Havoline Football Saturdays in the South Spotlights
Recovery in Tuscaloosa, Bo Jackson’s Tornado Relief Efforts, Clemson Quarterback Tajh Boyd and Road Trip to Washington D.C. and College Park

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays in the South,” continues its ninth season this weekend.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 77 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show returns to Tuscaloosa, where rebuilding continues after last year’s deadly tornados. See the resolve of this college town, as the community rallied together in the face of tragedy. See how recovery became celebration, as the University of Alabama claimed their 14th National Championship.   

Take a ride across Alabama with Heisman Trophy winner and Auburn legend Bo Jackson. After witnessing the destruction in his home state, Jackson organized a fundraising effort called “Bo Bikes Bama“ to raise money for Tornado Relief. Joined by hundreds of fans, athletes and celebrities, Jackson rode 300 miles, to help his home state. 

After leading Clemson to its first ACC title in 20 years, Tajh Boyd is working to keep the Tigers at the top of the conference. We’ll check in with the All-ACC first teamer on the field at Death Valley and head home to Seneca, South Carolina and spend time with his family who shaped his determination and strong work ethic.

And in the Road Trip segment, Tommy Kane and the crew tour our nation’s capital before tailgating on the campus of Maryland for gameday.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit http://www.raycomsports.com/football-saturdays-in-the-south/.

Based in Charlotte, Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports marketing, event management and production firm. Raycom is the syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.      

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Havoline Football Saturdays in the South Spotlights FSU Great Derrick Brooks, Clemson Walk-on Daniel Rodriguez and Road Trip Joining the Corp of Cadets at Virginia Tech

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays in the South,” continues its ninth season this weekend.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 77 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show catches up with Florida State legend Derrick Brooks. After an All-American career helping the Seminoles to the 1993 National Championship, Brooks was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 1995 NFL Draft. He went on to be a nine-time All-Pro, the 2002 AP Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl Champion. Catch up with him as he takes on a new challenge, President of the AFL Tampa Bay Storm.

We then visit with Clemson’s newest walk-on, receiver Daniel Rodriguez.  Attending Clemson on the G.I. Bill, Rodriguez served two tours of duty…one in Iraq and a second in Afghanistan where he achieved the rank of Sergeant in the Army while earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart in October of 2009.  Go through the grind of his workout routine and hear how he has made the transition from a soldier to a Tiger to realize his dream of playing college football.

And in the Road Trip segment, Tommy Kane visits Blacksburg and joins the Corps of Cadets of Virginia Tech for boot camp. After being put through his paces, Kane then experiences gameday as a part of this great Hokie tradition.  

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit http://www.raycomsports.com/football-saturdays-in-the-south/.

Based in Charlotte, Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports marketing, event management and production firm. Raycom is the syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Online Segments and Television Show Each Earn Bronze Telly Award  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Telly Awards has named ACC Road Trip as winner of two Bronze Awards in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards. Produced by Raycom Sports, ACC Road Trip’s online segments won in the category of Internet/Online Program Segments, or Professional Pieces – Sports and the year-end syndicated ACC Road Trip television show won in the category of TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Sports.

 “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “ACC Road Trip’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Raycom production team members who produce ACC Road Trip include Jeremy Williams, Alex Farmartino, Chris Duzan, Max Brooke, Richard Brooke and host Tommy Kane.

ACC Road Trip takes fans to a different ACC game to take in the entire “game day” experience, as they check out the campus hot spots, local restaurants and best tailgates. Plus, Kane takes a unique, up-close and often comical look into the pageantry and game day traditions that makes ACC football so great. From rubbing Howard’s Rock and running the hill with the Clemson Tigers, becoming a “glitter guy” at Florida State, streaking “The Lawn” at UVA, and camping out overnight with the Cameron Crazies, Kane has taken the cameras with him to share the ACC experience with fans everywhere.

ACC Road Trip has been honored in the past with two Emmy Awards and several Telly Awards, while host Tommy Kane received an Official Honoree Award for Best Reality/Variety Host in the 2010 Webby Awards.

ACC Road Trip is also available on the web at www.theacc.com/roadtrip.

Founded in 1979, The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Award winners are selected by top industry professionals that are past winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor.

Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states. 

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

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Charlotte, N.C. – The official ACC Sports App for iPhone and Android has been upgraded for the current ACC baseball season, it was announced today by Raycom Sports. The ACC Sports App, launched by Raycom Sports and powered by Silver Chalice, has been enhanced with a specific baseball section, complete with scores, schedules, standings and rosters. The ACC Sports App download is free.

“We’re pleased to launch the baseball upgrade for the ACC Sports App,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This provides another opportunity to continue enhancing ACC fans’ experiences through our dynamic mobile platform.”

The 2010-11 ACC Sports App ended the season as a Top 5 paid sports application in iTunes and averaged a 4-star consumer rating.

About The Atlantic Coast Conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 59th year of competition and has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 124 national championships, including 66 in women’s competition and 58 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 140 times in men’s competition and 99 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

About the ACC Network and Raycom Sports

The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports. Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multimedia rights, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website. The ACC Network is managed in Charlotte, N.C.  For more, visit ACCNetwork.com

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom Sports, in a partnership with the ACC, operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website. Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 46 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

About Silver Chalice

Silver Chalice partners with sports, media and entertainment clients to actively build and grow profitable digital businesses. Silver Chalice is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chicago White Sox and has offices in Boulder, Colo. and Chicago.

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“ACC Football Road Trip” Garners Second Straight Win For Best Magazine Program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports was honored with three Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards this past weekend, awarded by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a ceremony in Nashville.

ACC Road Trip won the category Magazine Program for the second straight year. Havoline Football Saturdays in the South won its third Emmy Award in four years for Sports Programs/Series and “Big Dawg” won in the category Sports Segment.

Raycom Sports Production team members earning Emmys were Alex Farmartino (3), Jeremy Williams (2), David Barringer, Tommy Kane and Rob Reichley.

“We are once again excited to receive these honors from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Vice President of Production for Raycom Sports. “We take immense pride in the talents and dedication of our production team. It is a special achievement to win an Emmy Award, and our staff has earned every accolade they receive. We are very happy for the team and the entire Raycom Sports family.”

Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states. 

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

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The video-centric app will initially focus upon Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament action, providing original, in-depth coverage and social features connecting sports fans with the tournament and each other

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) today announced a Facebook timeline app enabling friends to watch, comment upon, and share video around ACC  Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams and their journeys through March tournament play. The Facebook timeline app can be found at http://apps.facebook.com/accsports, or by searching “ACC Sports” on Facebook.

Using video from The ACC Digital Network, a joint venture between Raycom Sports and digital media firm Silver Chalice, the ACC Sports on Facebook timeline app provides users the ability to watch in-depth news, analysis, and highlights around basketball coverage in March in addition to video programming covering the Conference’s entire array of sports.

“We couldn’t be more proud to stand next to the ACC and Raycom Sports, who are integrating with Facebook to combine the authoritative coverage of the Conference’s video network with the power and utility of the social site,” said Jason Coyle, Chief Operating Officer at Silver Chalice. “At Silver Chalice we are committed to changing the way fans can interact with teams, schools, conferences, and leagues and will continue to demonstrate that through the ACC Digital Network and our connected sports products.”

“The ACC Sports on Facebook timeline app is a great addition to the Conference’s growing collection of digital assets.  ACC fans are some of the most passionate in all of college sports, and we are pleased to bring them another opportunity to engage with the schools, the Conference and each other through Facebook,” said Colin Smith, VP of New Media and Distribution at Raycom Sports. 

Within the app, each ACC school will also be highlighted and have a unique section of video programming, where fans will be able to Like their school and share videos to other fans and rivals, alike. The app will highlight what other friends are watching and feature the most popular videos in a “most viewed” section highlighting the ACC Digital Network’s hottest programming. 

To learn more about ACC Digital Network programming visit http://www.theaccdn.com/

ABOUT THE ATLANTIC COAST COFERENCE
The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 59th year of competition and has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 124 national championships, including 66 in women’s competition and 58 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 140 times in men’s competition and 99 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

ABOUT THE ACC DIGITAL NETWORK
The ACC Digital Network (ACCDN) is a joint venture between Raycom Sports, a long-time partner television producer and partner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and of digital media firm Silver Chalice.  The television-quality, cross-platform digital video network covers the spectrum of one of the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic conferences, featuring both live programming and original content throughout the entire year.

ABOUT RAYCOM SPORTS
Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.  In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

ABOUT SILVER CHALICE
Silver Chalice builds and operates a fast-growing portfolio of high-value digital media businesses in the fields of sports and entertainment. Silver Chalice’s clients and partners range from professional sports leagues and intercollegiate athletic conferences to entertainment powers and major media companies.

Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.

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For questions, please contact:

Matt Carstens, Silver Chalice: matt@silverchalice.com

Colin Smith, Raycom Sports: csmith@raycomsports.com

Partnership brings ACC football and basketball content to college sports fans on the Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone devices, now available in the U.S.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Raycom Sports today announced the launch of the Official ACC Sports application exclusively for the next twelve months on Nokia Lumia smartphones.  The ACC Sports application can be downloaded on the Nokia Lumia 710, now available at T-Mobile, and the forthcoming Nokia Lumia 900 with AT&T. Through the new partnership, the application will be free to ACC fans for two years. This includes select live football and basketball syndicated ACC Network telecasts from Raycom Sports.  

The ACC app for Nokia Lumia brings fans innovative, first to market features, including:

  • Live streaming with integrated stats. Browse team, player and game stats without leaving the live game.
  • Full ACC Basketball Tournament bracket. Panorama view makes it easy to follow your favorite team’s run to the title.

ACC students, fans, faculty and alumni can stay connected with daily features, latest news, standings, live games stats and daily VOD content from the ACC Digital Network. VOD offering includes ACC Now, Breaking News, Plays of the Week, Athletes of the Week, Game Highlights and features on former ACC athletes.

“Introducing our ACC App on Nokia Lumia smartphones is terrific and further enhances our league’s commitment to being in the forefront of new technology,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We will continue to embrace ways to offer fans more access to our conference than ever before.”

“Fans are constantly turning to their mobile devices for news and information about their favorite teams,” said Colin Smith, Vice-President of New Media & Distribution for Raycom Sports. “It’s imperative for us to give ACC fans access to real-time information, news and live events on as many platforms as possible.  We are very excited to bring the ACC experience to Nokia Lumia smartphone devices.”

Bryan Biniak, VP, Global Partner and App Development at Nokia added, “The ACC is one of the premiere BCS conferences in the country, so we are proud to bring this exciting college sports experience exclusively to ACC fans on our newly launched Nokia Lumia smartphones for the next twelve months.”

An updated version of the ACC Sports app will be released for the start of the 2012 college football season.

About:

Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 59th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 124 national championships, including 66 in women’s competition and 58 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 140 times in men’s competition and 99 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

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Features Former Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, and NC State Stars
Rodney Monroe and Chris Corchiani

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports this weekend releases the third of a new three-episode ACC Network syndicated series, ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court. Each half-hour show goes beyond the game to tell the unique story of a player or coach, and how they made a name for themselves in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The host is the ACC Network’s Cory Alexander, a former University of Virginia standout and 8-year NBA guard.

The final show of the season profiles one of the legendary coaches of the ACC, Lefty Driesell.  The ‘ol lefthander won almost 800 games at four different schools, but he is best known for his 16 years as the head coach at Maryland.  He led the Terps to six ACC Championship games, including what’s considered the greatest game in the history of the conference, the 1974 thriller against N.C. State.  Lefty, who turned 80 this past Christmas day, talks about the emotions of that ’74 game, his life as a true “salesman” of college basketball and the tragedy that led to his departure from College Park, the death of star Len Bias.

In addition, spend time with what might have been the best backcourt ever in the ACC. Nicknamed Fire and Ice, Rodney Monroe and Chris Corchiani set numerous records together.  Monroe left N.C. State as its all-time leading scorer and Corchiani finished his Wolfpack career as the NCAA assists leader. Despite the great chemistry, it might be hard to believe that the two had a few issues with each other early in their careers and actually got into a fight.  But they decided to focus on the name in front of the jersey instead of the back to become two of the greatest players in the ACC.  They walk the floor at Reynolds Coliseum once again and reminisce about their days back in Raleigh.

Earlier features of Duke’s legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Player of the Year candidate Harrison Barnes, and ACC legends Muggsy Bogues of Wake Forest and Ralph Sampson of Virginia are now available online. For complete information on the ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court, including airdates and times, station affiliates, platforms and previous features, visit theACC.com/kings          

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

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Havoline presents Swimming & Diving, Indoor Track & Field

ACC fans can experience the 2012 ACC Winter Championships live on their computers. For the next two weeks, Havoline will present live streaming on theACC.com of the Swimming & Diving and Indoor Track & Field Championships, while the ACC Wrestling Championship on March 3 will be available on ESPN3.

The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving and Men’s Diving Championships begin Wednesday, Feb. 15 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va. The Men’s Swimming Championship will be held one week later from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25. Both events are hosted by Virginia Tech

A video-stream of event finals will be available on theACC.com Thursday through Saturday of each week from 7 to 9 p.m. All championship information including live streaming links and live results can be found at the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-swimming-diving-championship.html.

Frank Comfort will be the color commentator and Jerry Massey will have the play by play. Comfort, who enjoyed a 30-year career as head coach for North Carolina swimming, is no stranger to the ACC Swimming & Diving Championship, having won 25 (10 men’s and 15 women’s) during his time in Chapel Hill. He is the winningest college-dual meet coach collegiate swimming history. Massey is a sports play-by-play veteran and has done numerous events for the ACC.com, Virginia Tech and ESPN3.

The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships will kick off Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston, Mass. and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 25. The event is hosted by Boston College

Live coverage of the three-day event will be available on theACC.com on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and Saturday at Noon. Additionally, more information, including live results, can be found by visiting the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-indoor-track-field-championship.html.

Marc Davis and Patrick Kinas will have the call. Kinas is currently the voice of NC State women’s basketball. Davis is a retired track and field athlete who mainly competed in distance races. He won the 1992 3000m steeple chase at the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships and competed at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

 The 2012 ACC Wrestling Championship will take place at the University of North Carolina on March 3, 2012. The finals will be streamed live on ESPN3 starting at 11 a.m. For streaming information, visit http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-wrestling-championship.html

For complete release: http://www.theacc.com/genrel/021412aaa.html

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports today released the second of a new three-episode ACC Network syndicated series, ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court. Each half-hour show goes beyond the game to tell the unique story of a player or coach, and how they made a name for themselves in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The host is the ACC Network’s Cory Alexander, a former University of Virginia standout and 8-year NBA guard.

The second show travels to Harrisonburg, Virginia to check in with one of college basketball’s all-time greats, Ralph Sampson. Visit with family and friends to find out how he became a three-time National Player of the Year.  In an exclusive sit-down interview, Ralph talks about learning hard work and discipline working on the family farm and how he grew from being a clumsy kid into a dominant force in college basketball.

While Ralph Sampson, at 7’4”, was one of the tallest players in ACC history, the second feature profiles one of the shortest at 5’3”, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. Growing up in the tough neighborhood of Lafayette Court in Baltimore, he learned that basketball was a way to escape the trouble that was all around him.  Muggsy had few believers that he could succeed in a sport of big men but he starred for Wake Forest and proved he was big enough to play for 14 years in the NBA.  His story of perseverance and determination is an inspirational story.

Episode 3 will be released in March. Episode 1 features of Duke’s legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Player of the Year candidate Harrison Barnes are now available online. For complete information on the ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court, including airdates and times, station affiliates, platforms and previous features, visit theACC.com/kings                

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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