SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 15, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet (@CSNAuthentic), part of the NBC Sports Group and the online and on-air home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today named Scott Bair (@BairCSN) the network’s Raiders Insider. In his new role, Bair will provide coverage across the network’s growing list of multiplatform outlets, including CSNCalifornia.com’s Oakland RaidersTalk page (@CSNRaiders), and SportsNet Central, Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, Raiders Postgame Live, Raiders Press Conference Live and other NFL related programming. The announcement was made by Nancy Gay, Digital Managing Editor for CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com.
Said Gay: “Scott brings an incredible combination of knowledge, talent, credibility and energy to our CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com Insider team. He’s an award-winning NFL reporter and an accomplished storyteller, someone who will embrace the Raiders’ beat and cover it with skill and true passion.”
Added Bair: “I’m thrilled to join a talented group of journalists at Comcast SportsNet and honored to cover a tradition-rich Oakland Raiders franchise. Raiders Nation deserves comprehensive coverage of the highest order, and I’ll work tirelessly to make CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com the premier source for all things silver and black.”
Bair, a native of Visalia, Calif., covered the San Diego Chargers for five seasons (2008-2012) for the North County Times and UT San Diego. He’s won several writing awards, including an Associated Press Sports Editors honor for his Chargers beat coverage in 2012.
He also covered San Diego State’s men’s basketball (2007-11) and football (2007-08), preps and action sports during his tenure with the North County Times. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications/Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. While at UCLA, Bair covered the football and baseball teams for the school’s newspaper, the Daily Bruin.
Bair comes to the network after covering the San Diego Padres for the first half of the 2013 MLB season for MLB.com and the Associated Press.
Bair joins 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) and Senior Insider Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) and a growing stable of multiplatform reporters in providing full-time online and on-air coverage of the NFL for Comcast SportsNet’s digital properties.
RaidersTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com through the creation of A’sTalk, GiantsTalk, WarriorsTalk, SharksTalk, 49ersTalk and RaidersTalk, which contain interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
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