|CSTV to enter third season of college wrestling coverage|
By Dan Sabreen CSTV
New York, N.Y. - In under three years, CSTV Networks has graduated to the top of its class as the nation's premiere provider of college wrestling programming. CSTV today released its official 2005-06 NCAA wrestling schedule presented by Double Sport. For the first time, fans will be able to watch perennial powerhouse teams such as Penn State, Minnesota and defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State, in addition to the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals and Big Ten Wrestling Championship on both CSTV:College Sports Television and via broadband on CSTV.com. CSTV will also feature an original program debuting in February focused on Oklahoma State's dynamic wrestling training camp.
Through CSTV's new All-Access XXL broadband package, there will be more live wrestling content online than ever before as well. Fans will be able to access audio and video throughout the season of top wrestling matches from over 50 schools streamed live on CSTV.com. Individuals can sign up for All-Access XXL at www.cstv.com with a variety of program options including:
The largest wrestling tournament in the country, the Midlands Tournament (12/29-30) hosted by Northwestern
Many prominent Big 10 and Big 12 match-ups such as Oklahoma State @ Missouri (1/22), Ohio State @ Northwestern (2/3), Missouri @ Iowa State (2/12) and Wisconsin @ Illinois (2/19)
Interstate rivalries including Iowa @ Iowa State (12/2) and Michigan State @ Michigan (1/29)
Coaches shows, press conferences and a variety of special features that brings fans closer to their favorite teams
"College wrestling has been and will continue to be a staple of CSTV's programming, and we're proud to deliver our most complete schedule ever this season," said CSTV President and Co-founder Chris Bevilacqua, who was an NCAA All-American wrestler at Penn State University. "CSTV continues to be successful in making underserved yet hugely popular sports like college wrestling available to millions of fans on a national level. Our programming this season will showcase the sport's rich history and prominent programs along with some of the nation's most accomplished individual athletes."
CSTV broadcaster Jason Knapp joins wrestling legend Ken Chertow to call the action during this season's telecasts. A success on the mat as both a competitor and a coach, Chertow was a 3-time NCAA All-American, World Espoir Champion, Pan American Champion and 1988 U.S. Olympian while at Penn State. He continued his wrestling career as a coach at Ohio State where he helped build the Buckeyes into a national powerhouse and then, back at Penn State, where he guided the Nittany Lions to the National Dual Meet Championship and a second place finish in the 1993 NCAA Championships.
In addition to its package of live college action, CSTV will feature an original program set to air in February focused on Oklahoma State's wrestling training camp.
CSTV Networks Inc. is the leading digital and cable programming network dedicated to college sports. Connecting more fans to more college sports than any other company, its many platforms for programming distribution include CSTV: College Sports TV, televising regular-season and championship events for 35 men's and women's college sports; CSTV.com and its network of nearly 250 official athletic sites; CSTV All Access, online and pay-per-view subscription services providing live audio and video of more than 7,000 events annually; as well as satellite television and radio, in-flight entertainment, wireless networks and more. In November, CBS announced it will purchase CSTV for $325 million, effective January, 2006. Further information is available at CSTV.com.