Monday, October 04, 2010

Division Playoffs Are On TBS, Specials on Comcast SportsNet

Once again, the Division Series will be telecast on TBS. Last year, the announcers who covered the Phillies NLDS appearance were my favorite of all of the playoff series the Phillies were in.
Right from TBS, here is their lineup of announcers and support staff for the broadcasts:

TBS steps up to the plate on October 1 to begin televising the 2008 MLB Postseason. The network announced today it’s broadcasting roster for its exclusive coverage of all four MLB League Division Series (LDS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The play-by-play voices for the LDS will be “Sunday MLB on TBS” announcer Chip Caray, legendary broadcaster Dick Stockton, Boston Red Sox play-by-play man Don Orsillo and Milwaukee Brewers announcer Brian Anderson. They will be calling all the action throughout the LDS alongside a team of expert analysts, which includes “Sunday MLB on TBS” analysts Ron Darling and Buck Martinez, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and 16-year veteran broadcaster Joe Simpson, both returning to the network this postseason, along with “former NL Cy Young Award winner and current Braves pitcher John Smoltz and two-time AL All-Star and veteran analyst Harold Reynolds.

Also contributing to the LDS postseason coverage will be TBS MLB insider and Sports Illustrated baseball senior writer Tom Verducci, along with field reporters Craig Sager, Marc Fein and David Aldridge. In the studio for the LDS, two-time Emmy-award winning host Ernie Johnson will be joined by Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley as well as one of the top lead-off batters in MLB, current Detroit Tigers’ centerfielder Curtis Granderson, who will break down the night’s action and offer insight throughout the night.

  The fun doesn’t only mean watching the game broadcast though, local Philadelphia coverage includes a lot of programming by Comcast SportsNet. The coverage will begin early on Wednesday and carry on through the playoffs, here is the lineup of Comcast SportsNet coverage:

Throughout the Phillies 2010 postseason run, Comcast SportsNet will provide extended Phillies coverage, including “Phillies Pregame Live” and “Phillies Postgame Live” for every Phillies postseason game featuring highlights, exclusive interviews with players and managers, plus expert analysis with former Phillies Ricky Bottalico and Darren Daulton. In addition to special playoff editions of “Daily News Live” and “SportsNite,” Comcast SportsNet will air “Chasing History,” a 30-minute program airing throughout the postseason.

Comcast SportsNet’s game-day coverage of the Phillies-Reds series begins on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with “Phillies Pregame Live.” The schedule for the first two games of the Phillies-Reds series is below.

Wednesday, October 6
4:30 p.m.               Phillies Pregame Live
5 p.m.                     Daily News Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite
8 p.m.                     Phillies Postgame Live
10 p.m.                  SportsNite
1 a.m.                     SportsRise

Friday, October 8
5 p.m.                     Daily News Live
5:30 p.m.               Phillies Pregame Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite
9 p.m.                     Phillies Postgame Live
10 p.m.                  SportsNite
1 a.m.                     SportsRise

Chasing History
This 30-minute program will feature Comcast SportsNet’s talented roster of Phillies experts including former players Ricky Bottalico and Darren Daulton, plus Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury, breaking down the key matchups of each game. “Chasing History” will air on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

That is a lot of coverage from just about every angle possible for this Division Series!

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