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The TVS Television Network, or TVS for short, was a syndicator of Americanmarker sports programming. It was one of several "occasional" national television networks that sprang up in the early 1960s to take advantage of the establishment of independent (mostly UHF) television stations and relaxation of the AT&T long-line usage rates.

Today, the network continues to distribute programming via TV, home video, and the Web in North and South America. The Copyright Group distributes TVS internationally. They have also returned to Las Vegas, shooting new versions of The Hollywood Palace at the Plaza Casino Hotelmarker. The TVS network company is wholly owned by Margate Entertainment, based in Henderson, Nevadamarker.


Eddie Einhorn had begun broadcasting radio coverage of college basketball, and built a network of radio stations that covered the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament games. He later moved into television coverage of college basketball games.

Founded by Eddie Einhorn, the network originally telecast college basketball games to regional networks at a time when the sport was of no interest to the national networks. Taking advantage of intense regional collegiate rivalries, the network blossomed in the 1960s and developed into a full service sports network. While college basketball remained the TVS Television Network's signature series, they also expanded into tennis, college football bowl games, NASL pro soccer, tennis, and golf.

On on January 20, 1968, TVS put together the "Game of the Century" (see below) between the UCLA Bruins and Houston Cougars basketball teams at the Houston Astrodome. This was the game that made college basketball a television broadcast commodity. Six years later (January 28, 1974), TVS televised another historic basketball game as the Bruins fell to Notre Dame, 71-70, breaking the Bruins' 88-game winning streak.

For several years, TVS produced games of the NCAA basketball tournament. Many of its productions were shown on NBC Sports, with announcers Dick Enberg, Al McGuire, Bob Costas, Barry Tompkins and Billy Packer.

TVS later entered into a cooperative agreement with NBC Sports in order to augment NBC's regional college basketball coverage (NBC talent, TVS production crews). In 1974, they added the World Football League and the network became recognized as a national presence. TVS also aired the World Championship Tennis.

In the 1970s, TVS began producing entertainment programming, including Frank Sinatra: The Main Event in 1974. For many years, TVS produced sports and entertainment programming from Las Vegasmarker including The Alan King Tennis Championship at Caesars Palacemarker; Arm Wrestling at the Imperial Palacemarker, Fun Moments in Sports at Bally'smarker; Bowling from Sam's Town and the Showboat; The Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (LPBT), and One Club Golf from the Desert Inn.

By 1980, Eddie Einhorn had sold his interest in the network and became the head of CBS Sports, and later became an owner of the Chicago White Sox with Jerry Reinsdorf. The network stalled in the 1990s and passed through several owners before being acquired by Margate Entertainment in 2005.

TVS now operated by executives Charry Kennedy and Tom Ficara, supplies its programming library via IPTV networks such as (http://www.TVSBoxing.Net) and (http://www.FrontRowSportsEntertainment.Com). TVS Programming can also be seen on TV4U on HP, a private network embedded on 16 million HP computers via their Media Smart program.

Some TVS programs are available from the website, mostly under the category "classic sports."

"Game of the Century"

The game that really brought televised college basketball to where it is today was a Prime time Saturday night broadcast on January 20, 1968 between two powerhouse teams that had met in the 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The number two and undefeated Houston Cougars hosted the number one and undefeated UCLA Bruins at the Houston Astrodomemarker. The Bruins were the defending national champions and were on a 47 game winning streak. Eddie Einhorn paid $27,000 for the broadcast rights on TVS. In the end, Einhorn signed up 120 stations, many of which would infuriate the networks they were affiliated with by canceling their regular programming to show the game. The Bruins lost to the University of Houston Cougars at the Astrodomemarker in front of a record crowd (at the time) of 52,693. This game was dubbed the "Game of the Century". Previously, only NCAA post-season games were broadcast on national television, but only on evidence that broadcasters were going to make a profit from the broadcasts. The "Game of the Century" between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins proved that Americans were willing to watch college basketball games during the regular seasons.

See also


  1. Jerry Wizig - It's been 20 years since they've played The Game of the Century. Houston Chronicle, January 20, 1988
  2. Ron Rapoport - 1968: Houston vs. UCLA at the Astrodome - The game that took college basketball to a new level. UCLA fell at the cavernous Astrodome and had its 47-game winning streak stopped. Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2008 link at

  • When March Became Madness, by Eddie Einhorn. Published in 2006.

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