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All-New, Original Instruction for Hockey, Volleyball
and Sports Specific Training Begins September 2005

New York, NY – September 26, 2005 – Whether you are on a quest to lower your golf score, perfect your slapshot, or just want to polish up your spike, sportskool is the place for you. Starting in September 2005 sportskool is launching all-new, original programming that includes soccer legend Mia Hamm, Olympic Volleyball Gold Medalist Misty May, three time All-American golfer Chez Reavie, and Green Bay Packer defensive back Joey Thomas. Plus you can get brand new sports specific training drills from Mark Verstegen, one of the world’s foremost trainers of top athletic champions including Curt Schilling and Mia Hamm.

Misty May is the latest addition to sportskool’s roster of female Olympic Gold Medal athletes, joining Jennie Finch and Mia Hamm. Misty has taken the sports world by storm by winning Volleyball Gold at the 2004 Olympics and dominating the world of beach volleyball. She won the 2003 beach World Championships in Brazil with partner Kerri Walsh and was a three time All-American and two-time national player of the year at Long Beach State college.

What do baseball All-Star Curt Schilling, soccer great Mia Hamm, NFL All-Pro Brett Farvre, and Stanley Cup Champion Nikolai Khabibulin all have in common? They credit a large part of their professional achievements to their training with Mark Verstegen, Founder & President of Athletes’ Performance. Even if you are not a sports star you can still train like one for free, with Mark Verstegen on sportskool, where Mark provides sport specific training drills to help with your game – whatever level.

sportskool’s Fall 2005 line-up premieres as follows:

  • Golf training with Mark Verstegen, featuring 3-time All American Chez Reavie. Premieres September 13.
  • Football training with Mark Verstegen, featuring Green Bay Packer DB Joey Thomas. Premieres October 4.
  • Volleyball instruction with Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May and members of the women’s Junior Olympic team. Premieres November.
  • Basketball training with Mark Verstegen. Premieres November.
  • Hockey instruction with Tom Martin, 30-year veteran coach, and featuring tips from new Rangers staffer Adam Graves and Mike Richter, Kris Draper of the Detroit Red Wings and Curtis Joseph of the Phoenix Coyotes. Premieres November.

About sportskool
Launched by Rainbow Media in 2004, sportskool is the first television network dedicated to delivering in-depth expert instruction, coaching and guidance for a wide range of sports and athletic activities. The network – featuring exclusive and original programming custom-built for on-demand – boasts some of the most recognizable names in sports, including Mia Hamm, Nomar Garciaparra, Bill Walton, Mike Vallely, tennis coach Brad Gilbert and renowned training and performance expert, Mark Verstegen. sportskool recently launched nationwide on Comcast and currently reaches over 10 million digital cable subscribers. Additional cable systems carrying sportskool include: Cablevision, Charter, Mediacom, Mid-Hudson, Shrewsbury and Blue Ridge. For more information, visit .

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
A leader in sports, news and entertainment programming, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation. Rainbow owns and manages national networks: AMC, Fuse, IFC (The Independent Film Channel) and WE: Women’s Entertainment, as well as on-demand services including Mag Rack and sportskool. Rainbow’s other businesses include its regional programming services – Rainbow Sports Networks, News 12 Networks and Metro Traffic & Weather – in addition to the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications.

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