(May. 09, 2011 - San Antonio, TX)... Fishing fans throughout the nation will enjoy watching expanded television coverage of the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series when it airs this fall on Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Group.
"Versus is thrilled to air a third season of BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing," said Jeff Macaluso, Director of Field Sports & New Media Programming for Versus. "The sport complements our college football and basketball coverage and fits perfectly with the network’s continued commitment to air quality outdoor programming."
The first of eighteen airings documenting the exciting competition and interesting behind the scene stories from the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series begins on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. ET. Viewers will be treated to coverage of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave, and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi, as well as several regional events.
"We’re excited that our partnership with Versus continues to strengthen," said Wade Middleton, President, CarecoTV and Tournament Director, BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. "Versus has played an important role in the explosive growth of collegiate bass fishing. We’re very pleased that the television series has a home on the network for the next two years. This long-term commitment ensures that field and stream programming will be showcased now as well as in the future."
Versus will co-sponsor the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship tournament banquet that will feature former fishing pro, television personality and Bass Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Hank Parker as the keynote speaker. Many of the series sponsors will be on site to welcome the anglers competing in the Championship and provide product information and samples. For more information, go to the collegiatebasschampionship website.