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(New England Sports Network) is an American regional sports cable and satellite television network that is owned by a joint venture of Fenway Sports Group (which owns a controlling 80% interest, and is the owner of Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club) and Delaware North (which owns the remaining 20% interest in the network, and owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Garden).
Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, the network is primarily carried on cable providers throughout New England (except in Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is part of the greater New York City media market).
NESN launched on March 21, 1984, originally operating as a premium channel.
The network's inaugural telecast was a spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers from Lakeland, Florida, with former Red Sox second baseman Mike Andrews serving as the play-by-play announcer and Kent Derdivanis providing color commentary.
As of 2017, Jack Edwards handles the play-by-play duties during games while Andy Brickley serves as the color analyst. Since the 2006–07 season, NESN has broadcast all Bruins games in high definition.
Bruins coverage has expanded since NESN took over exclusive rights to the team's games in the 2002–03 season (which it previously shared with WSBK-TV).
NESN converted into a basic cable service in 2001, a model that has since been copied by other companies through their respective launches of new regional sports networks as well as similar conversions (many of which predate NESN's transition) of those that began as pay services.
In 2009, Remy took an indefinite leave of absence for most of the season due to health complications stemming from his November 2008 lung cancer surgery.
During that season, several people filled in including Dennis Eckersley and Dave Roberts. One hour before each Red Sox game, the network broadcasts the pre-game shows Red Sox First Pitch and Red Sox Game Day Live, in which host Tom Caron and other contributors (including Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice, along with former Major Leaguers Tim Wakefield and Steve Lyons) provide highlights from the previous game, analysis on the Sox's upcoming opponent, player profiles, news from around the league and their "keys to the game." Nick Cafardo and Peter Abraham make regular appearances on Game Day Live.
In 1985, NESN dropped Pierson as analyst and replaced him with Dave Shea.
Terry O'Reilly joined the telecasts the following season.