FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 29th, 2013
COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF CAPITALS-RANGERS NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINAL SERIES
NETWORK TO PRESENT LIVE COVERAGE OF FOUR OF THE SERIES’ FIRST FIVE GAMES, INCLUDING GAME 1 ON THURSDAY, MAY 2, AT 7:30 P.M.
CAPITALS CENTRAL, CAPITALS POSTGAME LIVE TO DELIVER EXTENSIVE NEWS, ANALYSIS AND OPINION SURROUNDING FIRST-ROUND GAMES
EXPANDED PLAYOFF CONTENT TO BE FEATURED ACROSS NETWORK PLATFORMS, INCLUDING SPORTSNET CENTRAL AND CSNWASHINGTON.COM
Bethesda, Md. (April 29, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide comprehensive multi-platform coverage of the Washington Capitals’ 2013 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers, highlighted by live coverage of four of the round’s first five contests, beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet will also present its signature game-day shows, Capitals Central and Capitals Postgame Live, and extensive Capitals coverage across its television and digital media platforms throughout the best-of-seven playoff series.
Live Game Coverage
Comcast SportsNet’s schedule of live coverage of the Capitals’ first-round games, which will be exclusive throughout the Washington/Baltimore region, includes at least four contests and begins with Game 1 on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet is also scheduled to televise Game 3 on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., Game 4 on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Game 5 on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., if necessary. NBC will air national coverage of Game 2 on Saturday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m. Game time and television information for Game 6 on May 12 and Game 7 on May 13, if necessary, will be announced at a later time. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, analyst Craig Laughlin and reporter Al Koken will continue to lead Comcast SportsNet’s live game coverage in the postseason.
Pre- & Post-Game Shows
Comcast SportsNet will present its live pre- and post-game news, analysis and opinion programs surrounding the Capitals’ opening-round contests. Capitals Central, the half-hour pre-game show, will air immediately prior to all games on Comcast SportsNet. Capitals Postgame Live will follow all seven potential first-round games for a half hour, regardless of which network televises the game. These shows are hosted alternately by Rob Carlin (home games) and Al Koken (road games) and feature analyst Alan May. Beninati and Laughlin will also contribute to the coverage from the arena.
News & Entertainment Programming
Geico SportsNet Central, the network’s daily news show, will offer expanded playoff coverage throughout the series, led by Capitals television beat reporter Jill Sorenson. Prior to weeknight match-ups in the first-round, special hour-long editions of Geico SportsNet Central will deliver full pre-game news and interviews beginning at 6 p.m. Coverage will continue on multiple editions of Geico SportsNet Central following each game. In addition, SportsTalk Live, the network’s daily talk show, will feature extensive Capitals commentary and debate throughout the playoffs.
Digital Media Content
Comcast SportsNet’s digital media properties, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, will continue to feature extensive Capitals coverage throughout the playoffs. Led by Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley, comprehensive written, video and interactive content will be delivered across the network’s online, mobile and social media platforms. In addition, CSNwashington.com will continue to feature “In-Game Live,” the real-time statistics platform, during games. Fans can also follow the coverage on Twitter at @CSNwashington and join the conversation by using #CapitalsTalk.
2012 Playoff Ratings Highlights
Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Capitals’ 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against Boston was the highest-rated Capitals playoff series in network history, posting an average household rating of 5.90 in the Washington market over four games. Game 7 on April 25, 2012, was the second highest-rated Capitals game in Comcast SportsNet history, earning an 8.01 average household rating in the Washington market, just shy of the all-time record of 8.10, set in Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against Montreal on April 28, 2010.
Capitals-Rangers 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Regional TV Schedule
Gm. Day Date Time Game Television CSN Pre-game CSN Post-game
1 Thu. May 2 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington Comcast SportsNet Capitals Central Capitals Postgame Live
2 Sat. May 4 12:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington NBC – Capitals Postgame Live
3 Mon. May 6 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers Comcast SportsNet Capitals Central Capitals Postgame Live
4 Wed. May 8 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers Comcast SportsNet Capitals Central Capitals Postgame Live
5 Fri. May 10* 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington Comcast SportsNet Capitals Central Capitals Postgame Live
6 Sun. May 12* TBD Washington at NY Rangers TBD TBD Capitals Postgame Live
7 Mon. May 13* TBD NY Rangers at Washington TBD TBD Capitals Postgame Live
Notes: NBC Sports Network is scheduled to provide non-exclusive national coverage of Games 1, 3 and 4 of the Capitals-Rangers first-round series, but it will be blacked-out in the Washington/Baltimore area. Those games, as well as Game 5, which has not been assigned national television information, will be available to regional viewers exclusively on Comcast SportsNet. Game 2 will be exclusive to NBC. Games 6 and 7 are to be determined (TBD.)
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