CSN & CSNChicago.com announces its Blackhawks/2013 Stanley Cup Final on-air & online coverage

CSN & CSNChicago.com announces its Blackhawks/2013 Stanley Cup Final on-air & online coverage
June 11, 2013, 10:30 am
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COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM ANNOUNCE ITS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL ON-AIR AND ONLINE COVERAGE

“Blackhawks PRE & POST Game Live” coverage (hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd) before & after EVERY Stanley Cup Final Game!

“Blackhawks Morning Skate Live” to air on Comcast SportsNet & ChicagoBlackhawks.com at 10:30 AM TOMORROW MORNING & Sat, June 15 LIVE from the United Center (along with June 22 & 26 if nec.)!

“Blackhawks Playoff Central” segments to provide fans with extended highlights, interviews & expert analysis nightly within “SportsNet Central”; expanded game preview coverage, interviews & discussion to air on “SportsTalk Live” weeknights at 5:00/5:30 PM – plus, “Blackhawks Fever” to air at 11:00 PM (debuts TONIGHT) on non-game nights with full game reviews/previews/analysis and much more!

CSNChicago.com to live stream every edition of “Blackhawks Post Game Live”, along with providing exclusive behind-the-scenes video from team practices, “Blackhawks Pulse” social media page, “Blackhawks In-Game Live” and post-game reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden; plus – joint coverage from a Bruins perspective to be provided by CSNNE.com’s “Insider” Joe Haggerty!

Chicago, IL (June 11, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com, the television & digital homes for the most comprehensive local coverage of the 2013 NHL Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to bring fans even more wall-to-wall coverage throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup Final with comprehensive editions of Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford before & after EVERY Blackhawks-Boston Bruins match-up that airs on either NBC or NBC Sports Network.

Comcast SportsNet’s full-blown coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday, June 12 with Blackhawks Morning Skate Live at 10:30 AM CT (also to stream live on ChicagoBlackhawks.com). Hosted by the Blackhawks radio team of John Wiedeman and Troy Murray, this half-hour special will showcase live practice coverage from the United Center, along with a full Stanley Cup Final Game 1 preview, social media interaction with fans via the #MorningSkateLive Twitter hashtag, along with player/coaches interviews from the Blackhawks bench. NOTE: Blackhawks Morning Skate Live will also air live on Comcast SportsNet & streamed live on ChicagoBlackhawks.com at 10:30 AM CT this Saturday, June 15 (plus – Sat, June 22 & Wed, June 26 if necessary).

Beginning at 5:00 PM on Wednesday night, a special, on-location edition of SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan will take place LIVE from the United Center featuring host David Kaplan and a panel of local/national NHL experts and special guests. At 6:00 PM, also LIVE from the United Center, Comcast SportsNet will provide a thorough Game 1 preview on Blackhawks Pre-Game Live featuring hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd with the latest pre-game updates/analysis from CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers and CSN’s Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden. Following Game 1 on Wednesday, fans can look forward to an expanded edition of Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford – once again, LIVE from the United Center – hosted by Boyle/Konroyd, along with in-depth post-game reports from Myers & Boden. Every edition of Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford will feature the live post-game press conference featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, Bruins head coach Claude Julien, plus - live locker room interviews with Blackhawks and Bruins players, and a thorough breakdown of every key goal, save and play for EVERY game. NOTE: Every edition of Blackhawks Post Game Live will also be streamed LIVE on CSNChicago.com.

Throughout the Stanley Cup Final, fans are urged to tune into SportsNet Central: Blackhawks Playoff Central nightly at 6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight on Comcast SportsNet for special, expanded Blackhawks segments featuring numerous highlights, interviews, analysis and comprehensive game reviews/previews. In addition, SportsNet Central: Blackhawks Playoff Central will feature frequent interviews & comparative analysis from talent members at CSN Chicago’s sister station in Boston - Comcast SportsNet New England - including commentary from their always-entertaining Bruins “Insider,” Joe Haggerty.

Weekdays during the Stanley Cup Final on Comcast SportsNet, fans can tune into SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan. Featuring host David Kaplan and a panel of local/national NHL experts and special guests, viewers can look forward to hearing the panel discuss/debate the hottest topics from this unique “Original 6” Stanley Cup Final series. Plus, viewers can offer up their opinions and can be a part of the discussion by sending their Twitter messages to @SportsTalkChi or by utilizing the hashtag #ChicagoSportsTalk in their posts.

Plus, on non-game nights throughout the Stanley Cup Final, viewers can look forward to even more Blackhawks coverage with a brand new series of specials entitled Blackhawks Fever, debuting TONIGHT at 11:00 PM. This half-hour special series, hosted by Boyle and Konroyd, will provide fans with numerous player profiles, detailed game recaps/previews, along with special feature stories, including one on the long-time rivalry between these two historic hockey franchises. In addition to tomorrow’s debut, new editions of Blackhawks Fever will also air on the following dates (all airing at 11:00 PM CT): Thu, June 13 – Fri, June 14 – Sun, June 16 – Tue, June 18 – Thu, June 20 (if nec.) – Fri, June 21 (if nec.) – Sun, June 23 (if nec.) & Tue, June 25 (if nec.).

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNet’s newly-enhanced website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive 24/7 Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final content coverage including the following:

• LIVE STREAM every edition of “Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford” providing insider access to Coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conference and player reaction from both teams
• Video highlights between periods and following every Stanley Cup Final game
• Pre-game interviews & practice footage from morning skates & media sessions
• “Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Plus, “Blackhawks Pulse” aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #HawksTalk.
• “Blackhawks In-Game Live,” a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity.
• Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will cover each game for csnchicago.com. She will also serve as a frequent contributor to SportsTalk Live and SportsNet Central. Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.
• Chris Boden, CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks television reporter, will provide pre-game and post-game coverage from each venue, and will also contribute digital content and videos for csnchicago.com throughout the Stanley Cup Finals. Follow him on Twitter at @CSNBoden.
• Digital reporter/producer Nina Falcone will provide extended Blackhawks coverage during all United Center games, supplementing reports and features on the beat with Myers and Boden.
• CSNChicago.com and CSNNE.com will provide joint coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals, including perspective pieces from Bruins “Insider” Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs)
• Follow @HawksTalkCSN on Twitter for full Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Final coverage for the latest in-game news & notes


Note the following game-by-game breakdown of Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final:

BLACKHAWKS vs. BRUINS -- 2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL COVERAGE ON COMCAST SPORTSNET

Game 1: Wednesday, June 12 (Blackhawks vs. Bruins)
10:30 AM – Blackhawks Morning Skate Live – Live morning skate practice coverage from the United Center featuring a Game 1 preview & player interviews (also to be streamed live on ChicagoBlackhawks.com)
5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan – Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan LIVE from the United Center
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
6:30 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse – Expanded Blackhawks-Bruins Game 1 preview, along with a White Sox-Blue Jays game preview (airing at 7:00 PM on CSN) and much more from the day in sports.
10:00 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx. following White Sox baseball coverage) – Complete Game 1 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd live from the United Center (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 1 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. BRUINS GAME 1 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM)

Game 2: Saturday, June 15 (Blackhawks vs. Bruins)
10:30 AM – Blackhawks Morning Skate Live – Live morning skate practice coverage from the United Center featuring a Game 2 preview & player interviews (also to be streamed live on ChicagoBlackhawks.com)
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special, ONE-HOUR edition pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
9:30 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) – Complete Game 2 post-game recap/ analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd live from the United Center (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 2 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. BRUINS GAME 2 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK AT 7:00 PM)

Game 3: Monday, June 17 (Blackhawks at Bruins)
5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan – Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan featuring live reports from the TD Garden in Boston
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special edition pre-game show hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Boston provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
6:30 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse – Expanded Blackhawks-Bruins Game 3 preview, along with a White Sox-Astros game preview (airing at 7:00 PM on CSN) and much more from the day in sports.
10:00 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx. following White Sox baseball coverage) – Complete Game 3 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with live reports from the TD Garden in Boston (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 3 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at BRUINS GAME 3 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK AT 7:00 PM)

Game 4: Wednesday, June 19 (Blackhawks at Bruins)
5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan – Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan featuring live reports from the TD Garden in Boston
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special edition pre-game show hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Boston provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
6:30 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse – Expanded Blackhawks-Bruins Game 4 preview, along with a Cubs-Cardinals game preview (airing at 7:00 PM on CSN) and much more from the day in sports.
10:00 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx. following Cubs baseball coverage) – Complete Game 4 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with live reports from the TD Garden in Boston (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 4 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at BRUINS GAME 4 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM)

IF NECESSARY -- Game 5: Saturday, June 22 (Blackhawks vs. Bruins)
10:30 AM – Blackhawks Morning Skate Live – Live morning skate practice coverage from the United Center featuring a Game 5 preview & player interviews (also to be streamed live on ChicagoBlackhawks.com)
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special, ONE-HOUR edition pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
9:30 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx.) – Complete Game 5 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd live from the United Center (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 5 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. BRUINS GAME 5 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM)

IF NECESSARY -- Game 6: Monday, June 24 (Blackhawks at Bruins)
5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan – Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan featuring live reports from the TD Garden in Boston
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special edition pre-game show hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Boston provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
6:30 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse – Expanded Blackhawks-Bruins Game 6 preview and much more from the day in sports.
9:30 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx..) – Complete Game 6 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with live reports from the TD Garden in Boston (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 6 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS at BRUINS GAME 3 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM)

IF NECESSARY -- Game 7: Wednesday, June 26 (Blackhawks vs. Bruins)
10:30 AM – Blackhawks Morning Skate Live – Live morning skate practice coverage from the United Center featuring a Game 7 preview & player interviews (also to be streamed live on ChicagoBlackhawks.com)
5:30 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by Captain Morgan – Pre-game discussion & analysis with special guests and host David Kaplan LIVE from the United Center
6:00 PM – Blackhawks Pre-Game Live – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from the United Center hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd with special reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers & Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden
6:30 PM – SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse – Expanded Blackhawks-Bruins Game 7 preview, along with a Cubs-Mets game preview (airing at 7:00 PM on CSN) and much more from the day in sports.
10:00 PM – Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford (time approx. following Cubs baseball coverage) – Complete Game 7 post-game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews featuring hosts Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd live from the United Center (also to be streamed live on CSNChicago.com)
11:00 PM – GMC SportsNet Central – Full Game 7 recap/analysis, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports
(NOTES: BLACKHAWKS vs. BRUINS GAME 7 AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON NBC AT 7:00 PM)

During the Blackhawks stellar (36-7-5, 77 pts.) regular season, earning them the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best overall record, Comcast SportsNet posted the highest Blackhawks final regular season TV ratings average in the history of Chicago regional sports television -- a 5.38 household season average rating (approx. 187,482 households watching per game) -- a 73% increase over last season’s 3.11 previous record final average (or an increase of 79,183 more households tuning in per game this season). Comcast SportsNet’s record-setting 5.38 Blackhawks regular season household average in the Chicago market this year is a 94% increase from the final season average two years ago (2.78) -- a 121% increase from the final season average three years ago (2.44) -- a 327% increase from the final season average four years ago (1.26) -- and an astounding 754% increase from just five years ago (0.63).

In addition, the TOP 33 highest-rated Blackhawks regular season games in Chicago regional sports network history have all occurred THIS season (Comcast SportsNet carried a total of 39 regular season games this year) with the all-time high posted on March 5 vs. Minnesota (7.86).

For its four total first round Blackhawks playoff game telecasts this season vs. Minnesota, Comcast SportsNet averaged approx. 322,000 Chicago market TV homes tuning in per game (9.24 household average), which was an 18% ratings increase from a last year’s first round series vs. Phoenix.