CSTV Announces 2004 Softball Season Broadcasts
March 10, 2004
New York, NY - CSTV: College Sports Television (www.cstv.com), the fastest-growing independent cable network, will debut its CSTV Softball schedule Monday, March 29 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) when #21 Texas visits Hawaii. CSTV Softball's regular season action, which builds upon the most comprehensive women's sports programming lineup on television, will also include a pair of appearances by defending NCAA national champion and current #1 UCLA, and games featuring fellow Top 25 teams Arizona, Stanford, Fresno State, Nebraska and Texas. College Sports TV, the first 24-hour college sports network, will also present a live doubleheader Saturday, May 15, featuring the Big Ten and Conference USA tournament championship games.
The CSTV Softball regular season schedule includes games featuring nine teams who competed in last season's NCAA post-season play: UCLA, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Hawaii and Notre Dame. UCLA and Arizona have combined to win 13 of the last 16 NCAA Women's College World Series. Veteran sportscaster Beth Mowins will handle CSTV Softball play-by-play duties, while Ann Schatz, who played softball at Creighton, will be the analyst.
'We experienced some of our most exciting moments on the air in 2003 covering softball, and CSTV Softball will bring that passion, excitement and competition to a whole new level in 2004,' said Tim Pernetti, vice president, programming, College Sports TV. 'Our schedule delivers the top teams, the most competitive rivalries and unparalleled national exposure for the 'best of the best' in college softball.'
'One of the biggest barriers for women's sports is lack of television coverage,' said Donna Lopiano, CEO, Women's Sports Foundation. 'The general public has no idea of the quality of this country's collegiate softball athletes -- they are the best in the world and their level of skill is unbelievable. CSTV should be applauded for its softball schedule. College softball is a great sport featuring great student-athletes.'
In addition to its softball telecasts, College Sports TV will cover the sport extensively within its CSTV Primetime and CSTV Scoreboard live studio shows originating from the CSTV Fieldhouse in New York. Daily coverage of women's softball will also be found on CSTV.com.
The 2004 CSTV Softball Schedule (all times ET)
Monday, March 29 #21 Texas at Hawaii 10 p.m.Sunday, April 4 #1 UCLA at #2 Arizona 4 p.m.Monday, April 12 Notre Dame at #19 Nebraska 7 p.m.Sunday, April 25 Oklahoma State at #21 Texas 2 p.m.Saturday, May 1 Fordham at Massachusetts 12 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 Texas A&M at #19 Nebraska 1 p.m.Saturday, May 8 Tulsa at #15 Fresno State 4 p.m.Sunday, May 9 #1 UCLA at #11 Stanford 4 p.m.Saturday, May 15 Big Ten Softball Tournament Championship TBD Conference USA Tournament Championship TBD
CSTV, the first 24-hour college sports network, is available to more than 15 million homes nationally on cable and satellite. The network is available on Time Warner, Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610). For information on CSTV availability in particular markets, consumers can log on to www.cstv.com or call their cable or satellite operator.
CSTV has covered more college sports than any other network since launching last April. The network has televised more than 3,500 hours of original programming spanning 30 men's and women's college sports, including basketball, football, baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball. College Sports TV's event, studio and original programs have covered more than 1,000 colleges and universities across all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. College Sports TV televises regular season and championship event coverage from every major collegiate athletic conference, and also televises nine NCAA Championships. The network also has a programming and marketing agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee. For more information on CSTV, log on to www.cstv.com.
College Sports Television was co-founded by President/CEO Brian Bedol, Chairman Stephen Greenberg and Executive Vice President Chris Bevilacqua. Bedol and Greenberg co-founded Classic Sports Network, which they sold to ESPN and which is now ESPN Classic. Bevilacqua is a former senior executive with Nike Inc., where he headed the company's successful foray into the college market.