NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PLATFORM SPORTS NEWS FORMAT & PROGRAMMING LINEUP

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PLATFORM SPORTS NEWS FORMAT & PROGRAMMING LINEUP

SportsNet Central News, Scores and Highlight Updates Integrated into

Newly Expanded One-Hour Pregame Live & Postgame Live Shows

and Airing Throughout the Day

 

Beginning April 2, Live SportsNet Central Segments Available Across

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Multiple Platforms

Network Introduces Outsiders and Raw Franchises

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 29, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced a significant format change to its traditional sports news presentation, designed to provide fans with the latest sports updates on multiple platforms.  In conjunction with the start of the San Francisco Giants’ 2017 MLB season, SportsNet Central segments of 1-2 minutes will be integrated into the Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows and throughout the day across all programming.  The segments will be available on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app, beginning April 2.

"The new SportsNet Central represents a modernization of our deep commitment to Bay Area sports news,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “This new format will provide fans with the most relevant content on all of their favorite teams with immediacy and frequency, within our signature shows and at all times of day across all platforms and devices."

SportsNet Central moves away from the traditional half-hour format, and will be presented as live 1-2 minute news, scores and highlights updates within the newly expanded one-hour pre- and postgame shows and throughout the day across all NBC Sports Bay Area programming. Game-day shows Giants Pregame Live, Giants Postgame Live, Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors air on NBC Sports Bay Area and are live-streamed on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app for NBC Sports Bay Area subscribers. SportsNet Central segments on NBC Sports California and NBCSportsCalifornia.com will be announced at a later date. 

Warriors Outsiders, hosted by former Stanford basketball guard and current Santa Cruz Warriors analyst Drew Shiller and Warriors super fan Grant Liffmann, provides viewers with a fresh take following each Golden State Warriors game with analysis, commentary and basketball analytics – as seen through the lens of the social media universe from a fan’s perspective. Warriors Outsiders is simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience.

NBC Sports Bay Area presents Warriors Raw and Giants Raw, a same-day, condensed version of that day's game. Raw offers viewers highlights of key plays from alternative camera angles, authentic in-game sound and pre- and postgame interviews in an entertaining half-hour format. Warriors Raw will debut on Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. following the Warriors-Washington Wizards game.  Giants Raw will premiere on Thursday, April 6 at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area following the Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Giants & Warriors Game-Day on NBC Sports Bay Area:

The Happy Hour                         (1 hour)

Giants/Warriors Pregame Live    (1 hour)

Giants, Warriors game               (2.5 - 3 hours)

Giants/Warriors Postgame Live   (1 hour)

Warriors Outsiders                     (30 min.)

Warriors/Giants Raw                  (30 min.)

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, 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. NBC Sports 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 game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA SERVES UP “THE HAPPY HOUR” WITH GREG PAPA, RAY RATTO AND KELLI JOHNSON

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA SERVES UP “THE HAPPY HOUR” WITH GREG PAPA, RAY RATTO AND KELLI JOHNSON

New One-Hour Weekday Bay Area Sports Discussion & Opinion Show

Premieres Monday, April 10 at 5:30 PM

“The Happy Hour” Available Across NBC Sports Bay Area’s Multiple Platforms

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 29, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced the launch of The Happy Hour, a new, live hour-long conversational program – hosted by iconic Bay Area sports media personalities Greg Papa and Ray Ratto, along with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Kelli Johnson – premiering Monday, April 10 at 5:30 PM. following the San Francisco Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks game and Giants Postgame Live.  After the debut, The Happy Hour will regularly air weekdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM PT.

The Happy Hour will showcase the distinctive voices and wit of Papa, Ratto and Johnson sharing their unfiltered spirited commentary, hot takes with heavy debate, and lively conversation on the day’s trending sports headlines and other provocative stories.  In addition, the show will welcome sports insiders and newsmakers from coast to coast to present an insightful and entertaining take on topics and issues meaningful to local sports fans.

The Happy Hour will be available across NBC Sports Bay Area’s multiple platforms:

  • Live on NBC Sports Bay Area
  • Streaming live on the NBC Sports App
  • Live audio streaming via NBCSportsBayArea.com
  • Archived podcasts available on NBCSportsBayArea.com 

The Happy Hour is a bold step forward in NBC Sports Bay Area’s evolution to provide Northern California sports fans with entertaining and thought-provoking content on multiple platforms,” said Tom Stathakes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “We’re excited to showcase the dynamic chemistry between Greg Papa, Ray Ratto and Kelli Johnson and their lively commentary, uniquely different opinions and fresh takes on the day’s trending sports news.”

“We’re thrilled to combine three of the Bay Area’s top talents on one drive-time show,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. “Greg, Ray and Kelli will have the last word on the biggest topics in sports."

The show’s hosts will also be heavily engaged in social media with timely posts, interactive questions and behind-the-scenes content. Fans can follow along and interact with the hosts through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic

Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic

Instagram: @NBCSAuthentic

(Beginning April 2)

Papa, a three-time winner of the California Sportscaster of the Year Award, is one the most accomplished and versatile announcers in sports broadcasting.  He was the television play-by-play voice for the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, and Golden State Warriors and is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Raiders.  Papa was also on the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers broadcast teams.  In addition to his duties on The Happy Hour, Papa will continue to anchor NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors Postgame Live.  He also hosts The Afternoon Delight with Greg Papa, a weekday radio show on 95.7 The Game.

Ratto, regarded as one of the nation’s premier multi-platform sports journalists, joined NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California (formerly CSN) in 2010 as a Senior Insider contributing to the network’s websites and signature studio shows.  He has been a fixture in the Bay Area sports pages for over three decades, most notably with the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.  Ratto has also written national columns for NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com and is a frequent guest on national radio and television sports programs.  Ratto was also a host with Tom Tolbert on KNBR 680’s afternoon drive show.

Johnson, a two-time Emmy Award winner, joined the network in 2014 as an anchor and reporter for SportsNet Central, Pregame Live, Postgame Live and other studio shows.  Previously, she was an anchor and reporter for CSN Houston covering the Astros and Rockets.  Additionally, Johnson hosted the inaugural season of 3 & Out, a half-hour football analysis and debate program which airs across NBC Sports Regional Networks.  Before Houston, she was CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Washington Redskins beat reporter, where she provided daily coverage of the team and contributed to the network’s Redskins pregame and postgame shows, Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live.  During her tenure at CSN Mid-Atlantic, she won two Emmy Awards in 2009, one for Best Sports Reporter and one for Sports/Regularly Scheduled Weekly Program for Redskins Kickoff.  A graduate of the University of Idaho, Johnson was a four-year starter on the women's basketball team and earned All-Conference academic honors each season.

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, 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. NBC Sports 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 game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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MATT WILLIAMS, CODY ROSS AND JAVIER LOPEZ JOIN NBC SPORTS BAY AREA AS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS STUDIO ANALYSTS

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MATT WILLIAMS, CODY ROSS AND JAVIER LOPEZ JOIN NBC SPORTS BAY AREA AS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS STUDIO ANALYSTS

Williams, Ross and Lopez to Serve as Analysts for Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live

Network Names Dave Feldman and Ahmed Fareed as New Co-Anchors

for Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 28, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced that former San Francisco Giants players and fan favorites Matt Williams, Cody Ross and Javier Lopez have joined the network as studio analysts.  They will provide analysis and commentary for the network’s signature programs Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live.  In addition, NBC Sports Bay Area has named Dave Feldman and Ahmed Fareed as the new co-anchors for Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live.

“We’re very excited about the new direction of our Giants coverage,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “Pairing our premier anchor team of Feldy & Fareed with three new analysts who are true Giants and Bay Area heroes will take our signature Giants programs to a new level."

One hour prior to the game, fans can catch the latest team developments, interviews with players and coaches and in-depth game previews on Giants Pregame Live. Immediately following the game, Giants Postgame Live will give viewers an hour-long game breakdown with stats and highlights, clubhouse interviews and a preview of the next game.

Williams, Ross and Lopez will join former Giants and NBC Sports Bay Area analysts Jeremy Affeldt, Rich Aurilia, Shawn Estes, Tim Flannery, Bill Laskey and Randy WinnGiants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live will feature a four-person broadcast team – two analysts and new co-anchors Feldman and Fareed.

Williams, a five-time All-Star and World Series champion (2001), hit 378 home runs and had 1,218 RBI in his 17-year MLB career.  He won four Gold Glove Awards at third base and four Silver Slugger Awards.  Williams broke into the major leagues with the Giants (1987-1996), and also played for the Cleveland Indians (1997) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2003).  After his playing career, Williams provided color commentary for Diamondbacks radio and television broadcasts.  In 2014, Williams was the manager of the Washington Nationals and won the NL Manager of the Year Award.

Ross was a key member of the Giants 2010 World Series championship team.  As the starting right fielder for the 2010 playoffs, he went on to win the NL Championship Series MVP after hitting .350 with six extra-base hits (three home runs, three doubles).  Ross also had a .950 slugging percentage in the six-game NLCS.  He played for the Giants for two seasons (2010-2011).  A 12-year MLB veteran, Ross also played for the Detroit Tigers (2003), Los Angeles Dodgers (2005-2006), Cincinnati Reds (2006), Florida Marlins (2006-2010), Boston Red Sox (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-2014) and Oakland A’s (2015).  In February, he joined the Giants as a spring training instructor.

Lopez, a four-time World Series champion (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014), helped the Giants (2010-2016) win three World Series during his time as a relief pitcher for the club.  One of the top lefty specialists in the game, Lopez finished his 14-year MLB career with a 3.48 ERA and 358 strikeouts.  He also played for the Colorado Rockies (2003-2005), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005), Boston Red Sox (2006-2009) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2010) before being traded to the Giants in the 2010 season.  In addition to his studio duties, Lopez will provide color commentary for select Giants telecasts on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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NBC Sports Bay Area’s Giants coverage for the 2017 Major League Baseball season includes 145 regular season games; comprehensive game-day coverage with expanded one-hour Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live shows; and the introduction of in-market live streaming of the network’s Giants games and pre- and postgame shows on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Bay Area will present the Giants season opener on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. (Giants Pregame Live at 12 p.m.) against the Arizona Diamondbacks from Chase Field and the home opener against Arizona on Monday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. (Giants Pregame Live at 12 p.m.).

Giants coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area against playoff contenders include: six games against the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs (May 22, 23, 24, 25; August 8, 9), 16 contests versus the 2016 N.L. West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers (April 24, 25, 27; May 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17; July 29, 30; September 11, 12, 13, 23, 24) and five games against the 2016 N.L. East Champion Washington Nationals (May 29, 30; August 11, 12, 13). Giants interleague action includes: four games against cross-bay rival Oakland A’s (July 31; August 1, 2, 3) and three matchups versus the 2016 A.L. Champion Cleveland Indians (July 17, 18, 19).  Click HERE for NBC Sports Bay Area’s complete Giants schedule.

During the 2017 MLB season, NBC Sports Bay Area will begin live in-market streaming of Giants games – along with game-day shows Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live – on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app.  The live-streaming service will be available at no additional cost to authenticated NBC Sports Bay Area subscribers.  The service is provided as an added value and is available to all video distributors of NBC Sports Bay Area.  The NBC Sports app is powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, 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. NBC Sports 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 game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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