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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.NESN periodically sent guest color commentators to the booth, among which included Rico Petrocelli, Bill Monbouquette and Dick Radatz; the in-studio host was Sean Mc Donough.On August 30, 2014, the network became a charter cable affiliate of the American Sports Network, a sports syndication service founded by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, with its first ASN broadcast being a college football game between the Old Dominion Monarchs and the Hampton Pirates.NESN has provided coverage of the Boston Red Sox's Major League Baseball games since the network's initial spring training game broadcast upon its March 21, 1984 launch.For road games, the pre-game shows originate out of NESN's main studios in Watertown, Massachusetts. The team presents highlights and statistics from the preceding game and often have a team member of the Red Sox on hand to get their take on the game.This hour of coverage also focuses on the game to be played next on the preseason/seasonal game schedule, as well as news from the league.In 1996, NESN became the New England affiliate of Fox Sports Net, carrying the network's national sports and magazine programs; this lasted until 1998, when then-FSN parent News Corporation acquired partial ownership of Cablevision-owned Sports Channel New England (and its sister networks), turning it into an Fox Sports regional network as Fox Sports Net New England (now CSN New England).

For its first two decades, NESN split coverage with broadcast television stations in the team's market territory, with an increasing number of games moving to NESN.Bruins coverage on NESN began in 1984; Fred Cusick served as play-by-play announcer and Johnny Peirson as color analyst for both NESN's games (mostly home contests) as well as coverage of mainly road games broadcast by then-independent station WSBK-TV (channel 38).In 1985, NESN dropped Pierson as analyst and replaced him with Dave Shea.Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.(New England Sports Network) is an American regional sports cable and satellite television network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).