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Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast

 

Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast

Comcast Sports Southeast
Charter Sports Southeast
CSS logo
Launched September 3, 1999[1]
Closed June 1, 2014
Owned by Comcast and Charter Communications
(Cable Sports Southeast, LLC)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan The Face of College Sports in the South
Country United States
Broadcast area Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Formerly called Sun Belt Network
Sister channel(s) Comcast SportsNet
NBC Sports
Website CSS Sports

Comcast Sports Southeast and Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) was an American regional sports network for the Southern United States that was operated as a joint venture between cable television providers Comcast and Charter Communications. In contrast to its competitor Fox Sports South, CSS had a heavier focus on college sports – with broadcasting partnerships with many of the area's colleges and universities.

The network was carried exclusively on Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Contents

  • Programming 1
  • Shutdown of CSS 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Programming

CSS's main competitors were Fox Sports South and SportSouth. All three networks shared some programming, including college coaches' shows. However, Fox Sports South and SportSouth had ties to most of the South's professional sports teams, and the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences as wholes. CSS, on the other hand, regularly broadcast live sporting events of some of the smaller and less heralded colleges of the region, as well as those of some of the large SEC and ACC schools (for example, college baseball coverage included SEC, ACC, Sun Belt, C-USA, and Atlantic Sun conference games[2]). During football season, CSS produced its own feeds of many of the region's major college games exclusively for tape-delayed broadcasts, even though the games may have aired live on other networks.

CSS also broadcast the CFL contests.

Local cable systems were able to pre-empt normal CSS programming in favor of local sporting events, such as high school football and basketball games and local collegiate sporting events.

CSS aired a nightly sports talk show titled SportsNite. On most Comcast SportsNet services, this program was in a newscast format similar to SportsCenter, but on CSS, it more closely resembled a southern-exclusive version of Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

In March 2008, CSS's owners Comcast and Charter struck separate deals with the Asheville, North Carolina.[3][4] This deal ended in the 2011 season – due to the operations of WPCH being taken over by Meredith Corporation under a local marketing agreement, production duties for the Braves telecasts were transferred to Fox Sports South, and were instead simulcast on SportSouth outside of Atlanta;[5] on March 1, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth announced the channel struck deals to air 45 more Atlanta Braves games, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV.[6]

Starting in April 2009, CSS broadcast at least 25 Gwinnett Braves games over the next four seasons.[7]

Shutdown of CSS

It was announced on March 14, 2014 that CSS would shut down on June 1, 2014. The closure of the network followed the loss of its SEC programming (which had generated much of CSS' ratings and revenue) to ESPN's new SEC Network.[8] The final program that aired on CSS was a retrospective of the network's 15 year history.

References

  1. ^ Nicholson, Gilbert (September 6, 1999). "College Sports Nets to Battle".   (preview of subscription content)
  2. ^ http://www.css-sports.com/pages/college_baseball
  3. ^ montgomeryadvertiser.com | Montgomery Advertiser
  4. ^ Deal allows more Braves games to air locally | CITIZEN-TIMES.com | Asheville Citizen-Times
  5. ^ Swartz, Kristi E. (January 18, 2011). "Parent of CBS Atlanta to take over operations of Peachtree TV".  
  6. ^ Fox Picks Up Braves' Games from PeachTree TV Multichannel News, March 1, 2013.
  7. ^ http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090327&content_id=542364&vkey=pr_t431&fext=.jsp&sid=t431
  8. ^ CSS Sports shutting down June 1 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 14, 2014

External links

  • CSS official website
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