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CSS to televise Bison, Lady Bisons basketball games

Monday, September 22, 2008

MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Conference and Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) announced the schedule of games for their popular CSS A-Sun Game of the Week television package, marking the seventh consecutive year of A-Sun men’s basketball being featured in primetime.

The storied Battle of the Boulevard between Belmont and Lipscomb will air in a special Thursday edition on February 12. One day later, ETSU and Lipscomb’s women’s squads square off in Allen Arena.

The Bisons game at Mercer on Friday February 20 will also be televised on CSS.

Before entering conference play, Lipscomb will travel to Indiana on December 28 for a televised game on the Big Ten Network.

“The A-Sun/CSS Friday Night Game of the Week has become a staple for college basketball fans,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “We are extremely pleased to continue the tradition and look forward to showcasing outstanding basketball games featuring the outstanding programs in the A-Sun.”

All 11 member schools will be featured at least once during the nine-week programming schedule. The schedule opens on Friday, January 9, when Mercer and new head coach Bob Hoffman travel south to take on Jacksonville. The Mercer-Jacksonville series has proven to be one of the most hotly contested in the country, as the two have played four overtime games in the last five years. Only one NCAA Division I rivalry, Belmont vs. Lipscomb, has featured more overtime games in that time span. One week later, Stetson, off an 11-5 A-Sun mark in 2008, faces Kennesaw State.

A budding Florida rivalry follows when UNF and Florida Gulf Coast meet on January 23. A special Monday edition is scheduled for January 26, when ETSU hosts USC Upstate. The Buccaneers hit the Friday Night stage on CSS four days later, traveling to Jacksonville to face the Dolphins. Campbell then hosts three-time defending tournament champion Belmont on February 6 in the CSS debut for Campbell’s new John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. The regular-season slate will conclude with Stetson at Campbell on February 27.

For a second straight year, CSS will provide enhanced coverage of the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Basketball Championship, carrying two men’s and women’s quarterfinal matches on both Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5. CSS airs all four semifinal contests on Friday, March 6, and the women’s championship game on Saturday, March 7.

“CSS is proud to again be carrying the A-Sun Game of the Week each Friday during the college basketball season,” CSS General Manager Mark Fuhrman said. CSS is committed to bringing viewers throughout the southeast the very best in regional college basketball action, and this includes all the outstanding teams in the A-Sun Conference.”

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts five of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most dynamic and prestigious private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

CSS is a 24-hour sports channel serving approximately 5.8 million cable subscribers across twelve southeastern states. Launched in 1999, the network is a partnership between Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications. CSS carries a full slate of college sports programming including over 40 live football games, 110 college football replay games, more than 160 men's and women's live college basketball games and 60 live baseball games, as well as a comprehensive mix of sports news and in-depth sports analysis geared toward fans in the Southeast.

For more information on CSS, or to find out how you can get CSS on your cable system, log on to www.css-sports.com.