New England Sports Network

NESN /nɛs.ɛn/ (New England Sports Network) is an American regional sports cable and satellite television network that is owned by a joint venture of 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 Boston Bruins and the TD Garden). Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, the network is primarily carried on cable providers throughout New England (except in Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is part of the greater New York City media market). NESN is also distributed nationally on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network and as NESN National via select cable providers. NESN is also on PlayStation Vue at the same areas it is broadcast on cable.[1]

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.

New England Sports Network
New England Sports Network (logo)
LaunchedMarch 21, 1984
Owned byFenway Sports Group (80%)
Delaware North (20%)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNew England (via cable)
Nationwide (via satellite and select cable providers)
HeadquartersWatertown, Massachusetts
Websitenesn.com
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed NESN Plus due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV628 (HD/SD)
NESN Plus:
628-1 (HD/SD)
Dish Network434 (HD/SD)
5434 (HD)
NESN Plus:
450 (SD)
9573 (HD)
Cable
Comcast (Boston)NESN:
13 (SD) / 851 (HD)
NESN Plus:
84 (SD) / 894 (HD)
Comcast (Hartford)NESN:
28 (SD) / 1663 (HD)
NESN Plus:
84 (SD) / 1650 (HD)
RCN (Boston)NESN:
367 (SD) / 612 (HD)
NESN Plus:
60 (SD) / 600 (HD)
Verizon FiOS (New England)NESN:
76 (SD) / 576(HD)
NESN Plus:
78 (SD) / 578 (HD)
Verizon FiOS (National)97 (SD)
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
Streaming media
PlayStation Vue (New England)Internet Protocol Television
YouTube TV (New England)Internet Protocol Television
FuboTV (New England)Internet Protocol Television

History

NESN 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 NBC Sports Boston). NESN reaffiliated with Fox Sports 15 years later in September 2013 after the now renamed and Comcast-owned CSN New England (Now NBC Sports Boston) 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.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Sports coverage

Boston Red Sox

NESN 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, Dave O'Brien serves as the play-by-play announcer with Jerry Remy as his color commentator and Guerin Austin 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, several people filled in including Dennis Eckersley and Dave Roberts. Remy returned to the booth that August.[6]

On August 25, 2015, NESN controversially[7][8][9] 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.[10][11]

Post-game

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.[12]

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.[13]

As of 2016, NESN is the regional home for all UMass Minutemen home football games. These games are produced and distributed by Eleven Sports.[14] In the 2016 season, American Sports Network produced the telecasts, called by Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Andy Gresh (color commentary). NESN aired all six home games in 2016, including one against an SEC opponent. This package was announced in conjunction with the Minutemen becoming an independent in football. [15]

Since 2014, the network has featured Southern New Hampshire University athletics, including baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's soccer, as a part of its regular programming lineup. Scott Sudikoff handles the play-by-play duties for the soccer matches. Dan Hannigan serves as the play-by-play announcer for the men's and women's basketball games. In addition, Jacob VanRyn serves as the color commentator for basketball and soccer and the anchor for baseball and softball.[16]

NESN also airs college football and basketball games from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which are usually produced by Fox Sports Network, and Ivy League athletics produced by the Ivy League Digital Network. Through its affiliation with the American Sports Network, NESN also carries college sports events from various other mid-major NCAA conferences including the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Patriot League, and many others.[4]

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.

Since November 2015, NESN airs the home games of the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League.

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).[17][18] NESN also airs various soccer and tennis matches.

Other programming

  • 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
  • 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 Sports Today – A nightly sports news program that debuted on June 11, 2013, replacing NESN Daily, typically airing between 10p-12a.[19]
  • NESN Sports Update – A 20-minute sports news show prerecorded the night before repeated throughout the 5-9 AM time period (4-9 AM Sundays and Mondays.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.m. and on the following day in the early afternoon (it is not aired when the Red Sox and Bruins play a game in the Pacific Time Zone).
  • The Ultimate Red Sox Show – A weekly show recapping the week in Red Sox Nation.
  • Wicked Bites – A show focusing on some of the more fun and unique food destinations throughout New England.

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Former programming

  • 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 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.
  • NESN Live – Nightly sports news program featuring live reports and coverage of all of the major sports teams in the Boston area, cancelled in February 2018.
  • 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.
  • Dennis and Callahan – A three-hour simulcast of a WEEI weekday morning sports talk show hosted by John Dennis and Gerry 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • UFC Wired

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff

Related services

NESN HD

NESN HD

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

Nesnplus

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.

NESNgo

NESNgo is a TV Everywhere service offering live streaming of NESN programming to subscribers on participating service providers. It launched in May 2017.[24]

NESN National

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.[25] Bright House Networks added NESN National on its Michigan systems on November 1, 2010.[26] 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.

NESN.com

NESN.com differs from other services provided by nesn because it is primarily articles, rather than video content. It is a compilation of articles or short videos about the "Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Celtics, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, Soccer, UFC, WWE, Cars, Odds, [and] Fantasy."[27] These NESN articles are often posted through a Facebook profile that sends out many articles daily. NESN's digital content produced by the site is in affiliation with Fox Sports as of 2010.[28]

The site's set up is in a focused manner that divides it into separate sections where different sports writers cover each scene. In this way, NESN reporters produce original content that develops in their field areas. Some reporters are full time exclusively to NESN.com while other stories are contributed by NESN reporters from other fields of NESN, such as broadcasting.

The content and construction of the articles themselves vary drastically. Some provide in-depth analysis of current events happening with Boston teams, while others provide quick updates with videos. A majority of the articles, however, are purely factual and present interviews with players and coaches. Some articles also focus on new trade rumors or free agent pick ups. The primary subscriber and reader of NESN.com is male.[29] NESN.com is the most recently added product that contributed to NESN being "the eighth-most valuable sports brand in the world in 2013."[30]

See also

References

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External links

2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC from May 25 through May 29. All of the games were shown live on Fox Sports South with select games being shown on Fox Sports Florida, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Sun Sports, and New England Sports Network. Top seeded Virginia won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. It was Virginia's third ACC tournament win and second in three years.

2011 was the fifth year in which the conference used a round-robin tournament format, with the team with the best record in each group at the end of the three-game round robin advancing to a one-game championship.

2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC from May 23 through May 27. All of the games were shown live on Fox Sports South with select games being shown on Fox Sports Florida, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Sun Sports, and New England Sports Network. Eighth seeded Georgia Tech won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. It was Georgia Tech's eighth ACC tournament win. This was the first time in which an eighth seeded team won the tournament.

Amy Stone

Amy Stone was also an alias used by Lizzie Lloyd King.Amy Stone is a former American television personality who worked for New England Sports Network, WMAQ-TV, and WCBS-TV.

Charlie Moore (television personality)

Charlie Moore (born November 7, 1970 in Wakefield, Massachusetts), sometimes known as Charlie Moore the Mad Fisherman, is an American television sports personality. He is host of Charlie Moore: No Offense on the NBC Sports Network and Charlie Moore Outdoors on the New England Sports Network (NESN).From 2004 to 2010, Moore hosted ESPN’s Beat Charlie Moore, which was the sports network’s top-rated outdoors show.Moore is known for having a high-energy and humorous hosting style. The Orlando Sentinel wrote, "Moore, the brash, fast-talking Boston native, suddenly has become one of the country's most recognizable outdoorsmen."Moore is the recipient of nine New England Emmy Awards for his work on Charlie Moore Outdoors. He is a member of the New England Sports Hall of Fame.In 2007, Moore was one of three celebrity sportsman anglers (along with former Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams and sports broadcaster Curt Gowdy) featured in the Sports Museum of New England’s exhibition "Gone Fishing: The Boston Sportsman."In 2007, in honor of Moore, New England’s Brigham's Ice Cream introduced a new flavor, "Mad Fish Mud," with proceeds benefiting HIV/AIDS programs at Children’s Hospital Boston.Moore’s memoir, The Mad Fisherman, was published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Press. The book chronicle’s Moore’s path from unemployment and near-poverty to celebrated host of two top-rated sports television programs. Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Moore’s madcap vibrancy and zest for outdoor life permeate this unpretentious chronicle."

Dave O'Brien (sportscaster)

David O'Brien (born August 3, 1963) is an American sportscaster who currently works as lead play-by-play announcer on the New England Sports Network (NESN) for telecasts of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously broadcast for MLB's Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, and New York Mets, and has announced other sports including basketball, football, and soccer.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954), nicknamed "Eck", is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Between 1975 and 1998, he pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals. Eckersley had success as a starter, but gained his greatest fame as a closer, becoming the first of two pitchers in MLB history to have both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in a career. He is the pitcher who gave up a dramatic walk-off home run (a phrase Eckersley coined) to the injured Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Eckersley was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. He works with New England Sports Network (NESN) as a part-time color commentator for Red Sox broadcasts, and is also a game analyst for Turner Sports for their Sunday MLB Games and MLB Post Season coverage on TBS.

Fenway Sports Group

Fenway Sports Group, LLC (FSG), is an American sports company. It is the parent company of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, a Premier League soccer team.

FSG was founded in 2001 as New England Sports Ventures (NESV) when John W. Henry joined forces with Tom Werner, Les Otten, The New York Times Company, and other investors to successfully bid for the Red Sox. NESV formally announced its name change to Fenway Sports Group in March 2011.In addition to owning the Red Sox and Liverpool F.C., the Boston-based limited liability company also owns the home stadiums for both teams (Fenway Park and Anfield) and Fenway Sports Management (which in turn owns the Salem Red Sox of the Class A Carolina League, a minor league baseball franchise), plus 80% of the New England Sports Network (NESN) and 50% of Roush Fenway Racing, with cars entered (current as of 2018 season) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series racing competitions.

In an April 2014 article in Forbes, senior editor Kurt Badenhausen called FSG "the most sophisticated, synergistic player in the coming age of international sports conglomerates".

Heidi Watney

Heidi Watney (born May 19, 1981) is an American sportscaster. She is a host and reporter for MLB Network. A graduate of the University of San Diego, her past sportscasting experience includes roles at New England Sports Network in Boston, Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles, and two stations in Fresno.

Jamie Erdahl

Jamie Erdahl (born December 3, 1988) is an American reporter for CBS Sports. She currently serves as the lead sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS, teaming up with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson. Jamie also covers the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness for CBS/Turner. She joined the company in 2014, and contributes to CBS Sports Network as a studio host.Erdahl worked at New England Sports Network prior to joining CBS. In 2013, she filled in on the sidelines for Jenny Dell during the Boston Red Sox season. In 2014, NESN named Erdahl the Boston Bruins rink side reporter. She also worked in studio hosting NESN's 30-minute live news shows.

Jenny Dell

Jennifer Dell Middlebrooks (born Jennifer Sheryl Dell; July 26, 1986), known professionally as Jenny Dell, is an NFL reporter for CBS Sports. Dell previously worked for New England Sports Network (NESN) covering the Boston Red Sox.

Jim Corsi (baseball)

James Bernard Corsi (born September 9, 1961) is a former pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (1988–89, 1992 and 1995–96), Houston Astros (1991), Florida Marlins (1993), Boston Red Sox (1997–99) and Baltimore Orioles (1999).He helped the Athletics win the 1988 American League Pennant, 1989 World Series, and 1992 AL Western Division. Corsi also pitched in the playoffs for Boston in 1998.In ten years he had a 22–24 record in 368 games, with one game started, 115 games finished, 7 saves, 481 ⅓ innings pitched, 450 hits allowed, 197 runs allowed, 174 earned runs allowed, 33 home runs allowed, 191 walks allowed, 290 strikeouts, 13 hit batsmen, 8 wild pitches, 2,032 batters faced, 28 intentional walks, 2 balks, and a 3.25 ERA.Corsi was a member of the inaugural Florida Marlins team that began play in Major League Baseball in 1993. Corsi pitched for and graduated from Saint Leo University in 1983, a Division II school in the Sunshine State Conference.

From 2002 to 2005, Corsi was a studio analyst for Boston Red Sox coverage on both the New England Sports Network and UPN 38 baseball coverage.

Mike Crispino

Mike Crispino is an American sportscaster. Crispino was the lead play by play announcer for St. John's Red Storm Men's Basketball team on WEPN, as well as a broadcaster for ONE World Sports. Crispino was also a backup play by play announcer for MSG Network on and off for almost 20 years before his contract wasn't renewed in 2017.Crispino began his career in 1984 at WRCH Radio and WVIT-TV in Hartford. From 1988 to 1992, Crispino was the sports director of WLVI-TV in Boston. There he called Boston Celtics games during the 1989-1990 season and New England Patriots pre-season games in 1992. Crispino's sports department was named the "Best in New England" by the Associated Press in 1989 and 1990. From 1988-92, he called the play-by-play for college basketball games on ESPN and SportsChannel, while also calling college football, boxing, baseball, and lacrosse for the New England Sports Network. Crispino also hosted a talk show at WEEI concurrently to working at WLVI.

Crispino was hired by MSG in 1992 to host MSG SportsDesk and Knicks GameNight. He has since served in a multitude of roles including stints as host of The St. John's Report, Yankees Scorecard, and Heineken Jets Journal. Crispino has also served as a clubhouse reporter for the New York Yankees, a fill-in play by play announcer for the New York Mets, and as the studio host for New York Rangers and New York Liberty. Crispino has called the Colgate Games, the PSAL Championships and Golden Gloves Boxing. At FSN New York, Crispino hosted New Jersey Nets and New York Islanders telecasts.

Crispino has served as a play by play announcer for the New York Knicks, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York CityHawks, PGA Golf, and Bridgeport Bluefish, and was a sports anchor at WNBC-TV from 2005-2007. He also calls basketball for the Big Ten Network.

Nationally, Crispino has hosted College Football Saturday and NCAA baseball regionals for CSTV. From 2002-2006, he served as ESPN's play-by-play announcer for the U.S. Open, NCAA wrestling and tennis, Major League Lacrosse and also called regional college football and basketball games for ESPN Plus. During this time Crispino hosted "Sports Talk" for ESPN Radio. Crispino also hosted Gamenights and Insiders for NBA TV. On July 17, 2018 he was named the voice of the UConn Huskies Men’s basketball and football programs on ESPN Radio (97.9) in CT.

Naoko Funayama

Naoko Funayama (Japanese: 船山直子, Funayama Naoko) is a Japanese American sportscaster who recently served as a rinkside reporter for Boston Bruins games on New England Sports Network and currently works for the New England Revolution.A graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Funayama got her start at Adelphia Cable 10 in Frederick, Maryland. In August 2004 she joined WMUR-TV as a sports reporter, producer and anchor.Funayama joined NESN as a freelance Red Sox reporter in April 2007. In her first year with NESN, she covered Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima. Funayama captured the attention of NESN after she helped Matsuzaka's struggling translator during Matsuzaka's introductory press conference.Funayama joined NESN full-time in September 2008 as the Bruins in-game reporter and host of "The Buzz," a Bruins countdown show formerly hosted by Hazel Mae.

In June 2013 NESN announced that they would not renew Naoko Funayama's contract. She was replaced by Jamie Erdahl.

In September 2013 Funayama presented the Hockey Legacy Award to former Boston Bruin Derek Sanderson.

She can currently be seen on Comcast Sportsnet New England.

Now freelancing at WMUR-TV.

Sam Horn

Samuel Lee Horn (born November 2, 1963) is an American former baseball player who spent parts of eight seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) and was an anchor for New England Sports Network, the flagship station of Boston sports teams.

Sox Appeal

Sox Appeal was a reality television series that premiered August 1, 2007 on NESN and ended in 2008. It is a Boston Red Sox themed dating game show that follows a man or woman during three, two-inning long blind dates that take place over the course of a Red Sox game. During the seventh inning stretch, the fan chooses the date he/she wants to continue dating. The date, however, can choose not to continue the date.The series is a collaboration between NESN and Scout Productions, producers of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The music was composed by Dow Brain and Brad Young of Underground Productions, Inc.

The series premiere featured Garrett Lucash, a former national champion pairs skater.

The second season premiered on August 3, 2008. For the second season, former New England Patriots player Larry Izzo has been added as the host of a post-date interview segment. Also, a "Daters' Dugout" was added in the second season, where the competing daters must stand next to each other during the game in Fenway Park’s right field roof deck standing room section to strategize and challenge each other.

SportsDesk

SportsDesk is a former sports news television show that was shown every day on the New England Sports Network, United States. The last primary anchors were Cole Wright and Jade McCarthy. Various reporters included Kathryn Tappen, Heidi Watney, Naoko Funayama, and Jayme Parker on a rare basis. Frequent guests included Tony Massarotti, Dana Barros, James Murphy, and Shalise Manza Young. Mike Adams stopped by to play "Take It Or Leave It."

Steve Lyons (baseball)

Stephen John Lyons (born June 3, 1960) is a former professional baseball player who currently works as a television sportscaster for the New England Sports Network (NESN). He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams over a period of nine seasons (1985–1993), including four stints with the Boston Red Sox. He was initially an outfielder and third baseman, but found a niche as a utility player. After his retirement as a player, he became a television baseball commentator.

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