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Universal Sports Network Announces Distribution Agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative

LOS ANGELES (September 18, 2014) – Universal Sports Network announced today a multi-year distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) for the network’s exclusive Olympic, endurance and action sports programming available to the cable co-op’s nearly 900 member companies across the United States.

Effective today, the new deal gives NCTC member companies, which serve millions of cable subscribers, rights to the network’s 1,200 hours of live and exclusive programming in HD, access to VOD content and comprehensive TV Everywhere rights through subscriber authentication on multiple devices.

“We are excited to partner with NCTC on the distribution of our exclusive global sports programming as we continue to grow the reach of our network,” said Scott Brown, President of Universal Sports. “With a wide variety of sports and world-class events not available on other networks, Universal Sports fills a void and will provide NCTC members with additional value for their subscribers as operators continue to expand their sports offerings.”

“NCTC looks forward to a successful new partnership with Universal Sports Network. We are happy to offer our members the opportunity to showcase a unique variety of sports programming, including coverage of Olympic sports and athletes, and other exclusive events,” said Judy Meyka, Executive Vice President of Programming, NCTC.

NCTC member companies can now join Universal Sports Network’s growing list of distributors including Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, WAVE Broadband, GCI, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.

Showcasing many of the world’s best athletes competing in more than 40 sports and 25 world championships this year, Universal Sports Network provides viewers unparalleled access to a wide range of global sporting events including the most year-round, Olympic-related programming of any network. Among the exclusive events broadcast on the network’s TV and digital platforms are such prestigious competitions as the Boston Marathon, World Track & Field Championships, World Aquatics Championships, Alpine Ski World Cup, World Figure Skating Championships, Vuelta a España and next year’s highly anticipated IRB Rugby World Cup.

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Universal Sports Network Announces Expanded Coverage of 2014 Boston Marathon

Los Angeles (October 21, 2013) – Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, will provide LIVE television and online coverage of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM ET. LIVE race day coverage from Copley Square will also include pre- and post-race shows at 8:30 AM ET and 12:30 PM ET respectively, and a wrap-up show at 4 PM ET.

The network’s exclusive national TV coverage of the world’s oldest annual marathon will showcase an expanded field of 36,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2-mile course, including many of the sport’s elite marathoners and wheelchair racers. In addition to the highly anticipated race, Universal Sports will air a special preview show from the finish line on Boylston Street featuring analysis of the elite field and interviews with participants on Saturday, April 19, at 4 PM ET.

Additional programming will be announced at a later date which extends beyond the elite competition in order to recognize, support and tell the stories of those affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013.

“The annual Boston Marathon is already one of the most anticipated international events within the running community, and in 2014 the eyes of the world, runners and non-runners alike, will be on the city of Boston. We want to allow the 2014 Boston Marathon to shine for what it is and not be overshadowed by the events of 2013,” said Scott Brown, President of Universal Sports. “Marathons are about perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit, and the 2014 Boston Marathon will be a crowning example of that.”

“We are preparing for an historic weekend both for the City of Boston and for the sport of running,” said Tom Grilk, Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Executive Director.  “The B.A.A., our volunteers and runners from around the world are preparing now for next year’s races, and ‘Boston Strong’ will be on full display throughout Patriots’ Day Weekend and from the start in the Town of Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.  Through the expanded coverage offered by Universal Sports, a national audience will be able to watch an important event in the sports world.”

Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon FiOS, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.

About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)

Established in 1897, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors, along with the international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014. Nearly 50,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2013.

Editor’s Note: All times Eastern and subject to change.

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Podium 360 Premieres Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 PM ET on Universal Sports Network

New Original Sports Show Highlights the Best in Olympic and Endurance Sports 

Los Angeles (August 1, 2013) – Universal Sports Network announced its new original sports program, Podium 360, will premiere Thursday, August 8, at 7:30 PM ET. Podium 360 is a monthly, half-hour highlight show that will feature an action-packed and comprehensive review of the most exciting stories, races and victories of the world’s best Olympic and endurance athletes and teams in their quests to reach the podium.

“Universal Sports is focused on creating original programming such as Podium 360 that taps into the passions and interests of our core audience,” said Robert James, Universal Sports’ Vice President of Programming. “Featuring the best of international and domestic sports, Podium 360 fills a gap for fans of Olympic and endurance sports.”

The premier episode of Podium 360 will feature the best of the 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships including 16-year-old Katie Ledecky’s world record performance in the 1500m freestyle and teen sensation Missy Franklin’s medal haul as well as recent Diamond League competition featuring Usain Bolt’s return to London, the FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and the 2013 BMX World Championships. The fast-paced format will also preview upcoming world-class events including the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow this August 10 – 18, and cycling’s final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, starting August 24.

Podium 360 will capture the ups and downs, the winners and losers, and all of the action of the sports our fans are passionate about,” said Dean Walker, Universal Sports’ SVP of Production. “On a network that covers more than 30 sports year-round, Podium 360 provides viewers with a comprehensive look at recent competitions and a chance to catch up on what they might have missed.”

Podium 360 will also be available on UniversalSports.com to authenticated users via the network’s live online stream at http://universalsports.com/video/universal-sports-network-watch-live/.

Universal Sports Network provides viewers with unparalleled access to a wide range of world-class sporting events, including the most year-round, Olympic-related programming of any network.  The network showcases many of the world’s best athletes competing in more than 30 sports and 25 World Championships annually including such prestigious competitions as the World Aquatics Championships, Boston Marathon, Alpine Ski World Cup, World Figure Skating Championships, Vuelta a España and Rugby Sevens World Cup. On October 30, Universal Sports will premiere Countdown to Sochi, a weekly studio news show that will provide a comprehensive look at the most compelling stories leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

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Universal Sports Network and NBC 2013 IAAF Track & Field World Championships Broadcast Schedule

Los Angeles (July 19, 2013) – Universal Sports Network and NBC will air 46 hours of premier track & field action from the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia from Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 18.

The broadcast team of Ato Boldon, Tom Hammond, Lewis Johnson and Dwight Stones will call the action from Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, home of the 1980 Olympic Games.

Follow the event coverage on Twitter with: #Moscow2013

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK
Aug. 10 1:30 – 5:30 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 10 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Evening Session NBC
Aug. 10 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Evening Session (Re-Air) Universal Sports
Aug. 11 1:00 – 5:00 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 11 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Evening Session NBC
Aug. 11 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Evening Session (Re-Air) Universal Sports
Aug. 12 1:30 – 4:30 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 12 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. LIVE Evening Session Universal Sports
Aug. 13 1:30 – 5:30 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 13 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. LIVE Evening Session Universal Sports
Aug. 14 12:30 – 4:00 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 15 1:30 – 4:00 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 15 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. LIVE Evening Session Universal Sports
Aug. 16 1:30 – 4:00 a.m. LIVE Day Session Universal Sports
Aug. 16 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. LIVE Evening Session Universal Sports
Aug 17 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. LIVE Evening Session NBC
Aug 17 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Men’s Marathon Universal Sports
Aug 17 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Evening Session NBC
Aug 17 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Evening Session (Re-Air) Universal Sports
Aug 18 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Evening Session NBC
Aug 18 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Evening Session (Re-Air) Universal Sports

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New Weekly Ski Resort Series Universal Access Premieres Tuesday, February 5, on Universal Sports Network
Debut Episode to Lead into 2013 Alpine Skiing World Championships

Los Angeles, CA (February 4, 2013) – Universal Sports Network today announced its new original series, Universal Access, will premiere tomorrow, February 5, at 10:30 AM ET. Presented by GoPro, Universal Access is a weekly half-hour sports travel series that provides a fresh take on some of America’s hottest ski resorts, including Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar near Lake Tahoe. The first of the series’ eight episodes will air prior to the 2013 Alpine Ski World Championships’ opening event, the women’s Giant Slalom, beginning at 11:00 AM ET from Schladming, Austria.

“Universal Sports is focused on creating original programming such as Universal Access that taps into the passions and interests of our core audience,” said Dean Walker, SVP of Production, Universal Sports. “Universal Access takes skiers and winter sports enthusiasts behind the scenes of some of the most exciting ski resorts in this country, and tells unique stories about each mountain.”

Universal Access is an insider’s guide giving viewers exclusive access to some of North America’s best ski resorts. With the help of a local expert, host Nick Gismondi provides an up-close look at each mountain and its surrounding community, including must-ski runs, snowboard parks, local activities and favorite “après ski” hotspots. In the premiere episode, Copper Mountain resort expert Austyn Williams introduces Gismondi to the newest member of the mountain’s Avalanche Rescue Dog team and then tests his carving skills on the halfpipe at the Woodward at Copper Terrain Park. The following week at Vail, local TV personality Tricia Swenson joins Nick to celebrate the resort’s 50th anniversary season with a run down the Blue Sky Basin in two feet of powder, before showing viewers around some of the resort’s finest guest accommodations. Viewers can also look forward to an inside look at Beaver Creek, where Swenson and Gismondi take their turn on the Birds of Prey downhill World Cup course before going ice skating in the village’s outdoor rink.

Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule: Universal Access
All Times ET – subject to change

Feb. 5 10:30 AM Episode 1: Universal Access – Copper Mountain
Feb. 11 11:30 AM Episode 2: Universal Access – Vail
Feb. 19 7:30 PM Episode 3: Universal Access – Beaver Creek
Feb. 26 7:30 PM Episode 4: Universal Access – Keystone
Mar. 5 7:30 PM Episode 5: Universal Access – Breckenridge
Mar. 12 7:30 PM Episode 6: Universal Access – Arapahoe Basin
Mar. 19 7:30 PM Episode 7: Universal Access – Heavenly
Mar.26 7:30 PM Episode 8: Universal Access – Northstar

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Universal Sports Network and USA Swimming Extend Partnership Through 2016
Deal Includes Exclusive Coverage of The Arena Grand Prix Series, Beginning With The Austin Grand Prix
Olympic Gold Medalists Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte To Headline Austin Event January 18-20

Los Angeles, CA and Colorado Springs, CO (January 14, 2013) – Universal Sports Network and USA Swimming announced today the extension of their agreement to air USA Swimming’s marquee events in the U.S. through 2016. The deal gives Universal Sports exclusive multiplatform rights to the annual Arena Grand Prix Series as well as rights to other USA Swimming Grand Prix competitions.

The announcement comes in advance of The Austin Grand Prix, the second stop of the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series, which will air exclusively LIVE on Universal Sports on January 19 and 20 at 7 PM ET.

The three-day meet in Austin, Texas is slated to feature a marquee line-up of swimming stars, including Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Ricky Berens and Tyler Clary. Calling the network’s coverage in Austin will be veteran play-by-play announcer Paul Sunderland and analyst Rowdy Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Universal Sports will cover all remaining events of the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series this year following Austin, including meets in Orlando, Florida; Mesa, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Santa Clara, California. Then, beginning on July 20, Universal Sports will team with NBC Sports to present exclusive coverage of the 2013 FINA Aquatics World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, featuring many of the top stars of the USA Swimming team.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with USA Swimming, and build upon the success of the past four years of our relationship,” said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. “Swimming is an integral part of our programming lineup, and this agreement reinforces our commitment to these outstanding athletes and providing the growing U.S. Swimming community with the events they crave.”

USA Swimming recently announced new details for the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series, including $150,000 in prize money. The federation’s new eight-year partnership with Arena offers swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events. (Swimmers with remaining NCAA eligibility will not be able to accept event prize money.)

“Our extended partnership with Universal Sports allows swim fans the opportunity to watch world-class swimming throughout the year, not just once every four years,” said Mike Unger, USA Swimming Assistant Executive Director. “From our enhanced broadcast scheduled to the addition of $150 thousand in prize money, we’re excited to continue to grow the Arena Grand Prix Series.”

For up-to-date schedules, video highlights and photos of Universal Sports’ swimming coverage, logon to UniversalSports.com/swimming.

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