TVS Television Network

The TVS Television Network, or TVS for short, is a syndicator of American sports programming. It was one of several "occasional" national television networks that sprang up in the early-to-mid-1960s to take advantage of the establishment of independent (mostly UHF) television stations and relaxation of the AT&T Long Lines usage rates.

Today, the network continues to distribute programming via TV, home video, and the Web on a worldwide basis. TVS currently produces 250 shows yearly in sports, music, and entertainment.

History

Eddie Einhorn had begun broadcasting radio coverage of college basketball and built a network of radio stations that covered the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament games. He later moved into television coverage of college basketball games.

College basketball

Founded by Einhorn, the network originally telecast college basketball games to regional networks at a time when the sport was of no interest to the national networks. Taking advantage of intense regional collegiate rivalries, the network blossomed in the 1960s and developed into a full service sports network. Einhorn proceeded to put together a Saturday afternoon TVS "game of the week" concept that often featured some of the major midwestern independent teams such as Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. These games were widely syndicated at least in the east and midwest.

On January 20, 1968, TVS put together the "Game of the Century" (see below) between the UCLA Bruins and Houston Cougars basketball teams at the Houston Astrodome. This was the game that made college basketball a television broadcast commodity. Six years later (January 26, 1974), TVS televised another historic basketball game as the Bruins fell to Notre Dame, 71-70, breaking the Bruins' 88-game winning streak. TVS proceeded to syndicate a few games nationally each year, often involving UCLA in the middle of their run of 10 national championships in a 12-year span. TVS often used late night time slots for its nationally syndicated games which were played on the west coast.

In addition to these individual games, TVS was a pioneer in bringing college basketball to a national scope-first by their own efforts in the early 1970s, primarily with Dick Enberg and Rod Hundley (sometimes Enberg and Hundley would call a Pac-8 game on a Friday night, fly to the midwest for the TVS game of the week on Saturday afternoon, and then head back to the west coast to call a Pac-8 game on Saturday night), then in 1976, teaming with NBC Sports in a cooperative effort to regionalize NBC's coverage (NBC/local talent, TVS production crews). This partnership lasted through 1983, though it was hampered in later years by NBC losing the rights to the NCAA Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament to CBS Sports in 1982. After the NBC partnership ended and college sports telecasts underwent a court-ordered decentralization in 1984, TVS went back to regionalizing games on their own—a forerunner to the regionalization often seen today.

Besides Dick Enberg and Rod Hundley (who worked with Merle Harmon on the January 7, 1973, contest between Kansas and Notre Dame), other broadcast teams for TVS' college basketball coverage included John Ferguson and Joe Dean (who called the February 21, 1970 contest between Kentucky and LSU), Monte Moore and Ed Macauley (who called the January 2, 1971 contest between Dayton and UCLA), Charlie Jones and Elgin Baylor (who called the January 26, 1972 contest between Providence and USC), Ray Scott and Bill O'Donnell (who called the January 14, 1973 contest between SW Louisiana and Oral Roberts), Al Michaels and Tom Hawkins (who called the January 26, 1974, contest between Notre Dame and UCLA), Max Falkenstein and Paul Deweese (Big Eight Conference) and Jay Randolph and Billy Packer (who called the November 17, 1979 contest between Duke and Kentucky and November 22, 1980, contest between DePaul and Louisville).

"Game of the Century"

The game that really brought televised college basketball to where it is today was a Prime time Saturday night broadcast on January 20, 1968 between two powerhouse teams that had met in the 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The number two and undefeated Houston Cougars hosted the number one and undefeated UCLA Bruins at the Houston Astrodome. The Bruins were the defending national champions and were on a 47-game winning streak. Eddie Einhorn paid $27,000 for the broadcast rights on TVS.[1] In the end, Einhorn signed up 120 stations, many of which would infuriate the networks they were affiliated with by canceling their regular programming to show the game.[2]The Bruins lost to the University of Houston Cougars at the Astrodome in front of a record crowd (at the time) of 52,693. This game was dubbed the "Game of the Century". Previously, only NCAA post-season games were broadcast on national television, but only on evidence that broadcasters were going to make a profit from the broadcasts. The "Game of the Century" between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins proved that Americans were willing to watch college basketball games during the regular seasons.

Other sports on TVS

While college basketball remained the TVS Television Network's signature series, they also expanded into tennis, college football bowl games, NASL pro soccer, tennis, and golf.

In 1974, the network became the official telecaster of the World Football League. (TVS dropped its coverage of the WFL prior to 1975, contributing to the league's already imminent demise.) TVS also aired World Championship Tennis.

In 2008, TVS produced a number of bowling shows at the Silver Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, including a 13-episode revival of Celebrity Bowling and a revival of Make That Spare.

Today, TVS produces and distributes Distant Replay, Lucha Loco, Pulling For Glory, BlooperToons, Basket Cases (Jai Alai), Wild Wheels, Bowlarama, and Hot Pockets (Billiards). TVS also presents TVS Sports Bureau, its sports news oriented series.

Entertainment programming

In the 1970s, TVS began producing entertainment programming, including Sinatra: The Main Event for ABC in 1974. For many years, TVS produced sports and entertainment programming from Las Vegas including The Alan King Tennis Championship at Caesars Palace; Arm Wrestling at the Imperial Palace, Fun Moments in Sports at Bally's; Bowling from Sam's Town and the Showboat; The Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (LPBT), and One Club Golf from the Desert Inn.

Transition

By 1980, Eddie Einhorn had sold his interest in the network and became the head of CBS Sports, and later became an owner of the Chicago White Sox with Jerry Reinsdorf; he would also spend time as owner of the USFL's Chicago Blitz. The network stalled in the 1990s and passed through several owners before finding a permanent home with Combined Artists Studios, owned by Tom Ficara, in the late 1990s, who licensed the network's back catalog to Nostalgia Channel. It was acquired by Ficara's Margate Entertainment in 2005.[3] Margate briefly began offering more original programs through TVS during its time owning the network (as well as releasing archival programming through various digital platforms). TVS currently produces and distributes sports and entertainment programming on broadcast, cable, and internet platforms including www.dailymotion.com/tvsglobalmedia.

In 1992, TVS acquired the Mizlou Television Network library out of bankruptcy. In 1994, TVS acquired Video Techniques from Jay Merkle. In 1996, TVS acquired Tavern Television, which had been a Canadian based satellite network. In 2000, TVS acquired Nostalgia Network. In 2002 TVS acquired SPORT Magazine.

See also

References

  1. ^ Jerry Wizig - It's been 20 years since they've played The Game of the Century. Houston Chronicle, January 20, 1988
  2. ^ Rapoport, Ron (2008-01-20). "Inside And Outsized". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  3. ^ "Margate Entertainment Company, Inc. Acquires TVS and RKO Unique; Becomes Largest Independent Audio and Video Source in USA; Begins Hollywood Palace and Roller Derby". PRWeb. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  • Einhorn, Eddie; Ron Rapaport (2006). How March Became Madness: How the NCAA Tournament Became the Greatest Sporting Event in America. Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-809-6.

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Lorimar Sports Network
1975 World Football League season

The 1975 World Football League season was the second and last season of the World Football League. The 1975 season was to be an 18-game season over a twenty-week schedule.

The WFL returned with a massive overhaul under new commissioner, Christopher Hemmeter. Four of the inaugural twelve teams returned from the 1974 season: The Hawaiians, Southern California Sun, Philadelphia Bell and Memphis Southmen, as did the Shreveport Steamer and Charlotte Hornets, who moved from Houston and New York City, respectively, midway through the 1974 season. New WFL teams replaced folded teams in Birmingham (where the Vulcans replaced the league champion Americans), Portland (where the Thunder took the place of the Storm), Jacksonville (the Express took over for the Sharks), and Chicago (the Winds stepped into the place of the Fire). One new market was added when the Florida Blazers moved to become the San Antonio Wings; the Blazers and Detroit Wheels were not replaced in their home markets.

The Winds were expelled from the league five games into the season. They had essentially bet their existence on an attempt to woo New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath as its starting quarterback. The Winds all but promised that Namath was coming, and their failure to deliver him was a severe blow to the league's credibility. It also prompted TVS Television Network, the league's TV partner, to cancel its WFL coverage prior to the regular season, leaving the league untelevised with the exception of some local television.

Memphis and San Antonio won the first half of the split season second and had secured playoff spots for the end of the season. The playoffs would have had six teams. World Bowl 2 would have been held on January 4, 1976. The WFL ceased operations twelve weeks into the regular season on October 22, 1975.

1981 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1981 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 4-7, 1981 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama. The Ole Miss Rebels, who represents the University of Mississippi won their first SEC tournament title in the championship game by defeating the Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 66-62. Ole Miss also received the SEC’s automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Television coverage was regionally syndicated by the now-defunct TVS Television Network.

1982 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1982 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament took place from March 3–6, 1982 at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team. The Alabama Crimson Tide won the tournament and the SEC’s automatic bid to the 1982 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament by defeating Kentucky by a score of 48-46. The tournament win was Alabama’s second SEC tournament win, but it was the program’s first tournament win since the 1934 tournament.

Coverage of the entire tournament was produced and regionally syndicated by the TVS Television Network, with NBC covering the championship game for areas outside the SEC geographical footprint.

1983 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1983 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament took place from March 10-13, 1983 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama. the Georgia Bulldogs won the tournament championship title, and received the SEC’s automatic bid to the 1983 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament. This tournament marked Georgia’s first ever SEC tournament championship title.

Television coverage of the tournament’s first three rounds was produced and regionally syndicated by the TVS Television Network, with NBC broadcasting the championship game nationally. Tom Hammond handled play-by-play commentary, while Joe Dean provided color analogy.

College Basketball on NBC

College Basketball on NBC is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I men's college basketball games formerly produced by NBC Sports, the sports division of the NBC television network in the United States. The network broadcast college basketball games in some shape or form between 1969 and 1998. From 1969 to 1981, NBC covered the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It became the first major network to broadcast the championship game, at a cost of more than US$500,000 in 1969.

Eddie Einhorn

Eddie Einhorn (January 3, 1936 – February 24, 2016) was minority owner and Vice Chairman of the Chicago White Sox.

Game of the Century (college basketball)

The Game of the Century in college basketball was a historic NCAA game between the University of Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins played on January 20, 1968, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. It was the first NCAA regular season game broadcast nationwide in prime time. It established college basketball as a sports commodity on television and paved the way for the modern "March Madness" television coverage.

KSTW

KSTW, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is a CW owned-and-operated station television station serving Seattle, Washington, United States that is licensed to Tacoma. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation. KSTW's studios are located on Dexter Avenue in Seattle's Westlake neighborhood, and its transmitter is located on Capitol Hill east of downtown.

KSTW is available on cable television to Canadian customers in southwestern British Columbia on numerous cable providers such as Shaw Cable and TELUS Optik TV in Victoria, Vancouver, Penticton and Kelowna.

Lorimar Sports Network

The Lorimar Sports Network, or LSN, was an American ad hoc television network providing syndicated college football and basketball. It was based at Lorimar's original headquarters in Culver City, California, with an additional office in Dallas, Texas. It was in operation from 1983 until 1986.

North American Soccer League on television

North American Soccer League (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. Beginning in 1975, the league final was called the Soccer Bowl.

S

S (named ess , plural esses) is the 19th letter in the Modern English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

World Championship Tennis

World Championship Tennis (WCT) was a tour for professional male tennis players established in 1968 (the first players signed a contract at the end of 1967) and lasted until the emergence of the ATP Tour in 1990. A number of tennis tournaments around the world were affiliated with WCT and players were ranked in a special WCT ranking according to their results in those tournaments.

The WCT had an important impact on the commercial development of tennis. It instituted a tie-breaker system and outfitted players with colored clothing, a radical idea at that time. WCT also strongly encouraged the audience to cheer for players, rather than politely applaud, as the more staid tennis audiences had done before. They publicly emphasized their prize money structure and special bonus pool as an incentive to attract top players.

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