Comcast SportsNet reaches multi-year deal with Virginia Tech Hokies
"Virginia Tech Sports Today," "Hokie Playback," and Coach's Report to Air Exclusively on "The Official Regional Sports Network of the Virginia Tech Hokies"
August 24, 2006

Bethesda, Md. - Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports television, announced today the network signed a two-year deal with ISP Sports, the exclusive multi-media rights holder for Virginia Tech Athletics. This partnership with one of the top athletic programs in the country makes Comcast SportsNet the destination for area college basketball and football fans.

"Virginia Tech Sports Today" will air every Sunday at 12 p.m. from Aug.27-March 25 on Comcast SportsNet. The weekly program features Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer and basketball coach Seth Greenberg. Throughout the football season, Beamer - a two-time ACC Coach of the Year and 1999 consensus National Coach of the Year - will recap that week's matchup and preview upcoming games. Greenberg will take over the show once the basketball season begins and provide analysis of the week's games and future opponents. An exclusive interview with Coach Beamer will also air within SportsNite each Thursday and after every Virginia Tech game.

On Sunday afternoons from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet will show "Hokie PlayBack," a rebroadcast of that week's Virginia Tech football game.

Comcast SportsNet will broadcast Virginia Tech men's and women's basketball games live through the network's five-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Through the deal, Comcast SportsNet will air up to 42 ACC men's basketball games, up to 26 women's games and three ACC Women's Basketball Tournament matchups.

The network will also air 11 regular season ACC baseball games and the conference's tournament championship game. The field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and softball conference championships will also be featured on Comcast SportsNet.

"The Virginia Tech Athletics Department is one of the most successful collegiate programs in the region and this partnership is a tremendous asset for our network and Comcast SportsNet's loyal viewers," said Sam Schroeder, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic executive vice president and general manager. "Comcast SportsNet's relationships with top local schools such as Virginia Tech and University of Maryland, coupled with our ACC deal, make us the premiere network for regional college sports."

"We are very excited about our new relationship with Comcast SportsNet. We feel Comcast SportsNet is an ideal partner because its coverage area and its regional emphasis are a great fit for Virginia Tech athletics. We believe this partnership will provide excellent exposure for Virginia Tech's athletics programs to our loyal fans across the region," said Rick Barakat, Assistant Vice President and General Manager for the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network.

Comcast SportsNet currently consists of four regional sports networks servicing the Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, and Northern and Central California television markets. In addition, Comcast SportsNet manages SportsNet New York, which serves the greater New York region. Together, the five networks reach over 22 million households providing local sports coverage to each respective market, including live game action for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, and Chicago Blackhawks; the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, and Sacramento Kings; and MLB's Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets.