Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic Benefits Virginia Food Banks and Will Be Broadcast Nationally

RICHMOND – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that college basketball fans nationwide will be able to watch the 2012 and 2013 “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.” NBC Sports Network will telecast the 2012 and 2013 doubleheader basketball games live from the Richmond Coliseum.  The “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic” will benefit Virginia’s Food Banks and will take place in December 2012 and 2013 and feature in-state teams representing the ACC, CAA, MEAC and Atlantic 10. The inaugural Classic tips-off on December 22nd.

Governor McDonnell said, “I am thrilled to announce this partnership between NBC Sports Network and the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic. NBC Sports Network has a record of covering some of the most exciting events in the world, from the London Olympics to college football, and we look forward to their broadcasting the ‘Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.’” Governor McDonnell continued, “The inaugural Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic will feature an exciting 3:00pm matchup between the University of Richmond and George Mason University and immediately following, Old Dominion University versus the University of Virginia. This doubleheader will feature some of the best teams in the Commonwealth bringing their rivalries to the hardwood, while raising food and funds for our incredible Food Banks at the same time. And now, through this partnership with NBC Sports, this great event will be available to audiences all across the country. I thank NBC Sports for joining with us to bring these games to a nationwide audience, and I look forward to a great day on December 22nd.”

“We’re excited to add the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic to our college basketball schedule, which is the most robust ever for the NBC Sports Network,” said Jon Miller, President Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “The exciting matchups in the Classic are consistent with the high level of college basketball programming our viewers will see all season long on the NBC Sports Network.”

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