Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Comcast airing high school baskeball games

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The Bishop McNamara High School boys’ basketball game at Good Counsel on Friday will be one of several games involving county teams that are being broadcast regionally on CN8 this winter.

The cable channel, which reaches 9 million viewers, also will air the state Class 2A and 4A boys’ championship games live March 15, beginning at 6 p.m. The other six boys’ and girls’ title games will be available later in the week through Comcast Digital Cable’s On Demand, a service that allows viewers to watch the games when they want for two weeks after they become available.

State championship games have been aired live and on tape delay off and on over the years by local and regional television stations, said Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association. This year’s On Demand element is new, he said.

The McNamara-Good Counsel game will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and is one of five regular-season boys’ basketball games CN8 is showing on tape delay. The network aired DeMatha’s game against Bishop O’Connell (Va.) last month.

It will be the first time in McNamara coach Marty Keithline’s five years with the program that the Mustangs have been on local television. McNamara’s last appearance on screen was at a tournament in Naples, Fla., last season.

‘‘It’s exposure for both our programs,” Keithline said. ‘‘It’s an opportunity for kids to feel what it’s like at the next level.”

CN8 also will broadcast the boys’ and girls’ Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship games, which will be played Feb. 25, as a double-header at 2 p.m. March 1. The Maryland Independent Athletic Association A Conference semifinal games will air on tape delay at 4 p.m. Feb. 23.

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