CSTV To Celebrate Tipoff Of College Basketball Friday With The 1 College Sports Show: Midnight Madness
Oct. 14, 2004
NEW YORK - The 2004-05 college basketball season tips off on CSTV: College Sports Television (www.collegesports.com) Friday, October 15, with The 1 College Sports Show: Midnight Madness, the only national special covering Midnight Madness festivities on college campuses nationwide that herald the start of the college basketball season.
The 1 College Sports Show: Midnight Madness (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT), a 2 ½-hour marathon, will feature Midnight Madness coverage from hardwood hotbeds such as Connecticut (home of the defending men's and women's NCAA champions), North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana and Memphis, as well as interviews with coaching legends John Wooden, Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Lute Olson and others. CSTV's CollegeSports.com will also provide video and other coverage from numerous colleges throughout the country.
The 1 College Sports Show: Midnight Madness Lineup
The CSTV Fieldhouse: host Penn Holderness will be joined by: former North Carolina and Notre Dame head coach Matt Doherty; former Arizona star Miles Simon, the Most Outstanding Player of the 1997 NCAA Final Four; CSTV basketball analyst Seth Davis; and veteran women's analyst Debbie Antonelli.
University of North Carolina: The 1 College Sports Show host Adam Zucker and CollegeSports.com senior editor Brian Curtis will cover the pageantry and passion of Midnight Madness activities from the Dean Smith Center, where the Tar Heels are considered by many to be the pre-season #1; Chapel Hill will be the setting for interviews with Dean Smith, the winningest coach in college basketball history, and current Tar Heels coach Roy Williams.
Midnight Madness Look-Ins: College Sports TV will whet college hoops fans' appetites with Midnight Madness coverage from defending national champion Connecticut, Kentucky, Indiana, Memphis, and other campuses.
Former UCLA coach John Wooden, who guided UCLA to a record 10 NCAA titles
Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, the winningest college basketball coach
Current North Carolina coach Roy Williams
Arizona men's head coach Lute Olson
New St. John's men's coach Norm Roberts
Player of the Year candidate Ike Diogu of Arizona State
The return to national prominence of Wake Forest men's basketball team
The return of Washington women's basketball player Kayla Burt, who nearly died last season before being saved by her teammates, and who is returning to the squad this season
Harry Statham, the head coach at NAIA McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, who is nine wins away from breaking Dean Smith's career basketball coaching win record
An update from Storrs, Ct., home of the reigning men's and women's NCAA basketball champion Connecticut Huskies
Also On Tap: the CSTV Men's and Women's Preseason Top 25, Preseason All-Americans, Newcomers to Watch and conference breakdowns, a review of the experimental rules changes, and a look at coaches stepping into new positions
CSTV's CollegeSports.com will have every corner of the court covered, as well, serving up numerous feature stories and video offerings covering Midnight Madness from every angle. CSTV's roster of college basketball experts will provide analysis on the site, and the CSTV network of Campus Correspondents will file reports from campuses nationwide.
CSTV is a multi-media company that consists of the first-ever 24-hour college sports television network, College Sports TV; the leading college sports online network, CollegeSports.com; and the first ever 24-hour college sports radio network, SIRIUS College Sports Radio. Through its numerous platforms, CSTV provides more live college sports games, events, news, information, analysis and broadband content, and reaches more college sports fans, than any other company.
College Sports TV, voted the #1 emerging cable network in the 2003 Beta research study, televises regular season and championship event coverage from over 35 men's and women's sports across every major collegiate athletic conference as well as many select NCAA Championships. CSTV and the Mountain West Conference recently announced a fully integrated multi-media partnership, beginning in Fall 2006 that will deliver more games to more people in more homes across more sports than any other Conference partnership. College Sports TV currently has agreements with the top three national distributors - Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, among others.
CollegeSports.com, the most-trafficked college sports Web site, and its network of nearly 160 official athletic sites are the number one online source for college sports broadband content, news, information, scores and analysis. SIRIUS College Sports Radio will broadcast a comprehensive package of college football and basketball games from teams in the Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Pac 10, and SEC conferences, as well as from Notre Dame.
CSTV was co-founded by President and CEO Brian Bedol, Chairman Steve Greenberg and Executive Vice President Chris Bevilacqua. Bedol and Greenberg co-founded Classic Sports Network, which they sold to ESPN. It 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.