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Wiz vs. Caps vs. Nats in HD

Comcast SportsNet released their Wizards and Capitals broadcast schedules this week, and for both teams the HD numbers are somewhat less than 100 percent and somewhat more than the Nats' HD percentage on MASN. Listed n order of HD percentage, with the caveat that The Post and CSN have a business relationship:

Wizards: Comcast SportsyNet and CSN+ will show 71 regular season games, with 49 in HD. There are also five games on TNT, six games on CW50, and six games on the ESPN family that will also be shown locally on CSN/CSN+. Nine games will also appear on NBATV, in addition to one of the above options.

Caps: Comcast SportsyNet and CSN+ will show 73 games, including 50 in HD. There are also seven games on Versus, and two games not on any TV.

Nats: MASN and MASN2 and will show 161 games, including 40 in HD. There was also that season-opening ESPN game.

Also, not sure how I missed this before, but how about the Wizards playing on TNT on both Thanksgiving (home vs. Orlando) and Christmas (at Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)? Thanks for that one, Santa. And for all those Cavs fans who say DeShawn's a loser, tell me that Washington at Cleveland is a nationally televised Christmas game if he hadn't started yapping. Add in some Craig Sager, and we're talking about a serious holiday.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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It is 2008, any and all pro league sports events not being offered in HD is purely amateur hour.

Posted by: Broken Clipboard | September 11, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

MASN HD is only nice for those with cable companies who actually carry it. My Nationals HD games have equalled about 2 so far this year (when they're carried on MyDC20's HD channel). poo!

Posted by: misschatter | September 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if away games would be in HD.

Posted by: Hugh | September 11, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

MASN is so screwed up that they forgot to flip the switch to turn the HD feed on for a good number of the scheduled games.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Worse than no HD is no TV at all--which is the case for two Caps games. That's because of the stupid NHL contract that decrees Versus has exclusive rights on Tuesday. Yeah, I'd much rather see the Sabres play the Bruins than my hometown team.

Sure, baseball does this with Fox, but at least it's in the afternoon so teams can play at night on TV. The NHL--making bad marketing decisions since 1994.

Posted by: The Fingerman | September 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Are those two Caps games home or away?

Steinz, haven't you likely had to spend most of your working life covering for people who want off for Xmas? That's often what happens to us non-Xians.

Posted by: odessasteps magazine | September 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I better start making my excuses now for not traveling on T-day or Christmas! Woo Hoo!

Posted by: Lou | September 11, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

It is 2008, any and all pro league sports events not being offered in HD is purely amateur hour.

Posted by: Broken Clipboard | September 11, 2008 5:24 PM


How can you broadcast sports in standard definition, it's just makes me switch the channel when I see it.

This is how ALL other sports need to learn from the NFL, they continue to be king.

Posted by: joeblazin | September 12, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

MASN is a joke. When Comcast eventually gets the Nats viewers will feel like they're watching a brand new sport.

Posted by: el freako | September 15, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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