Aug. 10, 1999
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida State University and Sunshine Network today
announced a multi-year contract that ensures Sunshine Network will continue
to be the exclusive Florida cable home of FSU athletics for many years to
The announcement was made by FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart
and Sunshine Network Corporate Vice President and General Manager Jim
As the first major television property to sign with Sunshine Network prior
to its 1988 inception, Florida State and the network have enjoyed a long
relationship that has provided Seminole fans with extensive coverage of
their athletic program ? rivaling that of any other Division I program in
Sunshine Network is the state?s largest and leading regional sports
network with more than 4.8 million cable homes statewide and across the
nation via satellite.
Under terms of the new long-term agreement, Sunshine Network will televise
a minimum of six football games annually on tape delay and produce and make
available for distribution those games designated under applicable
conference rules for pay-per-view. In addition, the network will produce
one preseason football show, a highlight show featuring the annual spring
football game and be entitled to produce a preview show in advance of FSU?s
appearance in any post-season bowl game.
Also included in the agreement are the rights to a minimum of 10
baseball games and a minimum of 14 women?s events including basketball,
volleyball, soccer and softball.
Other programming includes highlights shows for fall and spring sports,
call-in and/or coaches shows, ?Seminole Summer Showcase,? highlighting
replays or highlights of previous FSU events, ?Seminole Sports Magazine,?
?Seminole Uprising? and more.
Additional FSU athletic events, including men?s basketball, are available
to Sunshine Network from the Atlantic Coast Conference and its
Part of Sunshine Network?s commitment to FSU over the years has
been in the area of public affairs programming. This will continue under
the new agreement with a variety of programs produced by FSU that will air
during Sunshine Network?s daily public affairs block.
Sunshine Network will also assist FSU with on-air, website and
other promotions, providing multi-media support for the program to the
network?s vast audience.
?Our contractual partnership with Sunshine Network provides an extremely
valuable distribution avenue for Florida State University events which are
showcased within our own state and well beyond,” said Hart. “This
extension affords us a very comprehensive means of exposure which enhances
every facet of our athletics program. We are pleased to extend our
contract and relationship with the people at Sunshine Network,” Hart added.
?Extending our relationship with FSU is a formidable milestone in
our continued role as the leader in providing coverage of Florida sports to
Florida sports fans,? said Liberatore. ?As one of the country?s most
recognized and respected institutions, both academically and athletically,
we value our partnership with FSU and look forward to providing them with
unparalleled distribution, quality production, and creative promotion for
years to come.? Liberatore added, ?Obviously, as a Florida based sports
network, Sunshine Network considers Florida State a programming cornerstone
and one of our most important partnerships.”
Programming rights on the Sunshine Network presently include 10
professional teams — the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Tampa Bay Lightning,
Orlando Mircale, Miami Fusion, Tampa Bay Mutiny, Orlando Predators, Tampa
Bay Storm, Florida Bobcats and Orlando Solar Bears. Sunshine also has
exclusive agreements with Florida State University, University of Florida,
UCF, Jacksonville University, Stetson University, Florida International
University as well as year-round telecasts of SEC and ACC athletics, the
Sunshine Network LIVE! nightly call-in show and the Dodge Florida High
School Champions Series. The network also carries national programming,
such as MLB, NFL Europe, The Last Word with Jim Rome, Goin? Deep with Chris
Myers, NFL This Morning and more from FOX Sports Net.