CSTV Networks to Observe Black History Month

By Off the BASN Sports Wire
Updated: January 20, 2006

Original premieres and live games will be available on television and broadband

New York, NY – CSTV Networks will observe Black History Month this February with a week-long showcase of original programming, live games and interstitials dedicated to college sports moments and experiences in black history, both past and present. On Monday, February 13, at 8 p.m. (all times ET), the network will premiere “Tackling Segregation: The 1970 USC – Alabama Game,” a 30-minute documentary on the significant football game credited with integrating college football in the racially charged atmosphere of Alabama during Governor George Wallace’s regime. The programming will appear under the umbrella of CSTV for Black History Month…Celebrating the past…Embracing the future.

CSTV will also air the CBS 90-minute documentary “Glory in Black and White: The Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Champions,” the story behind the historic Texas Western/Kentucky game, now the subject for the current feature film “Glory Road,” where legendary coach Don Haskins started five black players to upset the heavily favored and all-white Kentucky team for the championship. In addition, CSTV will air live NCAA basketball games between HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) teams, an exclusive interview with 1998 Heisman trophy winner/Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, special episodes of current series “Total Access,” “One2One” and “Dog Days,” and black history-themed interstitials. CSTV: College Sports Television, now part of CBS Corporation, is available on cable systems throughout the country, on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network and streaming live online through the CSTV.com XXL broadband subscription package.

“Black History Month is a time to reflect on the many groundbreaking accomplishments and breakthroughs African-Americans have achieved both in and out of the sports arena,” said Tim Pernetti, Senior Vice President, Programming and Talent, CSTV Networks. “College sports is a very diverse world now, but it can be easy to forget how different things were in the not-so-distant past. CSTV’s Black History Month programming takes an in-depth look at moments in time that changed the game forever, and we will look into the future as well to feature some of the best and brightest athletes coming up in college sports.”

CSTV’s Black History Month programming is scheduled as follows:

Monday, February 13

“Total Access: Ohio State” airs at 7 p.m.

Hosted by college students, CSTV’s original series Total Access goes behind the scenes at the country’s top schools and intercollegiate athletic programs. For Black History Month, Ohio State student hosts will take an inside look at places and issues pertinent to African-American students and alumni.

“Tackling Segregation: The 1970 USC – Alabama Game” airs at 8 p.m.

This 30-minute original documentary takes an in-depth look at the historic 1970 USC vs. Alabama football game that was a watershed moment in the integration of college football. While the 1964 Civil Rights Act ended public racial discrimination and the federal government mandated integration, segregation still haunted the south and many college football teams, including Alabama’s beloved Crimson Tide coached by Paul Bear Bryant, were still completely white. With then-Governor George Wallace an outspoken segregationist, the state and team became a flagship example of segregation. By the late 1960s, Alabama was a championship team, but the nation was unsupportive and the Crimson Tide’s stature diminished. That changed on September 12, 1970, when Coach Bryant helped bring social change to his state by playing USC in the first integrated college football game in Alabama.

NCAA Basketball: Grambling vs. Prairie View A&M airs at 8:30 p.m.

Live match-up between HBCU rivals Grambling and Prairie View A&M.

Wednesday, February 15

“Dogs Days: Jackson State Marching Band” airs at 11 p.m.

A one-hour special episode of “Dog Days” devoted to the intense, unusual band camp experience of the legendary HBCU Jackson State University Marching Band, known as the “Sonic Boom of the South.” This is no ordinary band camp – this one starts with military-style drills and practice at the break of dawn. And this is no ordinary band – it’s one of the best known and competitive marching bands in the country and the pride of Jackson State.

“Glory in Black and White: The Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Champions” airs at 8 p.m.

Originally aired on CBS, this 90-minute documentary examines the historic 1966 Texas Western vs. Kentucky NCAA championship game, where legendary coach Don Haskins started five black players to upset the heavily favored and all-white Kentucky team, also the basis for the current feature film “Glory Road.”

Sunday, February 19

“One2One: Vivian Stringer” airs at 9:30 p.m.

CSTV’s original, half-hour interview series “One2One” sits down with Vivian Stringer, the Rutgers University women’s basketball coach.

Monday, February 20

“One2One: Ricky Williams” airs at 8 p.m.

CSTV’s original half-hour interview series “One2One” sits down with unconventional 1998 Heisman trophy winner and Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams. In addition to discussing football, Williams talks about being a vegetarian, holistic medicine advocate and yoga enthusiast.

NCAA Basketball: Southern vs. Alabama State airs at 9 p.m.

Live match-up between HBCU rivals Southern and Alabama State.

Monday, February 20 will encore related programming from 2:30 – 11:00 pm.

CSTV Networks, Inc., now part of CBS Corporation, is the leading digital and cable programming network dedicated to college sports. Connecting more fans to more college sports than any other company, its many platforms for programming distribution include CSTV:College Sports TV, televising regular-season and championship events for 35 men’s and women’s college sports; CSTV.com and its network of nearly 250 official athletic sites; CSTV All Access, broadband services providing live audio and video of more than 7,000 events annually; as well as satellite television and radio, in-flight entertainment, wireless networks and more. CSTV was acquired by CBS in January 2006.