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TSN Release
1/15/2007 2:58:15 PM

TSN, together with Bell Canada and Toronto-based Bradford Productions, announced Monday a new six-part, 30-minute TSN original series. Bell Spirit of the Game will explore the world of Canadian amateur sports beyond the field of competition.

From funding to training to planning for the Olympics, Bell Spirit of the Game will take you behind the scenes to meet athletes, psychologists and planners, exploring the fascinating, but often underreported world of amateur sports in Canada. Production for the series is currently underway with a launch date scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. ET. The series will air on TSN, TSN HD and TSN Broadband, and will also include a mobile component.

An award-winning team will produce the series, led by executive producer Brad Diamond and veteran documentary producer Paul Harrington. Brian Williams, the dean of amateur sports, will host the series. Bell Spirit of the Game is supported by Bell Canada, longtime champion of amateur sports across the country and proud premier national partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bell Spirit of the Game balances investigative reporting with behind-the-scenes features and studio panel discussions. It will go inside the battle lines in the war against doping, look at the complexity of hosting an Olympic Games, and examine the dedication by athletes to get to the podium.

"Outside of Olympic years, amateur athletes receive little attention as compared to the professionals. This series marks the beginning of our journey to Vancouver in 2010 by raising the profile of amateur sports in our country," said Phil King, President, TSN. "Brian Williams is recognized as an expert on amateur sports and brings his 30 years of broadcasting to the team."

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