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HDNet to Televise 113th Monon Bell Classic

July 26, 2006

Also: Alumni Telecast Party Information; Video Link[Download Video: "See The Ballad of the Monon Bell" 9346kb]; Audio Link[Download Audio: "Hear The Ballad of the Monon Bell" 2900kb]

Monon 2005 3.jpgJuly 26, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - The 113th Monon Bell Classic -- to be played November 11 in Crawfordsville -- will be seen by television viewers across America on the high definition network HDNet. The partnership between DePauw University, Wabash College and the television network, announced today, will mark the second time the battle for the Bell has appeared on HDNet; the 2003 game telecast was also produced by the network.

"HDNet's sports offerings include some of America's elite college football rivalries, and the Monon game will air the weekend before the network televises Harvard-Yale," notes Ken Owen '82, director of media relations at DePauw. "Those who saw the 2003 telecast know what a terrific job HDNet does. Watching the game in high definition is like standing on the sidelines." HDNet Logo.gifVideo Link [Download Video: "2005 Monon Memory" - 9931kb]

"Now 112 games old, the Monon Bell rivalry just gets better and better," said Jim Amidon, spokesman for Wabash College. "The last time the game was played in Crawfordsville, we set a single-game attendance record of 11,504. Of course, we're hoping to break that record this November, but HDNet's amazing high definition sound and picture quality will allow our alumni across the country to feel like they're right there in the stands, whether they're in Dallas or Miami." Video Link[Download Video: "2004 Monon Memory" 7774kb]

"We are incredibly excited to come back to Central Indiana this fall and bring the Monon Bell 2006 Logo.gifexcitement of the Monon Bell to viewers across America," says Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. "It's a great game between two fine schools and fans will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art presentation that I'm sure they will enjoy." video link [Download Video: "1997 Monon Memory" - 1537kb]

Heading into the 2006 contest, Wabash holds a slim lead in the all-time series, 52-51-9. The two teams first clashed on the gridiron in 1890 and have met every year since 1911. This year's match-up marks the 75th since the Monon Bell was introduced in 1932 as the prize for the annual rivalry. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., eastern time. Video Link [Download Video: "1942 Monon Memory" - 1967kb]

To receive the game on HDNet, viewers must have an HDTV and high-definition tuner box. Viewers must also subscribe to the high-definition package offered by their cable or satellite provider.Video Link [Download Video: "1955 Monon Memory" 1772kb] Monon Crowd 2005.jpg

As noted above, Wabash and DePauw will again work together to stage alumni parties across the nation where graduates and friends of the colleges can gather to catch up with friends and cheer on their favorite team. Learn about plans for an alumni party in your city and/or sign up to host a gathering by clicking here. Video Link [Download Video: "1973 Monon Memory" - 1833kb]

Co-founded by Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, HDNet provides viewers with exciting and topical news, sports, music and entertainment programming. The 24-hour all-high definition network features up to 20 hours of new original programming each week, all produced in the highest quality 1080i HDTV format -- more original high-definition programming than any other network, and recently signed veteran journalist Dan Rather to host a weekly program. The HDNet networks are available on Adelphia, Bright House, Charter, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies. For more information, and to see a listing of restaurants and bars Monon 2005 1.jpgthat carry the network, click here. Video Link [Download Video: "1999 Monon Memory" - 3824kb]

"High definition television is an everyday reality: all of the major networks are now broadcasting sporting contests in HD and sports bars around the country have upgraded their equipment," adds Amidon. "In 2003 there were some parts of the country unable to receive the HDNet signal; we're confident that won't be an issue this year." video link [Download Video: "1981 Monon Memory" - 4042kb]

DVDs of 2001-2005 Bell Battles are still available. Learn more, and order online, here. Access DePauw's Monon Bell Web page here.

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