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Comcast SportsNet California, the local television provider for all Sacramento Kings games, is making some big-time changes to their broadcast coverage.  Former Kings guard Doug Christie is joining the pre-game and post-game telecast and James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom is taking over Bill Herenda's role as CSN's Kings Insider.

From the Press Release:

CSN California (@CSNAuthentic), the home of "Authentic Bay Area Sports," announced today its coverage of the Sacramento Kings for the 2015-16 season, which includes 81 games (80 regular season, one preseason); extensive game day coverage with Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live; Kings games, Kings Pregame Live and Kings Postgame Live steamed live on CSNBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app; season-long, comprehensive Kings and NBA news, analysis, and insider reports on SportsNet CentralSportsTalk Live, and Kings Central; and in-depth 24/7 online coverage on CSNBayArea.com's "KingsTalk" page.  In addition, popular Kings alumnus and 15-year NBA veteran Doug Christie joins CSN California as an analyst for Kings Pregame Liveand Kings Postgame Live, and James Ham has been named the network's new "Kings Insider."

The 2015-16 Kings regular season on CSN California gets underway on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. when the Kings host the Los Angeles Clippers (coverage starts on Kings Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.).  The network will air the Kings' final regular season game at Sleep Train Arena versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. (coverage starts on Kings Pregame Live from Sleep Train Arena at 7 p.m.).

It's unsurprising to me to see Christie join the broadcast team as he has been participating in the Post-Game radio shows for a couple years now and he's well-liked by pretty much all Kings fans.  Christie offered astute opinions on the radio and I'm sure his attitude and upbeat energy will translate well to the TV broadcast.  Christie will join Guy Haberman and former teammate Bobby Jackson.

I'm also particularly excited about seeing James Ham get to cover the Kings on an even deeper level.  James has been running the excellent Cowbell Kingdom for several years now after starting out as a commenter on this very website.  At Cowbell Kingdom, he has proven to be a reliable and consistent contributor of original Kings news and reports.  This move will only give him more access to the team to continue to provide exceptional coverage, which is good news for all Kings fans.  We'll miss him at Cowbell Kingdom, but I'm glad that a broader audience will now be able to enjoy his quality reporting.  Ham will be appearing on-air for CSN as well as helming the online site's "KingsTalk" section.

It's also nice to see that Comcast will be televising a pre-season game, something that hasn't happened in Sacramento for a long time.  That game will be on Thursday Oct. 8th against the San Antonio Spurs.

All these changes and deeper coverage stem from Comcast's renewed long-term commitment to the Kings, having renewed their deal last year for 20 years and a reported $700 million.