Patriots All Access Debuts on WBZ/WSBK This Week

Ken from Fang’s Bites with a quickie update today.

This is from WBZ-TV and the New England Patriots. The Patriots All Access show makes the official move from WCVB, its home for 12 seasons to WBZ this week.

Patriots All Access debuts this Friday

Patriots All Access kicks off its 13th season on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV and will be replayed Sunday, March 15 at 10 a.m. on TV38.

Boston, Mass. – Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – “Patriots All Access” will kick off its 13th season on Friday the 13th when it debuts at its new home, WBZ-TV and TV38. WBZ-TV Sports Anchor Steve Burton will host the first off-season installment of “Patriots All Access” on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV, beginning a new era for the best and most in-depth Patriots program in New England. “Patriots-All Access” will re-air on Sunday, March 15 at 10 a.m. on TV38 (WSBK-TV).

The first “Patriots All Access” on WBZ-TV and TV38 will feature:

* WBZ-TV Sports Reporter Dan Roche examining a whirlwind of offseason activity for the team, as multiple trades and free agency acquisitions have begun to shape the 2009 Patriots.
* Former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak sitting down with the Patriots’ new senior football advisor, Floyd Reese, to discuss the offseason and the upcoming NFL Draft.
* WBZ-TV Sports Reporter Alice Cook kicking off a season-long Patriots 50th Anniversary celebration by unveiling the first in a series of Top 10 lists with the “Top 10 Personnel Moves in Franchise History.”
* Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green escorting a group of Foxboro High School seniors on their school vacation to his home state of Louisiana to help rebuild a town damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

“I am thrilled to begin a new chapter with WBZ-TV as ‘All Access’ begins its 13th year,” said Matt Smith, executive producer of Kraft Sports Productions. “This is an extension of an already fabulous relationship between the organization and WBZ. Patriots fans will not want to miss a minute, as the WBZ-TV sports team brings a unique and fresh perspective to the show.”

This is the first stage of Patriots programming that WBZ has acquired. It also picked up the Patriots preseason games from Channel 5. This press release has a complete schedule of Patriots programming on WBZ and TV-38.


TV38 Renews Revolution Deal

The CBS Television Stations group, of which both WBZ-TV and TV38 are a part of, continues to get cozy with Kraft Sports Productions.

A week after announcing that the preseason games of the New England Patriots and the All Access television program were moving to WBZ-TV, the announcement was made today that the sides have agreed to renew their exclusive television rights agreement to broadcast New England Revolution soccer games.

Here is the release:

Boston, Ma – Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – TV38 (WSBK-TV) today announced that it has renewed its exclusive television rights agreement with The New England Revolution and Kraft Sports Productions. Under this three-year agreement, TV38 will continue to be the team’s only television broadcaster in the Boston market airing all non-nationally televised games. This season’s television schedule is expected to be announced by Major League Soccer tomorrow (1/28/2009).

“We are delighted to continue our exclusive broadcast partnership with the Revs and Kraft Sports Productions,” said Ed Piette, President and General Manager of Boston’s TV38 and WBZ-TV. “The matches broadcast on TV38 have been very popular with soccer fans, and we are glad to be able to bring the games to viewers who might not have a chance to see them otherwise.”

“We’re very pleased to extend our partnership with TV38,” New England Revolution Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello said. “Our first two years with the station were a tremendous success for us and our fans, and it was an easy decision to continue to partner with TV38 for the next three years. We’re looking forward to further developing our relationship and growing the Revolution’s reach in the greater-Boston area.”

The Revolution games on TV38 will be produced by Kraft Sports Productions and will continue to feature Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Greg Lalas (analyst), and Kristina Akra (sideline). In addition to the Revs’ matches on TV38, Major League Soccer’s national broadcast partners ESPN2 and Fox Soccer Channel will showcase select Revolution matches nationally. And, league Spanish language partner Univision (which also includes the Galavision and Telefutura networks) will carry a selection of Revolution matches to compliment the full slate of games shown in English.