July 29, 2013
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS (July 29, 2013) - Eight teams will participate in the third annual Battle 4 Atlantis, the richest Division I Men's pre-season college basketball tournament on November 28-30, 2013. The pulse-pounding event will be televised live on NBC Sports Network and AXS TV from the 3,900-seat arena at the famed Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. The 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis field combines teams with 191 NCAA Tournament appearances, 25 Final Four appearances and 5 National Championships and features University of Kansas, Villanova University, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, University of Iowa, Xavier University, Wake Forest University, and University of Texas at El Paso.
This talented field will battle through a 12-game tournament televised live to sports fans nationwide. Starting November 28, AXS TV will air coverage of the tournament at 1:00 PM EST and 3:30 PM EST, while NBC Sports will broadcast the daily 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM games. AXS TV is available nationally on DIRECTV (channel 306), Dish (channel 131), AT&T U-Verse (channel 1106), Verizon FiOS (channel 569) as well as Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Insight, Suddenlink and other TV providers.
The Battle 4 Atlantis first game brackets, beginning November 28, are as follows:
Game 1: Villanova University vs. University of Southern California (live at 1:00 PM EST on AXS TV)
Game 2: University of Kansas vs. Wake Forest University (live at 3:30 PM EST on AXS TV)
Game 3: Xavier University vs. University of Iowa (live at 7:00 PM EST on NBC Sports Network)
Game 4: University of Tennessee vs. University of Texas at El Paso (live at 9:30 PM EST on NBC Sports Network)
In addition to the world's largest open-air marine habitat, Atlantis also boasts a half-million dollar arena with state-of-the-art regulation facilities, located at the epicenter of the famous resort. Atlantis offers guests lavish accommodations, a Mandara Spa, and a 141-acre waterscape with slides and rivers, as well as the largest casino in the Caribbean and a variety of celebrity-chef dining - including Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill and Todd English's newly opened Olives.
Following last year's Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game between Duke University and University of Louisville, Duke's Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed his satisfaction with the tournament: "We are ecstatic about the win. It was an endurance race for both teams. It was a heck of a tournament for us. We had great hospitality. Everyone you meet has a smile on their face and a warm heart."
"We are excited to welcome the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis teams to Paradise. Battle 4 Atlantis continues to be the leading pre-season college basketball tournament and will be for many years to come," says George Markantonis, President & Managing Director, Atlantis, Paradise Island.
Battle 4 Atlantis ticket and travel packages can be booked by calling 1-800-Atlantis or Battle4Atlantis.com.
About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique, ocean-themed destination located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort's interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants.
The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, casino, and the largest conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; call 954-809-2000 or visit Atlantis.com. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
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About NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 80 million homes, the Emmy-award winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, the 34th America's Cup, Premier League, Formula One, and beginning in 2015 NASCAR. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, The Crossover, NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk and The Dan Patrick Show. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
About AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 under the vision and stewardship of entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is the premier destination for live events, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, and entertainment.
AXS TV Concerts is the premier source on television for 100% live music. From multi-day festivals to stadium tours to club acts, AXS TV delivers an unparalleled shared experience for fans of all genres. Leveraging the network's vast capacity, artists expand their reach to live behind-the-scenes moments, live fan Q&As, social media engagement and more unique opportunities specifically for the AXS TV audience. With multiple live concerts weekly, AXS TV is the number one destination for artists and their fans to experience and share a pure live event in the world of music and pop culture. Live LIVE!
The network partners include Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. For more information, go to www.axs.tv.