NBC Sports California

NBC Sports California (sometimes abbreviated as NBCS California) is an American regional sports network that is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal, and operates as an affiliate of NBC Sports Regional Networks. 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.

NBC Sports 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 NBC Sports Bay Area in San Francisco, California.

NBC Sports California
NBC Sports California
LaunchedOctober 2004
NetworkNBC Sports Regional Networks
Owned byNBC Sports Group
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganAuthentic Bay Area Sports
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Spanish (via SAP)
Broadcast areaSan Francisco Bay Area
Sacramento
Northern California
Northern Santa Barbara County, Orange County, California & San Diego (via NBCSports)
Oregon
Western Nevada
Hawaii
National (via satellite)
HeadquartersSan Francisco
Formerly calledComcast SportsNet West (2004–2008)
Comcast SportsNet California (2008–2017)
Sister channel(s)Cable/satellite:
NBC Sports Bay Area
Broadcast:
KNTV/San Jose
KSTS/San Francisco
Websitewww.nbcsportscalifornia.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV698 NBC Sports California (SD/HD)
698-1 NBC Sports California Plus (SD/HD)
Dish Network438 (SD/HD)
Cable
Available on select other cable systems in designated broadcast areaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse1767 NBC Sports California (HD)
1768 NBC Sports California Plus (HD)
767 NBC Sports California (SD)
768 NBC Sports California Plus (SD)
Streaming media
PlayStation VuePlayStation Vue Core and Elite packages for the San Francisco Bay Area also include CSN California Plus, NBC Sports Bay Area and CSN Bay Area Plus.

History

CSNCalifornia
Comcast SportsNet California logo from October 1, 2008, to April 1, 2017

In summer 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 then Cablevision-owned SportsChannel 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 their games on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, in addition to the San Francisco Giants) for the 2009 Major League Baseball season, broadcasting 145 regular-season games that year (a substantial increase from 37 telecasts in 2008).[1] 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).[2] 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 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.[3] On February 3, 2011, Dish Network restored CSN California after the satellite provider reached an agreement to carry the channel without any legal arbitration.[4]

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.[5]

In July 2014, CSN California reached a new 20-year deal for regional rights to the Sacramento Kings beginning in the 2013–14 season, estimated to be worth nearly $700 million over the length of the contract. The contract increased the number of games CSN broadcasts per-season from 70 to 80 over the previous season (where a package was syndicated to terrestrial television), saw the network take over advertising sales during the telecasts, and commit to broadcasting an increased amount of team-related programming (including pre- and post-game shows, and a monthly Kings Central program).[6][7]

On March 22, 2017, Comcast announced that CSN California would be rebranded NBC Sports California on April 2, 2017, in a move meant to "better associate the prestigious NBC Sports legacy with the strength of our Comcast Sports Networks' local sports coverage in Northern California".[8]

Programming

Sports coverage

NBC Sports 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 NBC Sports 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 NBC Sports 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.

NBC Sports 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.[9]

Other programming

NBC Sports California currently carries the NBC Sports 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. NBC Sports 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.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Related services

NBC Sports California HD

NBC Sports 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.[10]

References

  1. ^ "COMCAST SPORTS NET CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAKLAND ATHLETICS TELECAST SCHEDULE". Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Archived from the original on 2009-02-15.
  2. ^ "Comcast SportsNet California Announces Inaugural San Jose Sharks Telecast Schedule". Comcast SportsNet California. September 16, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Mike Reynolds (November 24, 2010). "Dish Disconnects CSN California After Losing Arbitration Decision". Multichannel News. NewBay Media.
  4. ^ "Dish Network, Comcast SportsNet California Reach Carriage Agreement". Sacramento Kings. February 3, 2011.
  5. ^ John Ourand (August 14, 2012). "NBC Sports Group Drops FSN Programming From Comcast RSNs". Sports Business Journal. Advance Publications. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Sacramento Kings sign lucrative TV extension". Sports Business Journal. Advance Publications. July 28, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sacramento Kings and Comcast negotiate new, lucrative 20 year deal". Sactown Royalty (SBNation). Vox Media. July 28, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "CSN Bay Area, CSN California To Be Rebranded Under 'NBC Sports' Moniker". Sports Video Group. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Welcome to Comcast SportsNet - California". Comcast SportsNet West.
  10. ^ "OAKLAND A's TV SCHEDULE". Comcast SportsNet California.

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