for immediate release: 5 June, 2003
CSTV: College Sports Television to Present First National Telecasts of
Cape Cod Baseball League Beginning June 16
Alumni Of Premier Amateur Baseball League Include Barry Zito,
Mo Vaughn, Nomar Garciaparra, Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell
NEW YORK, June 4, 2003 – CSTV: College Sports Television (www.cstv.com), the first 24-hour college sports network, will provide the first national television coverage of the Cape Cod Baseball League when it presents 13 Cape Cod Baseball League games commencing Monday, June 16. In addition to 12 regular season games, College Sports Television will air the Cape League’s All-Star Game Friday, August 1.
The network’s telecasts will introduce fans nationwide to the premier amateur baseball circuit, which has produced current major league stars such as reigning Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito, Mo Vaughn, Nomar Garciaparra, Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell. CSTV’s initial Cape Cod League telecast on June 16 telecast will pit Chatham against host Harwich (8 p.m. ET). Telecasts will feature segments on the players’ activities off the field such as the jobs, many indigenous to the Cape, they take on while living with local host families. Jack Edwards will call the game action for CSTV.
CSTV is available on DirecTV on channel 610. For information on how to receive College Sports Television, log on to www.cstv.com.
“Our partnership will bring this unique brand of summer ball to a whole new audience,” said Chris Bevilacqua, co-founder and executive vice president, CSTV. “The top-notch competition and picturesque playing environment, coupled with vignettes about players’ experiences on the Cape in between games, will make for attractive viewing for not only baseball fans, but all sports fans.”
“We’re excited to form this partnership with newly launched College Sports Television,” said Judy Walden Scarafile, president, Cape Cod Baseball League. “Having 12 regular season games and our All-Star Game televised on CSTV gives the Cape League excellent exposure all over the country.”
Other major leaguers who have excelled in the Cape Cod League are Darin Erstad, Todd Helton, Rich Aurillia, Jeff Kent, Tino Martinez and Jason Varitek. Additional alumni include Thurman Munson, Terry Steinbach, Chuck Knoblauch, Robin Ventura, Buck Showalter and Albert Belle.
CSTV’s Cape Cod Baseball League Broadcast Schedule – all games 8 p.m. ET
Cape League TV Game of the Week
(All games broadcast at 8pm)
|Mon, June 16
||Chatham at Harwich
|Fri, June 20
||Wareham at Harwich
|Mon, June 23
||Bourne at Harwich
|Fri, June 27
||Y-D at Chatham
|Mon, June 30
||Harwich at Chatham
|Fri, July 4
||Hyannis at Chatham
|Mon, July 7
||Brewster at Orleans
|Thurs, July 10
||Hyannis at Orleans
|Mon, July 14
||Cotuit at Harwich
|Fri, July 18
||Harwich at Brewster
|Mon, July 21
||Chatham at Brewster
|Fri, July 25
||Bourne at Brewster
|Fri, Aug 1
||All Star Game Falmouth
Cape Cod Baseball League Facts & Figures
· 183 Cape Cod Baseball League alumni appeared on Major League Baseball rosters in 2002
· Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk, Pie Traynor and Mickey Cochrane are also alumni
· The Wareham Gatemen won the 2002 Cape League and were the team to win back-to-back
championships since Yarmouth Dennis achieved the same feat in 1989-90.
College Sports Television has long-term programming and marketing agreements with 27 Division I athletic conferences, including the Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Sky, Big Ten,
Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, Ivy League, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and West Coast. The network will televise live regular season and championship events across a broad spectrum of men's and women's college sports, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. Dedicated to offering the widest variety of college athletics, College Sports Television will provide the most in-depth sports coverage of 1,200 universities and colleges involving 360,000 student-athletes across all of the major conferences at every level of college sports.
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. For more information on College Sports Television, log on to www.cstv.com.
CSTV: College Sports Television
John Garner, Jr.
CCBL Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting