Jan. 25, 2005
NEW YORK - The eyes of the college football world will be upon CSTV: College Sports Television (www.CSTV.com) Wednesday, February 2 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) when the first college sports network presents a two-hour primetime special dedicated solely to football's national signing day, Crystal Ball presented by XBOX: National Signing Day.
The February 2 special anchoring CSTV's multi-media national signing day coverage will feature CSTV's Greg Amsinger hosting from the CSTV Fieldhouse in New York alongside veteran recruiting expert Tom Lemming and former Indiana, LSU and Vanderbilt head coach Gerry DiNardo. This will mark the second straight year that College Sports TV has provided a primetime national signing day special, on the first day when high school senior football players can officially submit their college letters of intent. Amsinger, Lemming and DiNardo are available for media interviews to discuss National Signing Day.
In addition to Crystal Ball presented by XBOX: National Signing Day on February 2, College Sports TV's live Full Court Press program will whip around the nation throughout that day, providing viewers with exclusive high school player signings, and coverage of press conferences from top college coaches who are announcing their 2005 signing classes. Among the top high school seniors expected to announce their college choices live exclusively on CSTV is highly touted offensive lineman Brian Roche of national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.
Crystal Ball presented by XBOX: National Signing Day highlights:
· Players' and college coaches' press conferences
· Exclusive interviews with top high school seniors and top college coaches
· Extensive analysis from long-time college recruiting guru Tom Lemming and Gerry DiNardo, former head coach Indiana, LSU and Vanderbilt; Lemming and DiNardo will break down the prospects and rank colleges' and conferences' signing classes
· A recruiting roundtable discussion featuring a group of Division I-A recruits from Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey; the players will address a variety of recruiting issues and describe their respective recruiting experiences
· Video highlights of the top 100 high school seniors
· Several features, including: (1) how coach Bill Callahan's newly implemented offensive system at Nebraska has affected high school football programs throughout the state of Nebraska; (2) the best high quarterback not to pursue football in college, Greg Paulus of Syracuse's Christian Brothers Academy, New York's Gatorade Football Player of the Year who will play basketball at Duke; (3) what is widely regarded as Penn State's finest recruiting class in years; (4) Mark Sanchez, the star quarterback at Mission Viejo, Cal. who has verbally committed to USC and who hopes to follow in the footsteps of Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
CSTV.com's National Signing Day Coverage
CSTV's coverage of national signing day will extend to the Internet. CSTV.com and its network of more than 170 official athletic sites of college and conferences will keep alumni and fans constantly updated with the latest news on signings, video and audio of press conferences and interviews, video highlights of top recruits, bios of signees and more. CSTV.com produces the official athletic sites for BCS national champion USC, #4 California, #6 Utah, #7 Georgia and #9 Louisville, as well as #10 Miami (Fla.), #13 Iowa, #14 Tennessee, #16 Florida State, #18 Virginia, #19 Arizona State, #21 Texas Tech, and #25 Ohio State.
"CSTV will deploy all of our resources, including the latest interactive technology, to provide fans of the most thorough coverage of all the national signing day action," said Tim Pernetti, senior vice president, programming, CSTV. "Through our studio and remote television coverage, production innovations such as Campus Cam, and our comprehensive Internet and broadband coverage, we will provide alumni, fans, coaches and student-athletes with the broadest and deepest coverage ever of the biggest day of the college football off-season."
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 No. 1 emerging cable network in a recent 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.
CollegeSports.com, the most-trafficked college sports Web site, and its network of more than 170 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.