Comcast SportsNet sends 22 people to Super Bowl

January 29, 2013

Courtesy Comcast SportsNet.

Some D.C. fans have been put off by the amount of Ravens coverage in recent days on Washington media outlets like WTOP, WJLA and WUSA. If those outlets offer minimal Ravens coverage during the regular season, these fans argue, they shouldn’t suddenly pretend the Ravens are a home team in the playoffs.

Comcast SportsNet, of course, has no such dilemma. While the regional sports network is based in Bethesda, it offers extensive Ravens coverage and weekly shows in both the D.C. and Baltimore markets all season. Which is why CSN is going all crazy this week for the Super Bowl.

The network sent 22 people to New Orleans this week, including six on-air staffers and a variety of producers, managers and engineers. That crew will produce more than 28 hours of live Super Bowl coverage, and will also work in tandem with CSN Bay Area, which has a similar group of people covering the Niners. (Including Dave Feldman, formerly of WTTG. The side-by-side sets are above.)

Among the highlights of the week:

* A daily half-hour program called “Ravens Showdown on the Bayou,” hosted by Chris Miller and Brad Jackson from New Orleans. It will air weekdays at 5:30 and be replayed at 11:30, except on Wednesday. There will also be 90-minute editions Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.

* Special editions of SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live from New Orleans. Brian Mitchell and Jackson will co-host, from the Super Bowl city.

* Live news conferences all week, with Ravens News Conference Live airing Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 49ers News Conference Live airing from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on the same days. There will also be live coverage of the Harbaugh brothers’s Friday news conference at 9:30 a.m.

* Special airings of Ravens Kickoff and Ravens Postgame Live on Sunday, before and after the game. The pregame show is scheduled to run from 5-6 p.m., with the postgame show airing live after the game and encoring at midnight and 7 a.m. the next morning. It will be hosted by Chris Miller, with appearances from Jackson, Antonio Freeman, Rob Carlin, Brent Harris and others.

Ravens fans, I’m sure, will appreciate these purple excesses of coverage.

“Our problem has alrways been if you’re a Ravens fan and you live in Frederick or Montgomery or P.G., you don’t get any news about us during the week,” Ravens President Dick Cass recently told me. “That’s why [CSN] is important; they cover us every day.”

And I’m positive that more than one Redskins fan will find reason to complain.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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