January 15, 2003 - by
FSU In Support Of Long-Time Local Partner Sunshine Network

Jan. 15, 2003

Tallahassee, FL –
Since 1988, Sunshine Network and Florida State University (FSU) have enjoyed a relationship that provides FSU fans, alumni and students with one of the nation’s most wide-reaching local television agreements.


From athletics to academics, Sunshine Network’s support, exposure and community outreach on behalf of FSU has contributed greatly to the university’s ability to enhance its offerings and remain connected to their alumni and fans throughout Florida.


Sunshine Network’s support can be directly linked to providing necessary improvements and exposure for numerous FSU activities and has a significant positive impact on the school’s recruiting efforts.


From replays of all the football games, the airing of coaches shows, live men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and numerous Olympic and women’s sports as well spotlighting academic programs, Sunshine Network’s ability to connect Florida communities with the University is a vital component of FSU’s marketing and community relations efforts.


In addition, Sunshine’s partnership with the ACC brings local viewers additional live FSU and conference-relevant programming year-round.


On January 1, 2003, after a 10-year agreement expired, Time Warner Cable elected to discontinue providing Sunshine Network and its unique local programming to their Florida customers, thereby depriving FSU fans, supporters and alumni from their long-standing access to the network’s FSU and other local sports/public affairs programming.


FSU today offered its support of Sunshine Network and underscored the impact this decision has on the FSU community, particularly in light of the fact that Time Warner Cable is not negotiating with Sunshine at present.


“Sunshine Network and Florida State University have enjoyed a long term association which has afforded fans of Florida State athletics, as well as alumni interested in the numerous other university programs featured on the network, with the very best in local programming,” said Dave Hart, FSU Director of Athletics. “It is our sincere hope that Time Warner can resolve in a timely fashion the issues that prevent them from airing our FSU programming to the literally millions of FSU fans served by the Time Warner system.”


“It would truly be a shame if subscribers to that particular cable system are the only ones in the state of Florida who would be forced to use the other methods to acquire the Sunshine Network programming,” continued Hart. “We join fans of all the teams that play on Sunshine Network in hoping that Time Warner can quickly arrive at a conclusion that satisfies the many local sports fans in their coverage areas.”


Upcoming FSU programming on Sunshine Network, which is available on all major other cable and satellite providers in Florida, includes:

January 14   9p      ACC Basketball:  Florida State @ Georgia Tech (LIVE)
January 20   4:30p   ACC Women's Basketball: Georgia Tech @ Florida State (LIVE)
January 21   7p	     ACC  Basketball: Clemson @ Florida State (LIVE)
January 23   7p	     ACC  Women's Basketball: Virginia @ Florida State (LIVE)
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