West Coast Conference, Time Warner Cable Sports announce long-term partnership

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference and Time Warner Cable Sports have announced a long-term agreement to televise WCC men’s basketball games and other sporting events throughout Southern California and the entire Time Warner Cable SportsNet footprint – stretching from Las Vegas to Hawaii.  As part of the agreement – Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the television home of the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, and Los Angeles Sparks – will produce a WCC Game of the Week each Saturday during conference play.  The WCC Game of the Week will be preceded by a 30-minute WCC shown on all of the WCC’s regional television partners.

“We are proud to partner with Time Warner Cable Sports to showcase West Coast Conference basketball to our Southern California fans in an unprecedented capacity,” said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.  “In addition, the WCC Game of the Week and pre-game show will help highlight our men’s basketball programs and further strengthen our position as one of the best basketball conferences in the nation.”

As part of the West Coast Conference’s new long-term deal with Time Warner Cable Sports, the new Southern California regional sports network Time Warner Cable SportsNet will produce a minimum of 15 WCC men’s basketball games in 2013, with that number growing to 22 in the coming years.  As part of the deal, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will produce and air a West Coast Conference Game of the Week each Saturday during WCC play.  The Game of the Week will be distributed to television partners throughout the WCC footprint – up to 20 million homes in all.  The games will also be available to WCC fans everywhere on a digital platform.  Time Warner Cable Sports will also produce a weekly half-hour show dedicated to WCC sports during the men’s basketball season, and will produce select other WCC events as well.

“West Coast Conference schools like Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and the University of San Diego are an integral part of the Southern California sports landscape and we’re happy to give them a local TV home in Time Warner Cable SportsNet,” said Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TWC Sports RegionalNetworks. “Our networks promise to give sports fans more access to their teams than they’ve had before, and our partnership with the WCC allows us to do that through more live games as well as more team programming.”

The first WCC Game of the Week will air on January 5, 2013, when Loyola Marymount plays at Saint Mary’s.  Other WCC Games of the Week include: BYU at Santa Clara (Jan. 12); Loyola Marymount at San Francisco (Jan. 19); Santa Clara at San Diego (Jan. 26); San Francisco at Pepperdine (Feb. 2); Pepperdine atPortland (Feb. 9); Gonzaga at San Francisco (Feb. 16); Santa Clara at Portland (Feb. 23); Portland at Gonzaga (March 2).

About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC ischaracterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis oncombining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.  For more information, visit www.wccsports.com or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports.

About Time Warner Cable Sports
Time Warner Cable Sports operates Southern California’s two newest regional sports networks - Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes – which launched on October 1, 2012.  Through their exclusive partnerships with the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Sparks and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the 24/7, high-definition networks each deliver more than 150 live events per year plus extensive team coverage and behind-the-scenes access unlike anything fans have seen before. Time Warner Cable Deportes is the nation’s first ever Spanish-language regional sports network, with commentary, programs and a perspective created uniquely for Spanish-speaking sports fans of all nationalities. For more information, visit www.twcsportsnet.com and www.twcdeportes.com. Follow the networks on Twitter@TWCSportsNet and @TWCDeportes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TWCSportsNet and www.facebook.com/TWCDeportes.