BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Aug. 1, 2006) - Chris Rose, John Salley, Leeann Tweeden, Rodney Peete and Rob Dibble will be joining the world's top professional bass anglers at the 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship on Logan Martin Lake in Birmingham, Ala. The trio will be in town to tape FSN's hit "Best Damn Sports Show Period." The popular sports and entertainment show will be taped on Friday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena.
Taping for the nationwide cable show, which airs weeknights at 10:30 p.m., will precede the tournament's day-three weigh-in and crowning of the co-angler champion, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday. Spectators could possibly make an appearance on the show as well, so you won't want to miss this opportunity.
In addition, the grand prize winner of the 2006 Look for the Hook Sweepstakes will be announced at the taping. Nearly 9,000 people participated in the sweepstakes, over 100,000 UPC product codes were entered, and 49 contestants took home daily-winner prizes ranging from FLW pro angler jerseys and die-cast models of Ranger boats to FLW Outdoors memberships, magazine subscriptions and clothing.
Five lucky contestants won all-expense-paid trips to the $1.5 million FLW Tour Championship and one of the five will drive away with the grand prize - a brand-new Chevy Tahoe and Ranger Comanche boat-and-tow package, outfitted with Berkley fishing gear, worth approximately $83,000.
The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena is located at 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North in Birmingham. For more information on the popular show, visit msn.foxsports.com/bestdamn.
The FLW Tour Championship is the pinnacle of professional bass fishing. After six qualifying events, 48 of the world's top professional anglers will square off in head-to-head competition on Logan Martin Lake Aug. 2-5 for a shot at winning $500,000 in their sport's crowning event. Championship contenders will take off from Pell City Lakeside Park, located at 2801 Stemley Bridge Road in Pell City at 7 a.m. each day, and daily weigh-ins will be held at 5 p.m. in the BJCC Arena.
Coverage of the FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol will be broadcast to 81 million homes as part of the "FLW Outdoors" television program Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. "FLW Outdoors" airs Sundays at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
"FLW Outdoors" is also broadcast internationally to more than 350 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $37.9 million through 249 events in 2006.
Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.