Thursday, February 19, 2004



College Baseball Single-Game Attendance Record At Stake; More Than 26,000 Tickets Already Sold For March 11 Game

CSTV Baseball Schedule Also Features Defending College World Series Champion and #1-Ranked Rice, Top 20 Teams Miami (Fla.), Texas, Long Beach State, Arizona, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State and North Carolina

NEW YORK, February 19, 2004 - CSTV Baseball, CSTV: College Sports Television's ( 2004 college baseball schedule, will debut Thursday, March 11, with the live telecast of the historic University of Houston-San Diego State University game (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), the inaugural game played at the new PETCO Park in San Diego. More than 26,000 tickets have already been sold for the contest, jeopardizing the college baseball single-game attendance record of 27,673 set in 2002 when Louisiana State and Tulane met in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

College Sports TV, the fastest growing independent cable network, will feature defending College World Series champion and current #1 Rice as part of CSTV Baseball, the first nationally televised college baseball series, in addition to Top 20 teams Miami (Fla.), Texas, Long Beach State, Arizona, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State and North Carolina. Veteran sportscaster Mike Crispino will handle CSTV Baseball play-by-play duties. Kevin Stocker, a former two-time All-Pac 10 selection at shortstop for the University of Washington, and who later played in the majors for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Anaheim, will provide color commentary.

As part of its unparalleled college baseball coverage, College Sports TV, the first 24-hour college sports network, will premiere a special presentation of its Nike Training Camp original series on April 17 (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT) devoted to the San Diego State baseball program, which is led by head coach Tony Gwynn, the former San Diego State All-America and San Diego Padre All-Star. Nike Training Camp takes viewers behind the scenes to reveal best practices and chronicle the commitment, attitude and teamwork necessary to mold a championship program.

CSTV Baseball will showcase 15 schools that competed in last season's NCAA Division I Championships, and the winners of four of the last five College World Series - Rice (2003), Texas (2002) and Miami (1999, 2001). In addition to these teams, CSTV Baseball will also broadcast live the Big Ten and Conference USA Championships.

2004 CSTV Baseball Schedule (all times ET)
Thursday, March 11 Houston at San Diego St. 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 Long Beach State at Cal Fullerton 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 10 Texas Tech at Nebraska 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13 Rice at Texas 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 18 San Diego at Pepperdine 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 2 Texas A&M at Nebraska 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 13 Rice at Hawaii 8 p.m.

Friday, May 14 North Carolina at Miami (Fla.) 8 p.m.

Friday, May 21 Arizona St. at Arizona 10 p.m.

Friday, May 28 Long Beach State at Miami 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 29 Big Ten Tournament TBD

Sunday, May 30 Conference USA Championship 8 p.m.

Schedule subject to change

In addition to CSTV Baseball and the San Diego State Nike Training Camp special, College Sports TV covers college baseball extensively within its CSTV Primetime and CSTV Scoreboard live studio shows originating from the CSTV Fieldhouse in New York. Daily coverage of college baseball can also be found on

"College baseball has experienced a tremendous amount of growth recently, and the unparalleled national television exposure provided by CSTV Baseball will elevate America's Pastime to a new level," said Tim Pernetti, vice president, programming, CSTV. "CSTV Baseball, and our accompanying studio coverage and original programming, will capture the superb action on the field as well as the great storylines that make the college game so exciting."

CSTV, the first 24-hour college sports network, is available to more than 15 million homes nationally on cable and satellite. The network is available on Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610). For information on CSTV availability in particular markets, consumers can log on to or call their cable or satellite operator.

CSTV has covered more college sports than any other network since launching last April. The network has televised more than 3,500 hours of original programming spanning 30 men's and women's college sports, including basketball, football, baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball. College Sports TV's event, studio and original programs have covered more than 1,000 colleges and universities across all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. College Sports TV televises regular season and championship event coverage from every major collegiate athletic conference, and also televises nine NCAA Championships. The network also has a programming and marketing agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee. For more information on CSTV, log on to

College Sports Television was co-founded by President/CEO Brian Bedol, Chairman Stephen Greenberg and Executive Vice President Chris Bevilacqua. Bedol and Greenberg co-founded Classic Sports Network, which they sold to ESPN and which 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.


Eric Handler
CSTV: College Sports Television