Navy-Maryland Game Headlines Football Coverage In 2005

March 16, 2005

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- CSTV Networks, Inc. (www.cstv.com), the first 24-hour college sports network, has secured the exclusive television rights to all home and select neutral site Navy football games (excluding Notre Dame and Army), as well as other Navy men's and women's athletic events, original programming and documentaries centered around the storied Navy athletic program starting next fall. The long-term multi-media agreement includes internet streaming, broadband and video-on-demand rights, and high definition rights starting in 2006. A major part of the agreement was that all home football games would be played on Saturday.

CSTV's first Navy football telecast will be Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It will be the first meeting between the two schools in 40 years.

"The United States Naval Academy has established something special on fall Saturdays in Annapolis, and CSTV is proud to partner with Navy to deliver the pageantry, electricity and tradition to a national audience," said Tim Pernetti, senior vice president for programming and talent at CSTV. "This partnership is about more than football. It is about commitment to all the student-athletes in every sport. CSTV's relationship with Navy will provide programming, through all forms of media, surrounding every Navy athletic team, in addition to original programming rich with exclusive access, unparalleled storytelling and history."

"Tim Pernetti did a terrific job of listening very carefully to how a television package of this magnitude had to be comprised to accommodate the special considerations of Navy," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "He created a comprehensive distribution opportunity for us that delivers on every front. Traditional Navy football is a Saturday game, features all the pageantry our alumni expect and is a product that should be available to viewers both nationally and internationally for the fleet. The CSTV partnership does it all. We are very excited and grateful the long-term commitment has been finalized."

"This is exciting news for the Navy football program," said Navy head football coach Paul Johnson. "It's great for our fans and it will help recruiting, as well. I like the fact that we didn't sell our soul to be on television. All of our home games will be played when they should be played, on Saturday."

The Midshipmen are coming off one of the best football seasons in school history as Navy posted a 10-2 record, tying a school record for wins that was set in 1905, won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the second consecutive season and defeated New Mexico, 34-19, to win the Emerald Bowl. Navy finished the campaign ranked 24th in the country, marking the first time since 1979 that the Mids were ranked in the Top-25.

CSTV Networks 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, CSTV.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 No. 1 emerging cable network among operators in a 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 NCAA and NAIA Championships.

College Sports TV has agreements with distributors that represent more than 65 million homes nationwide, including the top six national distributors: Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner, Charter, Cox and Adelphia.

2005 Navy Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Sept. 3 Maryland! (CSTV) 6 p.m.

Sept. 10 Stanford (CSTV) 6 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Rice 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Duke TBA

Oct. 8 Air Force (CSTV) 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 Kent State (CSTV) 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 29 at Rutgers TBA

Nov. 5 Tulane (Homecoming/CSTV) 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 at Notre Dame (NBC) 1 p.m.

Nov. 19 Temple (CSTV) 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 Army@ (CBS) TBA

All Times Local

!M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.

@Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.


Contact: Scott Strasemeier, Navy Assistant Athletic Director For Sports Information (410) 293-8775

Eric Handler, Director, Corporate Communications, CSTV (212) 342-8760

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