Armed with fresh production facilities and a new name and logo, upstart
digital service National Sports Collegiate Network has set a launch date of Feb.
23, according to network founder Brian Bedol.
The network will be renamed CSTV: College Sports Television to better reflect
the network's brand and mission: to offer quality men's and women's
The network will be housed in a new 20,000-square-foot facility at the
Chelsea Piers sports and entertainment complex in Manhattan.
Bedol said CSTV, in a cable first, will feature a street-level broadcast
center, accessible to the public.
The facility will house a variety of interactive events and activities for
fans, from college coaches' and players' clinics to 'meet and greets' with
all-star players, top coaches and college-sports commentators, Bedol added.
He would not reveal the network's expenditure for its elaborate digs.
With the launch date now in place, Bedol said he's negotiating with MSOs for
distribution deals. While the network has yet to formally sign any carriage
agreements, Bedol said he hopes to be in 10 million homes by 2004.
Bedol would not spell out rate-card terms, but he said they're based on a
sliding scale that rewards operators for distributing the service to most
'We're confident we have a business model that works,' he