World Men’s Curling Championship: Starts Saturday on TSN
The 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship begins Saturday in Basel. TSN will show one draw a day during the round robin, plus the page playoffs, semi final and championship match. TSN will also show the bronze medal game if Canada is playing in it.
Here is the press release with more information.
Ontario’s Glenn Howard leads Team Canada against the top men’s curling teams from around the world at the 2012 WORLD MEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP in Basel, Switzerland from March 31 to April 8. TSN’s exclusive live coverage begins this Saturday at 8 a.m. ET with Canada’s opening draw against France. Coverage includes select Team Canada draws plus the playoffs and Final (see complete broadcast schedule below).
All draws on TSN can also be seen live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand at TSN.ca following the live television broadcast. TSN.ca also has live streaming of the following draws: Canada vs. Denmark (Tuesday, April 3 at 8 a.m. ET); Canada vs. Sweden (Wednesday, April 4 at 8 a.m. ET); and Canada vs. China (Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. ET). In addition, French-language coverage of the tournament is available on RDS2.
Team Canada is represented by Howard’s national championship-winning rink, Team Ontario, including third Wayne Middaugh, second Brent Laing and lead Craig Savill. Howard, a four-time Brier champion, is battling for his fourth career world title at the 2012 WORLD MEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP.
TSN’s esteemed curling broadcast team is on site in Basel with Vic Rauter calling the action alongside Linda Moore, the 1985 Canadian and World champion and 1988 Olympic gold medallist when curling was a demonstration sport, and Russ Howard, a two-time Brier champion and 2006 Olympic gold medallist.
To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with TSN’s selections of matches. For example, Canada vs. 2011 World silver medallist Tom Brewster and Scotland is going televised on Wednesday April 4. The game starts at 1pm Eastern. TSN is unable to broadcast it because of the Masters Part 3 contest. It would be nice if TSN2 would show it though. TSN does have Canada vs. Sweden earlier in the day.
Continue after the break for a list of teams and the broadcast schedu
Here is a list of teams (with their World Curling Tour ranking) competing at the 2012 Men’s Worlds.
Canada – Glenn Howard (3)
Sweden – Niklas Edin (6)
Norway – Thomas Ulsrud (7)
Scotland – Tom Brewster (14)
Denmark – Rasmus Stjerne (30)
China – Rui Liu (34)
Suisse – Jan Hauser (41)
Czech Republic – Jiri Snítil (57)
United States – Heath McCormick (61)
France – Thomas Dufour (70)
New Zealand – Peter de Boer (365)
Germany – John Jahr (unranked)
Here is TSN’s broadcast schedule. All times eastern. All games on TSN, unless otherwise noted.
Saturday 3/31, 8:00am – Canada vs. France
Sunday 4/1, 1:00pm – Canada vs. United States
Monday 4/2, 3:00am – Canada vs. Norway (repeat: 12pm on TSN2)
Tuesday 4/3, 8:00am – Canada vs. Denmark (repeat: 1pm on TSN2)
Wednesday 4/4, 8:00am – Canada vs. Sweden (repeat: 1pm on TSN2)
Thursday 4/5, 1:00pm – Canada vs. China – TSN2
Saturday 4/7, 3:00am – Page Playoff
Saturday 4/7, 8:00am – Page Playoff
Saturday 4/7, 2:00pm – Semifinal
Sunday 4/8, 5:00am – Bronze Medal Game*
Sunday 4/8, 10:00am – Championship Game (repeat: 5pm on TSN2)
*TSN will only show the bronze medal game if Canada is playing in it.
RDS2 will show live coverage of Canada’s games against France, Denmark, Sweden and China, as well as the second page playoff, the semi final and the final. Canada’s games against the United States and Norway will air on tape delay.