GCI to sponsor ASAA March Madness 2015 Basketball State Championship, air all championships games on GCI Channel 1

March 13, 2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – GCI is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of the Alaska Schools Activities Association (ASAA) March Madness Basketball State Championship. GCI will broadcast the girls and boys championship games for all divisions on GCI Channel 1 in all markets, as well as in HD on Channel 999 in select markets. Additionally, GCI will broadcast the ASAA First National Bank Alaska 2015 Cheerleading State Championships.

"ASAA is excited to partner with GCI to broadcast the eight March Madness Alaska basketball championship games across the state of Alaska," said ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland. "These broadcasts allow our teams' fans to experience the excitement of March Madness Alaska even if they are unable to attend."

In celebration of the tournament, GCI will offer fans the chance to win prizes from Monster©, the world leader in high-performance personal audio, including Monster DNA Headphones, Superstar Speakers and iSport Strive Headphones. Attendees can visit the GCI store located in the Alaska Airlines Center throughout March Madness Alaska for details. The store will have extended hours during the tournament.

Games begin on Saturday, March 14, and continue through Saturday, March 21, in Anchorage. Games will be played at the new Alaska Airlines Center, where GCI is the official technology partner, as well as the Wells Fargo Sports Complex at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Sullivan Arena, all with free parking.

"At GCI, we know how passionate Alaskans are about basketball and what an important event March Madness Alaska is for students and their families around the state," said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager Consumer Services Paul Landes. "We're looking forward to giving out great Monster prizes and bringing the games to communities statewide on GCI TV."

GCI is proud to bring its customers exclusive coverage and unique Alaska programming throughout the state on GCI Channel 1, including Alaskans' favorite local sports programs, such as the ASAA March Madness Alaska. GCI has been a long-time supporter of ASAA, and this event is just one of the many ways it contributes to this critical association for student athletes across the state.

Times for championship games are as follows:

Wednesday, March 18

  • 2 p.m.             1A Girls Championship
  • 3:45 p.m.        1A Boys Championship
  • 6:15 p.m.        2A Girls Championship
  • 8 p.m.             2A Boys Championship


Saturday, March 21

  • 2 p.m.             3A Girls Championship
  • 3:45 p.m.        3A Boys Championship
  • 6:15 p.m.        4A Girls Championship
  • 8 p.m.             4A Boys Championship


For more information regarding broadcasts of the ASAA March Madness, please visit www.gci.com/tv/gci-channel-1. For additional information about ASAA March Madness, please visit /offer/2015-march-madness-alaska.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

Jennifer Nelson, GCI, 907-717-5822; jnelson1@gci.com