Comcast SportsNet Debuts on Wednesday, April 4; Launches Two Nightly Sports News Shows

Network Hires 50 to Staff Sports News Operation;

Enhanced Programming Makes Network Best Place to Go Before,

During and After the Game



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Comcast SportsNet

    BETHESDA, Md., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports fans throughout the mid-
 Atlantic are waking up to a new player in the regional sports arena as Comcast
 SportsNet debuts on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:01 AM.
     Formerly known as HTS, Comcast SportsNet is the cable television home of
 the Orioles, Capitals, Wizards and other local professional and collegiate
 sports.  Under the new brand, the network now features the most extensive
 local and regional sports news coverage available anywhere in the mid-
 Atlantic.  On Wednesday at 6:00 PM, prior to the Orioles first night game of
 the season, Comcast SportsNet will unveil the first of its new sports news
 shows, "SpotLIGHT," an hour-long sports news program that will originate live
 from Oriole Park.  Immediately following the game, the network presents
 another new program, "Post Game Live," which gives fans a front-row seat to
 coaches' press conferences, expert analysis and locker room interviews.  From
 there, at 10:00 PM, fans will be introduced to the network's cornerstone
 newscast, "SportsNITE," which will originate live from the network's Bethesda
 studios, providing a half-hour of local and regional sports results,
 highlights and features each night.
     "The launch of Comcast SportsNet is great news for sports fans from
 Baltimore to Washington and beyond because not only is Comcast SportsNet the
 home of award-winning coverage of the Orioles, Caps and Wizards, but it now
 becomes the best place to turn for all the highlights and the latest news and
 insight into those same teams" said David H. Nevins, president of Comcast
 SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic).  "We intend to be the best place for sports fans to
 go before, during, and after the games!"
     Comcast Corporation acquired Home Team Sports from Viacom in February,
 with the intention of naming the new network Comcast SportsNet, branded after
 the success of its flagship entity based in Philadelphia.  As a result, the
 network is now part of one of the largest media companies in the nation. "Our
 Comcast connection is exciting.  First, Comcast has developed a significant
 commitment to the region, through its operation of cable systems, ownership of
 minor league baseball teams, and sponsorship of the new Comcast Center at the
 University of Maryland," said Nevins.  "This instills an even greater
 attachment to our viewers and business partners who now see Comcast SportsNet
 as an extension of Comcast's commitment to this market."
     Many top sports news producers, reporters and anchors, including several
 long-time HTS staff members, are among the more than 50 employees hired by
 Comcast SportsNet to staff its enhanced operations.  Among those joining the
 recently formed on-air news team are such veteran local announcers as Chick
 Hernandez (formerly of WTTG in Washington), Kevin Kiley (formerly of WJLA in
 Washington) and George Johnson (host of Wizards cable coverage).  Former Fox
 Sports Net reporters Sage Steele and Russ Thaler round out the anchor team.
 Also on board are Orioles legends Rick Dempsey and Billy Ripken, who will
 provide enhanced pre- and post-game coverage.
     In addition, producers such as Joe Yasharoff (WTTG), Larry Duvall (WUSA),
 Frank Crisafulli (WRC), Michael Wargo (WBFF) and Michael Rosenstein (ESPN)
 highlight an exceptionally experienced news team under the direction of vice
 president of programming and production Jim Cuddihy and executive producer
 Pete McElroy, both of whom came from and helped launch Comcast SportsNet's
 Philadelphia operations.  This core team will be responsible for more than 10
 hours of sports news coverage each week.
 
     Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic) is a service of Philadelphia-based
 Comcast Regional Sports Television that serves more than five million homes in
 Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and
 Washington, D.C., via more than 345 cable systems in the mid-Atlantic region
 and major satellite services.  The Bethesda-based network is the television
 home of the Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, DC United, Atlantic Coast
 Conference and Colonial Athletic Association.
 
 

SOURCE Comcast SportsNet
    BETHESDA, Md., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports fans throughout the mid-
 Atlantic are waking up to a new player in the regional sports arena as Comcast
 SportsNet debuts on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:01 AM.
     Formerly known as HTS, Comcast SportsNet is the cable television home of
 the Orioles, Capitals, Wizards and other local professional and collegiate
 sports.  Under the new brand, the network now features the most extensive
 local and regional sports news coverage available anywhere in the mid-
 Atlantic.  On Wednesday at 6:00 PM, prior to the Orioles first night game of
 the season, Comcast SportsNet will unveil the first of its new sports news
 shows, "SpotLIGHT," an hour-long sports news program that will originate live
 from Oriole Park.  Immediately following the game, the network presents
 another new program, "Post Game Live," which gives fans a front-row seat to
 coaches' press conferences, expert analysis and locker room interviews.  From
 there, at 10:00 PM, fans will be introduced to the network's cornerstone
 newscast, "SportsNITE," which will originate live from the network's Bethesda
 studios, providing a half-hour of local and regional sports results,
 highlights and features each night.
     "The launch of Comcast SportsNet is great news for sports fans from
 Baltimore to Washington and beyond because not only is Comcast SportsNet the
 home of award-winning coverage of the Orioles, Caps and Wizards, but it now
 becomes the best place to turn for all the highlights and the latest news and
 insight into those same teams" said David H. Nevins, president of Comcast
 SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic).  "We intend to be the best place for sports fans to
 go before, during, and after the games!"
     Comcast Corporation acquired Home Team Sports from Viacom in February,
 with the intention of naming the new network Comcast SportsNet, branded after
 the success of its flagship entity based in Philadelphia.  As a result, the
 network is now part of one of the largest media companies in the nation. "Our
 Comcast connection is exciting.  First, Comcast has developed a significant
 commitment to the region, through its operation of cable systems, ownership of
 minor league baseball teams, and sponsorship of the new Comcast Center at the
 University of Maryland," said Nevins.  "This instills an even greater
 attachment to our viewers and business partners who now see Comcast SportsNet
 as an extension of Comcast's commitment to this market."
     Many top sports news producers, reporters and anchors, including several
 long-time HTS staff members, are among the more than 50 employees hired by
 Comcast SportsNet to staff its enhanced operations.  Among those joining the
 recently formed on-air news team are such veteran local announcers as Chick
 Hernandez (formerly of WTTG in Washington), Kevin Kiley (formerly of WJLA in
 Washington) and George Johnson (host of Wizards cable coverage).  Former Fox
 Sports Net reporters Sage Steele and Russ Thaler round out the anchor team.
 Also on board are Orioles legends Rick Dempsey and Billy Ripken, who will
 provide enhanced pre- and post-game coverage.
     In addition, producers such as Joe Yasharoff (WTTG), Larry Duvall (WUSA),
 Frank Crisafulli (WRC), Michael Wargo (WBFF) and Michael Rosenstein (ESPN)
 highlight an exceptionally experienced news team under the direction of vice
 president of programming and production Jim Cuddihy and executive producer
 Pete McElroy, both of whom came from and helped launch Comcast SportsNet's
 Philadelphia operations.  This core team will be responsible for more than 10
 hours of sports news coverage each week.
 
     Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic) is a service of Philadelphia-based
 Comcast Regional Sports Television that serves more than five million homes in
 Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and
 Washington, D.C., via more than 345 cable systems in the mid-Atlantic region
 and major satellite services.  The Bethesda-based network is the television
 home of the Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, DC United, Atlantic Coast
 Conference and Colonial Athletic Association.
 
 SOURCE  Comcast SportsNet