Gateway Football Conference and America Channel Announce Sports Broadcast and Content Cooperation Agreement

New Partnership Includes Extensive NCAA Division I Football Coverage of All

Gateway Member Institutions

Mar 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from Gateway Football Conference from ,The America Channel

    ST. LOUIS and HEATHROW, Fla., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gateway
 Football Conference and the America Channel announced today that they have
 entered into a comprehensive video sports broadcast and content cooperation
 agreement. The new partnership includes extensive television coverage of
 Gateway football games.
     All Gateway member institutions will be represented in the America
 Channel's broadcasts. The Gateway Football Conference member institutions
 are: Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Missouri State
 University, University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University,
 Western Illinois University, and Youngstown State University.
     "The Gateway Football Conference partnership enhances our presence in
 key Midwestern markets, where football and the Gateway member institutions
 are a part of life," stated Doron Gorshein, CEO of the America Channel.
 "The schools and their football programs have rich histories and extremely
 loyal followings. We look forward to bringing Gateway football to
 communities throughout the region."
     The America Channel has now partnered with 14 NCAA Division I
 Conferences, previously announcing sports broadcast and content
 relationships with Big South Conference, Southern Conference, Big West
 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Big Sky Conference, America East
 Conference, Patriot League, Ivy League, Atlantic Sun Conference, Sun Belt
 Conference, Southland Conference, and Northeast Conference.
     The America Channel also previously announced its SportLife (TM)
 initiative, pursuant to which the America Channel and its Conference
 partners, their Student Athletic Advisory Committees (SAACs) and
 Universities, will cooperate to create video content about the aspirations,
 achievements, challenges, adventures, community service, and lifestyles of
 students and student athletes.
     "Our member institutions and their football programs are integral parts
 of their communities," said Patty Viverito, Commissioner of the Gateway
 Football Conference. "This new partnership represents a significant
 increase in exposure for our football programs, and for the member
 institutions of the Gateway Football Conference. We are pleased to
 establish this new partnership with the America Channel."
     About the Gateway Football Conference
     Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., the Gateway Football Conference is one
 of the elite FCS conferences in the nation. Last season, four Gateway teams
 were ranked in the season-ending top-25 poll, while a minimum of two
 Gateway teams have made the FCS playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons,
 including three in 2006, and a record-setting four teams in 2003. Gateway
 teams have appeared in four national championship games, winning twice, and
 a Gateway team has reached the semifinals in eight of the past 11 years.
 The Gateway Football Conference is Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri
 State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Youngstown
 State. New members, beginning in 2008, include North Dakota State and South
 Dakota State.
     About The America Channel
     The America Channel(R) is a new sports and lifestyle television
 programming network. Its SportsLife (TM) initiative combines broadcast of
 over 500 NCAA Division I sports games, with real-life storytelling about
 student athletes.

SOURCE Gateway Football Conference; The America Channel