January 9, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Launch SportsTalk Live on Jan. 23

January 9, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Launch SportsTalk Live on Jan. 23
January 9, 2012, 4:52 pm
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CSN TOLAUNCH SPORTSTALK LIVE, HOSTED BYBRIAN MITCHELL AND IVAN CARTER, ON JAN. 23
SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT SHOW MODELEDAFTER NBC SPORTS NETWORKS NBC SPORTSTALKTO AIR LIVE WEEKNIGHTS AT 10:30 P.M., ENCORES AT 12:30 A.M.Bethesda, Md. (Jan. 9, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatform sportscoverage, has announced it will launch SportsTalkLive, hosted by former Redskins star Brian Mitchell and Ivan Carter, onMonday, January 23. The new live half-hour sports talk and entertainmentprogram, which is modeled after NBC Sports Networks NBC SportsTalk, will air weeknights at 10:30 p.m., with encores at12:30 a.m.SportsTalk Live will feature a fast-paced, topicalformat that will draw on the hosts personalities to deliver opinionatedcommentary, in-depth analysis and lively debate surrounding the days topregional and national stories covered by GeicoSportsNet Central. The live, 30-minute show will include several multiplatformcomponents, utilizing the networks digital and social media properties to engageviewers and create an interactive experience. The networks full stable ofreporters, analysts and writers will also contribute to the discussion, as willtalent from across all of NBC Sports Groups properties.The combination of two dynamic hosts, along with ourknowledgeable experts, an engaged audience and the powerful brand of NBC Sports,will result in a very entertaining and informative experience for fans, saidComcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President and General ManagerRebecca Schulte. This high-energy opinion and debate show will be a perfectcomplement to our comprehensive lineup of regional sports news, entertainment andlive-game programming.In its continued integration as part of the NBC SportsGroup, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is modeling SportsTalk Live after NBC Sports Networks nightly NBC SportsTalk show, which launched onSept. 8 and is hosted by former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor andreporter Russ Thaler. Although the format and content will be original, SportsTalk Live will adopt branding,creative and other elements from the national program, including the logo,graphics and music.SportsTalk Live and NBC SportsTalk are under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBCs successfuldigital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk,ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. Thesuccessful franchise was recently extended to NBC Sports Groups regionalnetworks digital properties, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantics CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com. The comprehensive regional sports platforms now feature CapitalsTalk,RedskinsTalk, RavensTalk, WizardsTalk and NationalsTalk, which contain interactivecontent and continually updated postings from the networks digital and on-airtalent.Mitchell is a longtime contributor to Comcast SportsNetMid-Atlantics coverage of the Washington Redskins. He serves as an analyst forthe networks pre-game and post-game shows, RedskinsKickoff and Redskins Postgame Live,and makes regular appearances on its news programs. As a player, Mitchell spent14 years in the NFL as a return specialist and running back from 1990 to 2003, whichincluded 10 seasons with the Redskins. A three-time NFL All-Pro selection, he rankssecond on the leagues career all-purpose yards list (23,330), behind onlyJerry Rice (23,546), and appeared in the 1995 Pro Bowl. He won a Super Bowlwith the Redskins in 1992 and was inducted into the teams Ring of Fame in2009.Carter spent more than two-and-a-half years as the host ofComcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantics daily talk show, Washington Post Live, which concluded on Dec. 30 afternearly five years. He joined the network in April 2009 from The Washington Post,where he spent four years as the beat reporter for the Washington Wizards. Previously,he served as a sports reporter for The Kansas City Star, covering the KansasCity Chiefs and a variety of major sporting events for six years. A native of Minneapolis, he is a graduate of St.Olaf Collegein Northfield, Minn., where he was a member of the footballteam.