"Training Camp: Illinois Basketball"
provides viewers with a rare, intimate look at the Fighting Illini
coaches and players in their quest to amass the first perfect record
in college basketball since 1976. Illinois, under second-year coach
Bruce Weber, is the only undefeated team in the country and is
currently 24-0 overall and 10-0 in the ultra-competitive Big Ten
Conference. This is the best start in Illinois history. The
television special provides an up-close-and-personal look at what it
takes physically and mentally to remain undefeated so deep into the
season and to retain the No. 1 national ranking for 10 consecutive
weeks, a feat last achieved by Connecticut five seasons ago.
In the March 13 program, CSTV takes
college basketball fans into Illinois' practices, team meetings and
players' downtime and also shadows the team in the locker room just
minutes before game time. The show puts viewers on the sidelines and
in team huddles during the game as well. Weber wears a microphone in
practice and during the game, giving fans extraordinary access to a
team and coaching staff striving for perfection under immense
internal and external pressure.
In addition to exclusive practice,
team meeting and in-game footage, the television special features
interviews with Weber, assistant coaches Wayne McClain and Tracy
Webster, and each member of Illinois' starting five: Dee Brown,
Luther Head, James Augustine, Deron Williams and Roger Powell Jr.
"Training Camp" also captures the pageantry, passion and electricity
of game night at Illinois' Assembly Hall, where the Illini have won
18 straight games and own a 63-2 record over the last four years.
Illinois hosts No. 20 Wisconsin on
CSTV's "Training Camp" original
series explores the "secrets of success" of the nation's top college
athletic programs while chronicling the commitment, attitude and
teamwork necessary to achieve unprecedented levels of success. The
series not only provides compelling programming for viewers, it is
also meant as an educational platform for aspiring student-athletes.
"The University of Illinois men's
basketball team provided CSTV with the only exclusive
behind-the-scenes access this season during its tremendous
undefeated march to the NCAA tournament," said Tim Pernetti, CSTV
senior vice president for programming and talent. "This show is yet
another example of CSTV's unique and critically acclaimed approach
to covering college sports, that transcends X's and O's."
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Fans can follow Illinois in the
upcoming NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with CSTV's "March Madness
on Demand," powered by CSTV.com, which will provide exclusive live
streaming video of NCAA tournament games, video highlights, and pre-
and post-game press conferences. "March Madness on Demand" will also
include live in-game statistics, scores and play-by-play, and chat
rooms for each game, providing fans with the most personalized,
interactive online experience of any sporting event.
CSTV is a multimedia company that
consists of the first-ever 24-hour college sports television
network, College Sports TV; the leading college sports online
network, CSTV.com; and the first-ever 24-hour college sports radio
network, SIRIUS College Sports Radio. Through its numerous
platforms, CSTV provides more live college sports games, events,
news, information, analysis and broadband content and reaches more
college sports fans than any other company.
College Sports TV, voted the No. 1
emerging cable network among cable operators in a 2003 Beta Research
study, televises regular-season and championship event coverage from
over 35 men's and women's sports across every major collegiate
athletic conference, as well as many NCAA and NAIA championships.
CSTV.com, the most-trafficked
college sports site, and its network of more than 170 official
athletic sites are the No. 1 online source for college sports
broadband content, news, information, scores and analysis. SIRIUS
College Sports Radio broadcasts a comprehensive package of college
football and basketball games from teams representing 16
conferences, including the Big Ten, Big 12, BIG EAST, Pac-10 and
SEC, in addition to Notre Dame.
CSTV was co-founded by Brian Bedol,
president and chief executive officer; Steve Greenberg, chairman;
and Chris Bevilacqua, executive vice president. 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
provided by Kent Brown, assistant athletics director, sports
University of Illinois]