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ESPN2 to provide same-day coverage of Bassmaster Memorial

CELEBRATION, Fla. For the first time ever, ESPN2 will provide same-day coverage of a BASS event outside of the CITGO Bassmaster Classic. Coverage of the Bassmaster Memorial weigh-in (Fort Worth, Texas, May 18-21) at Will Rogers Coliseum will be aired on Sunday, May 21 at 7 p.m. ET.

Additionally, Bassmaster.com will have complete coverage, a real-time leaderboard, live video of the weigh-ins and on-the-water live chats with anglers powered by Mobile ESPN. On television, ESPN2's BassCenter (Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. ET) will provide a Bassmaster Memorial action update.

"Like the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, the Bassmaster Majors highlight the cream of the crop," said Dan Bowen, ESPN Outdoors senior coordinating producer. "And it's for this reason we are airing the event on the very same day it concludes. This way, we can fully embody the magnitude of such a high-profile event by harnessing that day's energy and turning it around for our viewers to appreciate."

The Bassmaster Majors are three, stand-alone events that award a $250,000-first-place prize. The field of 55 anglers will be cut to the top 12 on Day 3 and top six on Day 4. On the first two competition days, anglers will fish on Eagle Mountain Lake. On the last two, they will fish a six-hole course on nearby Lake Worth.

ESPN2's regular full tournament coverage of the Bassmaster Memorial will be featured on The CITGO Bassmasters, May 27 at 10 a.m.

"Clearly, 2006 has been a major coming-out party for BASS on a multitude of levels including the expanded season, higher payouts and enhanced programming on ESPN2," said Bowen. "Getting this event on the air so quickly is yet another example of ESPN continuing to bring added cache to event coverage."

2006 Bassmaster Majors
Program Schedule

Bassmaster Memorial
Airdate/Time: Sunday, May 21, 7-8p.m. ET ESPN2
Coverage: Same-day tournament coverage, Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas

Airdate/Time: Saturday, May 27, 10-11 a.m. ET ESPN2
Coverage: The CITGO Bassmasters expanded tournament coverage

Bassmaster American
Airdate/Time: Sunday, July 30, 7-8 p.m. ET ESPN2
Coverage: Same-day tournament coverage, Cricket Arena, Charlotte, N.C.

Airdate/Time: Saturday, Aug. 5, 10-11 a.m. ET ESPN2
Coverage: The CITGO Bassmasters expanded tournament coverage

Bassmaster Legends
Airdate/Time: Sunday, Aug. 27, 7-8 p.m. ET ESPN2
Coverage: Same-day tournament coverage, Riverfest Amphitheater, Little Rock, Ark.

Airdate/Time: Saturday, Sept. 2, 10-11 a.m. ET ESPN2
Coverage: The CITGO Bassmasters expanded tournament coverage

Local sponsors include the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, visit www.FortWorth.com.

Sponsors of the Bassmaster Majors include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Toyota, Busch Beer, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Advance Auto Parts and Theraseed.