CSN To Air 10 Mystics Games
By Dave Hughes
Comcast SportsNet and the Washington Mystics have announced the team's 10-game television schedule for the 2011 WNBA regular season, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, when the Mystics host the Connecticut Sun at D.C.'s Verizon Center.
In addition, the Bethesda-based network will air "Mystics Magazine," an eight-episode documentary-style program that will follow the team as it competes in the WNBA. The first episode debuted in late May.
Mystics broadcast schedule highlights including a match with the 2010 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm on July 3, and Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream on Aug. 9. In addition, playoff teams Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury are featured on the schedule.
More Comcast SportsNet news, as the network teams with the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis to announce that six matches will air, beginning July 5.
In addition to the schedule of live tennis -- which will also feature two additional WTT matches, including the league finals -- Comcast SportsNet will include Kastles features and appearances during the network's daily news and entertainment programming, a dedicated Kastles team page on CSNwashington.com and several airings of "Keys to the Kastles" season preview show, which debuted on June 4.
Comcast SportsNet's live coverage of the Kastles begins with a series of three matches in three nights to open the season.
First, Venus Williams and the Kastles open brand-new "Kastles Stadium at The Wharf" against the defending WTT champion Kansas City Explorers on July 5, followed by Venus and the Kastles' trip to Philadelphia on July 6 to face the Freedoms. The Kastles then return home and welcome Serena Williams back for the 2011 season on July 7 against the Boston Lobsters.
The second-most-popular full-time radio sports talker in Baltimore, D.C.'s ESPN 980, WTEM, has instituted a 24-hour delay for its podcasts, including those of popular late morning man Tony Kornheiser.
The Dan Snyder-owned station's director of programming, Chuck Sapienza, tells the
Washington Post: "We're delaying the podcasts 24 hours for all of our shows. I know this hurts people who listen out of town, but we're trying to get people to listen on the radio. We're in the radio business, and we're trying to get people to listen on the radio. And the more people who download podcasts, the fewer people who listen on the radio."
In addition to listening on the 50,000-watt signal of 980 AM, which is based in Hyattsville and blankets much of the Baltimore market, the station's shows can be live streamed at espn980.com and via an "Audio Now" mobile phone relay at 712-432-1980.
"We're trying to make it as easy for people to listen on the radio," Sapienza told the Post's Dan Steinberg. "What I've tried to explain to people is that the radio show is the vehicle from which everything else runs. The radio show generates the revenue so we have a podcast. If we don't have a radio show or a radio station, there is no podcast.
"We need to worry about the radio station first."
Sapienza said he had received about 100 complaints, maybe more, about the new podcast delay policy, with about 90 percent of those coming from outside the D.C. area, some from outside the USA.
Posted June 6, 2011