Hardball Goes To College

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Hardball begins it’s College Tour today, with their first stop at Georgetown University (with Robin Williams and Barry Levinson). The show will air October 11.

We’ve made this offer before and we’ll make it again: $10 to the person who can get a picture like this next to Chris Matthews.

Full release below…


“HARDBALL COLLEGE TOUR” RETURNS WITH ROBIN WILLIAMS AND SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN HEADLINING

First Stop On “Hardball College Tour” Is Georgetown University With Special Guests Academy Award Winners Actor Robin Williams and Director Barry Levinson, Airing October 11, 2006

MSNBC Also Announces Strategic Partnership With Several Universities For Student Reports As Part Of “MSNBC On Campus” Program

SECAUCUS, NJ – October 4, 2006 – “Hardball with Chris Matthews” hits the college circuit once again as we come into the homestretch of the 2006 election season. Matthews will visit Georgetown University to speak with special guests Robin Williams and Barry Levinson about their new film, “Man of the Year,” a political comedy in which Williams’ character is elected President of the United States. Matthews has a cameo role in the film. Matthews will also take questions from Georgetown students and faculty on the issues that concern them most this election year. This special edition of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” – “The Hardball College Tour: Georgetown University” airs Wednesday, October 11 at 5 and 7 p.m. (ET).

“Hardball’s” non-stop Decision 2006 coverage continues as the “Hardball College Tour” heads to Iowa State University for a live show on October 18 with special guest Senator John McCain, the top Republican contender for 2008.

“Hardball” has a noble tradition of rousing college tours since 1999 with marquee guests Rudy Giuliani, Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at some of America’s great universities including Notre Dame, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Clemson University, the University of Southern California, Michigan State University, American University and Stanford University.

“The students bring a tremendous amount of passion and excitement to the game and they are genuinely concerned about their future,” said Matthews. “We have some terrific guests lined up for this election season – from actors who play politicians to the real politicians themselves and we are looking forward to an exhilarating 2006 and 2008 election season. Visiting college campuses and speaking with students is always an incredible experience, both instructive and entertaining.”

In addition to the “Hardball College Tour,” MSNBC is also launching MSNBC On Campus. Working with leading colleges and universities across the country, MSNBC will air live and taped student reports from student reporters. These reports will feature big local news stories and breaking news, as well as student reactions to national news stories that affect their area. All videos from the program will be available on demand at www.tv.msnbc.com.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” airs Monday through Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. (ET). Tammy Haddad is Vice President, Washington and Executive Producer of “Hardball.” Bill Wolff is Vice President, Primetime Programming. Dan Abrams is General Manager of MSNBC