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Malik Rose joins Sixers broadcast team on Comcast SportsNet - 12/20/2011

PHILADELPHIA- (December 20, 2011) – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, the leader in local sports coverage, today announced that former Drexel University standout and two-time NBA Champion Malik Rose joins Marc Zumoff and Meredith Marakovits on the Sixers broadcast team. Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will air all 66 regular season games with “Sixers Pregame Live” and “Sixers Postgame Live” airing before and after every regular season game.

A Philadelphia native, Rose was a standout at Overbook High School and was an All-American at Drexel University. He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round of the 1996 draft and went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs, where he won two NBA Championships. He also played for the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder. After finishing his NBA career, Rose worked for the Madison Square Garden Network as a pregame analyst and in 2011, he filled in as color commentator on the San Antonio Spurs broadcasts.

Rose will join Zumoff for all Sixers broadcasts. Zumoff, who won his 13th Emmy this year, enters his 18th season as the Sixers television play-by-play announcer and his 30th as a part of the 76ers broadcast team. Marakovits is in her second season as a sideline reporter for the Sixers and this season she will cover the team both at home and on the road.

Eric Snow has relinquished his role as color analyst for the 76ers to spend with time with his family in Atlanta.

“This is a dream come true to be a part of the broadcast team for not only one of the most storied franchises in the NBA, but also my hometown team,” said Rose. “Growing up in Philadelphia, I know the fans are passionate about the Sixers and I will bring the same passion to the broadcast.”

“Malik’s knowledge of the game and the city of Philadelphia will be a huge asset to our Sixers broadcast team of Marc Zumoff and Meredith Marakovits,” said Comcast SportsNet Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Monihan. “All three members of our broadcast team are not only some of the most knowledgeable basketball minds, they are all from the Philadelphia-area, and understand the pride and excitement that IS Sixers basketball. That will be evident in every broadcast this season.”

"We salute Comcast SportsNet for landing a championship talent in Malik Rose to become the Sixers new analyst for all televised Philadelphia 76ers games, and welcome him to the Sixers family,” said Adam Aron, Sixers CEO and co-Owner. “We know that all of Philadelphia looks forward to hearing Malik on the air."

Season Opener
Comcast SportsNet will air “Sixers Pregame Live” at 9:30 p.m. followed by the high definition broadcast of the Sixers vs. the Portland Trailblazers. “Sixers Postgame Live” will air immediately after the final buzzer.

Sixers Analysts
Comcast SportsNet will air “Sixers Pregame Live” and “Sixers Postgame Live” for all Sixers regular season games and will feature analysis from four veteran NBA talents including former Temple University star and NBA veteran Marc Jackson, former 76ers GMs Jim Lynam and John Nash, and former Villanova Wildcat and NBAer John Celestand.

CSNPhilly.com
Comcast SportsNet’s Sixers Insider Dei Lynam (@dlynamCSN) will have daily coverage of the Sixers, including breaking news, extensive video and in-depth features. New this season is the addition of our blog, Sixers Talk, which is part of the NBC Sports Talk family and will contain conversation and opinion from CSNPhilly.com’s Insiders and columnists, as well as Comcast SportsNet’s anchors, reporters and analysts.

CSNPhilly.com will debut a new online exclusive Sixers show during the 2011-12 season. “3 in the Key” will be hosted by Marshall Harris (@mharriscsn) and each week will feature a guest to debate the hot topics surrounding the Sixers in a three-minute no holds barred discussion.

Fans can also follow all Sixers games online with Comcast SportsNet’s live chats and “In-Game Live,” which allows fans to follow the game live with play by play, stats and Comcast SportsNet tweets. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet on Twitter or Facebook.