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WAL-MART FLW OUTDOORS' TV AIRS 2005 CHEVY OPEN ON POTOMAC RIVER

Show concludes with crowning of co-angler champion

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Jul. 19, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN.) Tune in Sunday, July 24 to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers to the Chevy Open presented by Kellogg's on the Potomac River. The final regular-season event of the 2005 season awarded the winning bass pro a cash prize of $200,000. The one-hour show is the first of a two-part series covering the sixth event of the $7.6 million FLW Tour season and concludes with the winning co-angler receiving a check for $40,000. The tournament featured 400 top bass anglers from the United States, Mexico, Japan and Australia. The show presents features with two of the 10 pros that made the cutoff after two days of competition. The features include FLW Tour pros Gary Yamamoto of Mineola, Texas and Carl Svebek III of Siloam Springs, Ark. Yamamoto recently completed his best season on the FLW Tour earning $71,000 and finishing the season in seventh place in the FLW Tour standings. While Yamamoto enjoyed a stellar season, Svebek struggled in 2005 until he recently rebounded with a 30-pound, 10-ounce effort on the first two days of competition at the Chevy Open. Frostburg, Md., native and 7 UP pro J.T. Kenney also gives viewers a tour of the Potomac River and the surrounding La Plata, Md., community. In addition, FLW Tour pro Matt Herren participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Herren, who finished the regular season fourth in the FLW Tour standings, shows fishing fans how to choose the proper sinker weight. FSN is the industry leader in providing the most up-to-date technology in TV production. FSN puts viewers in the boats with the pros, shadowing them from sunrise until the final weigh-in using innovative camera work that gives fishing fans the most intimate viewing experience available. FSN broadcasts "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. During each tournament show, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. While tournament weigh-ins are broadcast live at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is tape-delayed to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season. FSN reaches more than 78 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable-TV home to 60 of the 81 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces more than 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home-team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory." "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is also televised on the American Forces Network, which reaches over 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard naval ships. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers eight national tournament circuits offering more than $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America's largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. Wal-Mart and more than 40 of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events.