Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN), Connecticut’s first-ever 24-hour local sports network, is partnering with the University of Hartford Athletic Department to broadcast a series of University of Hartford men’s and women’s basketball games live on CTSN during the 2009-2010 basketball season.
Starting this November, CTSN will be producing and airing a total of eight games featuring the formidable Hartford Hawks. Each broadcast will feature a live home game, and each will be aired exclusively on CTSN. They will also include post-game interviews, and six of the games will be preceded by special “coach’s shows.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Connecticut Sports Network in bringing Hartford basketball to fans throughout Connecticut,” said Pat Meiser, University of Hartford’s director of athletics. “The schedule of games is the largest single television package in our history, and we are eager to showcase our brand of college basketball. We are also excited to join forces with an innovative network like CTSN and be an important part of their programming.”
For a complete schedule of upcoming University of Hartford games, visit www.ctsn.tv.
About the University of Hartford
The University of Hartford was chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose.” The University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, the humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and the health professions. The University’s student body of 7,300 represents 45 states and more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.hartford.edu.
The University of Hartford men’s basketball program is in its 61st year of competition. In 2008-09, the men’s basketball team finished with a 7-26 overall record and finished ninth in the America East. This season, the Hawks return 10 players from last season’s squad, while welcoming five newcomers under fourth-year head coach Dan Leibovitz.
The University of Hartford women’s basketball program will play its 35th season in 2009-10, its 11th season
under the program’s longest tenured head coach, Jennifer Rizzotti. Under Rizzotti, the Hawks have won four America East Championships and advanced to play in the postseason in six years. Last season, the Hawks finished with a 20-12 overall record and a 14-2 record in America East play, finishing second in the conference.
Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN) is Connecticut’s first-ever 24-hour local sports network, combining its cable and online resources to cover statewide high school and college sports. CTSN is a combined effort of WFSB and CPTV, and it is brought to viewers by the Comcast Corporation and Cox Communications.
WFSB-TV is owned and operated by Meredith Broadcasting. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) is one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media. Meredith owns or operates 12 television stations that reach nearly 10 percent of television households across the country and one radio station.
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). 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 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. For more information, visit www.cptv.org.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.4 million cable customers, 14.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.1 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content. In Connecticut, Comcast serves more than 500,000 customers in 83 communities and employs more than 1,000 employees.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses.
Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com.