SOURCE: JumpTV Inc.

March 03, 2008 01:30 ET

JumpTV Answers NCAA Basketball Fans' Conference Tournament Needs

JumpTV to Stream 11 Conference Basketball Tournaments With 10 Guaranteed Bids for the 2008 March Madness® Tournament

Basketball Fans Are Able to Follow All of Their Favorite Teams

TORONTO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - March Madness® is just around the corner, and hoops fans across the country and around the world want to know who will be 'dancing' in March. With 33 guaranteed bids up for grabs, winning this year's conference tournaments means a ticket to the dance, and not doing so means a long spring and summer until next season.

For basketball fans around the world, there is no better time of the year than right now. The magical promise of an underdog victory or the chance to witness some of the all-time greats of the NCAA will soon be reality, and JumpTV (www.jumptv.com), a leading broadcaster of sports and international television over the internet, will be the online home to 11 conference tournaments encompassing more than 350 live games.

The conference games currently scheduled to be streamed by JumpTV include:

--  Big South Conference,
--  Mid-American Conference,
--  Ohio Valley Conference,
--  Western Athletic Conference,
--  Colonial Athletic Association,
--  Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference,
--  National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics,
--  Southern Conference,
--  Southland Conference,
--  The Summit League,
--  Sun Belt Conference.
    

"JumpTV provides the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) with the perfect platform to deliver our tournament games to our fans," said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, OVC Commissioner. "The OVC has fans all over the country and it is not always convenient for them to attend the tournament. JumpTV allows our fans to stay connected to the tournament no matter where they may be located."

"From the anxious corporate fan stuck in the boardroom, to the weekend ball-player working a double shift, JumpTV makes following the tournament easy," said Nada Usina, President of JumpTV. "The truly exciting thing about our streaming these games live is that, as Dr. Steinbrecher stated, for many alumni living away from their alma maters, this is the only way they can watch these games live and not have to wait for sporadic clips or box scores. JumpTV is the only place to watch Sun Belt, NAIA, WAC, MAAC or nearly a dozen key conferences' games."

JumpTV will also be streaming press conferences and coaches' shows throughout the tournament for other key partners such as Duke, NC State, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Alabama. Other conference tournaments may be added at a later date. Additionally, JumpTV will stream exclusive video of all 11 Big East Championship post game press conferences.

Pricing starts at $4.95 - $7.95 per game or $12.95 - $34.95 for complete tournament packages.

JumpTV's schedule of conference tournament games is as follows:

Conference              Date                   URL Address

Big South
    Men's               March 4, 6 & 8         www.bigsouthsports.com
    Women's             March 14-16            www.bigsouthsports.com
MAC
    Men's               March 13-15            www.MAC-Sports.com
    Women's             March 13-15            www.MAC-Sports.com
OVC
    Men's               March 4, 7 & 8         www.OVCSports.com
    Women's             March 4, 7 & 8         www.OVCSports.com
WAC
    Men's               March 11-15            www.WACSports.com
    Women's             March 11-15            www.WACSports.com
CAA
    Men's               March 7-10             www.CAASports.com
    Women's             March 7-10             www.CAASports.com
MAAC
    Men's               March 6-10             www.maacsports.com
    Women's             March 6-10             www.maacsports.com
NAIA
    Men's-Div. I        March 19-25            www.naia.org
    Men's-Div. II       March 12-28
    Women's-Div. I      March 19-25            www.naia.org
    Women's-Div. II     March 12-18
Southern Conference
    Men's               March 7-10             www.SoConSports.com
    Women's             March 7-10             www.SoConSports.com
Southland
    Men's               March 13, 14 & 16      www.southland.org
    Women's             March 13, 14 & 16      www.southland.org
Summit
    Men's               March 8-11             www.thesummitleague.org
    Women's             March 8-11             www.thesummitleague.org
Sun Belt
    Men's               March 5, 9-10          www.SunBeltSports.org
    Women's             March 5, 8-11          www.SunBeltSports.org
Big East
    Men's               March 12-15            www.bigeast.org
    Women's             March 12-15            www.bigeast.org

Usina concluded, "These 350 plus tournament games reinforce JumpTV's commitment to delivering compelling sports content to some of the most engaged fans in the country. The passion of these fans is represented by the astounding 85.5 minute average that users currently spent viewing content on JumpTV last December."

About JumpTV

JumpTV (TSX: JTV) (AIM: JTV) (www.jumptv.com, www.collegesportsdirect.com) is a world leading broadcaster of sports and international television over the internet. JumpTV streams over 10,000 live sports events per year in partnership with over 175 sports properties and also streams over 250 television channels from 70+ countries around the world. JumpTV delivers its users full-screen sports, news and entertainment content on a real-time basis to all corners of the globe via ordinary Internet connections on their home computers and laptops.

Contact Information

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    Public Relations Contact:
    Lewis Goldberg
    KCSA Strategic Communications
    T: 1.212.896.1216

    Investor Relations Contact:
    G. Scott Paterson
    Executive Chairman
    JumpTV Inc.
    T: 1.416.368.6464