Thursday, February 23rd, 2017


Comcast Sports Networks (CSNs) Surround TOMBOY with Symposiums in Six Markets Across the Country

 Join the Conversation Across all Platforms with #CSNTOMBOY


Stamford, Conn. – February 23, 2017 – In conjunction with TOMBOY, NBC Sports Regional Networks’ multi-platform documentary project, six CSN markets will host symposiums with colleges in order to examine and fuel conversation around gender balance in today’s evolving sports landscape. NBC Sports Regional Networks announced last week the launch of TOMBOY, the first-of-its-kind integrated initiative that aims to elevate the conversation about female participation in sports, culminating with a one-hour documentary.

Starting tomorrow, Friday, February 24, the CSNs will host symposiums featuring female executives from pro sports franchises (Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia 76ers); speakers from institutes of higher learning (Harvard, UPenn, DePaul, Boston College, George Washington University, Temple and Drexel); women from top media outlets (Washington Post, Associated Press and San Francisco Chronicle); as well as the Women’s Sports Foundation, a charitable, educational organization dedicated to promoting girls and women in sports and fitness.

The TOMBOY symposiums supplement the podcasts, articles, and interviews released each weekday with the world’s most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives. Some of the strong female voices featured throughout the multi-platform project include former UFC Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate, who shares her views about confidence and beauty, and U.S. Ski Team Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who discusses living without fear.

Information on each of the symposiums is available below*:


Network Date Participants College Partner
CSN Mid-Atlantic February  24, 2017 Lisa Delpy Neirotti, George Washington University Professor (moderator)
Christy Winters Scott, NBA, WNBA & College Basketball Analyst
Cindy Boren, Washington Post Sports Reporter
Heather McDonough, NBC4 Senior Sports Producer
Rebecca Schulte, CSN Mid-Atlantic President & General Manager
George Washington University
CSN Chicago February 27, 2017 Kelly Crull, Host/Moderator – CSN Chicago anchor
Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Athletic Director, DePaul University
Doug Bruno, Head women’s basketball coach, DePaul University
Susan Goodenow, VP Marketing & Branding for the Chicago BullsSofia Huerta, Forward, Chicago Red Stars
Peggy Kusinski, NBC Sports Reporter
DePaul University
CSN Bay Area / CSN California February 28, 2017 Catherine Aker, Oakland A’s Director of Corporate Communications

Amy Gutierrez, CSN Bay Area San Francisco Giants in-game reporter

Odele Hawkins, Pac 12 Networks Senior Director of Talent & Development

Gail Hunter, Golden State Warriors VP of Public Affairs & Event Management

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist

Joan Ryan, 13-time AP Sports Editor Award-winning journalist

Staci Slaughter, San Francisco Giants Executive VP of Communications & Senior Advisor to the CEO

Taneka Smothers, KNBR Producer & Audio Engineer

Neda Tabatabaie, San Jose Sharks VP of Business Intelligence

San Francisco State University
CSN Mid-Atlantic March 3, 2017 Jill Sorenson, CSN Mid-Atlantic Anchor & Reporter (moderator)

Reagan Carey, U.S. National Women’s Hockey Team General Manager, Director of USA Hockey Women’s Program

Natalie Randolph, D.C. Athletic Association Title IX Coordinator & Senior Women’s Administrator

Kelly Wolf, Octagon Vice President

National Museum of Women in the Arts
CSN New England March 6, 2017 Trenni Kusnierek, Host/Moderator – CSN  New England on-air personality

Andrea Joyce, NBC Sports on-air personality

Brooke Dickens, Former Harvard Women’s Soccer Player

Katie King Crowley, Head Coach, Boston College Women’s Ice Hockey, 3-time Olympian

Princell Hair, SVP & General Manager CSN New England

Suffolk University
CSN Northwest March 6, 2017 Anne Peterson, Associated Press sportswriter

Emily Menges, Portland Thorns (NWSL)  defender

Nadine Angerer, Portland Thorns goalkeeping coach; FIFA Women’s World Cup champion 2003 & 2007; FIFA World Player of the Year 2013

Erin Hubert, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland (and former EVP/COO of the Portland Trail Blazers)

McMenamins Mission Theater
CSN Philly March 8, 2017 Deborah Antoine, Executive Director, Women’s Sports Foundation
Benjamin M. Braslow, Parent and Coach of 11-year-old, multi-sport athlete Brooke Braslow
Tina Sloan Green, Professor Emeritus, Temple University; Hall of Fame Women’s Lacrosse Coach & Co-Founder Black Women in Sport FoundationDr. Sommer Hammoud, Rothman Institute Sports Medicine Surgeon and Director of Rothman’s Female Sports Medicine Program
Lara Price
, Sr. Vice President, Philadelphia 76ers
Dr. Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D., Professor, Sport Management, Drexel University
Drexel University


*Symposium content and information are subject to change.



TOMBOY will premiere in each market of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, and will encore on nationally on NBCSN. TOMBOY will also air locally on select NBC Owned Television Stations during March.

KXAS (Dallas) March 5 at 11 a.m. CT
WTVJ (Miami) March 5 at noon ET
CSN Mid-Atlantic March 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
SNY March 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET
CSN New England March 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET
CSN Bay Area March 10 at 8 p.m. PT
KNBC (Los Angeles) March 11 at 7 p.m. PT
CSN California March 12 at 4 p.m. PT
KNSD (San Diego) March 12 at 4:30 p.m. PT
CSN Northwest March 12 at 9:30 p.m. PT
CSN Philly March 13 at 10 p.m. ET
CSN Chicago March 13 at 9 p.m. CT
NBC Boston March 18 at 7 p.m. ET
NBCSN March 30 at 3 p.m. ET


Viewers can find the latest TOMBOY news and interviews, tailored to their regional athletes, across each CSN network’s website and social media handles. Join the conversation using #CSNTOMBOY, and find additional information on Twitter and Facebook using @CSNTOMBOY.

A trailer of the one-hour documentary special is available here.



NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and CSN Bay Area, CSN California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit




Media Contact:

CSN Bay Area & CSN California

Jay Dela Cruz

CSN Chicago

Jeff Nuich

CSN Mid-Atlantic

Brian Potter

CSN New England

Laura Hannon

CSN Northwest

Jaimee Bremner

CSN Philadelphia

Maureen Quilter


Kevin Sornatale

NBC Owned Stations

Melissa Castro

NBC Sports Regional Networks

Carol Ko