CSN To Attempt to Get Flyer Fans in Winter Classic Spirit

Philadelphia, PA (December 22, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports coverage, today announced comprehensive coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers preparations for the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, pitting the Flyers against the Boston Bruins on New Year’s Day in Fenway Park.  Comcast SportsNet will air daily “Countdown To a Classic” reports in SportsNite beginning on Saturday, December 26, plus a 30-minute special recounting the history between the teams and previewing the game, and live game day pre- and postgame shows.

Countdown To A Classic Special
Neil Hartman hosts a 30-minute special on Wednesday, December 30 at 10:30 p.m. Countdown to A Classic delves into the long and often heated rivalry between the Flyers and the Bruins. John Boruk takes viewers on a tour of Fenway Park and its transformation from a ballpark to an outdoor ice rink. Fans will also hear from Winter Classic veterans including the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Sabres’ Ryan Miller, who describe their experiences playing in the outdoor game.

Winter Classic Practice Coverage
Comcast SportsNet will air the NHL Network’s NHL on the Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Practice Coveragefeaturing the Flyers on Thursday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m.  Comcast SportsNet’s John Boruk and Bill Clement will be reporting on the Flyers’ reaction as they take to the ice for the first time, plus provide in-depth analysis of the Flyers-Bruins matchup on New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Day Coverage
Comcast SportsNet will air Flyers Pregame Live beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 1. Gregg Murphy will host the program with John Boruk, Bill Clement and Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio reporting live from Boston. Flyers analyst Al Morganti will be live in studio. Immediately after the game, Flyers Postgame Live will hit the air with reaction to this historic game.

Wednesday, December 30
5 p.m.                     Daily News Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite
6:30 p.m.               Flyers Pregame Live
7 p.m.                     Flyers at Rangers
9:30 p.m.               Flyers Postgame Live
10 p.m.                  SportsNite
10:30 p.m.            Countdown to a Classic Special

Thursday, December 31
5 p.m.                     Daily News Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite
6:30 p.m.               NHL Network 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Practice Coverage
8 p.m.                     The Orange Line
8:30 p.m.               Building a Memory
9:30 p.m.               Countdown To a Classic Special Replay

Friday, January 1
11 a.m.                  Building a Memory
12:30 p.m.            Flyers Pregame Live
1 p.m.                     NBC: Winter Classic Flyers vs. Bruins
4 p.m.                     Flyers Postgame Live
5 p.m.                     Best of Daily News Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite

Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio will be reporting live from Boston beginning on Thursday, December 31, where he will be covering the Winter Classic for Comcast SportsNet’s news programs including SportsNite and Daily News Live. Panaccio’s exclusive stories, videos and photos will also be available online on CSNPhilly.com’s Winter Classic page:

Winter Classic Sweepstakes Winner Announced
Brian Conway of Downingtown, PA was selected from more than 60,000 entries submitted to CSNPhilly.com and won a sweepstakes package that includes: a trip for two to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, complete with two tickets to the game, travel via Amtrak, two nights hotel accommodations, a Flyers Winter Classic jersey, VIP tickets to the House of Blues New Year’s Eve party and a Winter Survival Gear package. Comcast SportsNet promoted the contest to Flyers fans via social media applications Facebook and Twitter, online advertising and email.

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