From an up-close look at the next class of NBA superstars to Lance Armstrong's farewell to cycling, this summer is packed with a wide range of sports action, and with Comcast ON DEMAND, customers can catch the excitement whenever they want to watch it.
The 2005 NBA Draft
The summer sports season tips off with comprehensive coverage of the 2005 NBA Draft, in conjunction with NBA TV. Profiles of 27 top players entering this year's draft as well as expert analysis of the draft needs for all 30 NBA teams and post-draft analysis will be available exclusively on Comcast ON DEMAND.
NBA Draft highlights will include profiles of these hot prospects:
Andrew Bogut, C, Utah, So.
Marvin Williams, SF, UNC, Fr.
Chris Paul, PG, Wake Forest, So.
Deron Williams, PG, Illinois, Jr.
Gerald Green, SF, Texas, HS Sr.
Fran Vazquez, PF, Spain, 1983
Raymond Felton, PG, UNC, Jr.
Martynas Andriuskevicius, C, Lithuania, 1986
Sean May, PF, North Carolina, Jr.
Channing Frye, C, Arizona, Sr.
Chris Taft, PF/C, Pittsburgh, So.
Tiago Splitter, PF, Brazil, 1985
Martell Webster, SG/SF, Washington, HS Sr.
Johan Petro, C, France, 1986
Charlie Villanueva, PF, Connecticut, So.
Antoine Wright, SG, Texas A&M, Jr.
Rashad McCants, SG, UNC, Jr.
Danny Granger, SF, New Mexico Sr.
Joey Graham, SF, Oklahoma St., Sr.
Hakim Warrick, SF/PF, Syracuse, Sr.
Salim Stoudamire, SG, Arizona, Sr.
Jarrett Jack, PG, Georgia Tech, Jr.
Francisco Garcia, SG, Louisville, Jr.
Rudy Fernandez, SG, Spain, 1985
Wayne Simien, PF, Kansas, Sr.
Ike Diogu, PF, Arizona State, Jr.
Nemanja Aleksandrov, PF, Serbia-Montenegro, 1987
The 2005 Tour de France
From the hardwood to the French countryside, the action continues in July with OLN's coverage of the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's quest for an unprecedented seventh victory in one of the sports world's most grueling competitions. In addition to daily live race coverage on OLN, Comcast Digital Cable customers can access extended highlights the day after each stage of the Tour. The 8-10 minute highlights will feature all of the thrills -- and spills -- so customers can catch up with the race whenever it's convenient for them.
For complete Tour information, viewers can visit the official U.S. Tour Website at http://www.olntv.com , providing video clips of race footage, features and reports from OLN analysts Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll and insights from experts, including Lance Armstrong's trainer, Chris Carmichael.
NFL Network On Demand
August also marks the second season of the NFL Network On Demand from Comcast, featuring a preview of the upcoming season for every NFL team as well as a fantasy football special on lesser-known but very skilled players at key positions, and a three-part special about tryouts for the Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad. When the regular season kicks off in September, Comcast will once again offer NFL Replay, 8-20 minute extended highlights of each NFL game available the day after the games are played.
During its rookie year, Comcast Digital Cable customers viewed NFL game highlights more than 8.6 million times, and earlier this year when Comcast offered profiles of NFL Draft prospects, customers viewed those programs more than 530,000 times.
"Comcast is continuing to expand its VOD sports programming by bringing this summer's hottest events to customers in a whole new way," said Page Thompson, Vice President and General Manager of Comcast ON DEMAND. "With the ease, control and convenience of VOD, our digital cable customers can relive some of the greatest moments in cycling history, while also getting a behind- the-scenes sneak-peek at their favorite NBA and NFL teams."
In addition to sports coverage customers can't see anywhere else, Comcast's ON DEMAND service features more than 3,000 programs that customers can watch at any time, including fitness shows, children's programs, music videos, instructional shows, news and information programming and much more.
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