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April 4, 2012

NEW YORK CITY – University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin will join Bob Costas and several top names in college sports, including NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert, ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, and BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock for a live two-hour Town Hall on the State of College Athletics, live on NBC Sports Network Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET from NBC Studios in New York City.

Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and one of America’s preeminent interviewers, tackles the state of college athletics in a live town hall setting with Costas Tonight: Live from 30 Rock, premiering tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Costas Tonight: Live from 30 Rock will take place in front of a live studio audience from iconic studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and will include an in-depth one-on-one interview with NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert. Joined in a town hall setting by some of the top names in college sports, Costas will explore all of the headlines and critical issues facing college athletics, from academics to BCS realignment to Title IX.

• Dr. Mark Emmert – President, NCAA
• Bill Hancock – Executive Director of the BCS
• Frank Martin – Head Coach, South Carolina Basketball
• Rick Majerus – Head Coach, Saint Louis Basketball
• Jay Bilas – ESPN College Basketball Commentator
• Joe Nocera – New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
• Dale Brown – Former LSU Head Coach
• Doug Woolard – Athletic Director South Florida
• Drew Rosenhaus – Sports Agent
• Sonny Vaccaro – Former Nike, Adidas, Reebok Executive
• Doug Flutie – NBC Sports & NBC Sports Network analyst
• Angela Ruggiero – Former Harvard hockey star, 4-time Olympian and President of Women’s Sports Foundation
• Tamika Catchings – Former Tennessee star, now plays for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever

• Costas one-on-one with Mark Emmert
• NCAA Coaches and Stars Panel
• Athletics and Academics
• Pay for Play
• BCS and Conference Realignment
• Title IX/Women’s Sports

Re-Air Dates (All times ET):
Thursday, April 5, 7 a.m.
Friday, April 6, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday, April 9, 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 7 a.m.
Friday, April 20, 7 a.m.

Costas Tonight builds on Costas’ long and storied career as an interviewer from Later with Bob Costas and Costas Coast-to-Coast to his acclaimed HBO programs, On the Record and CostasNOW. Wednesday’s live town hall is part of the new series that included Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl, and first the one-hour interview show, Costas Tonight, which featured Floyd Mayweather, David Stern and Gary Bettman. The next edition of Costas Tonight will air May 31 on the NBC Sports Network.