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2013 Bassmaster Classic To Air On ESPN This Weekend

Date: 02/28/2013

Feb. 28, 2013

2013 Bassmaster Classic To Air On ESPN This Weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Although most fishing fans know who won the 2013 world championship of bass fishing held on Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, not many fans were able to watch how Mississippi’s Cliff Pace pulled off the victory. More than 100,000 fans attended the Bassmaster Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Feb. 22-24), but the end result of the angler’s hard work was all they were able to witness. This all changes Saturday, March 2, at 9 a.m., when ESPN2 will begin televising the event.

Viewers will not only get a passenger-seat view of how Pace picked apart Grand Lake for the $500,000 first-place prize, but also will see firsthand the agony of defeat when Brandon Palaniuk’s last day rally came up just short; and the heartbreaking scene of Hank Cherry losing a fish boatside that might have earned him the Classic trophy.

ESPN 2 had no fewer than eight cameramen on the water every moment of the event, plus a helicopter-cam that offers fans a bird’s-eye view of not only the playing field, but where the competitors were in relation to one another.

Five hours of Classic coverage begins Saturday, March 2, at 9 a.m. with Day 1 and concludes with the crowning of Pace on Sunday, March 3, at 10 p.m. (Visit for complete listings.) Commentators Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders call the event. Special guest anglers Gerald Swindle, Byron Velvick and 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane also help out with the commentary.

The Bassmaster Classic, complete with fanfare and famous fishing athletes, kicks off the 2013 tournament season and leads into the Bassmaster Elite Series. The first of eight Elite Series events, the Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues, begins March 14 in Orange, Texas. Airing on ESPN2, one-hour shows featuring the Elite Series begin Sunday, March 24, and conclude with the Bassmaster Elite Series All-Star event in mid-October.

ESPN has carried the Bassmaster Classic since 2000 and recently extended its agreement with B.A.S.S. through 2016. Beginning next year, ESPN’s distribution rights will extend beyond the United States to sub-Saharan Africa. ESPN will continue to televise 20 hours of original programming each year, including five hours of the Bassmaster Classic.

Air Times For Bassmaster Classic Coverage on ESPN2 (all times Eastern)


Saturday, March 2      9-10 a.m.                     Bassmaster Classic — Day 1             

Sunday, March 3         6-7 a.m.                       Bassmaster Classic — Day 1 (encore)           

Sunday, March 3         7-9 a.m.                       Bassmaster Classic — Day 2 

Sunday, March 3         10 p.m.-12 a.m.           Bassmaster Classic — Championship

Sunday, March 10       5-7 a.m.                       Bassmaster Classic — Day 2 (encore)           

Sunday, March 10       7-9 a.m.                       Bassmaster Classic — Championship (encore)          


2013 Bassmaster Classic Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2013 Bassmaster Classic Presenting Sponsor: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

2013 Bassmaster Classic EXPO Presenting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods

2013 Bassmaster Classic Official Apparel Sponsor: Carhartt

2013 Bassmaster Classic Proud Partner: Mustang Survival


About B.A.S.S.

For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, B.A.S.S. Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.


Media Contact: Cara Clark, 205-313-0955,, or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931,


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Category: B.A.S.S.
Circuit: Bassmaster Classic
Event: 2013 Bassmaster Classic - Grand Lake, Tulsa Okla.

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