Comcast SportsNet Announces Comprehensive Coverage of Washington Capitals First-Round Playoff Series

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April 12th, 2010

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via press release:

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE SURROUNDING WASHINGTON CAPITALS FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF SERIES

NETWORK TO DELIVER ALL OPENING-ROUND GAMES AGAINST MONTREAL IN HIGH-DEFINITION; REGULAR SEASON CLOSES AS HIGHEST-RATED IN NETWORK HISTORY

Bethesda, Md. (April 12, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leader in television and online sports coverage,  announced that it will broadcast all seven possible games of the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Montreal Canadiens in high-definition (HD), beginning with Game One on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet’s live game coverage of the first-round series against Montreal will be anchored by play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, analyst Craig Laughlin and reporter Al Koken. Comcast SportsNet hockey analyst Alan May and Capitals beat reporter Lisa Hillary will also offer analysis, reporting and special features throughout the playoffs.

Comcast SportsNet’s comprehensive coverage surrounding the Capitals this postseason includes expanded coverage throughout the network’s news and entertainment programs, including Capitals Postgame Live. Hosted by Koken and May, Capitals Postgame Live will provide expert news, analysis and opinion in an expanded half-hour format immediately following each Capitals playoff game.

The network’s half-hour news program, SportsNite, will provide extensive Capitals coverage every day with special pregame elements leading into each game broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Washington Post Live, Comcast SportsNet’s daily hour-long sports and entertainment talk show, will offer expanded coverage throughout the playoffs, highlighted by Capitals-related guests and content, including a special Capitals playoff edition, which will debut on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. and re-air throughout this week.

Comcast SportsNet’s special 30-minute feature, Capitals: Behind the Lens, which gives viewers an inside look into the network’s live coverage of the Capitals, will be airing throughout the playoffs. The program, which debuted on Sunday, highlights the logistical and technical aspects involved in live event programming, as well as the people that play key roles in the broadcast, including Beninati, Laughlin and Koken.

CSNwashington.com, the region’s leading source for online sports news and analysis, will provide complete daily coverage of the Capitals throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, including video, breaking news, online chats and features by reporters Corey Masisak and Ryan O’Halloran. Fans can sign up to have real-time scores for the Capitals playoff games delivered to their mobile devices at CSNwashington.com.

During the 2009-10 NHL regular season, the Capitals delivered their highest-rated season in Comcast SportsNet history and their third consecutive season of double-digit ratings growth on the network, earning a 1.6 average household rating in the Washington market, which is equal to approximately 37,000 households. Combined with the Baltimore television market, the Capitals attracted an average audience of approximately 45,000 households this season. Since 2006-07, Capitals ratings on Comcast SportsNet have skyrocketed more than 300 percent, the largest increase of any U.S.-based NHL team during that span.

Capitals Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Television Schedule:

Day      Date                     Time                  Game                                           Television

Thur.     April 15                  7 p.m.                Montreal at Washington                  Comcast SportsNet HD

Sat.      April 17                  7 p.m.                Montreal at Washington                  Comcast SportsNet HD

Mon.     April 19                  7 p.m.                Washington at Montreal                  Comcast SportsNet HD

Wed.    April 21                  7 p.m.                Washington at Montreal                  Comcast SportsNet HD

*Fri.      April 23                  7 p.m.                Montreal at Washington                  Comcast SportsNet HD

*Mon.    April 26                  7 p.m.                Washington at Montreal                  Comcast SportsNet HD

*Wed.   April 28                  TBD                   Montreal at Washington                  Comcast SportsNet HD

*If Necessary

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association – delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.6 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNet’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, is the region’s leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast Sports Group’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS.  Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming.  For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

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