Some cable television subscribers in the region will now be able to watch NESN National (New England Sports Network), much like YES Network has its own national channel.
That does not mean the Boston Red Sox and Bruins have made inroads into New York territory. Those telecasts are limited to the New England region, and NESN will fill those time slots with other programming, such as NESN Daily, a half-hour sports news program, much like SNY’s SportsNite. However, Red Sox pre- and post-game shows are available, as well as Bruins replays (often a 7 p.m. telecast is replayed at midnight).
The morning features a simulcast of WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan sports radio show (which is often played for the national audience when a Red Sox or Bruins game is televised regionally) and replays of NESN Daily for the national audience, while New Englanders see syndicated paid programming.
The Pawtucket Red Sox Triple-A baseball team and Portland SeaDogs Double-A baseball team has a number of spring and summer telecasts available for the national audience. NESN’s Hockey East Conference and famed Beanpot Tournament are available nationwide, as will some of the college programming from New England — some syndicated Atlantic Coast Conference football and basketball is available nationally and some is only available regionally because of contractual rights.
NESN National can be seen in standard definition on Verizon FiOS Ch. 97.