NCAA® MARCH MADNESS® ON DEMAND SPEARHEADS CSTV.COM'S ONLINE COVERAGE
 
 

March 14, 2005

NEW YORK - College basketball fans need to look no further than CSTV.com for the broadest, deepest online coverage of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, highlighted by NCAA® March Madness® on Demand featuring exclusive streaming live video of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament.  CSTV.com's unparalleled coverage also includes exclusive blogs from men's basketball coaches Norm Roberts, Thad Matta, Steve Fisher and Pat Kennedy, exclusive on-demand streaming video of classic NCAA Tournament moments, and expert commentary from CSTV college basketball analysts Matt Doherty and Debbie Antonelli, RPI and NCAA "brackets" expert Jerry Palm, and a full roster of CSTV analysts. 

 

NCAA® March Madness® on Demand, Powered by CSTV.com

With NCAA® March Madness® on Demand, fans can watch the live CBS Sports broadcasts of the upcoming NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on their computers, following the action as it is broadcast by CBS Sports.   NCAA® March Madness® on Demand will offer exclusive live and on-demand streaming video of up to the first 56 NCAA Tournament games on an out-of-market basis, through the regional semi-finals, and will also feature streaming video of interviews and pre-and post-game press conferences, in addition to video highlights. Webcasts of games broadcast by CBS Sports in fans' local markets will be subject to blackouts.  Subscription packages are priced at $19.95.  Fans can log on to CSTV.com or NCAASports.com for additional NCAA® March Madness® on Demand subscription information.

 

The CSTV.com Network, which consists of the official athletic sites of 180 colleges and athletic conferences, has 56 schools represented in either the men's and/or the women's NCAA Tournament.  On the men's side, the four #1 seeds - Illinois, Duke, North Carolina and Washington, are all members of the CSTV.com Network., as are second seed Wake Forest, third seeds Gonzaga and Kansas, and fourth seeds Boston College and Louisville.  On the women's side, three #1 seeds are CSTV.com Network schools: Tennessee, Michigan State and North Carolina.  Also, second seeds Stanford, Ohio State, Baylor and Duke are members, as are fourth seeds Texas Tech and Notre Dame.

 

Additional CSTV.com NCAA Tournament Highlights:

 

Exclusive Coaches' Blogs - Norm Roberts (St. John's), Steve Fisher (San Diego State) and Pat Kennedy (Towson) have been "recruited" to participate in a unique blog throughout the tournament, with each sharing his thoughts on the tournament exclusively with CSTV.com users; through the blogs, these coaches will provide their unique insight into the NCAA Tournament, with fans creating a dialogue as they post their responses to the coaches' entries; each coach will also conduct a live chat on CSTV.com

 

CSTV Expert Commentary - the CSTV.com roster of NCAA tournament columnists is star-studded: CSTV's lead men's basketball analyst and former North Carolina and Notre Dame coach Matt Doherty, CSTV's lead women's basketball analyst and former North Carolina State player Debbie Antonelli, former player and coach Cathy Andruzzi, and CSTV experts Brian Curtis, Greg Amsinger, Adam Zucker and Andy Elrick.

 

Classic Madness - on-demand streaming video of some of the greatest moments, games, players and coaches in NCAA Tournament history, including Michael Jordan's coming of age, Villanova's "perfect" title game, Jim Valvano's emotional Cinderella title win at North Carolina State, freshman Carmelo  Anthony's leading Syracuse to the promised land in 2003, and Bo Kimble's moving tribute to fallen teammate Hank Gathers

 

RPI Expert Jerry Palm - the nation's leading independent expert on the RPI and the NCAA Tournament brackets will file several columns each week, giving fans a detailed expert account of key match-ups

 

GameTracker Live - CSTV's exclusive feature dishes up live in-game statistics, play-by-play, scores and summaries of every NCAA Tournament game; fans will think they have a press pass, as they follow multiple games simultaneously via real-time stats and box scores

 

Streaming Video of CSTV's Tourney Talk and Full Court Press programs- Tourney Talk is CSTV's live interactive studio show originating from the CSTV Fieldhouse, with hosts and analysts taking phone calls, emails and instant messages from fans, media and coaches; Full Court Press is CSTV's innovative block of NCAA Tournament press conferences; Full Court Press tips off Wednesday with seven straight hours (1-8 p.m. ET) of pre-game press conferences heading into Thursday's games

 

Streaming Video of NCAA Tournament press conferences - fans will think they have a press pass, with their getting unprecedented access to the coaches and players during their pre- and post-game press conferences; CSTV.com users will get the hot quotes before they appear in the press!

 

CSTV's 2005 Bracket Challenge presented by Allstate and Old Spice - fans around the country predict the winners of each tournament game, with the randomly selected winners receiving prizes such as a home entertainment system.

 

The CSTV.com Network - consists of the official athletic sites of 180 colleges and conferences; throughout the tournaments, fans will have access to exclusive content from CSTV.com network sites for Illinois, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Louisville, Boston College, Kansas and others. 

 

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.

 

CSTV.com, the most-trafficked college sports Web site, and its network of 180 official athletic sites are the No. 1 online source for college sports broadband content, news, information, scores and analysis.  SIRIUS College Sports Radio broadcasts a comprehensive package of college football and basketball games from teams representing 16 conferences, including the Big Ten, Big 12, BIG EAST, Pac-10 and SEC, in addition to 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.


 

 


 
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