NESN will add a new nightly sports to its lineup, beginning Tuesday, following its coverage of the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Rays game.
The RSN will debut NESN Sports Today, which replaces NESN Daily. The new program will air every night in 30-minute blocks from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight -- or immediately following Red Sox or Boston Bruins post-game programming. In turn, NESN will broadcast a best-of-edition of the show the following morning between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and again between noon and 2 p.m.
“We want to give New England viewers a live, fast-paced, nightly sports show that goes beyond opinions or scores with highlights,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming and production, executive producer, in a statement.
In addition, the program’s format will adapt during nights of major sports stories, providing expanded coverage for Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots playoff games. Beginning this Wednesday and before each Stanley Cup Finals game there will be a NESN Sports TodayBruins Pre-Game Special at 5:30 pm.
The launch of NESN Sports Today is the latest step taken by Maar to help transform NESN’s sports programming since he joined the network in August. Last November, NESN added three new anchors/reporters by hiring Adam Pellerin, Leah Hextall and Jamie Erdahl to team with Jamison Coyle. They joined NESN on-air talent roster that includes Don Orsillo, Jack Edwards, Tom Caron and Dale Arnold, plus regular appearances by analysts Andy Brickley, Billy Jaffe, Jerry Remy, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Tim Wakefield.