tldr: The biggest takeaway from this announcement is that Brian Scalabrine will be in a full-time role. He will do all road games as color analysts alongside Mike Gorman, and all home games as a studio analyst.




Broadcast Duo Mike Gorman & Tommy Heinsohn Return for 35th Season of Celtics on Comcast SportsNet, along with Brian Scalabrine; Abby Chin Returns as Sideline Reporter; and Kyle Draper as Studio Host with contributions from Chris Mannix & Sherrod Blakely

 Insider Look During Telecasts including “Announcer-Cam”, Mic’ed Players, Advanced Analytics, and More to Provide Robust Digital & Social Media Experience for Celtics Fans, including live Periscope Features of CSNNE talent behind-the-scenes throughout the season

BURLINGTON, MA, September 30, 2015The NBA season is upon us andComcast SportsNet — television home of the Boston Celtics — will televise 80 regular season Boston Celtics games during the 2015-16 season, as well as 7 Pre-Season games.  The Celtics pre-season tips off on Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday, October 6thfrom Milan, Italy where they will take on Olympia Milano, followed by another European pre-season game against Real Madrid on Thursday, October 8th from Madrid, Spain. The Celtics regular season tips off with Opening Night on Wednesday, October 28th as they face the Philadelphia 76ers at The TD Garden with coverage beginning at 7:00PM.

Comcast SportsNet’s 2015-16 Celtics broadcast schedule features several exclusive and highly anticipated games, including the following:

  • All three re-matches against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers – the Celtics’ 2015 Playoff opponent (December 15th, February 5th and March 5th)
  • Two games against MVP Stephen Curry and the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors (December 11th and April 1st)
  • Several exclusive “reunion” games, including:

o   Two L.A. Clippers matchups featuring former Celtics Coach Doc Rivers and former teammate Paul Pierce (February 10th and March 28th)

o   Two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and former Celtic Kevin Garnett (December 21st and February 22nd)

o   Two games against Rajon Rondo and the Sacramento Kings (December 3rd in Mexico City and February 7th)

In addition to a full game schedule, Comcast SportsNet will returnthis season with broadcast duo Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) calling games for their 35th season as Comcast SportsNet’s primary telecast team on all home games.  Fan-favorite Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine) joins the broadcast team full-time, contributing on every Celtics game night; Scalabrine will be the color analyst for all roadgames and primary studio analyst for all home games on CelticsPre/Post-GameLive, in addition to making weekly appearances on Celtics Insider presented by Lahey Health and other Comcast SportsNet programming. Kyle Draper (@KylerDraperTV) and Abby Chin (@TVAbby) will return to the Comcast SportsNet telecasts this season as studio host and courtside reporter, respectively.

Comcast SportsNet will be the go-to television source before and after each game with live pre and post-game coverage of every game this season, including national network games. Draper will host Celtics Pre-game Livepresented by Ace Ticket 30-minutes prior to each game; Halftime Live presented by McDonald’s; and Celtics Post-game Live presented by New England Ford immediately following each game. Joining Draper in-studio will be a rotating roster of experts including Heinsohn,Scalabrine, Celtics Insider Sherrod Blakely and NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

New this season will be the “AnnouncerCam” on all game telecasts, giving viewers an inside, up-close look of Mike, Tommy and Scal as they call the games.  Viewers will also get special insider access with mic’ed Celtics players during select regular season games. In collaboration with the Celtics, this season’s telecasts will introduce and feature advanced analyticsthroughout the night, integrating modern game metrics like points per possession, effective field goal percentage, rebounding percentage, pace ofplayers, and more. Also, Comcast SportsNet continues its Emmy Award winning“Deep Green” vignettes featuring Celtics players and storylines off-the-court, with special emphasis on the 30th anniversary of the legendary 1986 Celtics championship team.  

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Celtics games, as well as the pregame and postgame shows, will be streamed live on and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S. via participating distributors.  This is the second season Celtics games will be available to stream live for authenticated subscribers.  Viewership for these streams grew by 130% from November to April last season, peaking with 232,000 combined minutes watched during Comcast SportsNet’s two Playoff games in 2015. The Celtics live streamed games are presented by DraftKings. (@CSNNE) will provide 24/7 coverage of all the Celtics action all season long with up-to-the-minute stats, scores, analysis and on-demand clips throughout the season. The site will once again feature Celtics Pulse, which is the best way to track all the in-game social media chatter on the Celtics, including Tweets from Blakely (@SherrodbCSN), @CSNTommy, Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine) and all Comcast SportsNet talent. Celtics fans can share their comments on Celtics Pulse by using #CelticsTalk. New this season will be live interactive Periscope commentary from the studio during the 4th quarter of home games from Draper and Scalabrine, who will field fan questions and share their late game enthusiasm as they prep for Post-game Live.  In addition, the network will be bringing fans closer than ever to Celtics basketball and CSNNE talent via social media channels Periscope, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more.

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12 thoughts on “CSNNE Announces 2015-16 Season Coverage of the Boston Celtics

  1. I enjoy Scal’s commentary. AnnouncerCam seems pointless, but Mic’d players are usually a good thing. Here we go Celtics, here we go!


  2. Very interesting Q&A of Chad Finn:

    Here’s a “wow”:

    “I think it was Tom Werner deciding to flex his TV muscles and make a change with absolutely no idea that fans would respond the way they did. No clue. None. NESN was utterly unprepared for the backlash. I heard one of their PR guys had to ask who Bill Simmons was, incredulous that this guy with 4.5 million followers would actually tweet about Orsillo. Focus groups might have given Werner a clue that “re-energizing” the broadcast wasn’t something viewers were clamoring for, but as far as I know there was nothing like that. I can’t exaggerate how unprepared they were for the response.”

    And there’s some good stuff about ESPN and sourcing elsewhere in the piece.


    1. Words/themes you always see together, w/o the Cards Against Humanity stretch:

      – ‘NESN’
      – ‘Werner’
      – ‘absolutely no idea’
      – ‘fans respond the way they did’
      – ‘no clue’
      – ‘unprepared for the backlash’


    2. Also, we’ve discussed a bit of talent in the bullpen between the two radio stations:

      Finn’s response:

      That’s a good question. They sort of
      stumbled into Minihane being a revelation in terms of a radio
      personality. He was writing the backs of baseball cards a decade or so
      ago and came to WEEI as a writer because Rob Bradford knew him and
      recognized his talent. I don’t think they initially knew what they had.
      Arcand is very good (full disclosure, I go on his NH show with Pete
      Sheppard fairly often) and Chris Villani is as well. A lot of people
      like Danny Picard. But since moving Mut into middays six or so years go,
      they really haven’t promoted their own younger talent. They definitely
      need to pay more attention to the farm system over there.

      Couldn’t agree more. (And, why aren’t any of these 3 used when you need a fill-in instead of Gary from Sudbury paying to be on the air?)

      If Rich Keefe and Jim Murray are their “bullpen”, that’s a stark contrast.


    3. If someone doing media relations for a sports outlet didn’t know (arguably) the most influential person in sports media, then he should have been fired on the spot.


  3. Christ….now Tanguay is calling INTO shows! He’s “Gary from Sudbury” (it’s like Scott from Wrentham, get it? get it?!). Called in to OMF or whatevere it’s called. Like, did someone put him up to this? Some brain dead suit in a corner office at ‘EEI tell him “hey, Gary, call into Glen’s show. Ya know, like Zolak does to Felger & Mazz. it’ll be great!”


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