Fox Sports Net Celebrates First Anniversary of New England Sports Report

BOSTON – Fox Sports Net New England celebrates a milestone this week: the first anniversary of the NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT.

Launched during the summer 2000, the program represents a bold, new format in regional sports programming, delivering 30 minutes of live, regionally-focused sports news nightly. NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT was created with the local sports fan as its core, providing in-depth coverage of breaking local sports news and offering a local perspective on major national sports stories.

Hosted by Gary Tanguay and Eric Frede with reporters Wendi Nix, John Holt and Kevin Shea, NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT offers hometown sports fans the only destination for a comprehensive look at the local sports scene each night. In 2001, NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT followed big local sports news including the sale of the Boston Red Sox, the hiring and firing of Bruins coach Mike Keenan, the Paul Pierce stabbing, new Heavyweight Champ John Ruiz and the arrival of Manny Ramirez.

"We mark the first anniversary of NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in creating a program that leverages our greatest competitive advantages: an uncompromising commitment to New England sports fans and unmatched experience in producing live, regionally-focused programming," said David Woodman, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Fox Sports Net New England. "As the show has evolved, we are receiving an enthusiastic response from our viewers. The show has truly been a team effort. And I congratulate everyone who has worked tirelessly to make it a success."

Originally aired at 11:00 PM following the NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT, the show was moved to its current 10:00 PM time slot in March 2001. The schedule change has enabled NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT to have Fox Sports Net's Boston Celtics game coverage as its lead-in.

All the reporting and news gathering for NEW ENGLAND SPORTS REPORT is done locally, with a team of full-time reporters, correspondents, and videographers located throughout Fox Sports Net New England's viewing area.

Fox Sports Net New England, the largest regional cable network in New England, reaches more than 3.7 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Fox Sports Net New England is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks, a division of Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Fox Sports Net New England's programming includes Boston Celtics, local and national sports news, and Hockey East along with select NASCAR and PGA Tour coverage.

Fox Sports Net reaches more than 74 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership of Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets: Chicago, Florida, Ohio, New England and San Francisco.


Ryan Donovan