FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF WIZARDS-RAPTORS FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFF SERIES
NETWORK TO TELEVISE FIRST 6 POTENTIAL GAMES, BEGINNING WITH SATURDAY’S OPENER AT 12:30 P.M.; WIZARDS PREGAME LIVE, WIZARDS POSTGAME LIVE TO SURROUND ACTION
LIVE COVERAGE TO BE AVAILABLE TO AUTHENTICATED SUBSCRIBERS ON CSNWASHINGTON.COM AND NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
GEICO SPORTSNET CENTRAL, SPORTSTALK LIVE WITH BRIAN MITCHELL AND CSNWASHINGTON.COM TO DELIVER EXPANDED PLAYOFF CONTENT
WIZARDS PULSE PLAYOFF SPECIAL TO DEBUT TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. AND 11:30 P.M.
Bethesda, Md. (April 16, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Wizards’ 2015 first-round NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors will be highlighted by the first six potential games, beginning with the opener at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast SportsNet will present its signature gameday shows, Wizards Pregame Live and Wizards Postgame Live, surrounding the contests. For the first time, the network’s live playoff games, including pregame and postgame coverage, will also be available to authenticated subscribers on CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra.
Extensive Wizards coverage will be delivered across Comcast SportsNet’s news, analysis and digital media platforms throughout the best-of-seven series. A half-hour playoff preview, Wizards Pulse, will be presented live today, Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., and as an encore at 11:30 p.m.
Comcast SportsNet’s schedule of live games will tip off with Game 1 at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. and will include Game 2 at Toronto on April 21 at 8 p.m. (CSN Plus), Game 3 at Verizon Center on April 24 at 8 p.m. and Game 4 at Verizon Center on April 26 at 7 p.m. If necessary, the network will also televise Game 5 on April 29 and Game 6 on May 1. Television information for Game 7 on May 3 has not been announced. Play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz, analyst Phil Chenier and reporter Chris Miller will lead the network’s live postseason coverage.
Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Wizards’ first-round games, as well as the pregame and postgame shows, will be streamed live on CSNwashington.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service, which allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S., is currently available to customers of Xfinity, DirecTV, FiOS, Dish Network, Mediacom, RCN and Time Warner Cable.
PREGAME AND POSTGAME SHOWS
Comcast SportsNet will present live pregame and postgame news, analysis and opinion surrounding the opening-round contests. Wizards Pregame Live will air immediately prior to all games on Comcast SportsNet. Wizards Postgame Live will follow all seven potential first-round games for at least a half-hour. The exclusive shows will be hosted by Miller and Chris Miles and will feature analysts Ron Thompson, Tony Massenburg and Corey Alexander.
NEWS AND TALK SHOWS
Comcast SportsNet’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, will offer expanded Wizards news, features and interviews throughout the playoffs at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., led by Miller, the network’s Wizards TV beat reporter. SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, which airs weekdays at 10 p.m. and 12 a.m., will feature extensive commentary, debate and interviews throughout the postseason. (Show times may vary based on game schedule.)
DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT
Comcast SportsNet’s digital media properties, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, will continue to feature extensive Wizards coverage throughout the playoffs. Led by Wizards Insider J. Michael, comprehensive written, video and interactive content will be delivered across the network’s online, mobile and social media platforms. Fans can also follow the coverage on Twitter at @CSNWizards and join the conversation by using #WizardsTalk and #IWatchCSN.
WIZARDS 2015 FIRST-ROUND NBA REGIONAL TV SCHEDULE
Gm. Day Date Time Game TV CSN Pregame CSN Postgame
1 Sat. April 18 12:30 p.m. Washington at Toronto CSN Wizards Pregame Live Wizards Postgame Live
2 Tue. April 21 8 p.m. Washington at Toronto CSN Plus Wizards Pregame Live Wizards Postgame Live
3 Fri. April 24 8 p.m. Toronto at Washington CSN Wizards Pregame Live Wizards Postgame Live
4 Sun. April 26 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington CSN Wizards Pregame Live Wizards Postgame Live
5 Wed. April 29* TBD Washington at Toronto CSN Wizards Pregame Live Wizards Postgame Live
6 Fri. May 1* TBD Toronto at Washington CSN Wizards Pregame Live Wizards Postgame Live
7 Sun. May 3* TBD Washington at Toronto TBD TBD Wizards Postgame Live
*If Necessary; All Times Eastern;
Note: Television information for Game 7 has not been announced.
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