Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: Wikis


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Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
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CSN Philadelphia
Launched October 1, 1997
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by Comcast
Philadelphia Phillies
Slogan Nobody does Philly Sports Better!
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Philadelphia Metro Area
Eastern Pennsylvania
South Jersey
Headquarters CSN Wachovia Center Studios
Replaced PRISM Network (1976-1997)
SportsChannel Philadelphia (1990-1997)
Sister channel(s) Comcast Network
Website CSN Philadelphia
DirecTV Currently Unavailable
Dish Network Currently Unavailable
Available on most cable systems Check local listings for channels
Verizon Fios 76 (SD)
576 (HD)
Service Electric 28 (SD)
528 (HD)
RCN 29 (SD)
179 (HD)

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (CSN Philadelphia) is a regional sports network that is the charter member of Comcast SportsNet. It primarily serves the Philadelphia metro area, but its reach extends to cover Northeastern Pennsylvania, all of South Jersey, and most of Delaware.

CSN Philadelphia is owned by Comcast and was the first Comcast SportsNet channel. It is the cable home of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, and MLB's Philadelphia Phillies. The network also covers local college sports games, including the Philadelphia Big Five, the Atlantic 10, and the Colonial Athletic Association.

CSN Philadelphia debuted on October 1, 1997, replacing the PRISM Network and SportsChannel in the Philadelphia area. The Phillies own a minority share of the channel.

CSN Philadelphia's studios and offices are located inside the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. CSN Philadelphia also has a small studio inside Citizens Bank Park, which is used sporadically during the baseball season.

In addition, Comcast owns Comcast Network, which on occasion will air Phillies games in the Philadelphia metro area when a Flyers or 76ers game airs on CSN Philadelphia. Some Flyers and 76ers games are also aired by Comcast Network, while WPHL-TV carries some Phillies games.





  • Michael Barkann (August 1997)
  • John Boruk (July 2006)
  • Ron Burke (August 1997–1999, January 2002)
  • Amy Fadool (January 2009)
  • Leslie Gudel (August 1997)
  • Derrick Gunn (August 1997)
  • Marshall Harris (March 2008)
  • Neil Hartman (August 1997)
  • Dei Lynam (August 1997)
  • Gregg Murphy[1]







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FSN on Comcast SportsNet

CSN Philadelphia carries FSN programming in lieu of an FSN affiliate. This offers the regions access to a variety of college sports, notably ACC men's and women's basketball on Sundays, Pac-10 basketball on various nights, plus Big 12 and Pac-10 football on Saturdays during their respective seasons. They also air studio shows, such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and the FSN Final Score. This arrangement is to secure national coverage for its collegiate lineup of games.


Unlike most other cable networks, CSN Philadelphia is distributed only via microwave and fiber optics. The infrastructure Comcast uses for this was left over from the now defunct PRISM Network. Since CSN Philadelphia does not uplink its signal to any satellite, Comcast was able to avoid an FCC regulation that requires most television channels to be offered to direct broadcast satellite (DBS) companies.

On January 20, 2010, the FCC voted 4-1 to close the terrestrial loophole[2], the regulation that allowed transmissions not made over satellite to remain undistributed to other broadcasters. Lawyers for DirecTV and Dish Network had attempted to show that Comcast Corporation, who owns both CSN Philadelphia along with most of the cable systems in the Philadelphia market, acted in restraint of trade because it did not uplink CSN Philadelphia to satellite. The vote by the FCC means that there is a great chance for DirecTV and Dish Network to begin carrying CSN Philly sometime in 2010.

As a result of limited availability, DBS providers DirecTV and Dish Network realized far slower penetration into the Philadelphia market. One estimate pegs the number of potential customers lost due to the loophole at 450,000.[citation needed]

However, cable companies other than Comcast within the designated CSN Philadelphia market do have access to the channel. In December 2006, Comcast even made a deal to place CSN Philadelphia on Verizon's competing FiOS systems.[3] All of the other members of Comcast SportsNet are available to DBS subscribers, with the exception of CSN Northwest (however this is only because DirecTV and Dish Network have not been able to reach a carriage agreement with Comcast).

In 1998 Comcast SportsNet Philadelpia almost became available to New York DMA Comcast subscribers in southern Middlesex County in the municipalities of Plainsboro, South Brunswick, Monroe, Cranbury, Jamesburg, Helmetta, Spotswood, and East Brunswick, who previously had acess to PRISM. But days before it was set to be added the National Basketball Association stepped in with a cease and desist order to block the distribution of Philadelphia 76ers games in Middlesex County in spite of the fact that the NBA allowed New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets games to be aired in a part of the Philadelphia DMA (Mercer County) on MSG Network and Fox Sports New York. Unwilling to distribute the channel with the NBA basketball games blacked out, Comcast backed down.

Phillies games used to be unavailable on the satellite version of MLB Extra Innings, although the NBA and NHL have always been able to use the CSN Philadelphia feeds for their packages. Beginning in 2007, both the cable and satellite version of MLB Extra Innings began to use the CSN Philadelphia feed for some games and in 2008, when MLB Extra Innings began showing both feeds of most games, all Phillies games shown on CSN Philadelphia became available to all subscribers.

CSN Philadelphia channel numbers (must scroll down about half the page).

CSN Philadelphia HD

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia including live sports and series. CSN Philadelphia shows all[4] Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, and Philadelphia 76ers games in HD.[5] Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia also broadcasts their live studio shows in high definition, such as Daily News Live, SportsNite, and Post Game Live shows.


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