The following is a fact sheet about the World Championship Sports Network as published by the network. Last updated April 4, 2008.
World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, delivering an immersive experience via exclusive live and on demand coverage of world class competitions, interaction with top athletes and in depth access to sports news and information year round.
WCSN offers comprehensive coverage of over 60 sports disciplines, through exclusive long term programming agreements across a number of key International Federations and National Governing Bodies. Major championship events in sports ranging from Athletics (Track & Field), Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling to Volleyball, Karate and Taekwondo are featured online at www.wcsn.com and on television via WCSN's weekly syndicated television program, World Championship Sports, available in more than 45 million US households. WCSN also markets Olympic sports in partnership with International Federations, National Governing Bodies, local organizations, clubs, sponsors, and through related websites and publications.
WCSN is dedicated to providing year round, in depth coverage of these important and exciting sports to reach millions of fans around the world for whom they represent a way of life. WCSN is committed to expanding the audience by delivering programming that exemplifies the best of the human spirit. WCSN enables fans to interact with world class champions as well as get to know the up and coming athletes through blogs, interviews and their broadcast commentary.
Consistent with the world class caliber of the sports it celebrates, WCSN delivers high quality production values, leveraging state-of-the-art-technology and next generation distribution platforms to provide an immersive, interactive experience available anytime, anywhere.
2007 WCSN QUICK FACTS:
• WCSN programming available on television in more than 45 million US homes in major markets across the country via syndicated series, World Championship Sports
• More than 200 events covered live (to date)
• 50 World Championships, 180 World Cup Events, 50 Grand Prix Events featured each year
• 2000+ original annual event hours
• 2000+ hours of archival programming
• Over 100,000 hours programming content delivered online
• Launched dedicated, sport-specific "Channels" on WCSN.com including Rowing, Swimming, Skiing, Cycling, and more to give fans a central, convenient, consistent place to go for all the latest on their sport
WCSN was co-founded by Claude Ruibal, chairman & CEO, and Tom Hipkins, EVP & general counsel, and is managed in coordination with Carlos Silva, president & COO. WCSN has a strategic partnership agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet Company of Major League Baseball, for its website WCSN.com. WCSN’s lead investor is InterMedia Partners, a private equity firm that invests in media content providers. InterMedia Partners serve the content needs of diverse communities of interest across all platforms, including broadcast, publishing, broadband and direct marketing.
Claude Ruibal, Chairman and CEO. Prior to co-founding WCSN, Mr. Ruibal had extensive experience working in new media, television production, distribution, sales, sports marketing and advertising. His past experience includes: ISL Worldwide; The Coca-Cola Company; Ask Jeeves International; Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, and the Los Angeles Olympic Games. A native of Riverside, Calif., Mr. Ruibal holds a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Carlos Silva, President and COO. Mr. Silva has unparalleled experience running some of the largest web destinations in the World: AOL News, AOL Sports and AOL Money. As an accomplished strategist, skilled in business development, general management, operations, content licensing, product design, and recruiting, Mr. Silva brings a set of relationships and capabilities that will be key to ensuring WCSN delivers on its broadcast, online and wireless vision. Mr. Silva holds a BS from Boston College and MS degree from George Washington University.
Thomas C. Hipkins, EVP and General Counsel. Prior to co-founding WCSN, Mr. Hipkins was co-founder of Prisma Sports & Media AG (now Infront Sports & Media) a joint venture with the Kirch Media Group, served as General Counsel at ISL Worldwide and prior to that practiced law with Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. Originally from Ohio, Mr. Hipkins holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a law degree from George Washington University.
Bo LaMotte, SVP, Affiliate Relations. Mr. LaMotte comes to WCSN from the Tribune Company at Superstation WGN, where he was Vice President of Affiliate Sales & Marketing. With his extensive experience in strategic planning and contract negotiations, Mr. LaMotte will help expand and build WCSN as a major sports network across broadcast television and other distribution platforms. Prior to the Tribune Company, LaMotte was the Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Family/ABC Cable Networks. Mr. LaMotte holds a BA from the University of Virginia.