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NESN broadcast some games during the 19 Stanley Cup Finals.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.
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.
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 is also distributed nationally on satellite providers Direc TV and Dish Network and as NESN National via select cable providers.
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).
NESN reaffiliated with Fox Sports 15 years later in September 2013 after the now renamed and Comcast-owned CSN New England dropped FSN programming.
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.
NESN is also on Play Station Vue at the same areas it is broadcast on cable.
NESN is the primary broadcaster of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins – serving as the exclusive home for all games that are not televised by a national network.
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.
NESN has carried regional Atlantic Coast Conference college basketball games since Boston College joined the conference, including games distributed for national broadcast for and by Fox Sports Networks.