Mets stick with WPIX for two more years

The New York Mets have forged an extension with WPIX-11 to carry 25 regular-season games and four spring training games per season in 2016 and 2017.
The Mets have made WPIX their over-the-air station  since the start of the 1999 season. For their first 37 seasons (1962-98) the Mets appeared on WOR (and later WWOR) channel 9.
As has been the case since its inception in 2006, SportsNet New York (SNY) will continue to produce the telecasts for WPIX.

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Knicks games easy to find on MSG

MSG Networks will present New York Knicks basketball on the MSG channel throughout the season, except for seven exclusive games on TNT and ABC.
The New York Rangers, though, will require some searching on certain nights. Four Rangers games will appear on the overflow MSG 2 channel, and two games will appear on MSG Plus (the home for Devils and Islanders hockey).

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NHL preseason hockey on TV

The NHL season is closer than you think!
MSG Networks plan on broadcasting all six Rangers preseason games, two of which involve separate Devils telecasts, and a Devils-Islanders tilt from the Islanders’ future home at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The NHL Network will also televise a game almost every night through the preseason.
Here is the preseason TV schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 21
Buffalo-Washington, 5 p.m. (NHL Network)

Monday, Sept. 22
Devils-Rangers, 7 p.m. (MSG, MSG Plus; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Philadelphia-Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
San Jose-Vancouver, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Arizona-Calgary, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Thursday, Sept. 25
Anaheim-Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

Friday, Sept. 26
Boston-Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Devils-Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (MSG Plus)
Rangers-Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (MSG)
Calgary-Vancouver, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)

Saturday, Sept. 27
Columbus-Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. (NHL Network)
Winnipeg-Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Buffalo-Toronto, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Monday, Sept. 29
Philadelphia-Rangers, 7 p.m. (MSG; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)
Arizona-Vancouver, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Rangers-Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (MSG, TCN Philly; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets)

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Pittsburgh-Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

Thursday, Oct. 2
Philadelphia-Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network-blacked out in Philly market; CSN Philly)
Vancouver-Edmonton, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)

Friday, Oct. 3
Chicago-Rangers, 7 p.m. (MSG; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)

Saturday, Oct. 4
Detroit-Boston, 5:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Rangers-Devils, 7 p.m. (MSG, MSG Plus; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)
Colorado-Los Angeles, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Carolina-Washington, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)

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Time Warner to televise 4 Section 9 football games

Time Warner Cable will broadcast three Section 9 football games this fall.
The games are: Sept. 12, Minisink Valley at Pine Bush; Sept. 26, Monroe-Woodbury at Newburgh Free Academy; Oct. 24, Wallkill at Cornwall; Nov. 8, Section 9 Class AA final
In addition, the Eastern semifinals from Dietz Stadium will be televised: Nov. 21, Class D (4 p.m.), Class A (8 p.m.); Nov. 22, Class C (11 a.m.), Class B (3 p.m.), Class AA (7 p.m.)
Time Warner will also televise the state finals from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse: Nov. 28, Class D (12 p.m.), Class A (3 p.m.); Nov. 29, Class C (1 p.m.); Class AA (3 p.m.); Class B (6 p.m.).

Time Warner’s football telecasts from the Section 9 games will not be webstreamed, but the weekly Section 2 (Albany area) games are webstreamed. Check out local listings for those games.

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Minisink, Pine Bush football on TWC Sports

The Minisink Valley-Pine Bush football game on Friday, Sept. 12, will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 323.
There’s no word yet on other upcoming Section 9 contests on TWC Sports.

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NEC Front Row back for another season

The Northeast Conference provides free webcasts of athletic events on a service called NEC Front Row.
Army volleyball’s match at Bryant on Friday (7 p.m.) and Marist’s football game at Sacred Heart on Saturday (6 p.m.) are among the early highlights. Other games include: Marist men’s soccer at Sacred Heart (Sept. 13, 12 p.m.) and Army men’s basketball at St. Francis-NY (Nov. 19, 7 p.m.).

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NBC group to air 25 college hockey games

The NBC Sports Group plans to broadcast 25 college hockey games this season, including 20 Notre Dame home games and six Hockey East games.
The NBC Sports Network schedule:
Fri. Oct. 17 – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 18 – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 25 – Niagara at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.; Fri. Oct. 31 – Vermont at Notre Dame, 8 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 7 – Boston University at Boston College, 8 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 21 – UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5 – Boston College at New Hampshire, 8 p.m.; Sat. Dec. 6 – Maine at UMass-Lowell, 8 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 3 – Union at Boston University, 7 p.m.; Fri. Jan. 9 – Dartmouth at New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Jan. 10 – Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.; Harvard vs. Yale (at Madison Square Garden), 8:15 p.m.; Fri. Jan. 16 – Connecticut at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Jan. 17 – Massachusetts at New Hampshire, 6:30 p.m.; Sat. Jan. 31 – New Hampshire at Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 13 – Providence at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Feb. 14 – Providence at Notre Dame, 8 p.m.; Fri. Feb. 27 – Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Feb. 28 – Boston College at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.

Schedule for NBCSports.com
Fri. Oct. 10 – RPI at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. Oct. 12 – Minnesota at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.; Fri. Oct. 24 – Niagara at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 1 – Vermont at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.; Thur. Nov. 20 – UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 28 – Union at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 29 – Second round of Notre Dame’s Shillelagh tournament, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 30 – New Hampshire at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

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All Fordham sports to be streamed for free

All Fordham University athletic events will be streamed online for free for the coming school year.
Fordham football games will be streamed on The Patriot League Network, through CampusInsiders.com.
Other Fordham sports will be streamed through the Atlantic 10 Digital Network at Atlantic10.com.
Fans of the Rams in the Hudson Valley can listen to many games from campus radio station WFUV (94.5-FM in Beacon, 90.7-FM from the Bronx).

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Last week in Sports Broadcasting history

Sorry, but I’ve been kind of busy of late, so here’s a look at This Week in Sports Broadcasting History … from last week.

- The first color television broadcast of a Major League Baseball game was held on Aug. 11, 1951. WCBS-2 in New York televised an 8-1 win by the Boston Braves over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

- MSG Network’s Sam Rosen celebrated his 67th birthday on Aug. 12. Rosen has been the TV voice of the New York Rangers since the 1984-85 season (he served the previous two seasons as studio host). He has been calling NFL games for Fox Sports since 1996. Rosen also worked for ESPN from 1979-88, notably on boxing coverage.

- Famed sportscaster Marty Glickman was born on Aug. 14, 1917. Glickman was the voice of the New York Knicks (21 seasons), New York Giants (23 seasons) and New York Jets (11 seasons), plus some New York Rangers games. He was the first TV announcer for the New York Nets of the ABA. He did pre- and post-game shows for the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers for 22 years. He broadcast countless college basketball games and high school sports for local television, including WPIX in New York. He called NFL games for NBC in September 1988 on a fill-in basis. He died at age 83 on January 3, 2001.

– NBC hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk celebrated his 48th birthday on Aug. 16. Olczyk played 16 seasons with the Maple Leafs, Jets, Rangers (during the 1994 Stanley Cup year), Kings, Blackhawks and Penguins.
Also celebrating a birthday on Aug. 16 was Bonnie Bernstein, born in 1970. Bernstein gained fame as a CBS Sports sideline reporter (1998-2006), and has served as a guest commentator on many networks. She is a substitute host on radio’s “The Dan Patrick Show.”

– Yankees great and 40-year broadcaster Phil Rizzuto plays his final game as a Yankee on Aug. 16, 1956.

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Time Warner groups sports channels

Sports fans may have to do a little extra channel surfing to find some of their favorite sports channels once Time Warner Cable makes changes effective Tuesday.
The changes will not affect the standard tier of offerings (in the double-digit channels) from the ESPN networks, MSG networks, YES and SNY. But now a group of sports channels have found new destinations between channels 300-444, making it easier for viewers to surf.
The subscription channels for MLB Extra Innings, NHL Center Ice and NBA League Pass can be found between Chs. 389-399 and 420-424.
Like sports, news and information channels can be found from 200-229; lifestyle channels from 160-187; kids and teens channels from 250-268; and, movies from 500-635.
Here are the upper-tier changes:

Network New Channel Old Channel
ESPN 300 772
ESPN2 301 771
ESPNews 302
ESPNU 370 479
MSG 316 768
MSG Plus 319 767
SNY 320 770
YES 321 769
MLB Network 306 489
NFL Network 310 462
NBA TV 308 488
NHL Network 312 468
NBC Sports 314 781
CBS Sports 315 467
Fox Sports 1 400 786
Fox Sports 2 401 456
Golf 405 773
Tennis 406 465
Pac 12 375 464
Big Ten 382 472
Universal Sports 407 417
ESPN Classic 303 451
ESPN Goalline 371 477
MLB Strike Zone 307 466
NFL Red Zone 311 463
TWC Sports 323 413
Sports Extra 1 324 197
Sports Extra 2 325 198
Sports Overflow 326 199
TWC Sports Net 330 415
TWC SportsNet L.A. 331 420
Fox College Atlantic 372 452
Fox College Central 373 453
Fox College Pacific 374 454
Mav TV 402 —
Velocity 403 754
Outdoor 408 480
TVG (horse racing) 413 481
GolTV (soccer) 416 820
BeIN Sport 417 429
Fox Soccer Plus 419 470
ESPN Deportes 440 —
TWC Deportes 441 —
Fox Deportes 442 486
BeIN Espanol 443 430
Univision Deportes 444 778

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