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.

Updated NESN Color Analyst Schedule

Former Red Sox pitchers Derek Lowe, Mike Timlin and Dan Petry have been added to the list of analysts filling in alongside Don Orsillo for upcoming Red Sox games.

Here is the schedule through September 25th:

Date Opponent NESN Analyst
Friday, Sept. 6 at New York Yankees Dennis Eckersley
Sunday, Sept. 8 at New York Yankees Dan Petry
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Tampa Bay Rays Derek Lowe
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Tampa Bay Rays Derek Lowe
Thursday, Sept. 12 at Tampa Bay Rays Derek Lowe
Friday, Sept. 13 vs. New York Yankees Dennis Eckersley
Tuesday, Sept. 17 vs. Baltimore Orioles Dennis Eckersley
Wednesday, Sept. 18 vs. Baltimore Orioles Dennis Eckersley
Thursday, Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore Orioles Dennis Eckersley
Friday, Sept. 20 vs. Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Eckersley
Saturday, Sept. 21 vs. Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Eckersley
Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Eckersley
Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Colorado Rockies Mike Timlin
Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Colorado Rockies Mike Timlin

This does not include the final series of the season in Baltimore. The analyst(s) for that series will be announced at a later date.

“Behind The B” Debuts on September 9th

NESN and the Bruins announced today that a new all-access television series on the team, narrated by Dennis Leary will debut next Monday night. Additional episodes will be announced as they are ready.

Here is the release:

BRUINS NEW ALL-ACCESS TELEVISION SERIES “BEHIND THE B” PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI DEBUTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 ON NESN

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, September 4, that the organization’s new all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani will debut on Monday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NESN. A total of 13 episodes of “Behind the B” are slated to air during the 2013-14 season, beginning with the special hour-long series debut on September 9. All episodes will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

The Bruins have granted “Behind the B” cameras unprecedented access into the team’s locker room, executive boardroom, and player’s homes that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the organization throughout the entire season.

The hour-long premiere starts off in the Bruins locker room on June 24, 2013 with Head Coach Claude Julien consoling his charges following the team’s heartbreaking Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup Final. Viewers will then join Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the club’s hockey operations brass in the boardroom and witness the sensitive discussions, phone calls and debates that were held before the major roster moves took place this offseason.

Later in Episode One, fans will get to know some of the new faces on the Bruins squad, as those players prepare for their first season as members of the Black & Gold, and will check in with some familiar faces to see the changes going on in their personal and professional lives.

The final segment covers the team’s annual Development Camp and brings viewers inside the weight room to spend time with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides. Here, the team’s hockey operations staff identifies two prospects that they believe will challenge for an NHL roster spot when the team’s training camp opens on Wednesday, September 11.

The air dates and times on NESN for the remaining episodes, which will be 30 minutes in length, will be confirmed as the season progresses.

Other exclusive “Behind the B” related content will be available on BostonBruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode One air dates (all televised on NESN):
Mon. September 9, 8-9pm
Tue. September 10, 4-5pm
Sat. September 14, 7-8pm
Sun. September 15, 4:30-5:30pm
Sun. September 15, 9-10pm
Sun. September 22, 9-10pm
Fri. September 27, 4-5pm
Sat. September 28, 4:30-5:30pm

CSNNE, WEEI Unveil Patriots Coverage Plans

Both WEEI and CSNNE announced their plans for Patriots coverage this season. Both will have similar programming to years past, with a few minor changes.

Comcast SportsNet Announces 2013 Patriots Coverage

Some of the highlights of the CSNNE coverage are as follows:

  • Logan Mankins will appear in Postgame Live after every game (Wes Welker was the guest last season)
  • Troy Brown and Ty Law return to Patriots Wednesday Live (Brown only) and Pre/Postgame Live
  • Mike Flynn joins the rotation for Pre/Postgame Live

The same format of a two-hour pregame show along with a 90-minute postgame show will be used this season. New England Football Night returns on Thursdays with New England Tailgate at 7:00pm, Patriots Football Weekly at 7:30pm and Quick Slants in its new time at 8:00pm.

WEEI will once again offer Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday, along with NFL Sunday with Dale Arnold, Chris Price and Matt Chatham (and weekly call-ins from Tom E Curran.) and The Real Postgame Show with Butch Stearns, Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas.

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.

CSNNE Presents “Remember Reggie: The Reggie Lewis Story” on Sunday 7/28

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRESENTS:

“REMEMBER REGGIE: THE REGGIE LEWIS STORY”

DEBUTING JULY 28TH AT 8PM

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRODUCES IN DEPTH 90-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ON THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE OF REGGIE LEWIS SURROUNDING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

BURLINGTON, MA, July 23, 2013 – Reggie Lewis lived an exceptional life in the limelight as a basketball phenom, from his younger days in Baltimore, MD to his exemplary college career which put Northeastern University on the basketball map, to his drafting by the Boston Celtics and receiving of the captain’s torch from Larry Bird – no doubt that Reggie’s was a life of talent and promise.  In July of 1993, as the young star was quickly becoming the face of the Celtics franchise, Reggie collapsed and died of heart failure during a team practice. (BSMW Note – this is inaccurate, Lewis collapsed and died while shooting around at Brandeis University.) For Boston sports fans, Reggie was a touchstone figure in the city’s sports history, but the full story of his life and untimely death on the court has never been told with great depth – until now.

On Sunday, July 28th at 8PM, ComcastSportsNet will debut a 90-minute documentary “REMEMBER REGGIE: The Reggie Lewis Story” presented by New England Ford Dealers, recounting the life of Reggie Lewis on the same weekend of the 20th anniversary of his death. The program, produced fully by Comcast SportsNet, will be narrated by Boston media personality Glenn Ordway and will feature in-depthinterviews with some of the most important and iconic people in Reggie’s life – family, friends, teammates, coaches, colleagues, doctors, and more, including: HS classmate and NBA colleague Muggsy Bogues; Northeastern Coach Jim Calhoun; Celtics teammate Dee Brown; respected journalists Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy; Reggie’s mother; his sister; and many more.

“In my office I always had a picture of all my kids — and Reggie. I’ll miss him forever, he was like a child of mine,” said former Northeastern Coach Calhoun in the documentary. “I remember Reggie hitting game winners. I remember Reggie being drafted. I remember Reggie being captain of the Celtics. I remember so much positive and great things about Reggie Lewis that nothing in this world can ever take that away from me, until the day Idie.”

“You know, people just don’t understand — life can be taken away from you just that quickly,” said former teammate Bogues in the film. “He reached the highest pinnacle that he had envisioned for himself which was the NBA. I just miss him.”

Starting the story back in Baltimore where Reggie’s basketball days began and journeying through time to that unforgettable day on July 27th, 1993, Comcast SportsNet will tell the story that has never been fully told in this exclusive documentary.

Immediately following the documentary, Comcast SportsNet will feature a special live edition of Sports Sunday which will be Reggie Lewis themed and will feature a cast of panelists talking about Reggie’s life.  The panel will include Ordway and Michael Holley, among others, discussing Reggie’s history, his rise to fame, and “what could have been”.

Additionally, CSNNE.com will feature exclusiveweb-only content surrounding the 20th anniversary of Reggie’s death and will offer viewers and opportunity to provide online feedback about both Reggie and the documentary.  For viewers outside of the Comcast SportsNet New England viewing area, they can watch the program on CSNNE.com as well.

Following are some of the people from Reggie’s life who are included and interviewed in the documentary:

Players and Coaches:

Jim Calhoun – Northeastern – Head Coach (1972-1986)

Dee Brown – Boston Celtics – Guard (1990-1998) Celtics Teammate 1990-1993

David Wingate – Charlotte Hornets – Forward (1992-1995) (teammate at Dunbar High)

Muggsy Bogues – Charlotte Hornets – Point Guard (1988-1997) (teammate at Dunbar High)

Kendall Gill – Charlotte Hornets – Small Forward (1990-1993)

Karl Fogel – Northeastern – Head Coach (1986-1994)

Bob Wade – Dunbar High School – Head Coach (1976-1986)

Relatives and Acquaintances:

Inez “Peggy” Ritch – Reggie’s Mother

Sheron Hughes – Reggie’s Sister

Michael Bivins – Hip-Hop / R&B Artist

Celtics Officials and Broadcasters:

Jan Volk – Boston Celtics – General Manager (1984-1997)

Jeff Twiss – Boston Celtics – VP of Media Relations (1981-present)

Dr. Arnold Scheller – Boston Celtics – Team Physician (1987-2005)

Tommy Heinsohn – Celtics Color Commentator

Bob Neumeier – Sportscaster

Mike Gorman – Celtics Broadcaster

Journalists, etc:

Bob Ryan – Sports Columnist

Jackie MacMullan – Sports Columnist

Dan Shaughnessy – Boston Globe – Sports Columnist

Ron Suskind – Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist (Wall Street Journal)

Andrew Brandt – ProServ Sports Representative (1986-1992)

Sgt. James Crowley – Former Brandeis University Police Officer

NESN and CSNNE Stanley Cup Coverage Plans

With the Stanley Cup Finals starting up tonight in Chicago, here are the local coverage plans from NESN and CSNNE. Each station has their advantages, as obviously NESN is the regular season home of the Bruins, and CSNNE, with its ties to NBC has connections there as well.

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NESN DELIVERING EXPANDED
BRUINS STANLEY CUP FINAL COVERAGE ON NESN AND NESNPLUS
90-Minute Pre-Game and 90-Minute Post-Game Coverage For Every Stanley Cup Final Game

NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will deliver expanded pre and post-game coverage on NESN and NESNplus (NESN.com/NESNplus) during the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. With the addition of NESN Sports Today Bruins Specials, NESN will air a 90-minute pre-game and 90-minute post-game before and after every Stanley Cup Final game.

During the regular season NESN airs 30-minute pre and post-game shows. During most of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NESN aired 60-minute pre and post-game shows.

The NESN and NESNplus Bruins coverage schedule for the Stanley Cup Final follows:

NESN-Bruins

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COMCAST SPORSTNET TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF

THE 2013 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL FEATURING

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Michael Felger & Tony Amonte to Lead Network’s Robust Coverage;

Pre & Post-Game Shows, In-Depth Analysis, On-site Reporting & More

NBC’s Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire & Mike Milbury,

Along with Bruins Enforcer ShawnThornton, to Contribute to Coverage

CSNNE.com to Offer Live Stream of all CSN Post-Game Shows; Unprecedented LIVE exclusive Web only Post-Game Show for Game 2; 

and Up-to-the-Minute 24/7 Coverage of all the Action

BURLINGTON, MA, June 11, 2013The Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and Comcast SportsNet will once again provide extensive coverage of the entire series with pre and post-game shows, special programming, expert contributions from NBC talent and NHL players, 24/7 digital coverage and much more. The action begins on Wednesday night with Comcast SportsNet’s one-hour edition of Pre-Game Live beginning at 7PM, followed by Game 1 at 8PM ET on NBC, with a Comcast SportsNet one-hour Post-game show immediately following the game.

Comcast SportsNet’s Pre and Post- game coverage for the Stanley Cup Final, presented by Ace Ticket, will surround all games throughout the series. Michael Felger and Tony Amonte will host with analysis of each game and response to Bruins fans’ questions, posts, and tweets submitted on Twitter, Facebook, and CSNNE.com. Unfiltered, in-depth discussion and analysis of the team’s Playoff performance will also be part of all Comcast SportsNet programming,including the Felger & Mazz show, Chevrolet SportsNet Central and UNO’s Sports Tonight.

CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will once again be on-site providing in-arena reports from every game, both home and away, and will be joined by Comcast SportsNet anchors Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh. NBC’s Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire who are calling all games in this series will contribute to the coverage, as will Mike Milbury who has contributed throughout the Playoffs. Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton will also continue to offer guest commentary.

CSNNE.com will offer a live stream of all Comcast SportsNet post-game shows and will make network history on Saturday with its first ever live, exclusive web-only post-game show immediately following Game 2 which will be showcased in addition to ComcastSportsNet’s live television post-game show scheduled to start at midnight following the New England Revolution matchup. CSNNE.com will also provide 24/7 coverage of the Bruins Playoffs action including daily game-day and off-daycoverage from Haggerty and the entire CSN crew. Additionally, the site willinclude up-to-the-minute stats, scores, analysis and on demand video. Fans can follow @CSNNE on Twitter and join the conversation by using #BruinsTalk in their Twitter comments throughout the series. CSNNE.com will also feature post-game editions of The Great American Hockey Show – the site’s signature hockey program featuring Haggerty and Giardi.

Comcast SportsNet’s Pre & Post Game Coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final is as follows:

  • Game 1, Wed. June 12th: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  • Game 2, Sat. June 15th: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; CSNNE.com Post-Game Show immediately following (CSNNE.com/live) & **CSN Post-Game on TV @ Midnight
  • Game 3, Mon. June 17th: Blackhawks at Bruins – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  •  Game 4, Wed. June 19th: Blackhawks at Bruins – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  •  * Game 5, Sat. June 22nd: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  • * Game 6, Mon. June 24th: Blackhawks at Bruins – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  • * Game 7, Wed. June 26th: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following

* If Necessary

 ** Post-game show will start immediately following the New England Revolution game on CSN

NESN Sports Today to Premiere Tomorrow Night, Replaces NESN Daily

nesn-sports-todayNESN announced today that beginning tomorrow night, NESN Daily will be replaced with a new format and show, NESN Sports Today.

Here is the release from the network:

June 10, 2013 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will debut a new sports program called NESN Sports Today on Tuesday, June 11immediately following the network’s Boston Red Sox coverage. Separately, there will be periodic specials, starting with Bruins coverage on Wednesday, June 12 (see below for more details).

“We want to give New England viewers a live, fast paced, nightly sports show that goes beyond opinions or scores with highlights,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming & production, executive producer.

Over the past few months NESN has been developing a dynamic sports program that strives to be relevant, insightful and interactive for passionate fans using NESN’s unparalleled access to teams and unmatched resources.

“The new show gives fans everything they need to know in sports, plus interactive debates where viewers can weigh-in on the discussion,” added Maar. “NESN Sports Today will look and feel different from any other sports show in the country and allow mobile device users to participate in the program.”

Maar began the process of transforming NESN’s sports programming back in August when he joined the network. In November 2012, NESN added three new anchors/reporters by hiring Adam Pellerin, Leah Hextall and Jamie Erdahl to team with Jamison Coyle. They will be joined by an already popular and talented group of NESN announcers and hosts that includes Don Orsillo, Jack Edwards, Tom Caron and Dale Arnold, plus regular appearances by analysts Andy Brickley, Billy Jaffe, Jerry Remy, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Tim Wakefield.

NESN Sports Today, which replaces NESN Daily, will air every night in 30-minute blocks from 10 pm to 12 midnight (or immediately following Red Sox or Bruins post-game programming). NESN will broadcast a best of edition of the show the following morning between 4 am and 6 am and again between 12 noon and 2 pm.

NESN Sports Today Specials

The program’s format will adapt during nights of major sports stories, devoting expanded coverage for special days like Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots playoff games. Beginning this Wednesday and before each Stanley Cup Championship game there will be a NESN Sports Today Bruins Pre-Game Special at 5:30 pm.

Thus ends a largely forgettable three year run for NESN Daily, which debuted in August of 2010 with hosts  Jade McCarthy and Uri Berenguer. The original format was a bust, as chemistry between the co-hosts was non-existant, and Berenguer was taken off the show in November, and McCarthy left the network the following summer.

The show format, which originally was going to be a PTI-style debate program was quickly shelved, and the show basically reverted to the format of its predecessor, Sports Desk.

This is VP Joseph Marr’s first real chance to impact the network he joined last summer from FOX Sports North.

I’m not sure about you, but the term “interactive debates” when it comes to sports programming makes me shudder.

Mike Felger Has A Little Fanboy In Him

I thought this was great, actually. Michael Felger’s reactions as the Bruins tie, and win game 7:

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