WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — Sports fans across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have a brand-new way to watch their favorite games, athletes, and other exciting content related to their hometown teams.
The linear channel is available at the same channel number where NBC Sports Washington was formerly found via Pay TV providers. Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), the parent company which acquired the network in 2022, announced the rebranding in June of 2023, and it officially takes effect across all channel guides today.
“Since acquiring NBC Sports Washington one year ago to the day, we have spent every day since building what we believe will be the best local media experience for the greatest fans in all of sports,” said Zach Leonsis, President of Media & New Enterprises at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “Our fans deserve the best experience possible, so we challenged ourselves to push every standard and deliver an extraordinary media platform. We’re excited to begin the network’s transformation this month with additional plans to unveil several significant upgrades throughout the course of the Capitals and Wizards regular seasons.”
About the New Digital Experiences
The new digital platform provides fans with enhanced video functionality for live-streaming of games with authentication of their Pay TV credentials, on-demand viewing of original programming and game replays, exclusive behind the scenes content and more. Monumental Sports Network’s new digital presence is optimized across desktop, tablet, and mobile experiences. Users who had the previous Monumental Sports Network app downloaded on their digital devices will receive a new version of the app via a standard app update.
Additional features of the new digital experience include:
- Access to multiple camera angles during live games with additional functionality including the ability to rewind and watch in slow motion.
- Personalization features that tailor a user’s experience towards their favorite teams and players.
- Access to hundreds of hours of original behind-the-scenes programming, new shows including Hometown with Rachel Nichols and much more.
- Ability to watch Monumental Sports Network’s live, 24/7 linear feed on-the-go on multiple devices.
- Opt-in ability to receive score alerts, team and player updates, as well as a new Monumental Sports Network newsletter.
- Daily editorial and video clips covering the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and Go-Go which can be saved to a user’s list for later viewing.
- Sportradar integrations providing users with advanced, real-time sports data and betting analytics.
- Ticketmaster integration for ticket management and account linking.
- Consistent look and feel across all platforms, allowing for an intuitive experience across all devices.
Pay TV subscribers receive all these benefits for free by signing in with their TV Everywhere (TVE) credentials on Monumental Sports Network’s online and mobile platforms.
Monumental Sports Network partnered on these enhancements with ViewLift, a leading end-to-end digital platform developer providing OTT distribution solutions for content owners across multiple device platforms, including web, mobile, connected TV devices, smart TVs and gaming consoles, to design and develop the brand-new digital experience.
About the New Linear Experience
As of today, when fans tune into Monumental Sports Network, they will see a new look and feel alongside a brand-new programming grid.
New Branding: The logo — “Monumental M” – was designed with subtle nods to the Washington Monument in the composition of the logo, which is unique and authentic to D.C. Designed by renowned brand agency, HZ, the network’s name and brand identity underwent extensive testing which included thousands of season ticket members, causal sports fans and the broader regional community. The concept drew on the power of each sports team’s colors and identities and D.C.’s architecture, textures, and symbols were also used as inspirations throughout the brand iconography. See more on the design here.
- “Hometown with Rachel Nichols”: Episodes air every Thursday at 7pm ET, officially premiering in October 2023
Join award-winning journalist and sportscaster Rachel Nichols as she returns to her home of Washington, D.C. for an interview format series that will feature sports stars and celebrities. Early episodes will feature Monumental athletes and leaders, including Tom Wilson, Dylan Strome, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Michael Winger, Will Dawkins, Wes Unseld Jr., and Kyle Kuzma.
The first episode features Ted and Zach Leonsis and will air on the network today at 10:00am ET – rebroadcasting at 10:30am ET, 3:00pm ET, 3:30pm ET, 7:00pm ET and 7:30pm ET. It will also reair on Saturday, September 24th at 10:00am ET and 10:30am ET.
- “Hershey Bears: Sweeter by the Dozen“: The American Hockey League 2023 Champions Documentary
Go behind the scenes for the historic 2023 Calder Cup Championship run with exclusive, never-before-seen interviews and moments with players and staff in this exclusive one-hour special. Get a crash course in the Hershey Bears’ rich history with a living legend and take a deep dive into the unique partnership between the Washington Capitals and this storied club, their passionate fan base, and their future in “the sweetest place on earth.” Hershey Bears: Sweeter by the Dozen premiered last week and will reair in the weeks leading up to the start of the Capitals’ 2023-24 regular season.
- “Caps Red Line”: Premiered Monday, Sept. 18 at 5pm ET – reairs at the same time Monday – Friday
A new weekly series will highlight the best behind-the-scenes moments, off-ice stories with players, staff, and other Capitals fanatics stories, hosted by Alexa Landestoy.
- “Beyond the Buzzer”: Premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 4:30pm ET – reairs at the same time Monday – Friday
A new weekly series will feature the best behind-the-scenes moments, off-court stories with players, staff and other Wizards fanatics stories, hosted by Wes Hall.
- “By the Book”: New Season Premiered Monday, Sept. 18 at 5:30pm ET – airs at 5:30pm ET Monday – Friday, with an immediate re-air from 6-6:30pm ET
In partnership with Caesars Sportsbook, Monumental Sports Network has re-launched the network’s marquee sports betting series for a fourth season. Highlights include in-depth analysis, a new studio, and cutting-edge graphics. Meg McDonald returns to the show, joined by new cohost, Sia Nejad.
- “District Countdown”: Premiering in October 2023
Relive some of the most historic Capitals and Wizards moments with District Countdown. This program will count down the greatest moments in Monumental Sports history in this new format series. Early episodes include: Dynamic Duo: top moments in the partnership of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, and Wizards Big 3: highlights from the era of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison.
- “Beltway Football”: Airing each weekend during the NFL season
The Beltway Football podcast is anchored by Monumental Sports Network’s JP Finlay alongside co-host Mitch Tischler. Each week they discuss the biggest topics around the NFL team with a fresh and engaging perspective on football around the nation’s capital.
Additional Network Assets
Fans can stay connected to every aspect of the new experience through a full suite of services.
New Digital Properties: The digital experience is available on desktop, mobile, tablet, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. It features all the live programming, on-demand game replays and TV episodes, and exclusive behind-the-scenes digital content.
New Social Channels: Follow us at @MonSportsNet on X, Instagram, Meta, TikTok, and YouTube.
New Paid Media Campaign: Monumental Sports Network is partnering with Gupta Media to launch its first-ever ad campaign and will be seen in print, online and out-of-home boards around the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.
New Visuals Inside Capital One Arena: Fans attending games and events can expect to see Monumental Sports Network signage around the venue as well as on the court and ice during game intermissions.
New Fan Engagement Opportunities: Check out the “Rock the Red Carpet” event during the Capitals Opening Night on October 13 where Monumental Sports Network will provide live coverage and host a station for fans to win fun prizes. Throughout the Capitals and Wizards seasons, Monumental Sports Network will host watch parties for fans throughout the DMV.
New Digital Newsletter: Sent three times a week, the Network’s newsletter will keep fans up to date on the latest programming, as well as a roundup of the best digital content from our network and our teams.
New Broadcast Studio to Be Delivered this Winter
Monumental Sports Network is also building a brand-new production plant and broadcast studio, set to be delivered by early 2024 – located right next to Capital One Arena, at Gallery Place. This two-story, SMPTE 2110 facility will feature two major league quality studios which can also combine on non-conflict nights to create one single regional telecast worthy experience. The facility will also feature two insert studios and five control rooms to produce multiple events simultaneously.
Upon the opening of the new production plant and studios, Monumental Sports Network plans to upgrade its video quality from 1080i (shooting at 30 frames per second) to 1080p (shooting at 60 frames per second) so fans can enjoy their favorite live and original programs in stunning HD. The new facility is also built to upgrade its video quality to 4K in the future. In addition, Monumental Sports Network will plan to pursue its alternate telecast strategy upon the opening of the new facility. Further announcements will be made this winter.
“While the local media ecosystem continues to evolve, we seek to build the exemplar local media platform in all of sports. The value of live sports rights continues to grow, which is why we are so confident in making these significant investments back into our local rights,” continued Leonsis. “We will do more with our live rights than ever before, upgrading the existing live experience, and producing more programming to the benefit of our fans and business partners. We look forward to debuting many more additional upgrades and enhancements throughout the NBA and NHL regular seasons.”
For more information:
- Channel finder: To find the channel, reference the appropriate service provider to locate Monumental Sports Network at Comcast/Xfinity, Cox , DirecTV, FuboTV, Hulu, Mediacom, Optimum, RCN or Spectrum, Verizon, YouTube TV, or your other distributor’s website.
- Sign-up for the newsletter: Automatically enroll when you create a Monumental Sports Network account.
- Follow social media channels: X, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok
About Monumental Sports Network
Monumental Sports Network is wholly-owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE). The network holds exclusive local television media rights for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics games. Monumental Sports Network is also the TV and digital home to the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go and the NBA 2K League’s Wizards District Gaming as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content and original sports and entertainment programming. The network also boasts the most comprehensive regional high-school and regional collegiate Division II-and-under sports programming in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. For more visit: www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com
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The Arizona Diamondbacks: More Than Just a Baseball Team
Arizona Diamondbacks: More than a baseball team. They excel in philanthropy, supporting their community through charitable initiatives. #Diamondbacks #Arizona #Community
When you step into a ballpark, the sights and sounds of the game surround you. The aroma of hot dogs and the refreshing taste of a cold beer are often part of the experience. Perhaps you’ll even have the chance to catch a fly ball. But beyond the thrill of the game, there’s something special about the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a team deeply invested in their community, the Diamondbacks have made a significant impact through their philanthropic efforts. Let’s explore how this Major League Baseball team has gone above and beyond to support their community through charitable initiatives.
The Arizona Diamondback Foundation:
Working at Chase Ballpark has given me the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible work of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the community. Since its establishment in 1997, the Arizona Diamondback Foundation has been a driving force behind numerous charitable endeavors. This nonprofit organization has consistently contributed $50 million annually to various charities, focusing on areas such as homelessness, indigent healthcare, and children’s programs.
D-backs Give Back
Supporting Education and Youth Programs:
One of the standout initiatives of the Diamondbacks is their dedication to education and youth development. They have refurbished 41 baseball fields across the state, providing safe and enjoyable spaces for young athletes. Additionally, the Diamondbacks have partnered with organizations like the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Maricopa County, recognizing their outstanding work in these areas.
Recognizing Academic Excellence:
The Arizona Diamondbacks also recognize the importance of education and academic excellence. Through their commitment to supporting schools, they established an excellent award program. By the end of 2012, they had awarded $250,000 to 51 schools across the state, highlighting and celebrating the achievements of students and educators alike.
The 50/50 Raffle:
During every Diamondbacks game, fans have the opportunity to participate in a 50/50 raffle. Half of the proceeds from this raffle go to a designated charity, while the other half goes to the lucky ticket holder. This unique initiative not only raises funds for worthy causes but also engages fans in the spirit of giving back.
A Community-Driven Team:
When you enter Chase Ballpark in Arizona to witness a Diamondbacks game, it’s clear that they are more than just a baseball team. They are a team committed to making a positive impact on the community they call home. By supporting various charitable initiatives, the Diamondbacks have demonstrated their dedication to improving the lives of those in need.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have proven themselves to be champions not only on the baseball field but also in their unwavering commitment to the community. Through the Arizona Diamondback Foundation, their investment in education, youth programs, and charitable initiatives has made a significant difference in the lives of many. So, next time you head to a Diamondbacks game, remember that you’re not just supporting a baseball team, but an organization that truly cares about its community. Join them in their mission to make a positive impact and witness the power of sports in transforming lives.
If you’re interested in learning about the ways in which Dback engages with the community, please visit this link for more information. https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/community
Tennessee Titans, Nissan Announce Naming Rights Partnership in New Stadium
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans and Nissan North America today have reached an agreement on a 20-year, exclusive naming-rights partnership that brands the new Titans home venue as ‘Nissan Stadium.’ This announcement further solidifies the partnership held between the Titans and Nissan since 2015. Slated for completion in 2027, the new Nissan Stadium will […]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans and Nissan North America today have reached an agreement on a 20-year, exclusive naming-rights partnership that brands the new Titans home venue as ‘Nissan Stadium.’ This announcement further solidifies the partnership held between the Titans and Nissan since 2015.
Slated for completion in 2027, the new Nissan Stadium will host Titans home games, Tennessee State University football games, concerts, large-scale events and other community events.
“This partnership is a natural extension of our already longstanding friendship with Nissan,” said Burke Nihill, Titans President and CEO. “Our mission at the Titans is to Win, Serve, and Entertain. We pride ourselves on collaborating with organizations who love this city and state as much as we do, and for the past 40 years, Nissan has invested more than $10.5 billion statewide, serving as a great example of an outstanding corporate steward and community advocate. We look forward to the continued positive impact of this relationship for the Titans organization and the City of Nashville.”
“Since 2015 our fans and organization have called our home ‘Nissan Stadium,’ and we are proud to continue that tradition in the new stadium as we deepen and expand our relationship with them,” said Titans Chief Revenue Officer Adam Nuse. “The new stadium will host the world’s largest events, as well as serve as a community hub for our local neighbors. We’re excited to have a partner like Nissan embark on this journey with us as we look towards the future.”
The partnership will feature dedicated areas in the new stadium for brand experiences and displays, innovative technology integration, and involvement in Titans broadcast platforms. Nissan also will support a to-be-determined program in the Titans ONE Community philanthropic platform, which reaches Nashville’s most underrepresented and marginalized communities with a focus on three areas – Opportunity, Neighborhoods and Education.
“Nissan Stadium is a centerpiece of the Nashville skyline and has become a household name in Middle Tennessee. It is important for Nissan to keep our name on the new stadium,” said Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas. “As more people come to Nashville both to visit and to live in this wonderful city, Nissan Stadium is true showcase for our brand and for the career opportunities we’ve offered here for more than four decades. This partnership sends a strong message about the bright future for Nissan, the Titans, Nashville and the State of Tennessee.”
Nissan’s ever-growing footprint in Tennessee includes vehicle and powertrain manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd respectively, along with its North American headquarters in Franklin. Nissan is home to more than 11,000 employees across all three locations.
“Nissan has been a strong partner to middle Tennessee for four decades, and I’m thrilled that the Titans have united with a partner that invests in our community and its people,” said Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell. “The familiarity and trust they’ve established with the Titans in the last eight years will undoubtedly be a great asset as we plan for the stadium’s opening in 2027.”
The new Nissan stadium will be built on the east side of the current stadium campus, along Nashville’s East Bank. Features of the building include: a circular translucent roof; exterior porches with panoramic views of Nashville; improved sightlines for all spectators through a range of diverse seating experiences; and a 12,000 square foot community space available for use year-round. A waitlist for those interested in purchasing PSLs or suites is now open at NewNissanStadium.com.
John McEnroe, Drew Brees Join Pickleball Pros to Prove How Quiet The OWL Pickleball Paddles Really Are
First USA Pickleball Quiet Category-certified paddle reduces noise by 50 percent while raising the bar on paddle performance
CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — OWL Sport recently unveiled the first USA Pickleball Quiet Category-certified paddle proven to reduce noise by 50 percent. Today, tennis legend John McEnroe and former NFL quarterback Drew Brees took to the court alongside top pickleball pros to showcase how quiet the OWL paddle technology is while demonstrating the paddle’s elite performance capabilities.
“I think the OWL paddle technology is going to revolutionize the game of pickleball,” said John McEnroe, OWL Sport ambassador and 17-time Grand Slam tennis champion. “Unlike me, it is quiet but like me the OWL really performs and you know how much I like to win!”
Pickleball has recently been the source of noise issues in sound-sensitive locations across the country given the distinct staccato ‘pop’ sound the ball makes on impact. USA Pickleball created the Quiet Category to reduce the sport’s sound output by recognizing pickleball products that help diminish acoustic output during play without negatively impacting performance. The OWL is the first paddle on the market that delivers a hertz level below 600 and a decibel level below 80, delivering a 50% reduction in total noise profile.
To help prove the sound reduction to pickleball enthusiasts, OWL Sport popped up a court in a place synonymous with being quiet – the Refectory at Chelsea Square, originally built to house the General Theological Seminary – to prove that the OWL paddle can be used to play whenever, wherever. McEnroe and Brees dinked around with pickleball pros and players of all levels highlighting the various features of the the OWL paddle, including its vibration dampening layers for arm and elbow comfort, balanced ‘anti-head heavy’ construction for effortless maneuverability and proprietary Acoustene™ sheath. While the pair might be known for their athletic abilities and accolades in other sports, the pickleball craze is spreading to all corners of the globe and converting professional athletes everywhere to elite pickleball players.
“It’s no secret I am an avid fan and Pickleball player. Being newly acquainted with the OWL paddle, I can say I’ve really enjoyed playing with it” said Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP quarterback, Drew Brees. “It’s a silent killer on the court, and I highly recommend it for players of all skill levels. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference it makes.”
Not only is the OWL paddle receiving attention for its performance capabilities and ability to silence the competition while solving the noise issue, it’s also being lauded for its sleek packaging and unique customer purchasing experience (with more exciting products including apparel to come).
“I’m amazed at how well the OWL paddle plays – I couldn’t believe the shots I was able to hit. It feels so comfortable on my arm and my elbow, giving me the ability to play better and longer.” said Jessica Warren, former D1 tennis player and top APP pro player. “For me as a pickleball pro, I’m not as concerned about noise. I play with the OWL because it is the best playing paddle I’ve ever hit. I can confidently say that anyone who plays with the OWL will instantly improve their game.”
The OWL paddles are now available for order at owlpaddle.com, and players (and bystanders) should expect to see more rules and regulations set in place by HOAs and parks mandating their use. The OWL paddles are available in four SKUs to meet all players’ needs.
ABOUT OWL SPORT
OWL Sport was created by a group of people who had a problem to solve: they wanted to play pickleball when they wanted, where they wanted and without having to worry about noise complaints. Much like nature has created the perfect predator of the skies, OWL’s unmatched team of engineers have perfected an elite version of the pickleball paddle that not only reduces sound output by 50%, but also provides players with a best-in-industry performance paddle for all skill levels. OWL paddles are currently the only pickleball paddles on the market that are USA Pickleball Quiet category-compliant. OWL Sport plans to continue its advancement of the racket sports industry through a relentless and meticulous commitment to innovation and superior playability. For more information, visit owlsport.com.
ABOUT USA PICKLEBALL
USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of pickleball in the United States. Its mission is to promote the development and growth of the sport while sanctioning events and providing annual members with premier tournaments, educational opportunities, player rankings, official rules and other exclusive benefits. USA Pickleball is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that is governed and operated by a Board of Directors and a national office staff, who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued expansion of the sport.
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