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Comcast Stations to Broadcast World League

June 07, 2010, 4:54 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org  

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 7, 2010) – USA Volleyball has announced that fans can watch the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team compete in the 2010 FIVB World League on Comcast sports networks including VERSUS and Comcast Sports Group regional outlets.

The matches will air approximately two weeks after they are played. VERSUS will show the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team’s matches against Russia, to be played July 9-10 in Wichita, Kan. It will also broadcast matches from the final round, should the U.S. Men’s Team qualify.

Comcast Sports Group regional outlets will show all the U.S. pool play matches, including those played in other countries.  Outlets include Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet PhiladelphiaCSS, The Mtn. – MountainWest Sports Network and The Comcast Network – Philadelphia..

“We are excited that volleyball fans around the country will get to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team in action on VERSUS and the Comcast Sports Group outlets,” USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann said. “If you can’t watch the matches live, this will be a great option.”

Former U.S. Men’s National Team members and U.S. Olympians Kevin Barnett and Paul Sunderland will be providing commentary for the telecasts.

The FIVB World League is a men's volleyball competition created in 1990. It consists of 16 teams from around the world competing over the course of seven weeks. The total prize purse for the event is more than $20 million, with the overall winner receiving $1 million for winning the final round.

VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD).  Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).  VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming.  The network is home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including The Daily Line, Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau.  VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Comcast Sports Group operates 11 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast Sports Group’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS, and Comcast Sports Southwest.  Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming.  For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

To view the U.S. broadcast schedule of the FIVB World League, click here.

2010 U.S. World League Schedule

Date: June 4-5
Opponent: Russia
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Finland
Location: Tampere, Finland

Date: June 18-19 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C. - www.visitcabarrus.com
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Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
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Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m. and July 10 at 6 p.m.
Opponent: Russia
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. - www.wichitasports.com
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FIVB World League Final Round (must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

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