FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 31st, 2013
COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA AND YAHOO! SPORTS COLLABORATE TO PRESENT “YAHOO! SPORTSTALK LIVE”
Yahoo! SportsTalk Live to Air Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO (May 31, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” and Yahoo! Sports today announced a partnership to produce Yahoo! SportsTalk Live (@YSTL), a new hour-long sports roundtable discussion show featuring opinionated commentary, in-depth analysis and lively debate on the day’s trending sports and entertainment stories in the Bay Area. Yahoo! SportsTalk Live will make its debut on Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m. PT. The inaugural show will be live on location from the Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale.
Hosted by Jim Kozimor (@CSNKoz), Yahoo! SportsTalk Live will combine the reputation of Yahoo! Sports as the digital leader in scores and news, with an innovative, high-energy interactive format to deliver the hottest sports stories and topics on the minds of Bay Area sports fans. AiringMonday-Friday from 5-6 p.m., the program will continue to feature San Francisco Chronicle writers as well as a wide array of guests including Yahoo! Sports’ award-winning roster of reporters and fantasy experts, local and national media, athletes, coaches, front-office executives and other notables from the sports and entertainment industries.
Yahoo! SportsTalk Live is an extension of the partnership between the NBC Sports Group and Yahoo! Sports, which was announced in December 2012. In a content and promotional deal, the joint venture brings together Yahoo!’s popular sports coverage and NBC’s digital and television assets for a superior lineup of impactful content. As part of the NBC Sports Group, Comcast SportsNet will feature Yahoo!’s national reporters and commentators, popular fantasy sports products and coverage of large-scale sporting events.
Yahoo! SportsTalk Live will cultivate viewer participation through social media, giving Bay Area sports fans an integral role in developing the show’s format and tone through their voices and opinions. Fans can engage Yahoo! SportsTalk Live through CSNBayArea.com, Facebook (Facebook.com/CSNBayArea) and Twitter (@YSTL). Viewer comments will be addressed by Kozimor and his panel of guests.
Yahoo! SportsTalk Live will originate from the network’s state-of-the art studio, newsroom and HD production facilities occupying 37,000 square feet at 360 3rd Street in San Francisco. The network is backed by some of the most experienced on-air personalities in sports and by a 150+-person news team of reporters, editors, producers, talent bookers, researchers, and other professionals.
“Teaming up with Comcast SportsNet is a great extension of our relationship with NBC Sports. The Bay Area has some of the most passionate and intelligent sports fans out there, and we want Yahoo! SportsTalk Live to provide them a smart, fun, and fast-paced hour of sports news, analysis, and more. We’re excited to invest in the fans located in our own backyard, and we can’t wait to introduce them to our award-winning writers and experts on Northern California’s top sports network,” said Kenneth Fuchs, vice president of Yahoo! global media and head of Yahoo! Sports and Games.
“Yahoo! SportsTalk Live is the latest progression of Comcast SportsNet’s commitment to provide Northern California sports fans with the most comprehensive and entertaining sports news and analysis programming,” said Ted Griggs, President of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “We are thrilled to partner with Yahoo! Sports in presenting Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, an innovative and interactive show that will bring together talent and resources from the NBC Sports Group and Yahoo! Sports, two of the most trusted and established brands in sports media. Yahoo! SportsTalk Livewill provide our local fans the very best in Bay Area sports news, analysis and lively debate.”
About NBC Sports Group, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:
NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based inPhiladelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.
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Jay dela Cruz
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
NBC Sports Regional Networks
Yahoo! Sports and Games