Greyhounds and Network West Virginia Announce Broadcast Partnership
Network West Virginia (NWV) of Parkersburg WV. and the Ohio Valley Greyhounds Professional Indoor Football team based in Wheeling, WV. announced today that an agreement has been signed for Network WV to produce and air (3) three of the Greyhound's Home Games across the entire Network West Virginia coverage area. Network West Virginia will carry one Home game per month beginning in may and running through July with games against the Evansville (Indiana) BlueCats and the Rock River (Illinois) Raptors.
Network West Virginia has announced that leading up to the May 5th debut of the Greyhounds on the NWV cable network, Network West Virginia will be televising a 30 minute comprehensive in-studio program introducing Team Owner Lou Stein, Head Coach Ervin Bryson, and several of the star players of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds.
West Virginia broadcasting veterans Steve Daughtery and John Chalfant have signed on as the voices of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds on network West Virginia, Daughtery will handle the game play-by-play while Chalfant will add his take with the color commentary.
"We are very excited to be able to bring to our Network West Virginia Viewers this brand of exciting fast-paced football, said Clint Morris, Network West Virginia Manager. "This is just another example of NWV's commitment to our communities and our state by bringing great local programming to our viewers."
Based in Wheeling, WV. the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the United Indoor Football League are one of the most successful indoor football teams in the country. The Greyhounds, now in their ninth season, have won six Conference titles and two back-to-back National Championships in 2002 & 2003 posting a perfect 17-0 season in 2003. All of the Greyhound Home Games are played in the 5,700 seat WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling, WV.
"I am really pleased that we have established a partnership with a broadcasting company of the caliber of Network West Virginia", said Lou Stein, owner of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds. "Their cable system of nearly 200,000 homes reaching over a half million people from the New Martinsville area extending south throughout the southern part of West Virginia will introduce the excitement of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds and the United Indoor Football League to thousands of new fans for this great game. Not only will NWV cable subscribers be able to enjoy these games right in their homes, but once they see the excitement of this great sport, we know they will want to make the short trip to Wheeling to experience our games in person." continued Stein.
The United Indoor Football League, one of the premiere indoor leagues in America, currently has eleven teams in Billings, Montana; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colorado; Rockford, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Lexington, Kentucky; Evansville, Indiana; and Wheeling, West Virginia. The United Indoor Football teams are known for their lightening-quick, hard-hitting, in-your-face style of play and has grown to become one of the best family affordable entertainment values in sports today. In addition to non-stop action, Ohio Valley greyhound fans will enjoy heart-pounding music, great dancing and cheer teams, and lively mascots and entertainment throughout the game.
Areas serviced by Network West Virginia who will have the opportunity to see the Greyhound games this season include; Parkersburg, WV., Marietta, OH., Point Pleasant, WV., New Martinsville, WV., Charleston, WV., Teays Valley, WV.; St. Albans, WV., Sissonville, WV., Logan, WV., Tug Valley, WV. Beckley/Oak Hill, WV. , Lewisburg, WV, and Princeton, WV.
Greyhound management is also pleased to announce that at all home games this year, all Greyhound ticket holders will be welcome Free of Charge to attend a Collegiate or High School Indoor Lacrosse match which will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at WesBanco Arena prior to each Greyhound home game. Lacrosse has become the fastest growing sport in the country today and like indoor football is a phenomenal spectator sport. Speed, skill, strength and toughness are just a few of the qualities that make this sport the fastest game on two feet. Indoor Lacrosse is filled with amazing passes, bruising hits, outstanding goaltending, stunning passing, and poetic grace and agility. See why Indoor Lacrosse has become known as "The War on the Floor". This great "Double Header" entertainment value is available with your Greyhound ticket and will provide you and your family with top-notch entertainment at a very affordable price.
Local teams that are intending to participate include Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling Central High School, and the Linsly School. " I am very excited to be able to offer this added value to all Greyhound ticket holders", said Lou Stein, Greyhound Owner. "This will introduce our Greyhound fans to an exciting new growth sport that is sweeping the nation, and at the same time it will introduce Lacrosse fans to the lightning fast, hard-hitting game of Professional Indoor Football. Being able to offer non-stop entertainment from 4:00 to 10:00 for all age groups at one low price will provide the families in the Ohio Valley a phenomenal entertainment value", continued Stein.
After the Lacrosse match ends, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, fans can watch the Hounds and the opposing team go through their warm-ups on the field, and/or enjoy the activities that will be happening in the Arena vestibule for the entire family including; live entertainment from around the region, a pre-game pep rally, fun play activities for the kids, face painting and balloons for adults & children, photo ops with Blitz the Mascot and other special guests, autograph signings, and lots of surprises.
The Ohio Valley Greyhounds regular season opened Saturday March 24, 2007 with a home game at WesBanco Arena against the Lexington Horsemen. The regular Season extends until July 15th, 2007 and then the UIF play-offs and begin with the United Bowl III being played the first week-end in August.
The Greyhound website (www.ovhounds.com) has a new look and feel different from anything that the Hounds have had before. Greyhound fans and Media will be able to access the latest Greyhound news, press releases, and league standings. For those that want to "Meet the Hounds" there are pages profiling the coaches, front office staff, all of the players and their bios, the Greyhound Girls Cheerleaders, and even "Blitz" the Mascot. Information is available for Greyhound season tickets, Group tickets, and single game tickets, as well as a WesBanco Arena seating chart and directions to the Arena.
For those Hounds fans, who want to know everything about their team, there are sections with information about the Hound booster club, a photo gallery showcasing Hound activity, info on past Greyhound teams, Greyhound merchandise, Greyhound Corporate sponsors and how to become a Corporate Sponsor, franchise history and current and past team & individual statistics and records. There are also direct links to the websites of all the other teams in the United Indoor Football (UIF) team and the UIF league site, and a page giving contact information to the front office and coaching staff.
Tickets are now on sale for all home games and may be purchased by check, money order, or credit card by calling WesBanco Arena Box Office - 2 Fourteenth Street - Wheeling, WV (304) 233-4470. The Greyhound office may be reached for any questions or additional information by calling (304) 232-1918.
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