CSTV To Air Two Live First-Round Out-Of-Market Games of 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
 
 

March 6, 2007

NETWORKS' FULL-COURT NCAA MARCH MADNESS® PROGRAMMING BRACKETS CBS SPORTS' LIVE GAME COVERAGE

 

CSTV'S COVERAGE WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE OFFICIAL NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHT SHOW, EVERY PRESS CONFERENCE, THE NCAA SALUTE PRESENTATION AND LIVE COVERAGE FROM FINAL FOUR FRIDAYTM TEAM PRACTICES, HOOP CITY® , THE BIG DANCE® AND
MY COKEFEST

 

Jim Larranaga Will Join Analysts Pete Gillen and Steve Lappas

to Offer Analysis for CSTV

 

* All Times ET

 

NEW YORK - CSTV will air two first-round out-of-market games of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in their entirety as part of the network's wall-to-wall, multi-media programming complementing CBS Sports' exclusive live network coverage of the 2007 Championship.  CSTV's first-ever live NCAA Tournament broadcasts will air on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 (specific times and games TBD). The broadcasts will be fully produced by CBS Sports with CBS announcers and graphics

 

"This is a prime example of how CBS Sports and CSTV are working together to enhance the fan experience," said Brian Bedol, President and CEO, CSTV Networks, Inc.  "The ability to broadcast CBS Sports' NCAA Tournament games, the brass ring for a company dedicated to college sports, is a milestone event for CSTV."

 

Building on its success covering the 2006 NCAA Tournament, CSTV offers another comprehensive programming schedule with original programs, features and in-depth analysis, along with wide-ranging online coverage on CSTV.com.  

 

On Sunday, March 11 (5:30-6:00 PM), CSTV tips off its tournament coverage with Crystal Ball Presented By Xbox Live: Countdown To The Bracket, leading into the official Selection Show on CBS Sports, hosted by Greg Amsinger with analysts Pete Gillen, Steve Lappas, insider Brian Curtis and special guest analyst, George Mason basketball coach Jim Larranaga.

 

Immediately following the CBS Sports Selection Show, CSTV will air Bracket Breakdown Picked Up By The United States Postal Service from 7:00-8:00 PM, featuring coach and player interviews along with comprehensive bracket analysis with CBS Sports' Greg Gumbel, Seth Davis and Clark Kellogg. 

 

Also launching on Selection Sunday and airing throughout the tournament, CSTV will introduce a short form series of programming featuring some of the big shots, great moments, upsets and heroes of NCAA March Madness.  From March 12 through tip-off of the first game, CSTV will start the party early with encore broadcasts of some of the greatest games in NCAA Tournament history.

 

Beginning on Wednesday, March 14 (1:00-8:00 PM) and continuing throughout the tournament, CSTV's original Full Court Press hosted by Adam Zucker with Lappas, Curtis and Davis, will feature coverage of teams at every tournament site and every press conference prior to, during and after all the NCAA Tournament games. 

 

CSTV begins its full slate of official tournament programming on Thursday, March 15, with NCAA March Madness Pregame Show Presented by Xbox Live (11:30 AM-12:00 PM).  Before the games officially tip off on CBS Sports, the show previews all the match-ups slated for that day and features reports from every CBS Sports remote tournament site.

 

Tourney Talk, the only interactive show that allows viewers to talk with the experts about all the madness is hosted by Jonathan Coachman, Amsinger, Zucker, and Curtis. Guest coaches and analysts will be featured along with game highlights and analysis, press conferences and viewers' questions via telephone and e-mail.

 

After the games end each day, the official highlight show of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, NCAA March Madness Highlights on CSTV powered by Pontiac, recaps the madness of the day with all the scores, news, highlights and analysis. Amsinger serves as host.

 

CSTV's comprehensive coverage extends to Atlanta for the Men's Final Four, bringing fans all the sights and sounds from around the city.  CSTV's on-site programming begins with CSTV Live From the Final Four on Friday, March 30 (1:00-4:00 PM) from the Georgia Dome for each team's practice session.  Later that evening, CSTV will air The NCAA Salute (8:00-9:00 PM) hosted by CBS Sports' Jim Nantz, an annual tradition at the Men's Final Four featuring the coaches and players from each of the remaining teams, which has never before been broadcast.  CSTV will also provide live coverage throughout Men's Final Four weekend from Hoop City refreshed by Coca-Cola®, The Big Dance in Centennial Olympic Park featuring MyCokeFest Sunday in Centennial Park, bringing fans an all encompassing look at the Men's Final Four experience. 

 

On Monday, April 2 (7:30-9:00 PM), the countdown to tip-off officially begins with the National Championship Pregame Show live from inside the Georgia Dome, featuring CSTV's slate of experts breaking down the big game. 

 

Other CSTV NCAA Tournament programming includes:

NCAA Tournament Retrovision - March 12-15

Encore airings of some of the most memorable games in NCAA Tournament History.

Champions 4-Ever - March 27-29

A look back at Final Four Films from the past 15 years

NCAA March Magic: A Marathon of Memories - April 8-10

CSTV relives some of the best games of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in their entirety

 

CSTV.com's Championship Central 2007 will provide in-depth coverage and analysis from every NCAA Tournament location and game, featuring every press conference streamed live an on-demand for free.   CSTV.com's team of reporters will be filing live into the Hangtime Blog, providing insight into the games on the court and the total NCAA experience, along with other CSTV.com original broadband content.  CSTV experts Gillen, Lappas, Curtis and Sean Farnham will be joined by CSTV.com's Jerry Palm, Eric Sorenson, Bryan Graham and David Scott in providing instant analysis, daily photo galleries and awards. 

 

CSTV, the expert in college sports, is seen in more than 20 million homes via cable and satellite.

 

The complete CSTV 2007 NCAA Tournament programming schedule follows. 

 

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CSTV 2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

 

Date                                       Time (ET)                              Program              

Sun., March 11                     5:30-6:00 PM                        Crystal Ball presented by xbox live

Countdown to the bracket

7:00-8:00 PM                        BRACKET BREAKDOWN picked up by united states postal service

 

Mon., March 12                     8:00-8:30 PM                        CRYSTAL BALL presented by xbox live

 

Wed., March 14                    1:00-8:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                               

Thurs., March 15                  11:30 AM-12:00 PM             NCAA MARCH MADNESS PREGAME SHOW

                                                                                                presented by xbox live

                                                3:00-4:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                                5:00-7:00 PM                        TOURNEY TALK

                                                12:30-1:30 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Fri., March 16                        11:30 AM-12:00 PM             NCAA MARCH MADNESS PREGAME SHOW

                                                                                                presented by xbox live

                                                3:00-4:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

12:30-1:30 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Sat. March 17                       7:00-8:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

12:00-1:00 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Sun., March 18                     11:30 AM-12:00 PM             NCAA MARCH MADNESS PREGAME SHOW

                                                                                                presented by xbox live

                                                7:00-8:30 PM                        TOURNEY TALK

                                                12:00-1:00 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Wed., March 21                    1:00-4:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

 

Thurs., March 22                  2:30-4:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                                4:30-6:00 PM                        TOURNEY TALK

                                                12:30-1:00 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Fri., March 23                        3:00-4:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                                5:30-6:30 PM                        TOURNEY TALK

6:30 -7:00 PM                       NCAA MARCH MADNESS PREGAME SHOW

                                                presented by xbox live

                                                12:30-1:00 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Sat., March 24                      7:00-7:30 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

9:00-10:00 PM                      TOURNEY TALK

                                                12:00-12:30 AM                    NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

 

 

Sun., March 25                     7:00-8:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                                8:00-9:00 PM                        TOURNEY TALK

                                                12:00-12:30 AM                    NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Wed., March 28                    8:00-9:00 PM                        CRYSTAL BALL presented by xbox live

                                                                                                FINAL FOUR PREVIEW

 

Fri., March 30                        1:00-4:00 PM                        CSTV LIVE FROM THE FINAL FOUR

                                                8:00-9:00 PM                        THE NCAA SALUTE

 

Sat., March 31                      TBD                                        PONTIAC GARAGE LIVE FROM THE FINAL FOUR

2:30-4:00 PM                        CRYSTAL BALL presented by xbox live

                                                                                                LIVE FROM THE BIG DANCE

                                                12:00-12:30 AM                    NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Sun., April 1                          3:30-4:30 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                                6:30-8:30 PM                        MYCOKEFEST LIVE FROM THE FINAL FOUR

 

Mon., April 2                          2:00-3:00 PM                        FULL COURT PRESS

                                                7:30-9:00 PM                        NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME SHOW

                12:30-1:00 AM                      NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS ON CSTV

                                                                POWERED BY PONTIAC

 

Tues., April 3                        10:30-11:00 PM                   FULL COURT PRESS (WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP)

 

 

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