May 11, 2010: Comcast SportsNet Recognized For Excellence With 12 Capital Region Emmy Award Nominations

May 11, 2010: Comcast SportsNet Recognized For Excellence With 12 Capital Region Emmy Award Nominations

Bethesda, Md. (May 11, 2010) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leader in television and online sports coverage, has been recognized for excellence with 12 nominations for 2009 Capital Region Emmy Awards, it was announced by the Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Monday.

Comcast SportsNet was recognized in 10 different categories, with multiple nominations in two categories; Sports One-Time Special (O What a Night, Remembering Abe) and Sports Regularly Scheduled Weekly or Daily Program (Redskins Kickoff, My Life 365).

The networks on-air talent also received nominations for their work, with Joe Beninati in the Sports Play-by-Play category, Kelli Johnson for Sports Reporter and Trevor Matich for his work as a Sports Analyst. Beninati, who serves as the networks play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Capitals, has previously captured four Capital Region Emmy Awards for his work with Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNets 12 nominations, which led all cable networks and ranked fourth overall in the region, equal the all-time high set by the network in 2003. Since the network launched in 2001, Comcast SportsNet has been recognized with 68 nominations and has been honored with 32 Capital Region Emmy Awards.

The winners will be announced at the 52nd Emmy Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 5, at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.

Comcast SportsNets 12 Nominations:

Sports News Single Story: VMI Basketball (Mitch Tischler)

Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: Redskins Kickoff (Leslie Reader, Andy Siegel, James Scibilia, Brad Bode, Chick Hernandez, Kelli Johnson, Trevor Matich, Ernie Baur, Tom Pahnke, Tony Burke, Gary Carter)
Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: My Life 365 Allen Iverson (Andre Jones, Melvin Royster, Brooks Meriwether, Ron Thompson)

Sports One-time Special: Remembering Abe (Andy Siegel, Colvin Underwood, Russ Thaler)

Sports One-time Special: Washington Post Live Presents O What A Night (Andy Siegel, Colvin Underwood, Eric Shuster)
Promotion News Promo, Image: Ready to Watch? (Jason Pavelko)

Editor Short Form: The Puck Drops Here (Jason Pavelko)

Graphics: Washington Post Live (Steve McIntosh)

Editor Sports: Brad Bode

Sports Reporter: Kelli Johnson

Sports Analyst: Trevor Matich

Sports Play-by-Play: Joe Beninati

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.6 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNets digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, is the regions leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Groups networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS. Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

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Podcast: 'Baseball in the District' - Can Nats win without Ramos?

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It was a tough series of days to begin the week for the Washington Nationals, who saw Wilson Ramos go down with a torn ACL on Monday night and Stephen Strasburg essentially be ruled out for the NL Division Series on Tuesday. Those two developments came on the heels of Bryce Harper's injury on Sunday, though Harper's X-ray did come back negative.

We opened the show this week with a discussion about Ramos and whether the Nats can win the World Series without him. We continued to talk about how the Nats match up with the Dodgers, then finished with thoughts on the tragic loss of Marlins superstar Jose Fernandez.

Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.

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Kelechi Osemele says he never came close to re-signing with Ravens

Kelechi Osemele says he never came close to re-signing with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS — Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele had plenty to say during a Wednesday conference call before facing his former team, the Ravens, on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Osemele said he didn’t come close to re-signing with the Ravens during free agency in March, because their offer wasn’t competitive. Osemele signed a five-year, $58 million contract with Oakland, which included $25.4 million guaranteed.

Osemele said he knew that his fourth season with the Ravens would be his last, after talking to other ex-Ravens who had departed during free agency like 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith.

“Honestly, we didn’t get close at all,” said Osemele. “I pretty much knew right away I was going somewhere else, because some of the things that were being brought back to me, were, borderline they can hurt your feelings.

“The Raiders were very up front about how badly they wanted me. It was a pretty much a no-brainer. I talked to Torrey Smith about it and some other guys. They kind of told me that it might be a situation where Baltimore won’t offer me enough to stay. It’s something that does happen with that organization, because they’re able to find so many young players.”

Rookie left guard Alex Lewis has replaced Osemele in the Ravens’ starting lineup, playing next to another rookie, left tackle Ronnie Stanley. But with the Ravens unbeaten (3-0) and the Raiders off to a 2-1 start, Osemele was looking forward to competing against players he used to practice against every day.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Osemele said. “You couldn’t really finish through and pancake (during practice). Just to go out and talk a little trash and compete against those guys is going to be fun.”

Asked for any Ravens in particular he looked forward to pancake blocking, Osemele chuckled and said, “You’ll see on Sunday.”

Osemele said he enjoyed his time in Baltimore and that he wasn’t surprised the Ravens were 3-0.

“It was great,” Osemele said of his time in Baltimore. “I still have a lot of friends there. I come back when I can. I just like the city. I had fun there off the field. I love the organization and believe in what they do for the community, but I’m somewhere else now. I won a Super Bowl in Baltimore. I already know what the organization’s all about. There’s a standard of excellence there, something that we’re trying to have here in Oakland.”

Osemele added that there was “one coach in particular” he didn’t see eye-to-eye with in Baltimore, but didn’t specify which coach it was. But judging from his comments, it’s safe to say Osemele is looking forward to facing the Ravens.

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