Comcast SportsNet Chicago To Air 18 Out-of-Market NHL Games

In a very good move, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will be picking up 18 NHL games from other Comcast SportsNet affiliates and airing them live. The games will come from Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and California. Take a look at the press release.


First additional live game televised this Saturday, January 9 featuring Detroit at San Jose to provide game previews featuring “Blackhawks Insider” Brett Ballantini

Chicago, IL (January 5, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NHL Western Conference/Central Division first place Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to deliver even more NHL excitement to its viewers with the addition of 18 LIVE “best of” out-of-market NHL telecasts featuring the very best teams and players from around the NHL. 

Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s first “best of” NHL telecast takes place this Saturday, January 9 at 10:30 PM (joined in progress following the Blackhawks at Minnesota 7:00 PM game telecast and Blackhawks Post Game Live) as the Detroit Red Wings travel to face the San Jose Sharks in a Western Conference showdown.  Additional NHL “best of” games on Comcast SportsNet’s schedule feature other top teams including Washington, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Vancouver and many more. 

Comcast SportsNet Chicago President James J. Corno said: “Chicago and the Blackhawks, part of the NHL “Original Six,” have experienced a hockey renaissance during the past three seasons, with ratings on Comcast SportsNet increasing 155% during that time.  We are providing this additional NHL ‘best of’ coverage to our viewers because they are no doubt some of the most intense hockey fans anywhere in the country.”
In addition, “Blackhawks Insider” Brett Ballantini will preview selected games and offer insights on league developments impacting the Blackhawks throughout the regular season. Please note the following outer market NHL schedule on Comcast SportsNet Chicago (NOTE: schedule subject to change)

1.        Sat, Jan. 9 – Detroit at San Jose, 10:30 pm (in progress-HD) (SportsNite at 10p)
2.      Mon, Jan. 11 – San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 pm (HD) (SportsNite during intermissions)
3.        Fri, Jan. 15 – Toronto at Washington, 6:00 pm (HD) (local intermission updates)
4.      Tue, Jan. 19 – San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 pm (HD) (SportsNite during intermissions)
5.        Sat, Jan. 30 – Minnesota at San Jose, 9:30 pm (HD) (SportsNite during intermissions)
6.        Mon, Feb. 1 – Philadelphia at Calgary, 8:30 pm (HD) (SportsNite at 11p)
7.        Tue, Feb. 2 – Detroit at San Jose, 10:30 pm (in progress-HD) (SportsNite at 10p)
8.        Thu, Mar. 2 – New Jersey at San Jose, 9:30 pm (HD) (SportsNite during intermissions)
9.        Fri, Mar. 12 – Tampa Bay at Washington, 6:00 pm (HD) (local intermission updates)
10.     Sun, Mar. 14 – San Jose at Anaheim, 7:00 pm (HD)
11.     Thu, Mar. 18 – Washington at Carolina, 6:00 pm (HD) (local intermission updates)
12.    Sun, Mar. 21 – San Jose at Edmonton, 7:00 pm
13.     Wed, Mar. 24 – Pittsburgh at Washington, 6:00 pm (HD) (local intermission updates)
14.     Sat, Mar. 27 – Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 12:00 pm (HD)
15.    Sat, Mar. 27 – Vancouver at San Jose, 9:00 pm (HD) (SportsNite during intermissions)
16.     Sun, Mar. 28 – Calgary at Washington, 2:00 pm (HD)
17.    Sat, Apr. 3 – Washington at Columbus, 6:00 pm (HD) (local intermission updates)
18.    Sun, Apr. 4 – San Jose at Colorado, 7:00 pm

I wish other RSN’s would do this. In the wake of Versus still not being on DirecTV, this would only help the NHL.

Ken Fang

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