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CSN Announces Wizards, Caps TV Schedules

By Dave Hughes

Assuming the lockout lifts and there is an NBA season, Comcast SportsNet will air 82 regular-season and three preseason Washington Wizards games during the 2011-12 campaign. Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier start their 15th season doing the team's TV coverage together.

Chris Miller returns as sideline reporter for home games. Also returning are the "Wizards Central" and "WizardsPostgame Live" shows, which will feature analysis from Ron Thompson and will be hosted by Miller.


Comcast SportsNet will also carry 71 Washington Capitals games during the 2011-12 NHL regular season, beginning with the Caps' season opener against Carolina Oct. 8.

And, the Bethesda-based regional sports network will again feature the "Capitals Central" and "Capitals Postgame Live" shows. Comcast/NBC's Versus network, which will be rebranded the NBC Sports Network next year, will televise six games, with five scheduled as "flex" games.

Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, and Al Koken start their 15th season together as CSN's Caps on-air team.


"The Ravens Rap Show" in Ocean City, now in its 12th year, has expanded to television via Comcast's Beach TV.

The show is taped Wednesdays at the Blue Ox. It's carried by Salisbury rocker WZBH and hosted by Baltimore-Eastern Shore radio veteran Mike Popovec, who is also heard on Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan.

Former Baltimore Colt Bruce Laird, Tony Lombardi of and former Lehigh University player John Gehrig join Popovec on the show.


Baltimore also jumps a spot in the new 2012 radio market rankings issued by ratings firm Arbitron -- from 22nd to 21st.

Also, Washington, D.C., was upped from ninth to eighth because Atlanta was dropped from seventh to ninth.


In the Washington Examiner, Jim Williams reports that Comcast SportsNet has officially started its alternate Baltimore market feed.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, CSN produced both Ravens and Redskins postgame shows simultaneously.

But, if you live within the Baltimore market (Baltimore City and County, plus Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Harford counties) you saw the Ravens postgame show, "Ravens Postgame Live."

If you lived anywhere else in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Washington area, you saw the Redskins postgame show, "Redskins Postgame Live" on CSN.

While CSN has the technical capacity to split the feeds, there are currently no plans for CSN Mid-Atlantic to become CSN Baltimore and CSN Washington.


Redskins and WTEM owner Dan Snyder has dismissed his lawsuit against Washington City Paper and staff writer Dave McKenna about "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide To Dan Snyder," which was published last November.

Since Snyder first sued over the story, City Paper and McKenna fought the case aggressively, eventually asking a Washington, D.C., Superior Court judge to dismiss it under the District's new law against "strategic lawsuits against public participation" or "SLAPP."

"From the beginning, we have believed that Snyder's lawsuit was a baseless one, designed to intimidate a journalist and a publication that have been among his most persistent critics," according to a City Paper statement. " City Paper is a small news organization with limited resources, and defending ourselves against this lawsuit has cost massive amounts of time and money, well beyond the $34,308.91 that readers have contributed to our legal defense fund."

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said in a statement: "The lawsuit was pursued as a means to correct the public record following several critical factual misstatements in the Washington City Paper article. In the course of the defendants' recently filed pleadings and statements in this matter, the Washington City Paper and its writer have admitted that certain assertions contained in the article that are the subject of the lawsuit were, in fact, unintended by the defendants to be read literally as true. Therefore, we see nothing further to be gained at this time through continuing the lawsuit. We prefer to focus on the coming football season."


According to a Washington Post poll, just 20 percent of Washington-area residents have a favorable view of Redskins and WTEM owner Dan Snyder, with 54 percent holding an
unfavorable impression.

Posted Sept. 21, 2011