Com­cast Sport­sNet part­ner­ship bol­sters Times’ cov­er­age

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The Wash­ing­ton Times and re­gional sports net­work Com­cast Sport­sNet MidAt­lantic on Mon­day an­nounced a strate­gic part­ner­ship that will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the news­pa­per’s sports cov­er­age and de­liver Com­cast Sport­sNet’s dig­i­tal me­dia con­tent to ad­di­tional plat­forms and au­di­ences.

The agree­ment al­lows The Times to use Com­cast Sport­sNet’s ex­ten­sive dig­i­tal me­dia con­tent in its print and dig­i­tal edi­tions, as well as Wash­ing­ton­Times. com, which earns more than 12 mil­lion monthly visi­tors. The net­work’s writ­ten, video and in­ter­ac­tive con­tent will com­ple­ment cov­er­age pro­duced by the Times’ award-win­ning sports re­porters and colum­nists.

The part­ner­ship will triple the amount of sports news, anal­y­sis and com­men­tary avail­able on The Times’ plat­forms.

“This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to aug­ment our al­ready strong sports cov­er­age and to bring our read­ers even closer to the ac­tion and deeper in­side the locker room,” Times Pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Beasley said.

Bethesda-based Com­cast Sport­sNet is the Mid-At­lantic re­gion’s lead­ing source for mul­ti­plat­form sports con­tent, of­fer­ing cov­er­age of the re­gion’s pro­fes­sional and col­lege teams for its online,

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mo­bile and so­cial me­dia plat­forms, which in­clude CSNwash­ing­ton.com and CSNbal­ti­more.com. Con­tent used by The Times will be led by Com­cast Sport­sNet writ­ers Clifton Brown, Tarik El-Bashir, Chuck Gorm­ley, J. Michael, Rich Tan­dler and Mark Zuck­er­man, and also will in­clude video fea­tur­ing the net­work’s tele­vi­sion news an­chors, re­porters and an­a­lysts.

“We are very proud of the con­tent we pro­duce and are ex­cited that this part­ner­ship will ex­tend our reach to The Times’ large and loyal read­er­ship,” said Com­cast Sport­sNet Mid-At­lantic Pres­i­dent Re­becca Schulte. “Their read­ers will ben­e­fit from the re­sources, ex­pe­ri­ence and per­son­nel that have made us the area’s top sports me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The Times plans to use Com­cast Sport­sNet con­tent to aug­ment its cov­er­age of lo­cal teams and to add new anal­y­sis and mul­ti­me­dia in­ter­ac­tiv­ity to its sports pages.

“Our read­ers are al­ready lucky to have the daily in­sights of Thom Loverro and Mike Har­ris, as well as the cut­ting-edge beat cov­er­age of re­porters like Zac Boyer, Nathan Fenno and Brian McNally,” said John Solomon, The Times’ ed­i­tor and vice pres­i­dent for con­tent and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. “Now with a sports me­dia pow­er­house as a part­ner, we will be able to cover lo­cal teams and col­leges more closely and to of­fer more pre-game and postgame anal­y­sis. Our read­ers will get an even deeper dive into the sports ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Wash­ing­ton Times is a full-ser­vice, gen­eral in­ter­est daily news­pa­per in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. Founded in 1982, The Wash­ing­ton Times is one of the most-of­ten-quoted news­pa­pers in the U.S. It has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for hard-hit­ting in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing and thor­ough cov­er­age of pol­i­tics and pol­icy. It serves more than 100,000 print read­ers a week and more than 12 mil­lion online read­ers.

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