July 11, 2005
#1 Indy KTVK-TV to carry historic NFL game
NFL to Play a Regular Season Game Outside the U.S. for the First Time
Phoenix, AZ - KTVK-TV, 3TV, the nation's #1 independent television and #1 station in Arizona, announced it has secured over-the-air broadcast rights to ESPN's Sunday Night Football telecast of the Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL game on Sunday, October 2, 2005. The game will be played in Mexico City, Mexico the first time the NFL has played a regular season game outside the United States. It will also be the Arizona Cardinals' only primetime broadcast of the season. Game time is 5:30p.m. in Phoenix.
Mark Higgins, President and General Manager, KTVK said, "We are thrilled to be able to broadcast this historic game for our community. The fact that it is being played in Mexico City adds to the excitement. Since we are the station known as "Arizona's Family", we feel it is our responsibility and privilege to bring this game to the many Arizonans with family ties to Mexico."
KTVK is planning news coverage and special sports programming "live" from Mexico City before, during and after the game. KTVK is also home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and will broadcast their season finale against the San Francisco Giants at 1:00p.m. that same day. "Arizona takes on San Francisco all day on KTVK, so tune-in to 3TV and get ready to celebrate," said Higgins.
KTVK-TV is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and al dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the d, El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.