Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Many media outlets cover the booming industry of sports, but only one is laying claim as the source for all-Catholic sports, and that is CatholicSportsNet.

Based in Louisville, CatholicSportsNet (CSN) is a new media company that recently launched its flagship entity – www.catholicsportsnet.com – a Web site that will serve as a national showcase for on- and off-the-field achievements of male and female Catholic high school, collegiate and professional student-athletes, teams, coaches and administrators.

Serving nearly 1,200 high schools, 160-plus colleges, and over 70 million Catholic Americans around the country, CSN will provide up-to-date news, feature articles, student-athlete spotlights, national rankings, recruitment information, and a comprehensive multimedia unit that will include weekly newscasts, interviews, and streaming video.

CSN founder Steve Fehder, a 26-year broadcast veteran and entrepreneur, developed this concept after noticing a void in the coverage of local and national Catholic sports. A Catholic himself, Mr. Fehder believes CSN will satisfy the insatiable appetite of the rabid alumni and fan bases of Catholic schools and their athletic teams.

"What makes CatholicSportsNet unique from any traditional sports site is that we are 100 percent dedicated to serving the huge niche of Catholic sports and that Catholicism will be the underlying theme of all content," Mr. Fehder said. "The tradition, the values, the alumni base, the success of athletes and programs across the country, and the incredible stories are what make this venture so special."

Joining Mr. Fehder’s team is author, writer, and former Louisville Courier-Journal sports editor Billy Reed.

A member of both the U.S. Basketball and Kentucky Journalism Halls of Fame, Mr. Reed has written more than 800 articles during a 29-year association with Sports Illustrated, and has penned more than a dozen books pertaining to topics ranging from Freedom Hall to Paul Hornung to the world-famous Kentucky Derby.

"I’m excited to be a part of this new venture because it will embrace two things that are dear to me – high journalistic principles and positive stories about the sports world," said Mr. Reed, CSN’s senior editorial advisor and consultant. "CSN should be the place to go for anybody interested in what’s happening with Catholic schools and athletes, both locally and around the nation."

CatholicSportsNet has other projects on the horizon, including the development of local and regional Catholic sports sites that will provide hyper-local coverage to the schools and teams of specific cities around the country. In addition, CSN plans to schedule a series of online "webinars" that high school and college athletes, coaches, and fans can attend virtually. They will feature and contain compelling topics and guest speakers who will educate and entertain the viewers.

CSN will offer a wide variety of marketing options for traditional advertisers, in addition to the opportunity for schools to put their campuses, programs, and achievements on display within the CSN College Roadshow – a resource that will give potential students a chance to learn more about educational opportunities at various Catholic institutions.

"From online to on the field, our goal is to be the leader in Catholic sports," said Mr. Fehder. "Our team is extremely excited about the potential of (CSN) and looks forward to connecting with thousands of Catholics who share the same values and passion for sports. As we say at CSN, we are Catholic sports."