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Comcast SportsNet California
Launched 2004
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by Comcast
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Sacramento
Northern California
Oregon
Western Nevada
Formerly called CSN West (2004-2008)
Sister channel(s) CSN Bay Area
Website CSN California
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 698 (SD)
698-1 (HD)
699 CSN California Plus (SD)
699-1 CSN California Plus (HD)
Dish Network 409 (SD)
359 (HD)
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels

Comcast SportsNet California (CSN California) is a regional sports network that serves Northern California and parts of Oregon and Nevada. It is owned by Comcast and is a member of Comcast SportsNet.

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Programming

CSN California is the cable home for MLB's Oakland Athletics, the NHL's San Jose Sharks, the NBA's Sacramento Kings, MLS's San Jose Earthquakes and the PASL's Stockton Cougars, and was the cable home for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until the team's folding. The network also carries programming related to the NFL's Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.

CSN California college coverage includes UC Berkeley[1],Sacramento State University, St. Mary's College, UC Davis, the University of San Francisco, the University of the Pacific, the University of Nevada and San Jose State University. CSN California also covers Friday night high school football.[2] CSN California is the official home for the Cal Golden Bears, often airing Football and Men's Basketball games that did not make national television on ABC, ESPN and Fox Sports Net.

Bay Area sports anchor Gary Radnich also simulcasts his KNBR radio show live on this network, weekdays from 9am to noon, unless preempted by a live sporting event on either CSN California or KNBR.

Brief history

After Comcast acquired the television rights to the Sacramento Kings, Comcast SportsNet West was launched in 2004. At different times, those games had been shown on pay-per-view and on an alternate feed of SportsChannel Bay Area (now CSN Bay Area).

Although the network was originally aimed at the Northern California region, the network began to expand as a compliment to their Bay Area station, beginning with a re-branding to Comcast SportsNet California in September 2008, and becoming the official broadcaster of the Oakland Athletics (who were originally served by CSN Bay Area in addition to the San Francisco Giants) for the 2009 MLB season, broadcasting an increased regular season of 145 regular season games (an increase of 37 from in 2008)[3] The San Jose Sharks followed the Athletics from CSN Bay Area for the 2009-10 NHL season, seeing a similar increase in games broadcast with 75 games overall and 50 in high definition.[4]

Bay Area basic cable packages have since added CSN California, which was previously available only to digital cable and satellite subscribers. CSN Bay Area and California merged websites and are officially considered "sister stations". Oakland A's pre-game and post-game shows are either hosted on-site for home games, or at CSN Bay Area's Sportsnet Central studios for road games. The CSN Bay Area original program "Chronicle Live" also airs on CSN California at midnight.

CSN California was also home for the Oakland Raiders original show "Raiders Report", a 52 week show featuring Raider news and game highlights. It was announced that after every 2009 Raiders game (which air on other networks) will be followed by post-game coverage on the network.

Personalities

  • Shooty Babitt, Athletics pre-game and post-game host
  • Mindi Bach, Athletics pre-game and post-game host
  • Jamie Baker, Sharks post-game analyst
  • Brodie Brazil, Sharks sideline reporter
  • Dan Dibley, Earthquakes sideline reporter
  • Ray Fosse, Athletics color analyst
  • Randy Hahn, Sharks play-by-play announcer
  • Bret Hedican, Sharks pre-game and post-game analyst
  • Jim Kozimor, Earthquakes play-by-play announcer, and House Party and Zero to Sixty anchor
  • Glen Kuiper, Athletics play-by-play announcer
  • Mike Lamb, Comcast SportsNet Insider host
  • Kate Longworth, Athletics sideline reporter
  • Scott Reiss, Sharks pre-game, intermission and post-game host
  • John Shrader, Earthquakes color analyst
  • Drew Remenda, Sharks color analyst and Shark Byte host
  • Steve Weissman, SportsNight host

CSN California HD

Comcast SportsNet California HD (CSN California HD) is a 1080i high-definition simulcast of CSN California. CSN California shows all Sacramento Kings home games in HD, as well as all San Jose Sharks home games and some road games. Select Oakland Athletics telecasts are also to be broadcast in HD, and are generally used for evening home games, and road games against the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels.

References

  1. ^ http://west.comcastsportsnet.com/downloads/Official%20Announcement%20-%20Comcast-Cal%20Press%20Release%20August%2010%202005.doc
  2. ^ Welcome to Comcast SportsNet - California
  3. ^ COMCAST SPORTS NET CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAKLAND ATHLETICS TELECAST SCHEDULE
  4. ^ "Comcast SportsNet California Announces Inaugural San Jose Sharks Telecast Schedule". Comcast SportsNet California. 2009-09-16. http://www.csnbayarea.com/pages/landing?span-stylecolor-rgb255-0-0-Comcast-Sport=1&blockID=75533&feedID=2539. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 

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