Feb. 3, 2004
NEW YORK - CSTV College Sports Television (www.cstv.com), the fastest-growing independent cable network, will premiere its CSTV Spikes men's college volleyball schedule Saturday, February 21, with a live telecast of #8 Stanford at #7 Brigham Young (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). The CSTV Spikes schedule features all four teams which competed in the 2003 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship: defending national champion Lewis (currently #14), current #1 Pepperdine, Brigham Young and Penn State (currently ranked #11).
CSTV Spikes will also televise matches involving #3 UCLA, #4 Hawaii and #9 California-Irvine; all told, CSTV Spikes will feature teams that have won 11 of the last 12 NCAA championships. In addition, for the second consecutive year, College Sports TV will televise a live conference championship tripleheader on Saturday, May 1, featuring title matches from the three premiere men's volleyball conferences: the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA), Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). These three championships determine the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship field.
The 2004 CSTV Spikes Schedule (all times ET):
Sat., February 21 Stanford at Brigham Young 9 p.m.
Wed., March 3 UCLA at Hawaii 10 p.m.
Sat., March 6 Penn State at Ohio State 9:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 25 BYU at Hawaii 8:30 p.m.
Fri., March 26 Lewis at BYU 11 p.m.
Thurs., April 1 UC Irvine at Pepperdine 10 p.m.
Thurs., April 15 UC Irvine at Hawaii 9 p.m.
Sat., May 1 EIVA Championship 5 p.m.
Sat., May 1 MIVA Championship 7:15 p.m.
Sat., May 1 MPSF Championship 9:30 p.m.
In addition to CSTV Spikes, College Sports TV covers men's and women's college volleyball extensively within its CSTV Primetime and CSTV Scoreboard live studio shows originating from the CSTV Fieldhouse in New York. CSTV's U.S. Olympic Pursuit, the first regularly scheduled, year-round television programming dedicated to showcasing America's future Olympic champions and amateur athletes, airs volleyball as part of its schedule.
College Sports TV featured the Stanford women's volleyball team and head coach John Dunning within a recent installment of its Nike Training Camp original series, which shares the coaching styles, philosophies and secrets of success of the greatest coaches in college. Collegiate volleyball also receives daily coverage on CSTV.com.
"Since launching in April 2003, College Sports TV has televised more college volleyball than any other network," said Tim Pernetti, vice president, programming, College Sports TV. "Similar to our womens' college volleyball coverage last fall, our goal this spring is to provide unparalleled national television exposure for the 'best of the best' of men's college volleyball, and this schedule is indicative of that commitment."
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 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 2,500 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.