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ESPN360.com Debuts Outdoors Coverage

ESPNBASS today announced that they will be offering live, streaming video of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail on ESPN360.com, ESPN’s online destination for live sports events and home to over 3,000 live, global events annually. ESPN

BASS today announced that they will be offering live, streaming video of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail on ESPN360.com, ESPN’s online destination for live sports events and home to over 3,000 live, global events annually. The debut of BASS coverage marks ESPN360.com’s first foray into outdoors content and will put BASS events on the same vehicle as other top-tier sporting events.

The 24/7 broadband sports network will begin its coverage with the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, to be held Feb. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La. Throughout 2009, ESPN360.com will also carry live weigh-ins of all BASS events, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Academy Sports + Outdoors Women’s Bassmaster Tour and the BASS Federation Nation presented by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats.

Fishing fans will be able to access archived weigh-ins through ESPN360.com for 48 hours after the completion of competition. After that timeframe, the weigh-in footage will be permanently housed on BASS Insider at http://www.bassmaster.com.

Bassmaster.com will continue to be the online destination for real-time leaderboards, photo galleries, blogs, analysis and other forms of video content – including press conferences, behind the scenes footage, launch coverage – will also be housed on the site.

“We’re committed to serving the outdoors enthusiast, and ESPN360.com is a great platform for distributing live coverage online.” said Tom Ricks, general manager and vice president, BASS and ESPN Outdoors.

ESPN360.com is currently available in more than 25 million homes, and is available at no cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from one of approximately 45 Internet service providers nationwide, including AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and many more. It is also available free to more than 18 million people in all U.S. military bases and students through college campuses.

Through a sleek, simple interface, ESPN360.com gives consumers control over their broadband sports viewing experience – providing reliable, television-quality video and the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward live events – similar to digital video recorder functionality.

Consumers wanting more information about ESPN360.com, which Internet services currently provide it, and how they can get it should go to http://www.espn360.com.

About BASS

For 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. With its considerable multi-media platforms and expansive tournament trail, BASS is guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer and comprehensive Web properties in Bassmaster.com and ESPNOutdoors.com, the organization is committed to delivering content true to the lifestyle. Additionally, television programming on ESPN2 continues to provide relevant content – from tips and techniques to in-depth tournament coverage – to passionate audiences.

The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail, which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Women’s Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 events annually.

BASS also offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.



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