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CONTACT: Lucas Wiseman
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DATE: March 7 2012
CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR USBC INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM AND SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Championships and the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships will be part of a four-week series that will air nationally this May on CBS Sports Network, which is the official television partner of the events.
It is the first time in the history of the event that the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships will be televised. All four shows will air on CBS Sports Network. Dave LaMont will handle play-by-play, while USBC spokesman and Team USA member Chris Barnes will provide color commentary for the shows.
CBS Sports Network will air the one-hour shows, which will be shown in high definition for the first time, over a four-week period each Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern starting May 4. The Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships annually crown national champions in college bowling and this year marks the first time the events have been held together.
"Once again, the International Bowling Campus has come together, this time to double the collegiate bowling presence on national TV," said Chad Murphy, IBC Managing Director of Youth Development. "Our hope is that young bowlers everywhere will tune in and say, 'I have to be part of that' and they will start working toward the goal of becoming a collegiate bowler."
All four shows will be taped at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., on April 21. The Intercollegiate Team Championships will be featured on two of the broadcasts - the men's final and the women's final. The remaining two broadcasts will feature the top four men and top four women in the Intercollegiate Singles Championships battling in the semifinals and finals.
"This agreement allows us to showcase more college bowling to a national television audience," USBC Managing Director of Media and Events Pete Tredwell said. "These are the pinnacle events of the college bowling season, and we are pleased to be able to bring them to the country on CBS Sports Network."
Leading up to the taped television shows, bowling fans will be able to watch all rounds of qualifying and match play at both events on BowlTV. The Intercollegiate Singles Championships will be shown April 17, while the Intercollegiate Team Championships will be shown April 19-20.
The broadcast agreement for the Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships was coordinated in conjunction with Strike Ten Entertainment and made possible through the efforts of the Youth Education Services (YES) Fund. The YES Fund is a joint initiative of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress. The YES Fund also is supported by its founding partners Brunswick, Columbia 300, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, North Pointe Insurance, QubicaAMF, Roto Grip, Storm and Track.
CBS Sports Network, the cable channel of CBS Sports, features comprehensive sports programming. The Network covers more than 300 live games annually, showcasing 30 men's and women's sports, in addition to a variety of studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBSSN's live programming is highlighted by college sports including, teams from the Mountain West, Conference USA, Atlantic 10, Patriot League, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy, as well as Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League. The Network also airs the weekday "Tim Brando Show" and is the new home of Professional Bull Riders (PBR).
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers on Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 152. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.