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ESPN presents 'BASS Madness' June 19

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, has announced that unprecedented airtime is being devoted to BASS in the form of "BASS Madness: The 2006 Site Selection Special."

The one-hour special will air Sunday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and will reveal next year's CITGO Bassmaster Tour dates and locations, with expert analysis and insight into each of the 11 venues.

Also to be announced will be the locations of the three BASS majors — The Bassmaster American, Bassmaster Legends and Bassmaster Memorial. "BASS Madness" will be immediately followed by a special edition of "BassCenter," also on ESPN.

"We are very excited about where we are going next year and look forward to revealing the tournament sites on Father's Day evening on ESPN," said BASS general manager Don Rucks.

"Our objective from the beginning of our exhaustive site-selection effort was to take our events to the best fisheries at the best times of the year to support the quest of our anglers to catch the biggest fish."

Earlier this year, BASS announced a tremendous expansion of the Bassmaster Tour from six events to an 11-tournament series in 2006, culminating in the crowning of the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year and berths in the prestigious CITGO Bassmaster Classic. The extended trail spans three seasons — spring, summer and fall.

A special evening edition of "BassCenter" will immediately follow "BASS Madness: The 2006 Site Selection Special" on ESPN. This half-hour show will provide comprehensive coverage and commentary on the announcement of Tour sites and dates from anchor John Kernan and studio analyst and bass-fishing professional Byron Velvick, as well as other guest experts.

"The site selection announcement is big news in the world of bass fishing," said Dan Bowen, senior coordinating producer of ESPN Outdoors, "and it's important that 'BassCenter' be there to report on it. The fact that ESPN is devoting an hour of programming to this indicates the importance of the schedule to fans."

Since its inception in 2001, ESPN Outdoors has strived to inform and entertain anglers, hunters, campers and people of all ages who enjoy the outdoors.

ESPN Outdoors is committed to increasing awareness of outdoor activities, a direction best exemplified by daily television programming totaling nearly 1,000 hours annually on ESPN and ESPN2.

"BASS Madness: The 2006 Site Selection Special" is scheduled to re-air July 9 on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. ET.