The busiest place to be this Sunday is in the control rooms in the Bethesda studios of Comcast SportsNet where they will be doing two postgame shows simultaneously. The Redskins have 1pm home game at Fed Ex Field against the Cardinals while the Ravens are on the road at Tennessee.
So for the first time this year the network will split their cover with part of the mid Atlantic region seeing Redskins Postgame Live while those in the Baltimore area will be seeing Ravens Post Live. Due to far too many technical issues than I than I have time to explain CSN simply can’t use CSN Plus to offer both postgame shows to the entire region. That means fans in the Washington part of the CSN network will get the Redskins show while those in Baltimore will get the Ravens program.
Meanwhile the man charged with organizing the madness back at the studio is the Bill Bell the executive of Ravens programming and Frank Crisafulli his Redskins counterpart I spoke to Bell about what kind of craziness will be going on come Sunday at 4p.m. when both shows hit the air.
JW: So it is 4pm Sunday and the games are over. What happens then?
Bell: “Well this week it is good because I will have my team on for Ravens Post Game Live on set while Redskins Post Game Live gang will be on location at Fed Ex Field. Together for both shows we will have 50 crew members working to cover both shows. There will a great deal of coordination going on but I think Ravens fans and Redskins fans will both be happy and it will make for a packed Sunday SportsNite show.”
JW: How about the cooperation from both teams in making these shows work?
Bell: ”I have to say that working with the Ravens is a joy. They could not be more cooperative in making sure that players and coaches are available to us on time and in position after the games. We have a very good history with the Redskins and that show works well because we have been doing it and everyone is comfortable with our format but the Ravens seem to understand how we do things and things couldn’t be better. Viewers don’t realize that it is the teams that help get players and coaches to Brent Harris for Baltimore and Keli Johnson for Washington so our reporters and analysts can ask them questions. Win or lose we need to talk need access to the players and both teams really get that.”