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SportSouth Acquires Rights Package to UT Events

SportSouth on Tuesday announced a multi-year television rights agreement with IMG College for the exclusive regional cable and satellite rights to Vol Network programming.

Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, SportSouth, which reaches more than 8.9 million cable and satellite households across six states, will be the exclusive regional sports network for select University of Tennessee athletics events, as well as The Lane Kiffin Show, The Bruce Pearl Show and The Pat Summitt Show.

SportSouth will televise a minimum of 56 UT athletics events and programs each year:

  • 12 encore presentations of Tennessee football
  • Four men's basketball games
  • Four women's basketball games
  • Six Olympic sporting events
  • 12 60-minute episodes of The Derek Dooley Show
  • Nine 30-minute episodes of The Pat Summitt Show
  • Nine 30-minute episodes of The Bruce Pearl Show

As part of the multi-year agreement, all three coaches' shows and men's and women's basketball games will be televised on FSN Florida, which reaches more than 5.3 million cable and satellite households in the state of Florida.

"SportSouth launched September 2006 with the goal of serving the interests of local sports fans across the Southeast, providing more coverage of their local teams and offering network-quality production values," said Jeff Genthner, senior vice president and regional manager of FSN South and SportSouth. "Our partnership with Host Communications and the University of Tennessee athletics department represents SportSouth's single-largest commitment to college sports programming since the network's launch. We are excited to bring Volunteer and Lady Volunteer athletics to more than 14 million cable and satellite homes in the Southeast on SportSouth and FSN Florida."

"The University of Tennessee is delighted to be joining forces with SportSouth and to be providing our fans across the Southeast a unique Vol and Lady Vol programming experience," said Tennessee Athletics Director Mike Hamilton. "SportSouth is committed to promoting the Tennessee brand to both cable households, as well as satellite customers. These combined audiences provide the Vol Network with the opportunity to reach more Tennessee fans with more programming than ever before."

Each week during the football season, SportSouth will televise The Lane Kiffin Show and replay football games. An additional primetime replay will be scheduled each week, with the telecast time dependent on other live programming on SportSouth.

Part of the Fox Sports Net family, SportSouth is managed by FSN South, which has had a relationship with the Southeastern Conference since the network's inception in 1990. SportSouth reaches more than 8.9 million cable and satellite subscribers across a six-state region comprised of Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and regions of central and western North Carolina. Through its affiliates and other FNG-owned networks, FSN reaches more than 82 million homes through 22 regional networks. Headquartered in Los Angeles, FSN owned or affiliated regional sports networks serve as TV home to 64 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States.

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