NBC Sports Northwest

NBC Sports Northwest (originally Comcast SportsNet Northwest) 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 network broadcasts regional coverage of professional sports events throughout the Pacific Northwest, focusing primarily on the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and college sports events involving the Oregon Ducks; the network also covers other sports events involving teams within the northwestern United States, including those featuring college and high school teams.[1]

The network is available on cable providers throughout Oregon and Washington. The network maintains business offices, master control operations and studio facilities located in Portland, Oregon; NBC Sports Northwest maintains a secondary studio in the Moda Center that is used for Trail Blazers game coverage.

Comcast rebranded CSN Northwest as NBC Sports Northwest on October 2, 2017.[2]

NBC Sports Northwest
NBC Sports Northwest
LaunchedNovember 1, 2007
NetworkNBC Sports Regional Networks
Owned byNBC Sports Group
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaOregon
Washington
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
Formerly calledComcast SportsNet Northwest (2007–2016)
CSN Northwest (2016–2017)
Websitewww.nbcsports.com/northwest
Availability
Cable
Xfinity
(Portland)
37 (SD)
737 (HD)
Xfinity
(SeattleTacoma)
179 (SD)
617 (HD)
Frontier FiOS77/1526 (SD)
577 (HD)
Spectrum (Long Beach, Washington)426 (SD), 427 (CSN Northwest Plus, SD) 825 (CSN Northwest Plus, HD)

History

After the Trail Blazers dismantled their pay-per-view network BlazerVision in 2001, the team reached a broadcast deal with FSN Northwest, where the team's game telecasts aired until the 2006–07 season. Fox Sports Networks did not renew its contract with the Blazers at the conclusion of the 2006–07 season; as a result, Comcast formed a new regional sports network, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, to assume the broadcast rights to the team.[3] The network launched on November 1, 2007, coinciding with the start of the 2007–08 Trail Blazers regular season.

CSNNorthwest
CSN Northwest logo from 2016 to October 2017

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 CSN's live game coverage and all studio shows; SportsNet Central was an exception to this initially, but 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.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest became CSN Northwest in 2016.[4] On October 2, 2017, CSN Northwest was renamed as NBC Sports Northwest, as part of a larger rebranding of the Comcast SportsNet networks under the NBC Sports brand.[5]

Programming

Portland Trail Blazers

NBC Sports Northwest holds the exclusive regional television rights to the Portland Trail Blazers, carrying the majority of the NBA franchise's regular season, pre-season and early-round playoff games; the network also produces expanded pre-game and post-game analysis (under the Rip City Live and Talking Ball banners), and carries select NBA Summer League games and season team previews.[6] During the network's inaugural season in 2007–08, Comcast SportsNet Northwest carried at least 55 Trail Blazers regular season games. Combined with the Trail Blazers' over-the-air coverage, 81 of the team's regular season games that year were shown on television, the largest number of telecasts in the team's history. The new network aired 28 of the team's 36 home game telecasts in high definition.[3] All Trail Blazers telecasts are produced in-house by the team, and some were previously syndicated to over-the-air stations in the team's designated market region.[7]

On July 6, 2016, the team extended its contract through the 2020–2021 season and made NBC Sports Northwest the exclusive broadcaster of all regional Trail Blazers games beginning in the 2017–18 season.[7]

Since the 2008–09 season, due to the Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 2008 to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, Trail Blazers games are also available in the Seattle region.

University of Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Sports Network (OSN) – a sports syndication service operated by the University of Oregon to broadcast Oregon Ducks events – was seeking to expand its coverage and availability, and negotiated a contract with Comcast SportsNet Northwest around the time of its launch to air many of the university's football and basketball games that were not scheduled to broadcast on a national network or on FSN. In 2008, Comcast SportsNet Northwest became the primary broadcaster of OSN-produced telecasts, with the games being simulcast on Fox affiliate KLSR-TV (channel 34) in Eugene. Comcast SportsNet Northwest did not carry any Ducks football games during the 2012 season. In 2015, it ran the weekly Talking Ducks program.[6]

Other sports events

NBC Sports Northwest also provides coverage of a variety of other regional sports events. The network broadcasts NHL games involving the Vancouver Canucks, carrying 25 games per season that are simulcast from Sportsnet Pacific. Through its relationships with other Comcast-owned channels, NBC Sports Northwest also broadcasts 35 regular-season games from various other NHL teams. In 2011, Comcast SportsNet Northwest announced that it would provide a reduced schedule of NHL coverage focusing solely on the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks; the network announced later that year that it would no longer carry any Sharks telecasts. Additionally, the network also carries select home games from the Portland Winterhawks Western Hockey League franchise.[6]

In April 2009, Comcast SportsNet Northwest began carrying select regular season games from the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. The telecasts audio simulcasts of play-by-play commentary called by Rainiers radio announcer Mike Curto. On March 12, 2014, the network announced that it would carry all but one home game from the Portland Thunder during the Arena Football League team's inaugural season.[8]

Other programming

The network produces SportsNet Central, a daily morning news program providing game highlights and sports headlines. The network will provide fans with multimedia sports content online and through video on demand.[9] Along with the network's Trail Blazers game coverage, the network also airs a number of other NBA-related specials focused on the NBA Draft, NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Playoffs.

NBC Sports Northwest also airs video simulcasts of three weekday sports radio programs: it carries the Chuck Powell Show KJR (950 AM) talk program from Seattle live each weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and The FAN from KFXX (1080 AM) in Portland from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.[6]

Availability

As of September 2013, Comcast SportsNet Northwest is available on Comcast[10] (in Oregon and Washington), Ashland TV, Beaver Creek Telcom, BendBroadband,[11] Canby Telcom[12], Charter Communications (in Oregon and Washington), Country Cablevision, Frontier Communications (in Oregon and Washington), MINET (in Monmouth, Oregon),[13] Monroe Telephone, Reliance Connects, Scio Cablevision, Frontier FiOS (in the Portland and Seattle markets) and Wave Broadband.[14][15]

Carriage controversies

As of August 2013, the network is not available on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network, which both maintain that Comcast has negotiated in bad faith during carriage discussions engaged between the parties. Particularly, Comcast demands the network be carried on more widely subscribed basic programming tiers,[16] while contradictorily arguing that sports networks not owned by the company be carried only on a dedicated sports tier.[17] The Trail Blazers are said to be frustrated and disappointed with Comcast's conduct over their contract with CSN Northwest in this regard.[18]

The Consumer Protection Committee of the Oregon House of Representatives held a hearing on February 24, 2010 to attempt to arbitrate a carriage deal between the network, DirecTV, Dish Network and Charter Communications. No representatives for DirecTV, Dish Network or the Trail Blazers attended the hearing.[19] On June 21, the Trail Blazers asked the Federal Communications Commission to require Comcast to make the team's games available to competing multichannel video programming distributors such as DirecTV and Dish Network.[20]

Oregon-based cable provider Canby Telcom objected to a non-negotiable subscribe fee increase that would have increased the network's annual subscriber rate to over $32 in 2012; as a result, Canby announced plans to stop carrying Comcast SportsNet Northwest.[21] Keith Galitz, president of Canby Telcom, stated "That's just too steep an increase for us, and it's not in line with inflation or normal escalation of prices in the industry."[21] Canby Telcom has accused Comcast of raising rates way beyond the rate of inflation and industry-wide increases.[21] Clear Creek Television, which carried the Trail Blazers for 15 years, was rebuffed in its attempts to negotiate the above-market rate Comcast was pushing for.[21]

Comcast sent some of its senior staff members to Oregon after a member of the Sports Fan Coalition testified before the Oregon State Legislature on the provider's denial of access to the network on DirecTV, Dish and other cable providers. Brian Frederick, executive director of the advocacy group, stated that "Comcast clearly sees the public perception of its treatment of sports fans as a potential Achilles heel in efforts to acquire NBCU".[22] In a November 7, 2010 article in The Oregonian, Blazers chief executive officer Larry Miller continued to express frustration about the lack of availability for the team's CSN-televised games.[23]

Related services

NBC Sports Northwest HD

NBC Sports Northwest HD is a 1080i high-definition simulcast feed of NBC Sports Northwest. CSN Northwest broadcast 28 Portland Trail Blazers home games in HD in the 2007–08 season;[3] that number of high-definition game telecasts shown on the network increased to 32 for the 2008–09 season. Former Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett announced during the network's game telecast against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 13, 2009, that CSN Northwest would broadcast all Trail Blazers games in HD from then onward.

NBC Sports Northwest HD is available on Comcast throughout Oregon and southwestern Washington; Comcast did not carry the high-definition feed in most of the remainder of Washington State (specifically its systems in the Seattle-Tacoma and Spokane markets) until early 2013, when it began to be carried on Channel 617. NBC Sports Northwest HD is only available on Comcast's digital preferred package in western and eastern Washington.

References

  1. ^ Mike Rogoway (May 29, 2007). "Comcast's sports channels fuel bidding war". The Oregonian.
  2. ^ "NBC Sports Regional Networks to align CSN and TCN properties under 'NBC Sports' brand". NBC Sports Regional Networks. August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Comcast SportsNet, Blazers create network". Portland Business Journal. American City Business Journals. May 21, 2007.
  4. ^ CSN Staff (August 23, 2017). "CSNNW set to become NBC Sports Northwest | CSN NW". CSNNW.com. Stamford, Connecticut: Comcast SportsNet Northwest, LLC. Retrieved August 23, 2017. In addition to the integration of the NBC Peacock in 2012, "Comcast SportsNet" changed to "CSN" in 2016.
  5. ^ CSN Staff (August 23, 2017). "CSNNW set to become NBC Sports Northwest | CSN NW". CSNNW.com. Stamford, Connecticut: Comcast SportsNet Northwest, LLC. Retrieved August 23, 2017. NBC Sports Regional Networks will align the remainder of its five CSN-branded networks, as well as two TCNs, on October 2. The new names will incorporate "NBC Sports" with each of the networks’ regional designations.
  6. ^ a b c d Kerry Eggers (March 24, 2016). "Will CSN, Blazers reach new deal?". Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Trail Blazers extend television deal with CSN Northwest through 2020-21 NBA season". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "CSN & Portland Thunder ink multi-year TV deal". Comcast SportsNet Northwest (Press release). March 11, 2014. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "BLAZERS: Comcast Sports Net Northwest, Portland Trail Blazers Announce a New Regional Sports Network". NBA.com (Press release). May 21, 2007.
  10. ^ "Comcast Channel Lineup". VisiOneClick. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Digital Cable – Channel Lineup". BendBroadband. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Channel Lineup". Canby Telcom. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  13. ^ "MINET Channel Lineup" (PDF). MINET. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  14. ^ "Channel Locations". Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  15. ^ Allan Brettman (August 15, 2013). "Charter, Comcast SportsNet Northwest reach agreement to broadcast Trail Blazers games". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  16. ^ Luke Andrews (October 29, 2008). "Area Blazer fans may remain left in the dark – Sports – MailTribune.com – Medford, Oregon". Mail Tribune. Local Media Group. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  17. ^ Richard Sandomir (November 6, 2008). "A Game of Smashmouth Cable Football". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  18. ^ Mike Rogoway (January 7, 2010). "Disappointed Blazers "pursuing all of our rights" in Comcast deal". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  19. ^ Joe Freeman (February 24, 2010). "Legislature offers sympathetic ear, but little else, to Blazers fans frustrated with Comcast". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  20. ^ "Comcast update: Trail Blazers ask FCC to force cable company to make game broadcasts available". The Oregonian. July 12, 2010.
  21. ^ a b c d "Canzano: Frustration with Comcast grows as Trail Blazers games remain hard to get in some areas". The Oregonian. August 7, 2010.
  22. ^ "Blazer TV access: Stop hogging the ball, Comcast". The Oregonian. October 15, 2010.
  23. ^ Mike Tokito (November 7, 2010). "Trail Blazers: As team continues to seek TV solution, events around country could affect Comcast standoff". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 9, 2017.

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