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SWAC announces new basketball television package

January 5, 2001

BIRMINGHAM - A slate of four games will comprise the inaugural Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season television package, according to league officials.

League commissioner Rudy Washington said this year's four-game regular-season slate is the first-ever for the 10-member conference, which in past years has only seen telecasts of some of its post-tournament games.

"We're very pleased to initiate this project this year and it'll offer outstanding regional and national exposure for basketball in our conference," said Washington. "But this is just a beginning. We expect our future basketball television packages to include more regular-season games and to include an expanded coverage area."

The four televised games will appear live on stations which are a part of the NASCAR Images Syndicated Network, the Major Broadcast Network (MBC) as well as the American Independent Network (AIN) in addition to some live and some delayed telecasts on the Comcast Cable Network. All of the games will be produced by NASCAR Images, Inc.

The 2001 SWAC Basketball Television Package initiates on Monday, January 8 with a rematch of the two teams which played in last season's SWAC tournament championship game ?" Jackson State University and Southern University. That game will be televised from the campus of Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. at 7:30 p.m.

Game two of the package will include a 7:30 p.m. clash on Saturday, January 20 between perennial SWAC power Texas Southern University and relative newcomer the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. That game will be played on UAPB's campus in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Two days later, on Monday, January 22, game three of the package will include a televised battle between defending SWAC champion Alcorn State University and Alabama State University on the latter school's campus in Montgomery, Ala. That game has an 8 p.m. tipoff.

The final regular-season game to be televised will be a February 5 contest between Mississippi Valley State University and Alabama State in Montgomery. That game also has an 8 p.m. starting time.

Washington said that in addition to the four televised regular-season SWAC games, the semifinals of the SWAC men's basketball tournament as well as the women's tournament championship game will be syndicated live while the men's title game will appear on ESPN.

      2001 SWAC BASKETBALL TELEVISION PACKAGE    DATE    GAME                         TIME        NETWORK(S)    Jan. 8  Southern Univ.               7:30 p.m.   Synd/MBC            at Jackson State Univ.    Jan. 20 Texas Southern Univ.         7:30 p.m.   Synd/MBC            at Univ. of AR-Pine Bluff    Jan. 22 Alcorn State Univ.           8:00 p.m.   Synd/MBC            at Alabama State Univ.    Feb. 5  Miss. Valley State Univ.     8:00 p.m.   Synd/MBC            at Alabama State Univ.
Syndicated Network Stations: WPSJ-TV 8 in Philadelphia, Pa., KNWS-TV 51 in Houston, Tex. (TSU vs. UAPB only), Time Warner Cable Access Ch. 58 in Charlotte, N.C., WSTY-TV 23 in New Orleans/Hammond, La., WBII-TV 20 in Holly Springs, Miss./Memphis, Tenn., WYCS-TV 24 in Louisville, Ky., WUCT-TV 51 in Dayton, Oh., KKYK-TV 22/63 in Little Rock, Ark. (UAPB vs. TSU only), WBQP-TV 12 in Mobile, Ala./Pensacola, Fla., WXIV-TV 14 in Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C., KADO-TV 15 in Shreveport, La., WBMS-TV 10 in Jackson, Miss., WBTR-TV 19 in Baton Rouge, La., WRJM-TV 67 in Montgomery, Ala. (ALAST vs. ALCST and ALAST vs. MVSU only), KMNO-TV 22 in Monroe/El Dorado, La., and KCLA-TV 36 in Alexandria, La.

Cable Networks: CSS (COMCAST), MBC (Major Broadcast Network) and AIN (American Independent Network).

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