September 7, 2005

Two Holy Cross Games To Air On CSTV In 2005-2006

Sept. 7, 2005

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Holy Cross men's basketball team will have two games aired on College Sports Television during the 2005-2006 season, as part of the Patriot League's television package. The Jan. 14 contest at Bucknell and the Feb. 26 home date against Lehigh will both be shown on CSTV.

Patriot League executive director Carolyn Schlie Femovich announced Wednesday that the conference's men's and women's basketball package will return to CSTV this year. Eleven games will be broadcast in total, with eight regular season men's and women's games and three tournament contests on the schedule. CSTV is the only multi-media network exclusively devoted to college sports.

Patriot League basketball debuted last season on CSTV with Bucknell's Jan. 8 victory over Holy Cross. That was the first of 11 games shown during 2004-05, in what turned out to be a banner year for Patriot League men's basketball. The Bison became the first team in the history of the Patriot League to win an NCAA Tournament men's basketball game, upsetting third-seeded Kansas in the first round. Holy Cross' National Invitation Tournament win at Notre Dame gave the PL, the 20th-ranked conference in Division I according to the Ratings Percentage Index, two postseason victories.

"We anticipate plenty of excitement surrounding our men's and women's basketball teams this year, following the national success we earned last season," said Femovich. "We are pleased to continue or basketball partnership with CSTV after the work they did with us last year. With CSTV's national distribution, through cable, satellite and broadband, our fans can continue to experience our product and learn more about the League and the quality of our men's and women's basketball program."

CSTV reaches about 65 million homes through deals with distributors such as Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner, Charter, Cox and Adelphia. It is available on DIRECTV channel 610. Further information can be obtained at www.cstv.com.

The network has already committed to televising three football games, three soccer games and one volleyball game during the Patriot League's fall athletic season.

2005-06 Patriot League Basketball CSTV Schedule

Date              Men/Women   Game                     Time
Sat., Jan. 14     Men         Holy Cross at Bucknell   1:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 22     Men         Army at Navy             1:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12     Women       Colgate at American      12:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12     Men         Colgate at American      2:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 15     Men         Bucknell at Lafayette    6:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19     Men         Lafayette at Lehigh      1:00 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 23   Men         Navy at American         7:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26     Men         Lehigh at Holy Cross     1:00 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 4      Women       PLT Semifinal            TBA
Sun., Mar. 5      Men         PLT Semifinal            TBA
Wed., Mar. 8      Women       PLT Championship         7:00 p.m.