May 27, 2010

NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS -
The NCAA and Creative Street Entertainment announce the release of The Long Home Run – Omaha and the College World Series. The one-hour documentary tells the story of the history of the College World Series and how the city of Omaha, Neb., has embraced the game as the host site for over 60 years.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, the documentary will be available for purchase on June 3. It will also debut for a national television audience on June 3 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU.

“Student-athletes, coaches, fans and those behind the scenes who make it all happen are the core of the unique bond between Omaha and the College World Series,” said Greg Weitekamp, NCAA director of broadcasting. “The Long Home Run perfectly captures and delivers this bond to all fans of baseball.”

Interviews with former student-athletes, coaches, media and College World Series and NCAA representatives detail the history and lasting memories that have come from the event known as “The Greatest Show on Dirt.” The documentary will also serve as one of the celebrations of Rosenblatt Stadium, as the NCAA 2010 College World Series will mark the final time the event will be held in the historic venue.

“The College World Series and Omaha are synonymous,” said Dave Meyer, writer/director of the documentary and senior creative director for Creative Street. “This relationship is like no other in sports and has been embraced for more than 60 years now. Having Kevin Costner tell this story will only enhance the viewing experience for baseball fans everywhere.”

The Long Home Run – Omaha and the College World Series was produced by the NCAA in conjunction with Creative Street Entertainment. For more information and to see a clip from the series, go to: www.TheLongHomeRun.com.

About the NCAA®

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.  The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions – AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola – and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners – Enterprise, The Hartford, Hershey's, LG, Lowe's, Planters, State Farm and UPS.

About Creative Street Entertainment

Creative Street Entertainment produces non-fiction entertainment programs for the cable and broadcast television markets. Creative Street Entertainment was honored with a 2007 Emmy® Award for the documentary “Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany.” Creative Street Entertainment is part of Creative Street Media Group, which includes Webize Interactive Media and Edit Pointe (post production and audio). Creative Street Media Group is a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated communications company serving clients in virtually every electronic, print and interactive medium. For more information on Creative Street Media Group, visit www.creativestreet.com.

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