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    MSG Varsity takes a 'Giant' step forward

    by MSG Varsity.com on
    Thu, Aug 25, 2011 1:37 PM

    Updated Wed, Dec 5, 2012 6:25 PM
    MSG Varsity takes a 'Giant' step forward

    MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s 24/7 HD network dedicated to everything high school, welcomes former New York Giants stars Amani Toomer and Roman Oben to its broadcast team. Toomer and Oben will kick-off their new duties as color analysts on Friday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m., when MSG Varsity’s “Friday Night Football” returns.

    “We’re thrilled to have Amani and Roman join MSG Varsity’s first-class broadcast team and look forward to adding their expertise and perspective to our game coverage,” said Michael Lardner, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, MSG Varsity.

    Toomer, the longtime Giants receiver who owns the club record for postseason receptions and helped the team capture Super Bowl XLII in 2007, will provide color commentary throughout the season across all regions for MSG Varsity. He was an All-American wide receiver at national powerhouse De La Salle HS in Concord, CA before going on to star at the University of Michigan.

    “I’m honored to join MSG Varsity’s broadcast team and look forward to calling the action for promising young football talent in the tri-state area,” said Toomer. 

    Oben, Toomer’s roommate during their rookie season with the Giants in 1996, played 12 NFL seasons and started in over 90 percent of his games at left offensive tackle for the Giants, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a key part of the Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII-winning season in 2002. A two-sport star (football and track & field) and an economics major at Louisville, Oben will work as an analyst for coverage of games in Westchester.

    “MSG Varsity is delivering enormous value for high schools and I’m thrilled to help showcase the sportsmanship, determination and passion of the local athletes and coaches,” said Oben.

    MSG Varsity is available exclusively to Cablevision’s iO TV subscribers on Channel 14 and on interactive channel 614.  For more information on “Friday Night Football” and MSG Varsity, visit www.msgvarsity.com.

    About MSG Varsity
    MSG Varsity is a multi-platform suite of services comprised of: an Emmy award-winning 24/7 HD television network, a comprehensive online destination, and a groundbreaking interactive service, all dedicated to high school sports, academics and activities happening throughout the tri-state area.  Content for these services includes MSG Varsity’s professionally produced programming as well as content created by the high schools themselves.  Working in partnership with MSG Varsity, students and faculty are given extraordinary access to curriculum and training in multimedia creation and distribution, empowering them to become active participants in telling their school’s stories.  MSG Varsity is a Cablevision exclusive service not available to satellite or phone company TV subscribers and reaches three million households throughout the New York market.  For more information, please visit www.msgvarsity.com.
     

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