January 24, 2011: Comcast SportsNet Expands Digital Lineup with Key Local Writers, Popular Blogs

January 24, 2011: Comcast SportsNet Expands Digital Lineup with Key Local Writers, Popular Blogs
January 24, 2011, 4:37 pm
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VETERAN REPORTER MARKZUCKERMAN AND REDSKINS BLOGGER RICH TANDLER JOIN CSNWASHINGTON.COM AS FULL-TIMEWRITERSNETWORK ACQUIRESZUCKERMANS NATS INSIDER, RICH TANDLERS REAL REDSKINS BLOGSBethesda, Md. (Jan. 24,2011) Comcast SportsNetMid-Atlantic, the regions premier source for multiplatform sports coverage, announcedthat veteran sports reporter Mark Zuckerman and longtime Redskins blogger RichTandler have joined CSNwashington.com as full-time writers and the network has acquiredtheir respective blogs, Zuckermans Nats Insider and Rich Tandlers Real Redskins, adding two more popular local sports destinationsto the networks rapidly-growing digital portfolio.Zuckerman,who has been contributing to CSNwashington.com on a freelance basis sinceMarch, will serve as the websites primary Washington Nationals reporter providingdaily news, analysis and opinion and will also contribute to coverage of theWashington Capitals. Zuckerman will also continue to author and maintaineditorial control of Nats Insider, whichwill be available at natsinsider.com andCSNwashington.com.Zuckermanhas spent the last 10 years covering the regions professional sports teams,mostly as a beat writer for the WashingtonTimes. He served as the newspapers Baltimore Orioles reporter for twoseasons (2001-2002), followed by two seasons covering the Washington Redskins(2003-2004), before joining the Nationals beat for their first season in Washington in 2005. Lastseason, which marked his sixth covering the Nationals, he reported on the teamfor Nats Insider andCSNwashington.com.Amember of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), Zuckermanrecently became a Baseball Hall of Fame voter. Throughout his 12-year career, hehas covered seven World Series, six MLB All-Star Games, the Super Bowl, the NBAFinals, two NCAA Final Fours and a BCS National Championship. A graduate of Northwestern University,Zuckerman began his career with the Arizona Republicand the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.Tandler,who has contributed to CSNwashington.com on a freelance basis for more than ayear, joins the network as a full-time Redskins correspondent. Along withRedskins Insider Ryan OHalloran, Tandler will provide exclusive, year-roundcoverage of the Redskins to CSNwashington.com. He will also continue to maintaineditorial control of and provide regular content to Rich Tandlers Real Redskins,which will be accessible at realredskins.com and CSNwashington.com.Tandlerhas been covering the Redskins for RichTandlers Real Redskins since itslaunch in 2004, making it the longest-running Redskins blog. He has spent morethan 12 years reporting on the Redskins for various publications and websites asa freelance writer and has authored three books on the team. A graduate of George Mason University, he is amember of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).Comcast SportsNet is committed to acquiring the mosttalented and experienced journalists to lead its online coverage of theregions sports, said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Vice President of DigitalMedia Mark Lapidus. The addition of Mark and Rich, along with their popularwebsites, demonstrates the networks continued online expansion, which ishighlighted by the wealth of exclusive sports news, analysis and opinionavailable at CSNwashington.com.Zuckerman and Tandler join OHalloran, John Eisenberg and agrowing stable of multimedia reporters, bloggers and producers in providing themost comprehensive coverage of the regions teams at CSNwashington.com andCSNbaltimore.com. Their additions highlight the rapid expansion of thenetworks digital media efforts which, combined with its extensive televisionprogramming, provides fans with complete multiplatform regional sportscoverage.Eric Grilly, Comcast Sports Group executive vice presidentand chief digital officer, noted, These writers and blogs have an establishedlocal following and their addition to our digital portfolio solidifies ourposition as the local sports leader. Our traffic numbers show that, while fanshave many choices for local content, they are increasingly turning to us forthe best coverage of their favorite teams.CSNwashington.com has delivered substantial gains in quarterlyand monthly traffic since its launch in July 2009. During the fourth quarter of2010, the site earned a 310 percent increase in unique visitors and a 151percent gain in page-views compared to the same period in 2009. This pastDecember, the website posted a 407 percent increase in unique visitors versusDecember 2009.