VERSUS Picked Some Bang-on Games This Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 1, 2010)-VERSUS will drop the puck on its wall-to-wall post-Olympic hockey coverage tonight at 9 p.m. ET when the Colorado Avalanche host the Detroit Red Wings in the first game following the two-week Olympic break and the only NHL action on television tonight.  The action continues on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.

To build on the excitement generated by the 2010 Winter Games, the network added five bonus games to the week’s schedule.  VERSUS’ first bonus game of the week, on March 2, will feature the San Jose Sharks hosting the New Jersey Devils at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The match-up will showcase many U.S. and Canadian Olympic hockey team members, such as Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner of the Devils and Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski of the Sharks.  The game will not air on VERSUS in the team markets due to local blackout restrictions.

On Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. ET, VERSUS will televise the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres game, in which goaltender Ryan Miller, MVP of the Olympic hockey tournament, will resume his post in the Sabres net and Alex Ovechkin makes his return to the NHL-leading Capitals.  Local blackouts apply so home team markets will see the Philadelphia Flyers/Florida Panthers game at 7:30 p.m. ET.

VERSUS’ week of bonus game coverage concludes on Thursday, March 4, when Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and the hero for Team Canada with the Gold Medal game-winning goal, will visit the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be blacked out in team markets and viewers in Pittsburgh and New York will have access to the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins game.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 2, and continuing through the end of the regular season, VERSUS will also air HONDA Drive to the Playoffs; a 30-minute pre-game Hockey Central prior to each Tuesday night NHL telecast.  The network will also air full half-hour pre-game shows on March 1 and 3.  The network’s regular season coverage continues on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. ET when the Dallas Stars visit the Washington Capitals and on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Islanders.

VERSUS’ WEEKLONG NHL SCHEDULE FOLLOWS:

Mar. 1: Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET

Mar. 2: Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET

Mar. 2: New Jersey Devils at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET
Mar. 3: Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Mar. 3: Philadelphia Flyers at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET (airs in Washington and Buffalo only)
Mar. 4: Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. ET

Mar. 4: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET (airs in Pittsburgh and New York only)

VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD).  The network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).  VERSUS also has partnerships with top sports leagues such as NASCAR, NBA and UFC and airs collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West.  The network is also home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau.  VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

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