(Washington D.C.) -- MASN, the Official Cable Network of the annual BB&T Classic, will honor the service of America's veterans by providing more than one thousand complimentary tickets to this year's BB&T Classic for servicemen and women. As it has done for the past two seasons, MASN will make the tickets available to active duty and retired military personnel with a valid Military I.D. (Click here for details on how to register for tickets.)
MASN will televise the 15th Annual BB&T Classic, presented by Boeing and benefiting the Children's Charities Foundation, live from the Verizon Center on Sunday, December 6th beginning at 4:30 p.m. for the pregame show. The Classic kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with local favorites George Washington vs. Navy and culminates with a showdown between Big East powerhouse Villanova and longtime regional favorite Maryland.
MASN will air each game live and in its entirety, including pre and post game shows for each game. Veteran MASN announcer Jim Hunter will host play-by-play duties while Washington Post sports columnist and nationally-regarded authority John Feinstein will provide expert analysis for the Classic. Byron Kerr will provide sideline reports.
A veteran broadcaster, Hunter has 32 years of diversified broadcasting experience that includes Major League Baseball, the NFL, and the Olympic Games. Feinstein is an esteemed sportswriter, analyst and commentator who has authored over twenty books including various best sellers on basketball, football and golf. Feinstein appears frequently on NPR, The Tony Kornheiser Show and The Jim Rome Show and does color commentary for Navy football games. Kerr returns to the BB&T broadcast team for the third consecutive appearance, having covered professional and college basketball in the region for over a decade, including Nationals baseball and George Washington University basketball.
"We are delighted that MASN is once again televising the BB&T Classic," said Classic Director Bob Zurfluh. "MASN's vast reach throughout the mid-Atlantic region and the network's first-class broadcast make MASN the perfect partner to present this exciting double-header."
The double-header features action from four different conferences: A-10, Big East, ACC and the Patriot League. In the first game, Karl Hobbs and the Colonials look to bounce back with another BB&T Classic win when they face Billy Lange and the Midshipmen from Navy at 5 p.m. MASN's pre-game show begins at 4:30 p.m.
After the conclusion of that game, Gary Williams and his Terrapins face one of the toughest teams in the country - Villanova. Maryland is ranked fifth in the ACC with stand-out senior Greivis Vasquez leading the votes for the preseason All-ACC team, while the Wildcats are ranked fifth in the Associated Press's top 25 and first in the Big East.
"MASN is proud to do our part to honor the service and sacrifice of so many brave men and women," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. "We salute our troops as we highlight the best young athletes and athletic programs in our region with the broadcast of the BB&T Classic," said MASN spokesman, Todd Webster.
Outside of the mid-Atlantic region, the MASN-produced telecast will be aired throughout the country on Fox Sports, reaching 80 million homes.
As always, the annual BB&T Classic benefits the Children's Charities Foundation, which has distributed nearly $8 million to charities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that support disadvantaged and at-risk children by strengthening their health and welfare, supporting strong and cohesive families, and assisting educational and recreational programs.
Beginning on November 16th, servicemen and women can log on to MASNsports.com to print a voucher for four free tickets to the Classic. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Verizon center beginning on November 30th. Military personnel must present their military ID and the voucher to receive tickets.
For more information also visit www.bbandtclassic.com.