CPTV Will Broadcast Two Games of the Caribbean Classic in Cancun

Release Date: 12/16/2008

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) has announced that it will televise the final two games of the Caribbean Classic Tournament in Cancun, Mexico this weekend.

The UConn Women’s Basketball team will play Northern Colorado on Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m., and Florida State on Sunday, December 21 at 4:30 p.m.
 
Due to the high cost of production, CPTV did not know if they would be able to broadcast any games from the Cancun-based tournament at the beginning of the season. However, for several weeks, members of CPTV management and production team have been working with the UConn Athletics Department to make the broadcasts possible.
 
CPTV’s President and CEO Jerry Franklin was thrilled with the late development. “We are so pleased to be bringing two of the three games of the Caribbean Classic to television. UConn fans expect us to deliver the best broadcast coverage possible of the team and we knew we had to move mountains to make this happen.”
 
The UConn Women’s Basketball team flew to Mexico today to prepare to play in the round robin-style tournament.  
 
With the addition of these two games, CPTV will now be broadcasting 20 UConn games total during the 2009-2009 season.
 
UConn Women’s Basketball on CPTV is made possible by Team Captain AT&T, our founding broadcast partners Big Y World Class Market, Yankee Gas, and The Phoenix Companies, Inc., and People’s United Bank.
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Front and Center with Ray Hardman. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.
 
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