NEW ORLEANS – On October 28, 2002, the sports landscape in Louisiana was altered when Cox Communications launched the state’s first and only 24-hour regional sports network. With a push of a button, Cox Sports Television reached 400,000 customers and never turned back. Now, 15 years later, CST has grown exponentially.

To mark the 15 years as the Gulf South Sports Leader, CST is giving viewers an opportunity to look back at all the sports stories and events covered by the network. Beginning today, CST will begin a weekly countdown of the top 15 moments covered by CST since launch in 2002.

“I am extremely proud to have Cox Sports Television as an integral part of the quality local and regional sports programming that we offer to our customers,” stated Anthony Pope, Cox Senior Vice President & Region Manager of Cox Southeast. “What Rod Mickler and his team have accomplished over the last 15 years is staggering. We look forward to the continued success of CST for years to come.”

Throughout the 15-week celebration, viewers will get the opportunity to hear from many of the sports figures that have become deeply involved in helping CST continue to be the state’s only regional sports network. Via the network’s YOUTUBE channel, Facebook account and Twitter page, CST will post, share and tweet and will take the opportunity to stay in front of friends and fans throughout the anniversary celebration.

The week leading into the network’s birthday will be a very special celebration. Not only will the top moment be unveiled but CST will also debut the network’s 15-Year Anniversary Special. Produced by Emmy-Award winning producer Tom Gregory, the hour-long show will recall the past 15 years with special guests and behind-the-scenes stories of the Gulf South Sports Leader.

“We are proud of what we have built with Cox Sports Television over the past 15 years,” said Rod Mickler, CST head and Cox Vice President of Production. “We appreciate our deep relationships with our teams, their fans, our affiliates and advertisers” stated Mickler. “Their interest and support has confirmed our initial assumption in 2002 that the Gulf South region of the United States offered compelling sports that would be of great interest to all sports fans”.

Since CST was launched, the network has televised events that run the gambit of local and regional sports coverage from the highest level of competition. CST was an integral part in introducing the then-New Orleans Hornets to the Gulf South by broadcasting 65 games per year and quickly began coverage of others. Currently, CST broadcasts include programming for the New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, New Orleans Baby Cakes (formerly New Orleans Zephyrs), Pensacola Blue Wahoos and more.

About Cox Sports Television
CST is an innovative 24-hour regional sports network that delivers exclusive live programming and sporting events from the prep, collegiate and professional levels. CST’s diverse lineup is a mix of home grown studio shows that covers sports from the inside out and action-packed live events that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

Since launch in 2002, CST’s reach has grown from humble beginnings to a much larger reach. THE GULF SOUTH SPORTS LEADER, is now offered to more than 5.5 million viewers. Cox Sports Television is available to pay television distributors and is a part of Cox Communications, LLC, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the country.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times.

# # # #