SNY, the television home of the New York Mets, Jets and BIG EAST Conference, today announced that the 2009 SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will tip off January 23-24 at 6pm and showcase four of the top ranked high school teams in New York. The teams include Jefferson, Mount Vernon, St. Raymond and Boys and Girls High School. All games will be broadcast live on SNY and feature SNY commentator Kevin Burkhardt calling all the action alongside SNY’s BIG EAST basketball analyst Tim Welsh. Brian Custer, host of the WheelHouse on SNY, will handle the sideline duties.
The SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable was established in January 2008 with the goal of creating an annual high school basketball tournament that will be both a pillar of SNY’s involvement in the community, as well as New York’s elite high school basketball event. Throughout the two-day tournament, SNY will provide exposure to the schools and students by televising the games, as well as producing multiple vignettes and human interest pieces about the individual schools and their teams. In addition, SNY and Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region will make a donation totaling $20,000 to the participating schools.
“While the inaugural SNY Invitational exceeded our expectations, this year’s event is shaping up to be even more exciting as we aim to set a new benchmark for high school athletic events in New York,” said Steve Raab, President of SNY. “We’re honored to give back to these communities and showcase the participating high schools and their athletes.”
“Time Warner Cable has a long tradition of supporting educators and students. This includes free cable television and high speed online service to schools, scholarships and a number of initiatives offered throughout the year. This partnership with SNY is another example of how we encourage students to reach their full potential,” said Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President, Public Affairs for Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region. “We’re thrilled to once again support local high schools. Our customers can watch these games conveniently through local on demand Channel 1111,” added Novet.
In addition to stellar high school basketball, the SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will showcase prominent entertainment acts throughout the two-day event, such as E3 Dance Crew – a Hip-Hop dance crew that has competed in a plethora of competitions and is currently the 2008 Showtime at The Apollo dance champion, and Extreme Team, which combine the talents of gymnasts, tumblers and trampoline specialists known for their unique acrobatic slam-dunk performances. Other performances include Street Beats Group, a New York City-based dance and percussion troupe that combine the excitement and energy of off-Broadway hits like “Bring In Da Noise,” “Stomp” and “Blue Man Group” with their original, high-energy music and choreography. In addition, Acroback, a world class group of break dancers and tumblers will also perform at the event.
Fans in attendance will receive gift bags containing such valuable items as two New Jersey Nets tickets.
The 2009 SNY Invitational will take place at New York University’s Coles Sports Center in Manhattan. Time Warner Cable will serve as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Other official sponsors of the event include the New York Daily News, McDonald’s, 2K Sports, Spalding, StubHub and New York’s 529 College Savings Program.
SNY and Time Warner Cable are providing fans a chance to win a new MacBook. To enter the SNY Invitational Sweepstakes, visit http://www.sny.tv/fan_zone/sweepstakes/invitational/form.jsp
SNY is available on Channel 26 and in high definition on channel 726 to Time Warner Cable NYC Region customers. Games will also be available on Channel 1111, Local Video On Demand, for Time Warner Cable customers in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon and Bergen County, New Jersey.
For additional information on the SNY Invitational, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.snyinvitational.com .
SNY Invitational TV Schedule on Friday, Jan. 23
Game 1: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at 6pm, SNY Jefferson High School vs. Mount Vernon
Game 2: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at 8pm, SNY St. Raymond vs. Boys and Girls High School
SNY Invitational TV Schedule on Saturday, Jan. 24
Game 1: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at 6pm, SNY Consolation Game (TBD)
Game 2: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at 8pm, SNY Championship Game (TBD)
SNY – which launched in 2006 – is the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and the BIG EAST Conference. Featuring unparalleled access to the New York Mets with more than 120 live telecasts – all produced in HD – and other critically acclaimed Mets programming, SNY also delivers over 250 hours of year-round – exclusive – in-depth New York Jets content. As the official TV home of the BIG EAST Conference, SNY will air more than 125 BIG EAST football and basketball games, as well as other BIG EAST programming. As New York’s leader in local sports coverage, SNY delivers the most comprehensive sports access to all of the Tri-State area’s professional and collegiate sports teams through five nightly sports and entertainment programs broadcast in state-of-the-art HD from the network’s street-level studio in the heart of Manhattan. SNY’s programming roster also includes classic sports programming, original entertainment shows and exclusive interview and magazine programs. Founded by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner and Comcast, SNY is available to viewers throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, and nationally on DIRECTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse. For additional details on the network, visit http://www.sny.tv .
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. Visit timewarnercable.com/nynj
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. As of September 30, 2008, Time Warner Cable served approximately 14.7 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high speed data and voice services, representing approximately 34.2 million revenue generating units.