Three Days of Special Programming To Run on MSG Varsity

BETHPAGE, N.Y., January 26, 2010 — On Monday, February 1st, MSG Varsity will kick-off three days of special programming devoted to football signing day – the day when high school players sign their letters of intent for college. 

 Coverage begins Monday, February 1st with High School SportsDesk’s Shawna Ryan as she examines the phenomenon known as football signing day.  On February 2nd, High School SportsDesk will host former Rutgers assistant football recruiter Drew Robinson. Robinson will take an in-depth look at the top players in the Tri-State area – including:

  • TJ Clemmings (Paterson Catholic High School)
  • Khairi Fortt (Stamford High School)
  • Reuben Frank (Poughkeepsie High School)
  • Jeremiah Kobena (Cardinal Hayes High School)
  • Bryan Murphy (Don Bosco Preparatory High School)
  • Shakim Phillips (DePaul Catholic High School)
  • Kevin Pierre-Louis (King and Low Heywood Thomas School)
  • Silas Redd (King and Low Heywood Thomas School)
  • Steven Rene (Canarsie High School)
  • Andrew Turzilli (Butler High School)
  • K’Waun Williams (St. Joseph’s Regional High School)
  • Jawaun Wynn (Piscataway High School)

 On Wednesday, February 3rd– MSG Varsity will have wall-to-wall signing day coverage on, High School SportsDesk and A Quick: 60. will feature a live, running news story on its home page, providing fans with up-to-the-minute news as well as feature stories and a complete list of all the signees.  MSG Varsity high school sports authorities including Kevin Devaney, Mike Quick and Gregg Sarra will also report on throughout the day.  

Wednesday evening, High School SportsDesk’s coverage concludes with the entire one-hour show dedicated to signing day. The show will cover press conferences and interviews with players and feature in studio guests – including College Football Hall of Famer Don McPherson, MSG Varsity’s Mike Quick and Drew Robinson.  Doug Marron, head coach of Syracuse University will also be interviewed, as several top local recruits are in talks to sign with Syracuse.  High School SportsDesk airs weeknights at 7 pm and 10 pm on Cablevision’s iO TV (Channel 14). 

 MSG Varsity’s week of coverage ends with Mike Quick as he hosts Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano and Houston Texans outside linebacker and 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Brian Cushing on his live call-in show A Quick: 60. Cushing, a former high school standout for the Bergen Catholic Crusaders (New Jersey) will share his signing day experience. A Quick: 60 airs Wednesday evenings at 8 pm on Cablevision’s iO TV (Channel 14). 

  About MSG Varsity:

MSG Varsity is a multi-platform suite of services comprised of: a 24/7 television network, a comprehensive online destination, and a groundbreaking interactive service, all dedicated to high school sports, academics and activities happening throughout the tri-state area.  Content for these services includes MSG Varsity’s professionally produced programming as well as content created by the high schools themselves.  Working in partnership with MSG Varsity, students and faculty are given extraordinary access to curriculum and training in multimedia creation and distribution, empowering them to become active participants in telling their school’s stories.  MSG Varsity is a Cablevision exclusive service not available to satellite or phone company TV subscribers and reaches three million households throughout the New York market.  For more information, please visit .


About Cablevision:

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company’s advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.


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