New England Sports Network
|New England Sports Network|
|Launched||March 21, 1984|
|Owned by||Fenway Sports Group (80%)
Delaware North (20%)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Broadcast area||New England (via cable)
Nationwide (via satellite and select cable providers)
(some events may air on overflow feed NESN Plus due to event conflicts)
|Dish Network||434 (HD/SD)
13 (SD) / 851 (HD)
84 (SD) / 894 (HD)
28 (SD) / 200 (HD)
84 (SD) / 1650 (HD)
367 (SD) / 612 (HD)
60 (SD) / 600 (HD)
|Available on most other cable systems in primary market area and select other systems elsewhere in the U.S.||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
The New England Sports Network, or NESN //, is an American regional sports cable and satellite television network that is owned by New England Sports Ventures, a joint venture between the Fenway Sports Group (which owns a controlling 80% interest, and is the owner of Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club) and Delaware North (which owns the remaining 20% interest in the network, and owns the TD Garden). Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, the network is primarily carried on cable providers throughout New England (except in Fairfield County, Connecticut). NESN is also distributed nationally on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network and as NESN National via select cable providers.
NESN is the primary broadcaster of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins – serving as the exclusive home for all games that are not televised by a national network. NESN also carries minor league baseball games, regional college sports events, various outdoor and sports talk shows, and tape delayed broadcasts of Premier League soccer games.
- 1 History
- 2 Sports coverage
- 3 Other programming
- 4 On-air staff
- 5 Related services
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The New England Sports Network launched on March 21, 1984, originally operating as a premium channel. The network's inaugural telecast was a spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers from Lakeland, Florida, with former Red Sox second baseman Mike Andrews serving as the play-by-play announcer and Kent Derdivanis providing color commentary. NESN periodically sent guest color commentators to the booth, among which included Rico Petrocelli, Bill Monbouquette and Dick Radatz; the in-studio host was Sean McDonough.
In 1996, NESN became the New England affiliate of Fox Sports Net, carrying the network's national sports and magazine programs; this lasted until 1998, when then-FSN parent News Corporation acquired partial ownership of Cablevision-owned SportsChannel New England (and its sister networks), turning it into an Fox Sports regional network as Fox Sports Net New England (now CSN New England). NESN reaffiliated with Fox Sports 15 years later in September 2013 after the now renamed and Comcast-owned CSN New England dropped FSN programming.
NESN converted into a basic cable service in 2001, a model that has since been copied by other companies through their respective launches of new regional sports networks as well as similar conversions (many of which predate NESN's transition) of those that began as pay services. Afterwards, until early 2006, NESN carried simulcasts of ESPNews during the afternoon and overnight hours. NESN has carried regional Atlantic Coast Conference college basketball games since Boston College joined the conference, including games distributed for national broadcast for and by Fox Sports Networks.
In 2013, NESN (through Fenway Sports Group) placed a bid to acquire the New England Media Group from The New York Times Company, which would have placed it under the common ownership of The Boston Globe; Fenway dropped out of the bidding in July.
On August 30, 2014, the network became a charter cable affiliate of the American Sports Network, a sports syndication service founded by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, with its first ASN broadcast being a college football game between the Old Dominion Monarchs and the Hampton Pirates. NESN and NESN National also agreed to carry certain games from the inaugural season of the Fall Experimental Football League in October and November 2014.
Boston Red Sox
New England Sports Network has provided coverage of the Boston Red Sox's Major League Baseball games since the network's initial spring training game broadcast upon its March 21, 1984 launch. NESN now carries full coverage of Red Sox games (with the exception of some games nationally broadcast on Fox and ESPN) as well as in-depth pre-game and post-game shows. For its first two decades, NESN split coverage with broadcast television stations in the team's market territory, with an increasing number of games moving to NESN. Since 2006, NESN is the exclusive home of all Red Sox games that are not nationally televised, using the slogan "One Nation, One Network" to signify this. In 2006, NESN became the first regional sports network to broadcast all Major League Baseball games in high definition (however spring training games continued to be broadcast in standard definition until 2012), through the launch of its simulcast feed NESN HD.
For Red Sox game broadcasts, Don Orsillo serves as the play-by-play announcer with Jerry Remy as his color commentator and Gary Striewski serving as the field reporter. In 2009, Remy took an indefinite leave of absence for most of the season due to health complications stemming from his November 2008 lung cancer surgery. During that season, Dennis Eckersley performed the color commentary for home games and Dave Roberts provided commentary for most road games. Remy returned to the booth that August.
On August 25, 2015, NESN controversially announced that Orsillo would no longer call Red Sox games following the 2015 season, and would be replaced by Dave O'Brien, who has called games for the Red Sox Radio Network since 2007, in 2016.
One hour before each Red Sox game, the network broadcasts the pre-game shows Red Sox First Pitch and Red Sox Game Day Live, in which host Tom Caron and other contributors (including Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice, along with former Major Leaguers Tim Wakefield and Steve Lyons) provide highlights from the previous game, analysis on the Sox's upcoming opponent, player profiles, news from around the league and their "keys to the game." Nick Cafardo and Peter Abraham make regular appearances on Game Day Live. In 2006, NESN introduced a segment on Fridays before the pre-game show called Friday Night Fenway, which showcases pre-game activities from inside Fenway Park before Red Sox home games that day.
NESN's studio shows were originally broadcast from the network's Fenway Park studio. Since 2003, NESN has broadcast its pre-game show from Yawkey Way during home games held at Fenway Park. For road games, the pre-game shows originate out of NESN's main studios in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Following each game telecast, NESN airs W.B. Mason's Extra Innings and Red Sox Final, in which Tom Caron and one or more of the studio analysts from the pre-game show deliver a wrap-up of that night's game from the studio. The team presents highlights and statistics from the preceding game and often have a team member of the Red Sox on hand to get their take on the game. This hour of coverage also focuses on the game to be played next on the preseason/seasonal game schedule, as well as news from the league. The post-game is usually not covered if the Red Sox play a game held on the west coast; NESN Sports Today immediately follows the game in those instances. Since 2006, NESN has broadcast the postgame show from its Watertown studios; it had previously been broadcast from its Fenway Park studio.
List of announcers
|1984||Kent Derdivanis||Mike Andrews|
|1985–1987||Ned Martin||Bob Montgomery||Sean McDonough|
|1988||Ned Martin||Jerry Remy||Eric Reid|
|1989–1992||Ned Martin||Jerry Remy||Bob Kurtz|
|1993–1994||Bob Kurtz||Jerry Remy||Steve Burton||Amy Stone|
|1995||Bob Kurtz||Jerry Remy||Tom Larson||Kim Walden|
|1996–1999||Bob Kurtz||Jerry Remy||Bob Rodgers||Debbi Wrobleski|
|2000||Bob Kurtz or Bob Rodgers||Jerry Remy||Bob Rodgers or Tom Caron with Rico Petrocelli||Debbi Wrobleski|
|2001||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Bob Rodgers with Rico Petrocelli||Debbi Wrobleski|
|2002–2003||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Bob Rodgers with Jim Corsi, Jim Rice, or Dennis Eckersley||Tom Caron|
|2004–2005||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Sam Horn, Gary DiSarcina, or Bob Tewksbury||Eric Frede|
|2006||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Dave McCarty||Tina Cervasio|
|2007||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty, Ken Ryan, or Ken Macha||Tina Cervasio|
|2008||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dave McCarty, Lou Merloni, or Ken Macha||Heidi Watney|
|2009||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy or Guest Analyst||Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley or Guest Analyst||Heidi Watney|
|2010–2011||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, or Peter Gammons||Heidi Watney|
|2012||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Matt Stairs, or Peter Gammons||Jenny Dell|
|2013||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron, with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Tim Wakefield, or Peter Gammons||Jenny Dell|
|2014–2015||Don Orsillo||Jerry Remy||Tom Caron with Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Tim Wakefield, and/or Steve Lyons||Gary Striewski|
Bruins coverage on NESN began in 1984; Fred Cusick served as play-by-play announcer and Johnny Peirson as color analyst for both NESN's games (mostly home contests) as well as coverage of mainly road games broadcast by then-independent station WSBK-TV (channel 38). In 1985, NESN dropped Pierson as analyst and replaced him with Dave Shea. Terry O'Reilly joined the telecasts the following season. Derek Sanderson became the analyst, after O'Reilly left NESN to become head coach of the Bruins in 1987. NESN broadcast some games during the 1988 and 1990 Stanley Cup Finals.
As of 2014[update], Jack Edwards handles the play-by-play duties during games while Andy Brickley serves as the color analyst. Jamie Erdahl serves as the reporter at ice level. Since the 2006–07 season, NESN has broadcast all Bruins games in high definition.
Pre-game and post-game coverage
Bruins coverage has expanded since NESN took over exclusive rights to the team's games in the 2002-03 season (which it previously shared with WSBK-TV). The network's pre-game show is Bruins Face-Off Live and the post-game show is Bruins Overtime Live, with a focus similar to the Red Sox shows; NESN also produces the weekly magazine program The Instigators Live (airing after the post-game show on Thursdays) and the highlights program Big Bad Bruins Live during the season (airing live before the pre-game show on Saturdays). Dale Arnold serves as host of the pre-game and post-game shows, along with analysts Gord Kluzak, Barry Pederson and Billy Jaffe. Arnold co-hosts The Instigators with Jaffe, Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and others, while Dale Arnold hosts The Big Bad Bruins Show.
List of announcers
|1984–1985||Fred Cusick||Johnny Peirson||None|
|1985–1986||Fred Cusick and Dave Shea||Tom Larson||Dave Shea|
|1986–1987||Fred Cusick||Dave Shea and Terry O'Reilly or Derek Sanderson (joined broadcast team after O'Reilly became Bruins' head coach)||Tom Larson||Dave Shea|
|1987–1993||Fred Cusick||Dave Shea and Derek Sanderson||Tom Larson||Dave Shea|
|1993–1994||Fred Cusick||Dave Shea and Derek Sanderson||Tom Larson||Amy Stone|
|1994–1995||Fred Cusick||Dave Shea and Derek Sanderson||Tom Larson||Kim Walden|
|1995–1998||Dale Arnold||Gord Kluzak||Dawn Mitchell||Brenda Brenon|
|1998–2000||Dale Arnold||Gord Kluzak||Tom Caron|
|2000–2002||Dale Arnold (home) or Dave Shea (road)||Gord Kluzak (home) or Andy Brickley and Gerry Cheevers (road)||Tom Caron|
|2002–2003||Dale Arnold (home) or Dave Shea (road)||Gord Kluzak (home) or Andy Brickley (road)||Tom Caron with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson and Cam Neely|
|2003–2004||Dale Arnold (home) or Dave Shea (road)||Gord Kluzak (home) or Andy Brickley (road)||Tom Caron with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Cam Neely and Paul Stewart||Corey Masse (playoffs only)|
|2004–2005||No coverage due to NHL lockout|
|2005–2007||Dale Arnold (home) or Jack Edwards (Road)||Andy Brickley||Eric Frede with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak or Tom Fitzgerald||Rob Simpson|
|2007–2008||Jack Edwards||Andy Brickley||Kathryn Tappen with Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak or Mike Milbury||Rob Simpson|
|2008–2011||Jack Edwards||Andy Brickley||Kathryn Tappen with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak or Mike Milbury||Naoko Funayama|
|2011–2012||Jack Edwards||Andy Brickley||Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak, Billy Jaffe or Mark Mowers||Naoko Funayama|
|2012–2013||Jack Edwards||Andy Brickley||Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak or Billy Jaffe||Naoko Funayama|
|2013–2014||Jack Edwards||Andy Brickley||Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak or Billy Jaffe||Jamie Erdahl|
|2014–2015||Jack Edwards||Andy Brickley||Dale Arnold with Barry Pederson, Gord Kluzak or Billy Jaffe||Guerin Austin|
College sports coverage
NESN's Hockey East Friday Night showcases college hockey games from all ten Hockey East teams, including Boston College and Boston University. In addition, NESN airs the Beanpot tournament, the Hockey East playoffs and the Hockey East championship game. Tom Caron primarily handles the play-by-play for college hockey coverage, with Craig Janney or Billy Jaffe serving as color analyst. Game coverage also includes analysis from John Chandler and Brendan Walsh. For the Beanpot, either Boston Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo or Tom Caron have traditionally handled the play-by-play in past years, with Boston Bruins announcer Andy Brickley handling color commentary.
NESN also airs college football and basketball games from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which are usually produced by Fox Sports Networks. Through its affiliation with the American Sports Network, NESN also carrries college sports events from various other mid-major NCAA conferences including Conference USA and the Patriot League.
Other sports events
NESN airs several minor league baseball games from the Pawtucket Red Sox (a AAA affiliate of the Red Sox) each season, as well as Futures at Fenway, a doubleheader featuring the PawSox and the Portland Sea Dogs. Tom Caron handles the play-by-play with Bob Montgomery as color commentator.
Since 2008, NESN has aired the New England Regional Little League Tournament each August. Currently, Tom Caron and Adam Pellerin handle play-by-play duty for the tournament, while Bob Montgomery serves as the color commentator.
NESN also broadcasts tape-delayed matches of select Premier League games televised by Fox Soccer Plus (most of which feature Liverpool F.C., which is owned by NESN parent holding company New England Sports Ventures). NESN also airs various soccer and tennis matches.
- Bruins Classics – A showcase of vintage Boston Bruins games condensed to fit a one-hour time slot.
- Celebrity Spotlight
- Charlie Moore Outdoors – A fishing and outdoors show, hosted by Charlie Moore.
- Dirty Water TV
- Dining Playbook – A sports-themed look at the New England food and dining scene featuring celebrity chefs and favorite restaurants of local athletes
- Dennis and Callahan – A three-hour simulcast of the morning radio program from WEEI (850 AM), which began airing on NESN on November 16, 2010.
- Friday Night Fenway – a half-hour program that airs before the Red Sox pregame show on Friday nights when the Red Sox play a home game. Tom Caron serves as host, along with Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo.
- Golf Destination
- NESN Clubhouse – A live Red Sox pregame show aimed at children; airs on Sundays when NESN is scheduled to broadcast a Red Sox game.
- NESN Live – Nightly sports news program featuring live reports and coverage of all of the major sports teams in the Boston area.
- NESN Sports Today – A nightly sports news program that debuted on June 11, 2013, replacing NESN Daily.
- The Big Bad Bruins Live – A weekly look into the happenings of the Boston Bruins, focusing on the top stories of the week surrounding the team, with segments about its history. The show is hosted by Dale Arnold and features a rotating panel of expert analysts.
- The Brick's – An awards show showcasing the top moments and players from the first half of the Bruins' season; a postseason edition of the show is also broadcast.
- The Instigators Live – A debate show featuring Bruins analysts that focuses on the latest hockey news, hosted by Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Billy Jaffe. The program was originally hosted by Edwards, Brickley and Mike Milbury; with Bob Beers and Lyndon Byers as substitutes.
- Red Sox Classics – A showcase of old Red Sox games that have been deemed classics because of an event of significance that occurred in the game or a player achieving a certain record. Walk Off Sox is essentially identical, but incorporating games that featured a walk-off win by the Red Sox.
- Red Sox Hot Stove – A Red Sox program airing during the Major League Baseball offseason; hosted by Tom Caron, the program also features appearances from many guest stars such as Gordon Edes, Nick Cafardo and Jerry Remy.
- The Red Sox Report – A Red Sox analysis program, hosted by Don Orsillo with reporter Rob Crawford.
- The Remy's – An awards show showcasing the top moments and players from the first half of the Red Sox's season; a postseason edition is also broadcast. Jonathan Papelbon was named the inaugural "Top Dawg" recipient in 2006.
- Ring of Honor Wrestling (started in June 2015)
- Sox in 2/Bruins in 2 – A two-hour replay of the previous night's game, usually aired at 12:00 a.n. and on the following day in the early afternoon (it is not aired when the Red Sox play a game in the Pacific Time Zone).
- UFC Wired
- The Ultimate Red Sox Show – A weekly show recapping the week in Red Sox Nation.
- Breakfast with the Sox/Breakfast with the Bruins – A one-hour replay of the previous night's Red Sox or Bruins game. Originally aired when the Red Sox played a game on the west coast, it was later expanded to air every morning after a game; a version focusing on Bruins games debuted in 2007. The program ended in November 2010 when NESN began airing a simulcast of Dennis and Callahan.
- NESN's Comedy All Stars – A half-hour series featuring various stand-up comics; most of the jokes are geared towards Boston sports.
- NESN Daily – A nightly half-hour sports news program that debuted on August 6, 2010, replacing SportsDesk; the program ended on June 10, 2013.
- Pocket Money – A half-hour game show, hosted by Paul "Fitzy" Fitzgerald (played by Nick Stevens), that took place on the streets of Boston, in which fans were asked sports trivia questions. SportsTime Ohio and SportsNet New York air a similar program called Beer Money.
- Sox Appeal – A Red Sox-themed reality dating show that debuted in August 2007, which followed a man or woman during three, two-inning-long blind dates that take place over the course of one of the team's games.
- SportsDesk – A twice-daily half-hour program that featured reports on teams of importance to New England viewers and their players. It was generally shown during the evening after Red Sox or Bruins game coverage. NESN also reran the program in half-hour blocks from 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. (or 9:00 a.m. on mornings when the Bruins or Red Sox did not play). Jade McCarthy and Cole Wright were the lead anchors; Jayme Parker served as a reporter. Regular contributors included Tony Massarotti, former Celtic Dana Barros, former Patriot Ted Johnson, Mike Adams and James Murphy.
- SportsDesk Lights Out – A weekly wrap-up program that aired Sundays at 10:00 p.m. with a rebroadcast at 11:00 p.m. It was hosted by Cole Wright or Jade McCarthy, and generally covered the top sports stories of the week.
Each year since 2002, NESN and WEEI have partnered to hold a "radio-telethon" to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The 36-hour NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon is held for two days annually each August, and is simulcast on both outlets. WEEI radio programs are seen on NESN, featuring interviews by the hosts with cancer patients and survivors, doctors and athletes and celebrities (some of which have included Terry Francona, Mike Lowell, Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump and the late George Steinbrenner). Many other Red Sox players and Boston athletes take part in the Radio-Telethon and in pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park. Since 2002, this event has raised over $37 million for the Jimmy Fund and has received donations from all 50 states.
Current on-air staff
- Ashley Allen - NESN.com video host
- Dale Arnold – Bruins studio host
- Guerin Austin – Bruins rinkside reporter and Red Sox field reporter
- Andy Brickley – Bruins color commentator
- Tom Caron – Red Sox studio host and Hockey East play-by-play
- Matt Chatham – NESN Sports Today football insider
- Jamison Coyle – NESN Sports Today anchor
- Sarah Davis – NESN Sports Today and Red Sox field reporter
- Elle Duncan – NESN Sports Today and Red Sox field reporter
- Dennis Eckersley – Red Sox studio analyst
- Jack Edwards – Bruins play-by-play
- Billy Jaffe – Bruins studio analyst
- Gord Kluzak – Bruins studio analyst
- Doug Kyed – NESN.com Patriots beat writer
- Steve Lyons – Red Sox studio analyst and fill-in color commentator
- Charlie Moore – host of Charlie Moore Outdoors
- Don Orsillo – Red Sox play-by-play
- D'Angelo Ortiz (son of Red Sox player David Ortiz) - NESN Clubhouse contributor
- Barry Pederson – Bruins studio analyst
- Adam Pellerin – NESN Sports Today anchor and Red Sox field reporter
- Jerry Remy – Red Sox color commentator
- Jim Rice – Red Sox studio analyst
- Gary Striewski – NESN Sports Today, NESN Clubhouse and Red Sox field reporter
- Tim Wakefield – Red Sox studio analyst
- Michaela Vernava - NESN.com video host
- Ben Watanabe – NESN.com Celtics beat writer
Notable former on-air staff
NESN HD is a high definition simulcast feed of NESN that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. It is available to cable providers throughout New England, AT&T U-verse (in Connecticut), Comcast (in most of New England), Verizon FiOS and nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network. When the HD feed launched in April 2006, promotions for NESN's Red Sox game telecasts used the tagline "Red Sox Tradition in High Definition" to promote its high definition broadcasts. The feed broadcasts Red Sox and Bruins games, and other original programming in HD.
NESNPlus is a gametime-only overflow feed of NESN that operates in the event that two sports events NESN has the rights to are subject to scheduling conflicts. Originally, Comcast systems in the region utilized New England Cable News or CN8 to carry the NESNPlus broadcasts, while other systems placed NESNPlus on an otherwise unused or local public access channel. DirecTV added NESNPlus in both standard definition and high definition on April 11, 2009.
Some Atlantic Coast Conference telecasts may also be moved to NESNPlus in the event of a conflict with NESN's Red Sox or Bruins coverage, especially when a televised Boston College sports event takes place. NESN posts updated channel listings on its website, nesn.com/nesnplus, for the majority of events airing on the channel.
NESN National is a separate feed of NESN for cable systems located outside of New England. It carries alternate programming during Red Sox and Bruins games, but does air the network's pre-game and post-game shows. Launched in September 2010, Time Warner Cable became the first provider to carry the national feed, initially on its systems in North and South Carolina. Bright House Networks added NESN National on its Michigan systems on November 1, 2010. NESN National differs from the national feed of NESN that is available on DirecTV and Dish Network, in which Red Sox and/or Bruins games are viewable outside of New England with a subscription to MLB Extra Innings and/or NHL Center Ice.
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