I posted CBC and Sportsnet’s alpine skiing schedules yesterday, now I have a press release to go with Sportsnet’s schedule.
Sportsnet today announced a two-year broadcast agreement with FIS (International Ski Federation) for Alpine skiing events, featuring 25 World Cup races each season. The deal begins this season and runs through the 2012-13 campaign.
The races will air on Sportsnet ONE every weekend throughout the season and will include slalom, giant slalom, downhill and super-combined races. Complementing the race coverage will be 30-minute magazine shows on news and stories from snowboard and freestyle skiing.
This agreement is an extension of a long-standing 13-year partnership between Sportsnet and FIS. Sportsnet has been televising FIS events since the network’s inception in 1998.
Coverage gets underway this weekend with the World Cup Ladies Giant Slalom from Aspen, Colorado. Brad Fay will handle the play-by-play alongside four-time Canadian Olympian and three-time World Cup medalist Brian Stemmle as analyst.
“With this new agreement we have created destination viewing every weekend for Alpine skiing,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. “Our viewers now have a home for some of the best ski races in the world.”