May 7, 2014

BROOKLYN (May 7, 2014) – Barclays Center will host the new college basketball showcase, “CBS Sports Classic,” on December 19, 2015. CBS Sports will broadcast the doubleheader featuring four of the nation’s winningest college basketball teams, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, who have won a total of 25 National Championships.

Kentucky will face Ohio State and North Carolina will play UCLA. Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2015; more information will be announced soon.

“It doesn’t get much better than hosting a doubleheader with four of the most prestigious college basketball programs at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. “Our venue continues to be a must-play for major college hoops and we are looking forward to providing a memorable atmosphere and to being on a national stage for the CBS Sports Classic.”

“When you combine a first-class event like the CBS Sports Classic with a first-class venue, it results in an unforgettable experience,” said Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari. “Brett Yormark and his staff do a great job with all the events they host in Barclays Center and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them in 2015.”

“When going over the schedule before a season as coaches typically do, you automatically circle games at marquee venues like Barclays Center,” UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford said. “And when you play at Barclays Center in the CBS Sports Classic, it’s not just a game, it’s an event. This is what players and coaches live for. It’s why we do what we do. The CBS Sports Classic is a wonderful way to showcase college basketball, and Barclays Center is the perfect stage.”

“We are looking forward to taking our team to Brooklyn in 2015,” Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Coach said. “CBS Sports has been a terrific partner with the Big Ten and having this game at an extraordinary arena like Barclays Center only adds to the experience.”

"We are pleased to partner with Barclays Center when this event comes to Brooklyn," said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. "In a short time, Barclays Center has created a profile suited to high-end basketball events, and we are excited about staging this marquee college basketball showcase there in 2015.”

CBS Sports will stream the games exclusively on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. CBS Sports retains the exclusive distribution and marketing rights to the event. KemperLesnik, a sports marketing agency, will manage the event’s operations.

CBS Sports has been televising the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for 33 consecutive years, including a partnership with Turner Sports to provide exclusive live coverage of every game in its entirety across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV since 2011.

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The Barclays Center college basketball platform BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Tournament Play is presented by Ticketmaster, with other partners including Applebee’s, GEICO, High Point Solutions, McDonald’s, Modell’s, JetBlue, New York Life, PC Richard & Son, and Honda.