MONTE POOLE JOINS COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA, CSNBAYAREA.COM AS “WARRIORS INSIDER”
Poole to Cover the Golden State Warriors for CSNBayArea.com and Contribute On-Air to SportsNet Central, Yahoo! SportsTalk Live and Warriors Pregame Live, Warriors Postgame Live and other NBA Programming
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 7, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), part of the NBC Sports Group and the online and on-air home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today named veteran sports journalist Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) the network’s Warriors Insider. In his new role, Poole will provide coverage of the Golden State Warriors across the network’s growing list of multiplatform outlets, including CSNBayArea.com’s “WarriorsTalk” section and on-air for SportsNet Central, Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, Warriors Pregame Live, Warriors Postgame Live and other NBA related programming. He will make his debut during tonight’s Warriors-Kings preseason game on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7:30 p.m. PDT. The announcement was made by Nancy Gay, Digital Managing Editor for CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com.
Said Gay: "Monte Poole is among the most respected, influential and accomplished sports journalists anywhere, on any platform. He is a tremendous storyteller, and credibility and passion are hallmarks of his work. Monte brings a broad, deeply rooted knowledge of the Golden State Warriors and we are thrilled to have him as part of our talented CSN Insider team."
Added Poole: “I'm excited to become a part of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and look forward to providing coverage and commentary on the Warriors and a variety of other regional sports issues of the day. CSN has assembled a strong team toward its stated goal of becoming the go-to source for local sports, and I'm delighted to be included in that pursuit. I feel like a rookie.”
Poole, a native of Oakland, Calif., is one of the nation’s premier sports journalists, has been a fixture in Bay Area sports media for over two decades and is the foremost authority on the Oakland sports scene. He comes to the network from the Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group, where he began his career in 1985 covering high school sports; in 1991, he was promoted to sports columnist. He spent the next 22 years as an award-winning columnist covering a wide variety of events, including multiple Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals and championship fights. Poole is a graduate of Castlemont High School in Oakland and he received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from San Jose State University.
WarriorsTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com through the creation of A’sTalk, GiantsTalk, WarriorsTalk, SharksTalk, 49ersTalk and RaidersTalk, which contain interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
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2013-14 Golden State Warriors on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the exclusive television home for Warriors games in Northern California, will televise a total of 78 contests (76 regular season, two preseason) during the 2013-14 season, beginning with the team’s first home preseason game against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m. PDT) followed by a special live telecast from Shanghai, China, where the Warriors face the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18 (4:30 a.m. PDT, re-airing at 7:30 p.m. PDT).
Warriors Pregame Live, Warriors Postgame Live: In addition to live game coverage, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will deliver comprehensive pre-game and post-game analysis anchored by three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Greg Papa and former Warriors general manager and head coach Garry St. Jean, along with Warriors Insider Monte Poole. Thirty minutes prior to the game, fans can catch the latest team developments, interviews, game previews and opposing team analysis on Warriors Pregame Live. Immediately following the game, Warriors Postgame Live will give viewers an in-depth game breakdown with stats and highlights, locker room interviews and a preview of the next game.
SportsNet Central: During the 2013-14 NBA season, tune into SportsNet Central (@SNCAuthentic) for in-depth, comprehensive news coverage on the Warriors and the NBA, interviews with players and coaches, expert analysis, breaking local and national news, up-to-the-minute scores, the best local video highlights and daily insider reports. Anchored by Dave Feldman (@FeldyCSN) and Ahmed Fareed (@AhmedFareedCSN), SportsNet Central is the place for local fans to turn seven nights a week with half-hour newscasts at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Yahoo! SportsTalk Live: Hosted by veteran Bay Area sports announcer Jim Kozimor (@CSNKoz), Yahoo! SportsTalk Live (@YSTL) – airing Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – is a live, hour-long sports talk show featuring opinionated commentary, in-depth analysis and lively debate on the day’s trending sports and entertainment stories in the Bay Area. Throughout the 2013-14 NBA season, Yahoo! SportsTalk Live will feature NBA experts and a number of special guests from the Warriors, including regular appearances from Warriors players, coaches and front office personnel, as well as CSNBayArea.com’s Warriors Insider Monte Poole and Senior Insider Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN), who will break down the games and preview the matchups for the Warriors and other key games from around the NBA.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, AFL’s San Jose SaberCats and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. Comcast SportsNet California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, including SportsNet Central, Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via www.CSNBayArea.com and www.CSNCalifornia.com. Follow both networks on Twitter via @CSNAuthentic.
NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consist of 12 regional networks that deliver more than 2,400 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 50 million homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. For more information, visit ComcastSportsNet.com. For more information about NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.
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Jay dela Cruz