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ESPN2 UNVEILS 2007 OUTDOORS PROGRAMMING

Lineup Includes Final Season of The Fishin' Hole presented by Stihl


Ocean Hunter series
Photo by courtesy ESPN Outdoors
The Fishin' Hole presented by Stihl enters its final season.
Photo by courtesy ESPN Outdoors
(Jan. 03, 2007 - Celebration, FL) ESPN Outdoors will continue to bring the latest when-to, where-to and how-to information and entertainment to its viewers, helping them become better anglers and hunters in 2007 with groundbreaking and exciting shows on ESPN2.

ESPN2 will also be the home for 2007 Bassmaster Classic coverage in late February as the network will provide fishing fans with 11 1/2 hours of coverage from bass fishing's most-major event.

The ESPN Outdoors show lineup includes in-depth coverage of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail, new episodes of fan-favorite shows, brand new shows and a final farewell to the second-longest running show on ESPN- The Fishin' Hole presented by Stihl.

"Our programming lineup will both entertain and inform viewers in 2007," said Todd Myers, director of programming for ESPN Outdoors. "ESPN2 will continue to be the home for fantastic outdoors programming."

Saturdays are anchored by the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, a one-hour show following each of the 11 Bassmaster Elite Series and three Bassmaster Majors tournaments. New in 2007 is The World's Greatest Fishing Show! where ESPN Outdoors television personality Mark Zona will serve as host and bring the excitement, fun and sheer energy of recreational fishing to fans.

There are also brand new Beat Charlie Moore episodes, where Moore invites local anglers to try and beat him on their home bodies of water and another season of Ocean Hunter, where the crew explores breath-hold spearfishing while diving as deep as 100 feet into water to fish without breathing apparatuses.

Viewers will also have a chance to bid farewell to The Fishin' Hole presented by Stihl, which has been on for 25 years. Show host Jerry McKinnis is retiring, but not before sharing one more season of his on-the-water experiences and memorable stories.

On Sundays, ESPN Outdoors will integrate motorsports to the lineup with the show Driven to Hunt, a 30-minute weekly program that follows NASCAR's top drivers, owners and crew chiefs into the field for challenging adventures with television's top hunting hosts: Bill Jordan, David Blanton and Michael Waddell of Realtree Outdoors.

Also from Team Realtree, the top-rated and one of the longest running outdoors programs on cable television, Realtree Outdoors, is back in 2007. The new season is packed with unbelievable hunting action, tips and product information from the Realtree pros.

Host Tom Miranda is back with another season of Advantage Adventures. Miranda goes toe-to-toe with some of the world's most dangerous animals. An expert bow-hunter, Miranda offers viewers some of the most exhilarating hunting experiences.

Get Wild! With Cindy Garrison joins Miranda in the 2007 lineup with 12 original episodes. But this season, Garrison is putting down her rifle and going saltwater fishing where she will explore the indigenous cultures and eat exotic delicacies at the extraordinary places she visits.

Finally, Mad Fin Shark Series is back in 2007 with six original episodes from Key West, Fla. Mad Fin will once again serve as a one-of-a-kind, popular show and highlight the most aggressive fighters in the water. Teams of anglers compete in the catch-and-release shark tournament.

ESPN Outdoors programming ratings continue to rise. In 2006, the weekend shows made 240,000 household impressions or 14 percent more than the 210,000 in 2005.

Complete ESPN Outdoors programming aired on ESPN2 can also be found on the ESPNOutdoors website.

Dec. 31, 2006-March 31, 2007
Saturdays
The Fishin' Hole presented by Stihl 7-7:25 a.m. ET
A Day on the Lake presented by Mercury 7:30-7:55
Advantage Adventures 8-8:25
Realtree Outdoors 8:30-8:55
Bassmaster Tournament Trail 9-10

Dec. 31, 2006-March 31, 2007
Sundays
Big Game Fishing the World 7 - 7:25 a.m. ET
Xtreme Billfishing Release League 7:30-7:55
Spanish Fly 8-8:25
George Poveromo's World
of Saltwater Fishing
8:30-8:55
Offshore Adventures 9-9:25
Get Wild! With Cindy Garrison 9:30-9:55

April 1-June 30
Saturdays
The Fishin' Hole presented by Stihl 7-7:25 a.m. ET
BASS Insider 7:30-7:55
Beat Charlie Moore 8-8:25
Get Wild! with Cindy Garrison 8:30-8:55
Bassmaster Tournament Trail 9-10

April 1-June 30
Sundays
Red Fish Cup 7 - 7:55 a.m. ET
Wanna Go Fishing? 8 - 8:25
Spanish Fly 8:30 - 8:55
Offshore Adventures 9-9:25
Mad Fin Shark Series 9:30-10

July 1-Sept. 29
Saturdays
Record Hunters: Search for the
record Peacock Bass
7-7:25 a.m. ET
World's Greatest Fishing Show! 7:30-7:55
Ocean Hunter 8-8:25
Mad Fin Shark Series 8:30 - 8:55
Bassmaster Tournament Trail 9-10

July 1 -Sept. 29
Sundays
Driven to Hunt 7-7:25 a.m. ET
Under Wild Skies Africa 7:30-7:55
Whitetail Country 8-8:25
Advantage Adventures 8:30-8:55
Realtree Outdoors 9-9:25
Driven to Hunt 9:30-9:55

Sept. 30 -Dec. 29
Saturdays
Rods & Wheels 7-7:25 a.m. ET
World's Greatest Fishing Show! 7:30-7:55
Beat Charlie Moore 8-8:25
Offshore Adventures 8:30-8:55
Bassmaster Tournament Trail 9-10

Sept. 30-Dec. 29
Sundays
Driven to Hunt 7-7:25
Under Wild Skies Africa 7:30-7:55
Whitetail Country 8-8:25
Advantage Adventures 8:30-8:55
Realtree Outdoors 9-9:25
Driven to Hunt 9:30-9:55

Since its inception in 1980, ESPN Outdoors has strived to inform and entertain anglers, hunters, campers and people of all ages who enjoy the outdoors. ESPN Outdoors is committed to increasing awareness of, and participation in outdoor activities, a direction best exemplified by television programming on ESPN and ESPN2.

For more information, contact ESPN Outdoor Communications at (407) 566-2208.