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Atlantic Sun and CSS Announce Television Package

Thursday, September 07, 2006

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference and Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) will feature 10 conference games on its popular CSS A-Sun Game of the Week television package, marking the fifth consecutive year of A-Sun men’s basketball being featured in primetime on Friday nights.

Included in the package is the return of This Week in the A-Sun, the league’s 30-minute magazine show immediately preceding the Friday night games.

“The A-Sun’s partnership with CSS is an important component in the work of the conference,” said Atlantic Sun Commissioner Bill Bibb. “The Friday Night Game of the Week has been one of our most well-received initiatives. We are proud that we can join CSS in spotlighting the outstanding institutions and student-athletes that are the core of the Atlantic Sun Conference.”

Two special airings bookend the league’s coverage. The new year begins with a Tuesday night broadcast featuring the River City Rumble as Jacksonville heads across town to face UNF on January 9 while the regular season coverage ends as Gardner-Webb travels to Campbell on Saturday, February 24.

The Friday Night edition Games of the Week will be aired begin on January 12 with the Battle of the Boulevard as 2005-06 regular season co-champs Lipscomb and Belmont tangle at Belmont’s Curb Event Center. A-Sun newcomers Kennesaw State and ETSU continue a developing heated rivalry when the Owls visit the Bucs on January 19. One week later, Campbell brings their high-octane offense into the Memorial Center for what promises to be an entertaining game with ETSU. Mercer heads to the Sunshine state on January 26 to face Stetson at the Edmunds Center, and one week later, Campbell ventures into one of the toughest home venues in the league, the Convocation Center at Kennesaw State. Belmont visits Lipscomb on February 9 as the Battle of the Boulevard II highlights the week’s conference schedule. Mercer hosts Jacksonville in a mid-February fight for postseason positioning while Stetson and ETSU wrap up the regular season coverage on February 23. CSS will also carry two A-Sun Championship quarterfinal games from Johnson City as well as both semifinal contests on March 1-2.

“CSS is excited to continue our partnership with the Atlantic Sun Conference and it's increasingly competitive basketball program,” stated Vice President and General Manager of CSS Mark Fuhrman. “The A-Sun Friday night game of the week and the A-Sun basketball tournament continue to offer quality basketball programming to our 5.5 million subscribers throughout the Southeast while being consistent with our focus of providing games that fall within our regional footprint. We look forward to another year of great rivalry match-ups from the A-Sun.”

CSS is a 24-hour regional sports network serving approximately 5.5 million cable subscribers across eleven southeastern states. Launched in 1999, the network is a partnership between Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications and provides a comprehensive mix of live sports programming, sports news and in-depth sports analysis exclusively geared toward fans in the Southeast. CSS is only available on cable.

The 12-member Atlantic Sun Conference, headquartered in Macon, Ga., consists of Belmont, Campbell, ETSU, Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, UNF and Stetson with Florida Gulf Coast and USC Upstate beginning competition in 2007-08.

The CSS A-Sun Game of the Week is just a portion of the Atlantic Sun’s entire television package and other games will be added to the television schedule throughout the year. The most current television schedule is always available at www.atlanticsun.org.