longtime duo of Don Criqui and Randy Cross is no more, and the format is being changed to something new in the world of football broadcasts:

According to Matt Smith, the executive producer of Kraft Sports Productions, the Patriots 2013 preseason game telecasts will be less of a traditional football broadcast, opting instead for more discussion and analysis from two former Patriots players along with insight from two beat writers who are regularly assigned to cover practices year-round.

“We are looking at the preseason games as an opportunity to try something different and find innovative ways to engage our fans in the discussion,” said Smith. “We are not looking for just a down-and-distance approach to calling the game. We want voices and opinions on what happened during the week of practice and how it relates to what fans are seeing on the field. We want a conversational, talk-radio approach on the important issues and roster battles that are going on throughout practice as well as in the game. We want our viewers to hear the opinions of the people watching every detail of the practice sessions during the week and how it relates to what is happening in the game.”

WBZ-TV is still the flagship station for the preseason telecasts, which will be hosted by sports reporter/anchor Dan Roche. Joining Roche in the booth will be former Patriot Christian Fauria.

Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham will serve as a sideline analyst, and Steve Burton will do sideline reports and interviews. Patriots Football Weekly writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will be in a separate studio for further discussion on the game, and to engage in social media interaction.

Here are the affiliates for the preseason games:

Preseason Television Network
WBZ TV……………… Boston, MA (Flagship Station) (Channel 4)

WPRI………………….Providence, RI (Channel 12)
WWLP……………….. Springfield, MA (Channel 22)
WCTX/WTNH………..Hartford/New Haven, CT (Channel 8)
WVII………………….. Bangor, ME (Channel 22)
WMTW………………. Portland/Auburn, ME (Channel 8)
WMUR…………………Manchester, NH (Channel 9)
WCAX………………….Burlington, MA (Channel 3)
KFVE……………………Honolulu, HI (Channel 5)

Here is the Patriots preseason schedule:

Friday, August 9th 7:30pm @ Eagles

Friday, August 16th 8:00pm Buccaneers (Broadcast on FOX)

Thursday, August 22nd 7:30pm @ Lions

Thursday, August 29th 7:30pm Giants

Games are also rebroadcast on the NFL Network.

Monday Tidbits

A few items as we start the new week:

Boston Herald Internet radio starts next Monday, August 5th. The 3:00pm sports offering will be called “Sports Town with Jon  Meterparel and Jen Royle.

This is part of a multimedia effort from the Herald, and a tweet from Royle reflects that:

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Gammons plans website launch this weekSports Business Journal reports that the veteran baseball scribe will have his own web site launch this Wednesday. It will be part of the Rafe Anderson-led Tru Media Networks.

Much of the content will be columns and interviews from Gammons, but the site is also looking to hire additional writers for content. While at least one sponsor is onboard, it appears crowdfunding is also being used to support GammonsDaily.com, and contributors will receive special perks.

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98.5 The Sports Hub afternoon flash guy Marc Bertrand tweeted today that he will be a part of the Patriots.com pre and post game coverage this season, along with Paul Perillo and Andy Hart.

This is not the 98.5 radio pre and post game show, those are still hosted by Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh, but a part of the Patriots website.

Camp Time

It’s hard to believe, but another Patriots training camp is upon us. After what has been a painfully long, yet at the same time fast offseason, it’s time to get down to football.

There is more uncertainty this season than in recent memory. Some feel the team has taken a step backwards this offseason, and will be challenged by the Dolphins in the AFC East, while others think it is just the same old Belichick/Brady business as usual.

It will be interesting to watch this team this camp as things get sorted out. Keep up with all stories at Patriotslinks.com

A couple of media stories for this morning:

Nate Silver is back to his roots at ESPN – Chad Finn has a look at the statistician leaving the New York Times for his own site with ESPN.

Torey Champagne’s documentary remembers Reggie Lewis – Bill Doyle looks at the excellent CSNNE documentary on Reggie Lewis, who passed away 20 years ago this weekend. The program airs Sunday night.

The documentary is outstanding, and for anyone who remembers that time, many memories, both great and painful will come flooding back. There is no Jimmy Meyers in the program, which some may view as a positive, but Meyers was very close to Lewis, and his perspective on the tragedy could’ve added interest to the show.

Reggie Lewis was the only athlete I ever wore a jersey of. (Well, other than getting a Marcus Allen when I was about 8 – the only “Allen” jersey that could found…)

Len Bias & Reggie Lewis: The Greatest NBA Superstar Duo That Never Happened – What if…what if…what if…sigh.

A few national media stories this week of note:

Starting Five for FOX SPORTS LIVE Set – The new network announced the talent for its nightly flagship show.

NASCAR and NBC Sports Group Reach Landmark Media Rights Agreement – NBC took NASCAR away from ESPN and TNT with this new deal.