Bruins First Round Series Coverage on NESN and NBC

NESN will have regionally exclusive coverage of up to five first round playoff games between the Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

In addition to first round game coverage, NESN will produce one-hour of pre and post-game shows before and after Boston Bruins playoff games throughout the playoffs.

Games two and five (if needed) of the first round will be broadcast on NBC. The rest of the games in the series will be on NESN.

NESN’s Bruins Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Schedule

Day Date Game Game Broadcast Network NESN Coverage Begins  Game Time
Friday 4/18 Game #1 NESN 6:00 PM 7:30 PM
Sunday 4/20 Game #2 NBC 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Tuesday 4/22 Game #3 NESN 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Thursday 4/24 Game #4 NESN 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday 4/26 Game #5* NBC **2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Monday 4/28 Game #6* NESN TBD TBD
Wednesday 4/30 Game #7* NESN TBD TBD

* = If necessary

** = Game 5 pre and post-game coverage on NESNplus

NESN also announced that that Bruins regular season averaged a 5.0 rating over the 71 games that NESN broadcast. They’re calling this a ratings record for a full season, noting that last year’s shortened season averaged a 6.3 rating in the 41 games NESN carried (out of 48 total).

The Red Sox will be bumped over to NESNplus when the games conflict.

Red Sox Games on NESNplus in April

Day Date Red Sox Opponent Game Time
Friday 4/18 vs. Baltimore Orioles 7:00 PM
Tuesday 4/22 vs. New York Yankees 7:00 PM
Thursday 4/24 vs. New York Yankees 7:00 PM
Wednesday * 4/30 vs. Tampa Bay Rays 7:00 PM

 

NESN Hires Steve Lyons as Red Sox Studio Analyst

NESN sent out this release earlier this morning:

April 3, 2014 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that former Red Sox player Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) will join the network as a Red Sox studio analyst. Lyons joins MLB Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice along with Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield as studio analysts on NESN’s Red Sox pre and post-game shows, plus NESN Sports Today and other original programming.

Lyons’ first appearance on NESN will be on Friday, April 4th during NESN’s two-and-a-half hour Red Sox home opener pre-game coverage beginning at 11:30 am. He’ll join studio host Tom Caron, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Tim Wakefield before the Red Sox take on the Brewers at Fenway Park.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our team of veteran studio analysts,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming & production, executive producer. “He brings incredible passion, experience, candor and depth of knowledge about Major League Baseball along with a familiarity with Boston as both a player and a broadcaster.”

Lyons played nine seasons in the major leagues with four different teams including four stints in Boston. He is also a three-time national Emmy award-winning broadcaster. Drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 1981 out of Oregon State, Lyons made his MLB debut in April of 1985 and was voted that season’s 10th Player Award winner by Red Sox fans. He is one of only three players to play all 9 positions in one game at the major league level. He finished his career where he started it, playing for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in October of 1993.

Lyons began his broadcasting career in 1996 with FOX Sports and has worked for both the FOX national and regional networks as a game analyst, studio analyst and studio host. A versatile broadcaster, Lyons has also hosted his own interview show, a sports show for kids, and for two seasons was the host of the This Week in Baseball. During his 11 years on FOX’s national broadcast he worked the pre and post-game shows for the Divisional Series, Championship Series and World Series. He just finished a 9 year affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pre and post-game host and game announcer.

Dale and Holley – Reunited on WEEI Afternoon Drive

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What was old continues to be made new again in the world of sports radio. Just weeks after Glenn Ordway brought his old gang back together on the Big Show Unfiltered, WEEI is reuniting their old mid-day combination of Dale Arnold and Michael Holley, this time in Ordway’s old afternoon drive slot.

Chad Finn had reported back on March 20th that this could be a permanent move, and Arnold confirmed that yesterday.

It seems clear that after the Mike Salk experience, WEEI was hesitant to bring in someone from the outside, and instead went for the comfort factor of a show with proven chemistry. No, it isn’t the creative or bold move, but it’s something that will at least keep things calm and will give a nice alternative to the afternoon programming of Felger and Massarotti on 98.5. They’re probably not going to challenge, let alone beat F&M in this timeslot, but they’re going to hold their own and have a built-in loyal audience that is glad to see them back together. This also gives WEEI a chance to sit back a bit and plan what they want to do in the future.

I’m OK with the move. We’re spared further invasion of the Felger Youth, at least for the moment, and while Dale has his detractors (I’m not among them.) he knows and understands all the major sports, and with the Bruins set for another extended run, having his voice on the station gives WEEI something it has been sorely lacking during the last few years of the Bruins success.

Arnold deserves credit for being a “good soldier” and remaining loyal to the station despite being replaced rather unceremoniously  three years ago. He’s been rewarded with a position better than what he had when he left. I’m happy for him.

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A few notes from NESN:

Red Sox White House Visit Today at 11:15 AM

This morning at 11:15 AM, NESN will deliver live coverage of the Red Sox visit to the White House.

NESN.com will provide a live stream of NESN’s coverage at www.NESN.com/WhiteHouse

Behind the B

Tonight at 8:00 PM, Episode #12 of Behind the B will debut on NESN.

Red Sox Opening Day Rating up 17%

NESN’s Opening Day game rating was up 17% over last season’s opener with a 10.1 average household rating (24 Share) for yesterday’s 2-1 loss in Baltimore. Last year’s opening day game garnered an 8.6 HH rating for a 8-2 win over the New York Yankees in New York.

That was  Gary Striewski serving  as the game-day reporter yesterday. He’ll be on for the entire opening road series in Baltimore. Elle Duncan will serve in the same role for the home opening series against Milwaukee (April 4-6).

Jerry Remy Returning To Red Sox Telecasts – Not A Good Idea

It’s not easy to write this.

I think it is a big mistake that Jerry Remy is returning to the Red Sox broadcast booth on NESN this season. I understand why he is going to do it, and why he feels he needs to do it. I don’t begrudge him that decision at all. The problem I have here is that this should not have been his choice to make.

Remy announced yesterday in an emotional, tearful session with the media that he had decided to return to his job at NESN this spring, following his son’s arrest last year for the brutal murder of the mother of Remy’s granddaughter.

I don’t have a single doubt that Remy is sincere and completely heartbroken over the situation. By all accounts, he is a sensitive, thoughtful man who has had to struggle mightily through the last few seasons even before this situation came up. Battles with cancer and depression have cut into his time on the network, and forced NESN to scramble for fill-ins.

Remy insisted yesterday that he would be able to go back to doing his job as he’s done in the past. “I’m going to be myself.  That’s what I’ve always been. I don’t see how else I can do it. If I didn’t think I could be myself, I wouldn’t do it. I hope that doesn’t come off as insensitive. It may to some, but it’s the only way I know how to do my job. He (Don Orsillo) asked me that same question 45 minutes ago and I gave him the same answer. I said, “We’ll take it as we always do. The game is most important, first of all. Anything that flows off the game, you go with it.” If people think that’s insensitive, I’m sure I’ll hear about.”

Both Remy and NESN are fooling themselves if they think things will be able to just go back to normal. This isn’t going away. It’s going to be a very high profile case. There will be updates, both through the media, and to Remy personally. If something more comes out during the day, will Remy be able to go to the park that night and banter with Orsillo like everything is OK?

When asked about the inevitable media blitz around the trial, Remy said “It’s not easy. It’s not easy at all. There is going to be more stuff to come out. There’s going to be a trial in October which will probably be pushed back. I think it’s pretty clear what’s going to happen.”

It would seem that the trial being held at the earliest in October would be a reason for Remy feeling that he could come back for this season, at least. If the trial were to be held in say, June, I doubt he would be coming back at this point in time.

It’s going to be impossible for many viewers to listen to Remy this season without thinking of his family situation. It’s not fair, but when he jokes around and engages in his banter with Orsillo, some are going to object to that. At least one member of the Martel family has already said it will be tough to hear Remy in the booth.

As mentioned earlier, Remy has had a difficult few years, health-wise. Despite the battle with lung cancer, he’s still smoking, and how is the strain of this added emotional burden going to impact his mental and physical health?

Remy seems to maintain that it would be worse for him to be stuck at home and not working. He said “I can’t sit there. I just can’t sit in my chair. I’ve been there long enough already. I’ve got to be busy. I’ve got to do something to preoccupy myself. I need to do something I enjoy.”

Perhaps getting back to work, getting into the old routine is something that can put Remy into a comfort zone for himself, but I don’t think it can last. Eventually, I think the questions, the criticisms are going to get to be too much.

I often hear from viewers who say that Remy’s performance in the booth isn’t what it once was. It’s hard to argue that. Couple that with the health and emotional issues, and now this, it just doesn’t seem like this is the right move, for Remy or for NESN. He wanted to quit before, when those issues were fresh. Can he plow through this unaffected? I have serious doubts.

Reading through the media stories and the interviews on Remy, it seems that most of the local media are circling the wagons around Remy, thoughts such as “Remy deserves a chance to rebuild his life.” or that “Jerry Remy is part of the fabric of the Red Sox.” The Voice Of Boston Sports, invokes the Kennedy assassination when writing about the laughter in the booth being gone. Steve Buckley seems to be the only one saying that perhaps this isn’t a good idea. I think if the others really cared about Remy as a person and friend, they would tell him that he’s making a mistake.

This just cannot end well. In my opinion, NESN should’ve taken the decision out of Remy’s hands. He needs to be saved from himself. I feel for the man, and do not wish for him to have to suffer publicly in this manner. While this is the path he has chosen as his career, Jerry is 61 now. These should be his golden years. He should have many more years ahead of him, but I fear that continuing in the public eye like this will deprive his family of his needed presence (Remy said they’re trying for custody of their granddaughter) more quickly than if he were to try and find something else to do.

I don’t want to see that happen.

Comcast SportsNet Red Sox-Cardinals Coverage

Here is the scheduled programming from CSNNE for the World Series:

***Program Alert***

BOSTON’S GAME NIGHT SOURCES FOR SPORTS COVERAGE – COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNNE.COM – LINE UP WORLD SERIES COVERAGE

Former Red Sox Lou Merloni, Tony Massarotti and Gary Tanguay Anchor One-Hour Editions of Chevrolet SportsNet Central; Live from Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill for All Games at Fenway

CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam and Reporter Jessica Moran

Report Live from Fenway and Busch Stadium

BURLINGTON, MA – Comcast SportsNet, the region’s top source for nightly Boston sports reporting, will continue its Playoff Central coverage throughout the Red Sox-Cardinals World Series. Immediately after every World Series game, Gary Tanguay will host an hour of Playoff Central coverage during expanded editions of Chevrolet SportsNet Central. Former Red Sox infielder and current WEEI midday host Lou Merloni and 98.5 the Sports Hub’s afternoon drive host Tony Massarotti will provide analysis.

For World Series games at Fenway, Comcast SportsNet will anchor its coverage from Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill which overlooks Fenway Park. CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam and Jessica Moran will report live from the ballpark before and after every single World Series game. For games in St. Louis, Merloni will appear from Busch Stadium along with McAdam and Moran.

Combined with Comcast SportsNet’s coverage on Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6 p.m. and UNOs Sports Tonight at 12:30 a.m., the network will have two-plus hours of game night coverage focused on the Red Sox’ World Series chase plus coverage of the entire Boston sports scene.

The network’s World Series coverage also includes The Baseball Show on Friday, October 25. Featuring host Bob Neumeier, Merloni, McAdam, Moran and others, The Baseball Show is the only show on Boston TV that gives fans the chance to weigh-in. The Baseball Show will take viewer calls and Tweets from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

On the digital side, McAdam will have pre, post and clubhouse coverage on the Red Sox Talk blog on CSNNE.com. CSNNE.com will also include all of Comcast SportsNet’s video coverage from the ballpark including players interviews, news reports and analysis.

NESN’s Red Sox Playoffs Coverage Plans

NESN has announced their plans for coverage of the Red Sox in the American League Divisional Series.

Here is the release:

October 3, 2013 – NESN, the official home of the Boston Red Sox, will deliver wall-to-wall Red Sox coverage across TV, web and social media throughout the playoffs. On TV, NESN will provide one-hour of pre and post-game shows and special coverage each night on NESN Sports Today. On NESN.com there will be live blogs, up-to-the minute reports, videos, and photo galleries. On social media, NESN will feature in-game updates on Facebook and Twitter along with extensive stories, photos and videos.

NESN’s ALDS pre and post-game coverage for Red Sox home games will originate from the network’s Yawkey Way stage and feature studio host Tom Caron (@TomCaron) along with Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield and Hall of Famer Jim Rice. Reporters Jenny Dell (@JennyDellNESN) and Adam Pellerin (@AdamPellerin) will have the inside scoop from the players and coaches on the field and in the clubhouse before and after each game.

“The Red Sox have captured the hearts and minds of New England sports fans this season by winning the Division and finishing the season with the best record in the American League,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “NESN will provide more Red Sox playoff coverage than any other network and deliver real-time updates across NESN.com and social media to all of Red Sox Nation.”

NESN’s vice president of programming & production, executive producer, Joseph Maar added “NESN’s experts have been with the team all season long and provide Red Sox fans the most comprehensive and knowledgeable pre and post-game coverage in the region.”

NESN televised 147 of 162 Red Sox games this season averaging a 7.3 household rating, which ranks as the 5th highest regional sports network rating in the country. NESN’s playoff coverage will be available to over 4 million homes throughout New England and nationally on NESN National to an additional 5 million homes.

NESN’s ALDS Soxtober Schedule Highlights

Date

Time

Program

Friday, October 4

2:00 PM

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

6:00 PM

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE

Saturday, October 5

4:30 PM

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

8:30 PM

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE +

Monday, October 7

TBD

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

TBD

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE

Tuesday October 8

TBD

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

TBD

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE

Thursday October 10

TBD

Red Sox GameDay LIVE +

TBD

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE +

+  = on NESNplus, visit www.nesn.com/NESNplus to find the NESNplus channel in your area.

See also: CSNNE Announces Red Sox Postseason Coverage Plans

WEEI, CSNNE Shaking Things Up

Things continue to be unsettled at WEEI, where Entercom Boston Vice President Jeff Brown departed yesterday for a similar position with Cumulus Media in Atlanta.

Brown and Entercom say that this decision to leave was Brown’s alone. I had heard last week that Brown was interviewing for a position in Atlanta. But sources inside WEEI and in the industry insist Brown’s exit was not of his own choosing.

Regardless, Brown’s exit has caused much joy within the halls of WEEI, where Brown was seemingly disliked intensely by many. Brown was the man behind the firing of Glenn Ordway in February, and of Jason Wolfe in August. He also brought in current afternoon host Mike Salk, a move that is still unpopular among some staffers there. The station has lost many of its top sales people

Chad Finn says that Entercom is expected to name a replacement today, a move that suggests they knew this was coming and had the replacement lined up.

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Comcast SportsNet New England announced their Celtics coverage plans for the upcoming season, and there are several major changes among the announcement.

Gary Tanguay will no longer be the studio host for the telecasts, Greg Dickerson is out as sideline reporter, and Donny Marshall will not return as studio analyst.

In their places will be Kyle Draper (studio host) Abby Chin (sideline reporter) and a rotating panel of studio analysts, not dissimilar to what NESN does on the Red Sox broadcasts.

Mike Gorman and Tom Heinsohn return on the game call for home games. On the road, Gorman will be joined by several different analysts over the course of the season, including Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge – an interesting arrangement, though not quite like having Red Auerbach in the broadcast booth. Others include Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell and Chris Herren.

Replacing Tanguay is a good move. His love for manufactured drama and outlandish statements just for attention are more suited for his Sports Tonight role. Donny Marshall had been viewed as a rising star with the network at one point, and perhaps may be on his way to a more national role somewhere. I feel worst for Dickerson, who battled health issues, but loved the game and his job and did it well.

Here is the full release:

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO TELEVISE EVERY CELTICS GAME

FOR FIRST TIME IN NETWORK HISTORY

Broadcast Duo Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn Return for 33rd Season;

Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell, Danny Ainge and Chris Herren to Provide Road Color;

Kyle Draper and Abby Chin Join Telecast Team

CSNNE.com to Provide Social Media Experience Tailored for Celtics Fan and

the Most Online Video and News Reporting

BURLINGTON, MA – For the first time in network history, Comcast SportsNet will televise every single Boston Celtics game during the 2013-14 season. The Celtics regular season tips off on Wednesday, October 30, in Toronto with the debut of new Coach Brad Stevens in his first regular season NBA matchup.

Comcast SportsNet’s schedule is highlighted by now Brooklyn Nets’ Paul Pierce’s and Kevin Garnett’s first game against the Celtics in Brooklyn on Tuesday, December 10, as well as the pair’s first visit to the TD Garden on Sunday, January 26. The schedule features 90 total telecasts – eight preseason and 82 regular season games.

In addition to the Stevens debut and Nets matchups, Comcast SportsNet also has games against former coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, December 11, and Wednesday, January 8, among other highly anticipated games.

As part of every Celtics telecast, Coach Stevens will talk exclusively with Comcast SportsNet before the start of every third quarter and immediately after the game.

Comcast SportsNet’s first Celtics telecast will start with the preseason opener on Monday, October 7, which will mark the beginning of Brad Stevens’ tenure as coach and his TD Garden debut with the Celtics.

In addition to a full game schedule, Comcast SportsNet will return this season with an experienced team that features new talent. For the 33rd consecutive season, broadcast duo Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) return as Comcast SportsNet’s primary telecast team. The tandem, the longest running telecast team in American sports and multiple Emmy winners, will call every Boston Celtics home game. This season, Celtics legends Dave Cowens and Cedric Maxwell; Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge; and Fall River native and former Celtic Chris Herren will join Gorman for road games.

Kyle Draper (@kylerdraper) and Abby Chin (@TVAbby) will join the Comcast SportsNet telecasts in 2013-14 as studio host and courtside reporter, respectively. Draper, who joined the network in 2008 as a Chevrolet SportsNet Central anchor, will host Celtics Pre-game Live presented by Ace Ticket, Halftime Live presented by McDonald’s, and Celtics Post-game Live presented by New England Ford. Chin joined Comcast SportsNet in 2013 as a reporter and anchor after serving as Comcast SportsNet Northwest studio host for the Portland Trailblazers from 2011-13 and will be courtside for every game.

Joining Draper in-studio will be Heinsohn, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Cowens, former Providence College coach Tim Welsh and others.

“Mike is widely respected as the best in the business and absolutely no one is more passionate about the Celtics than Tommy. It is an honor to have them return for another season. Kyle and Abby are familiar faces to Boston sports fans through their work on SportsNet Central. They are exciting additions to our team,” said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet president and general manager.

Social media will be a big part of CSNNE.com’s coverage of the Celtics. The online home to Comcast SportsNet will feature Celtics Pulse, which is the best way to track all the in-game social media chatter on the Celtics, including Tweets from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely (@sherrodbcsn), reporter Jessica Camerato (@jcameratoNBA), @CSNTommy and all Comcast SportsNet talent. Celtics fans can share their comments on Celtics Pulse by using #CelticsTalk. In addition to Celtics Pulse, CSNNE.com will feature all of Blakely’s and Camerato’s reporting plus video news coverage from Chevrolet SportsNet Central and UNOs Sports Tonight.

CSNNE Announces Red Sox Postseason Coverage Plans

Comcast SportsNet New England today announced their plans for coverage of the 2013 Red Sox postseason. Here is the release:

BOSTON’S GAME NIGHT SOURCE FOR SPORTS COVERAGE – COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNNE.COM – TO LAUNCH PLAYOFF CENTRAL COVERAGE

FOR EVERY RED SOX PLAYOFF GAME

Former Red Sox Lou Merloni, Tony Massarotti & Gary Tanguay Join  

One-Hour Editions of Chevrolet SportsNet Central

CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam, Jessica Moran and Trenni Kusnierek

To Report Live from the Ballpark

BURLINGTON, MA – The resurgent Boston Red Sox have clinched the American League East title, and as the region’s nightly source for Boston sports coverage, Comcast SportsNet and CSNNE.com will provide fans with the most unbiased, independent coverage of the Red Sox each postseason game night.

Immediately following every Red Sox postseason game, Gary Tanguay will host 45-minutes of Playoff Central coverage during each night’s one-hour edition of Chevrolet SportsNet Central. Former Red Sox infielder and current WEEI midday host Lou Merloni and 98.5 the Sports Hub’s afternoon drive host Tony Massarotti will provide analysis.

CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam along with reporters Jessica Moran and Trenni Kusnierek will report live from the ballpark before and after every single postseason game.

Combined with Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and 11:30 and UNOs Sports Tonight at 6:30, Comcast SportsNet will have an estimated 2.5 hours of game night coverage focused on the Red Sox’ World Series chase plus coverage of the entire Boston sports scene.

Comcast SportsNet’s Red Sox postseason coverage will begin with a special 90-minute postseason edition of The Baseball Show on Tuesday, October 1 at 8:30. Featuring host Bob Neumeier, Merloni, McAdam, Moran and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, The Baseball Show will preview the Red Sox divisional round series and the Red Sox prospects for a third World Series title in 10 years plus take fan calls and Tweets.

At CSNNE.com, the online home to Comcast SportsNet, Sean McAdam and Maureen Mullen will have pre, post and clubhouse coverage on the Red Sox Talk blog. CSNNE.com will also include all of Comcast SportsNet’s video coverage from the ballpark including player interviews, news reports and analysis.

“Viewers made us their first choice after Bruins and Patriots playoff games, and we will be there again with the most on-air and on-line coverage during the Red Sox postseason run,” said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet executive vice president and general manager.

NESN Announces Hiring of Three Production Executives

From NESN a few minutes ago:

NESN’s Vice President of Programming & Production/Executive Producer Joseph Maar recently announced the addition of 3 new production executives to the NESN staff as part of the network’s commitment to  growth and innovation.

Howard Zalkowitz has joined NESN as Director of Production/Sr. Coordinating Producer with oversight of live games and pre/postgame shows.  He most recently served as Vice President of Production at Turner Sports where he supervised remote and studio shows. In his nine years as an executive with Turner, Zalkowitz oversaw content and production for the network’s MLB, NBA and NCAA Tournament coverage. He was responsible for hiring NESN’s Don Orsillo as an announcer for Tuner’s postseason MLB coverage.

Jim Daddona has been hired as NESN’s Coordinating Producer, Red Sox Baseball. He is a veteran sports television industry producer/director who has worked for ESPN, NBCSN, HDNet, NCAA Productions, and Kraft Sports Production among others.

Denny Iott has joined NESN as Coordinating Producer of News including daily oversight of NESN Sports Today. He was most recently at FOX Sports Detroit where he served as Director of Production overseeing studio shows covering all four major professional teams in Detroit.

NESN Taps Jamie Erdahl To Replace Naoko Funayama On Bruins Rink-Side

NESN today announced their plans for the 2013-2014 Bruins season, which include 71 Bruins games, enhanced pre and post game shows, a larger role for Billy Jaffe and have named Jamie Erdahl to replace Naoko Funayama at rink-side.

Erdahl has filled in for Jenny Dell on Red Sox broadcast on several occasions this season, and has gotten good reviews for her performance.

Here is the release from NESN:

“Nothing is quite like the excitement of Bruins hockey and the passion of Bruins fans. We plan to feed that enthusiasm this season by aggressively expanding and enhancing our coverage, which will be the most comprehensive in the network’s history,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.

“We are excited to bring Bruins fans unprecedented coverage of the team utilizing a custom-built, television production truck, top-level HD cameras, a super slo-mo unit, additional replay angles, interactive components for viewers, and several NESN talent expanding their roles covering the team,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming & production/executive producer.

NESN’s Play-by-Play Team

The popular broadcast duo of Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) and Andy Brickley (@AndyBrickley) will be back in the NESN booth for their 9th season together. Both Edwards and Brickley will also continue as regular panelists on The Instigators, NESN’s weekly NHL issues and debate show, and as regular contributors to NESN Sports Today. Brickley will add on-ice demonstrations of Bruins techniques and NHL strategies.

New Rink-Side Reporter Named    

NESN Sports Today anchor/reporter and sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl (@JamieErdahl) will be the network’s new Bruins rink-side reporter. She will join Edwards and Brickley as part of NESN’s Bruins broadcast team providing in-game updates and pre-game, intermission and post-game interviews. Erdahl will continue to contribute year-round as an anchor/reporter for NESN Sports Today and as a fill-in sideline reporter on Red Sox game telecasts.

“Jamie has proven to be a great addition to our team of reporters at NESN. She displays a great work ethic, employs strong research skills and has demonstrated her ability to connect with viewers and players alike.  Having grown up in a region passionate about hockey, we’re certain Jamie will connect with Bruins fans as well,” said Joseph Maar.

Erdahl, a Minnesota native, joined NESN last November as an anchor and reporter. In addition to anchoring NESN Sports Today, she has reported on the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots for NESN Sports Today and has filled in for Jenny Dell as the Red Sox sideline reporter numerous times this season. Erdahl came to NESN after working as a freelance reporter at FOX Sports North where she served as a sideline reporter on WNBA telecasts.

NESN’s Bruins Pre and Post-game Team

Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) will return for his third season as host of NESN’s Bruins pre-game, intermission and post-game programs. Arnold will also contribute to expanded Bruins coverage on NESN Sports Today.

Billy Jaffe (@BJaffe) will join Arnold on pre-game, intermission and post-game for at least fifty (50) games this season. His significantly increased role also includes hosting two dozen episodes of The Instigators, working on the network’s Hockey East coverage, and serving as a regular contributor on Big Bad Bruins LIVE and NESN Sports Today. Jaffe will be moving to the Boston area to expand his Bruins on-air work and will continue to serve as a studio analyst for Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto.

For the past few seasons, in addition to working at NESN, Jaffe had served as a hockey analyst/reporter for The NHL Network and MSG Network’s Hockey Night Live Show. His NHL portfolio also includes four years as a game analyst for MSG Network’s New York Islanders broadcasts and as a rink-side reporter and game analyst for national telecasts on Versus.

Long-time studio analysts Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak will also return to NESN’s pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage this season.

NESN’s Back in Black and Gold Tour

To kick off the 2013-14 season, NESN’s Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will take a 4-day, 5-city tour of New England beginning next Monday, September 16. The tour will be highlighted by free public events in Providence, RI; Hartford, CT; Portland, ME; and Portsmouth, NH.