Comcast SportsNet California
|Comcast SportsNet California|
|Owned by||NBC Sports Group
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Authentic Bay Area Sports|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area
National (via satellite)
|Headquarters||San Jose, California|
|Formerly called||Comcast SportsNet West (2004–2008)|
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
|DirecTV||698 CSN California (SD/HD)
699 CSN California Plus (SD)
699-1 CSN California Plus (HD)
|Dish Network||438 (SD/HD)|
|Available on select other cable systems in designated broadcast area||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||AT&T U-verse|
|PlayStation Vue||PlayStation Vue Core and Elite packages for the San Francisco Bay Area also include CSN California Plus, CSN Bay Area and CSN Bay Area Plus.|
Comcast SportsNet California (sometimes abbreviated as CSN California) is an American regional sports network that is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal, and operates as an affiliate of Comcast SportsNet. The channel broadcasts regional coverage of professional and college sports events throughout Northern California, as well as original sports-related news, discussion and entertainment programming.
CSN California is available on cable and fiber optic television providers throughout northern California, and portions of Oregon and western Nevada. The network maintains main studios and offices headquartered with sister network Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Jose, California.
In the summer of 2003, Comcast acquired the regional television rights to broadcast regular season and early-round playoff games from the Sacramento Kings. Previously, the team's game broadcasts were only available either via pay-per-view sports packages and on an alternate feed of SportsChannel Bay Area (now Comcast SportsNet Bay Area). As a result, Comcast created a new regional sports network to broadcast the team's games; the network launched as Comcast SportsNet West in October 2004, coinciding with the start of the Kings' regular season.
Although the network originally focused on the Northern California region, it began expanding its coverage to serve as a complement to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. This began with the network's rebranding to Comcast SportsNet California in September 2008; it subsequently became the official broadcaster of the Oakland Athletics (which previously broadcast its games on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, in addition to the San Francisco Giants) for the 2009 Major League Baseball season, broadcasting an 145 regular season games that year (a substantial increase from only 37 telecasts in 2008). The San Jose Sharks followed the A's from CSN Bay Area for the 2009–10 NHL season, seeing a similar increase in game broadcasts with 75 games being shown overall (50 of which were televised in high definition). With the relaunch, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and California merged editorial coverage on their respective regional websites. Many cable providers in the San Francisco Bay Area that previously carried CSN California via digital cable have since moved to the network to basic cable tiers.
In September 2009, CSN California's carriage agreement with Dish Network expired, however the satellite provider continued to carry the network in the interim while the two parties attempted to reach a renewed contract. Negotiations went on for months, leading Dish to file a request with the Federal Communications Commission to enter into arbitration hearings to formalize a deal. Dish Network lost its case and dropped Comcast SportsNet California from its lineup on November 24, 2010. On February 3, 2011, Dish Network restored CSN California after the satellite provider reached an agreement to carry the channel without any legal arbitration.
With Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011, Comcast SportsNet was also integrated into the new NBC Sports Group unit, culminating with the addition of the peacock logo and an updated graphics package to mirror that of its parent network. The updated graphics were implemented on most of CSN's live game coverage and all studio shows, with the exception of Kings game telecasts (which used a different graphics package, as part of the "Kings TV" production partnership between the team and ABC affiliate KXTV (channel 10) in Sacramento) and SportsNet Central.
In September 2012, Comcast SportsNet California and its sister Comcast SportsNet outlets ceased carrying Fox Sports Networks-supplied programming, after failing to reach an agreement to continue carrying FSN's nationally distributed programs. SportsNet Central would ultimately implement a new on-air look of its own and on April 14, 2014, in conjunction with that change, the program switched to the updated graphics package introduced three years earlier. This scheme extended over to the network's Kings telecasts in October 2014 (for the 2014–15 season), following the signing of an exclusive 20-year broadcast contract between the Kings and Comcast SportsNet California.
Comcast SportsNet California holds the regional cable television rights to the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball, the NHL's San Jose Sharks, the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and the AFL's San Jose SaberCats. The network produces its pre-game and post-game shows for Oakland Athletics either on-site during home games, or on the SportsNet Central set at the CSN Bay Area studios during road games. The station also airs Shark Byte, a magazine program focusing on the San Jose Sharks that originated on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The network also simulcasts Comcast SportsNet Bay Area-produced telecasts of games involving the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball franchise and the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. It formerly broadcast games from the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until the team folded in 2011; the Sacramento Mountain Lions from 2009 until the United Football League folded; and the PASL's Stockton Cougars until that team folded in 2011. The network also carries programming related to the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
CSN California also televises college sports involving Northern California schools, including St. Mary's College, the University of San Francisco, the University of the Pacific, and Santa Clara University. The channel formerly broadcast sporting events involving the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal that were not on national television until the formation of the Pac-12 Network in August 2012. Select high school sports events are also occasionally broadcast on the network, including weekly high school football games on Friday nights during the fall.
Comcast SportsNet California currently carries the CSN Bay Area original program Chronicle Live, a sports discussion program produced in conjunction with the San Francisco Chronicle, each weeknight at 12:00 a.m. The network also carries a live video simulcast of The Gary Radnich Show (hosted by the longtime sports anchor at MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON-TV) from KNBR (680 and 1050 AM) in San Francisco each weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except on rare occasions when it is pre-empted by a live sporting event on either outlet. Comcast SportsNet California previously also broadcast the "Raiders Report", a weekly show featuring news and game highlights on the Oakland Raiders. In September 2009, the program was replaced by a live post-game show airing immediately after network telecasts of Raiders games.
Current on-air staff
- Shooty Babitt – Athletics pre-game and post-game host
- Jamie Baker – Sharks color analyst
- Brodie Brazil – Sharks sideline reporter and "Shark Byte" host
- Ray Fosse – Athletics color analyst
- Randy Hahn – Sharks play-by-play announcer
- Bret Hedican – Sharks pre-game and post-game analyst
- Jim Kozimor – Host of SportsTalk Live
- Glen Kuiper – Athletics play-by-play announcer
- Jerry Reynolds – Sacramento Kings color analyst
- Chris Dangerfield – Earthquakes color analyst
Comcast SportsNet California HD
Comcast SportsNet California HD is a 1080i high-definition simulcast feed of Comcast SportsNet California. The feed broadcasts all Sacramento Kings home game telecasts, as well as all home and some road games involving the San Jose Sharks in HD. In 2010, CSN California began broadcasting all Athletics games in high definition.
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