Phil-lays on Comcast SportsNet

From Comcast SportsNet:

Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 Phillies Programming including Live Opening Day Coverage

 

2011 National League East Champions Return for 109 Games

after Record-Breaking Ratings

 

PHILADELPHIA- (March 27, 2012) – The defending National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies return to Comcast SportsNet for comprehensive coverage before, during and after every game on-air and online. Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will air a total of 109 regular season games, all in high definition, with extensive Opening Day coverage, a weekly magazine show, pre and postgame coverage for every game and exclusive features only available on CSNPhilly.com. 

 

The five-time defending National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies set two records in 2011: a franchise record 102 regular season victories, and maybe even more impressive, nine straight years of ratings growth on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.  In 2011, household ratings on Comcast SportsNet averaged a 9.12, up 10% over the 2010 season and a remarkable 176% since 2002.  The Phils 9.12 rating was the best in the country, beating out the St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 HH rating.

 

Broadcast Team Addition

New this season is the addition of Comcast SportsNet’s Gregg Murphy to the Phillies broadcast team of Tom McCarthy, Gary Matthews and Chris Wheeler. Murphy will bring the sights and sounds of the ballpark to life in his new role as field reporter.  In addition to his role with the Phillies, Murphy will occasionally provide analysis on Comcast SportsNet’s news and Phillies programs including “SportsNite,” “Daily News Live,” “Phillies Pregame Live,” and “Phillies Postgame Live.” 

 

The regular season debut of the new broadcast team will be on Thursday, April 5 when the Phillies open their 2012 season against the Pirates.  Comcast SportsNet will have a robust lineup for Opening Day including Phillies Pre and Postgame Live.

 

Comcast SportsNet Opening Day Schedule for Thursday, April 5

12 p.m.                                                  SportsRise

12:30 p.m.                                            Phillies Focus

1 p.m.                                                     Phillies Pregame Live

1:30 p.m.                                               Phillies vs. Pirates on PHL 17

4:30 p.m.                                               Phillies Postgame Live

5 p.m.                                                     Daily News Live

6 p.m.                                                     SportsNite

 

Comcast SportsNet Home Opener Schedule for Monday, April 9

12 p.m.                                                  SportsRise (live)

12:30 p.m.                                            Phillies Pregame Live

1 p.m.                                                     Phillies vs. Marlins

4 p.m.                                                     Phillies Postgame Live

5 p.m.                                                     Daily News Live

6 p.m.                                                     SportsNite

7 p.m.                                                     Phillies Encore: Phillies vs. Marlins

10 p.m.                                                  SportsNite

 

2012 Broadcast Enhancements

Comcast SportsNet will utilize state of the art Ultra-Mo technology with an adjusted frame rate camera to capture images in super slow motion with superior clarity. Statistical analytics will also assume a greater role with enhanced graphics and data appropriate to various storylines, while multiple robotic and point of view cameras will be deployed to bring the viewer closer to the action.

 

 

All The Bases Covered

Leslie Gudel (@LeslieGudel), Marshall Harris (@mharrisCSN) and Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) team up for expanded Phillies coverage during the 2012 season. As CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies Insider, Salisbury will report on the team both at home and on the road, providing feature stories, video blogs and Phillies chats for the website. Gudel and Harris will provide coverage on-air and online, including exclusive interviews and feature stories on the players, coaches and personalities that make the Phillies tick.  Harris will also host Phillies Clubhouse this season.

 

Pre and Postgame Coverage

In addition to live game coverage, Comcast SportsNet delivers pre and post-game coverage and analysis. Before every game on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network, viewers can catch the latest team developments, game previews and opposing team analysis on “Daily News Live,” “SportsNite” and “Phillies Pregame Live.” 

 

Following each match-up, Phillies fans get a game breakdown with stats and highlights, and a look ahead to the rest of the season on “Phillies Postgame Live.” Other features include manager Charlie Manuel’s press conferences and reaction from the clubhouse. Phillies Postgame Live analysis will be provided by former Major League ball players Ricky Bottalico, Chris Coste and Ben Davis.

Bottalico returns for his fourth year as a Phillies analyst after playing 12 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Returning to the lineup this year are Coste, who played four seasons with the Phillies, and Davis, a catcher from Malvern Prep, who played seven seasons in the majors.

 

Phillies Clubhouse

Completing Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies lineup is the weekly 30-minute feature series Phillies Clubhouse. “Phillies Clubhouse” illustrates the deep bond between the Phillies and their fans with off-field player profiles, behind-the-scenes stories about fans and the people who make the team run, look into the future of the game with regular minor league updates, and relive great moments in Phillies’ history with the people who made it happen.  This season features “My Memory,” where Phillies players past and present recall the greatest moments in their career.  “Phillies Clubhouse airs most Mondays at 7 p.m.

 

CSNPhilly.com

Digital/Social Media

CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) will provide exclusive player, coaches and management interviews, plus breaking news and in-depth features on CSNPhilly.com. He will also provide live reports for “Daily News Live” and “SportsNite.” CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez (@GonzoCSN) and feature writer John Finger (@JFingerCSN) will also contribute to the site throughout the season.   

 

This year, CSNPhilly.com launches a Phillies-themed online show, “Phightin Words” featuring Davis and Bottalico as they discuss the Phillies and respond to trends, answer fan questions from Twitter and Facebook and dissect upcoming series and player performance.  Fans can join the conversation by using the hashtag #PhilliesTalk.

 

The five-time defending National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies set two records in 2011: a franchise record 102 regular season victories, and maybe even more impressive, nine straight years of ratings growth on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.  In 2011, household ratings on Comcast SportsNet averaged a 9.12, up 10% over the 2010 season and a remarkable 176% since 2002.  The Phils 9.12 rating was the best in the country, beating out the St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 HH rating.

 

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, part of the NBC Sports Group, is the leading regional sports network reaching more than three million viewers in and around Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.  Together with The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia provides local sports fans with the most sports coverage including more than 250 live game broadcasts of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, MLS’s Philadelphia Union, plus NCAA coverage, as well as Emmy Award-winning sports news and analysis. Visit CSNPhilly.com for more information.

 

Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast Sports Group’s sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest.  Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming.  For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

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One response to “Phil-lays on Comcast SportsNet

  1. As a lifelong Phillies fan it hurts me to say this, but the team is on a precarious ledge gazing down into an abyss of a decade long rebuilding process. Good pitching the saying goes trumps good hitting. Yeah, but good pitching with feeble hitting GETS TRUMPED BY GOOD PITCHING. The farm system has been stripped bare. What do think are the odds of either Halladay, Hammels, or Lee going down this season with an injury? Howard and Utley – two strikeout machines even when they’re healthy – are on the DL and past their collective prime. And Philadelphia’s offense is a compilation of aging vets and guys like John Mayberry who’ve yet to establish themselves as consistent major league hitters. There comes a time when you just know a run is over. The current Yankees are one example, the current Lakers another. You can just feel it. Sadly 2012 is the Phillies ending.

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