SBD/Issue 47/Sports Media

Celtics Away Games Not In HD Despite Misleading Ads

CSN New England Unable To
Show Celtics Away Games In HD
Celtics away games on Comcast SportsNet New England are not being broadcast in HD, despite Comcast being “aggressive in promoting” HD games on the recently acquired network, formerly known as FSN New England, according to Jay Fitzgerald of the BOSTON HERALD.   The game action "comes across as blurry and uneasy to the eye" for those watching on HD sets.  In print ads earlier this week, “Comcast SportsNet HD” urged fans to watch Tuesday’s Celtics-Pacers game.  CSN spokesperson Skip Perham said that the ad’s suggestion that the game was on HDTV was a “one-time mistake that wasn’t caught before the ad ran.” Perham: “We apologize.” Celtics President Rich Gotham said, ‘We’re optimistic, during some point this year, that our away games will (be on HDTV)” (BOSTON HERALD, 11/15).

KNICKS: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes MSG announcers Gus Johnson and Kenny Smith during Tuesday’s Knicks-Suns game “could not summon any real opinions” on Knicks G Stephon Marbury’s highly-publicized decision to leave the team in Phoenix and return to N.Y.  The network “didn’t ignore his disappearing act,” as it showed Knicks President of Basketball Operations & coach Isiah Thomas telling the media that it was “an in-house matter.” However, Johnson, who was substituting for Mike Breen, and Smith “recognized that safety rested in never directly criticizing Marbury’s action” (N.Y. TIMES, 11/15).

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