Grand Slam of Curling Kicks off This Weekend

The new season of the Grand Slam of Curling begins in Brantford, Ontario this weekend with The Masters. CBC and Sportsnet will broadcast it. Here is the Sportsnet press release.

Curling’s biggest stars are set to rock as the Grand Slam of Curling makes its first stop of the 2012-13 series in Brantford, ON for The Masters. Sportsnet’s broadcast of the much-anticipated event begins Thursday, Nov. 15 at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT, live from the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre (full broadcast details are below).

Sixty-four men’s and women’s teams in total will compete in the high-stakes, competitive bonspiel featuring a combined purse of $200,000. The Masters features the cream of the crop in curling, headlined by 2012 Brier and World Champion Glenn Howard, 2010 Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin, and 2010 Brier and World Champion Kevin Koe. On the women’s side, The Masters includes 2012 Tournament of Hearts champion Heather Nedohin, 2012 World Champion Mirjam Ott and current World Curling Tour money leader Sherry Middaugh.

The Masters kicks off Sportsnet’s robust curling broadcast schedule for the 2012-13 season, and includes a team of seasoned broadcast veterans calling all of the action. Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds will handle the play-by-play alongside Mike Harris, who skipped his team to gold at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games, and Joan McCusker, 1998 Olympic gold medallist and three-time Canadian and World Champion on Sandra Schmirler’s team.

Here is the broadcast schedule

Thursday 11/15, 12:00pm – Draw 3 – Sportsnet
Thursday 11/15, 3:30pm – Draw 4 – Sportsnet
Friday 11/16, 3:30pm – Draw 8 – Sportsnet
Friday 11/16, 7:00pm – Draw 9 – Sportsnet
Saturday 11/17, 3:30pm – Quarterfinals – CBC
Saturday 11/17, 8:30pm – Quarterfinals – SN1
Sunday 11/18, 8:00am – Semifinals – Sportsnet
Sunday 11/18, 1:00pm – Championship – CBC

6 thoughts on “Grand Slam of Curling Kicks off This Weekend

  1. I have a question, is there a seperate tournament for men only, and one for women only, or all the teams competing in 1 specific draw?

    • 2 separate draws. All playoff draws (including the finals) for men and women take place at the same time though. I’m not sure how CBC/Sportsnet will handle that.

      • Thank you for the clarification, I also wonder will the broadcast on Sportsnet, be under the same banner/graphics/package as will the broadcast on the CBC. It will be very interesting.
        I have one other question, that is unrelated to curling. The new partnerships that the CBC and Sportsnet have struck together in the past couple of months. do you see them bidding together on the National NHL TV Package for next year?

        • I’m not sure of the specifics, but most of the production for CBC/Sportsnet will be the same. As will the on-air personalities.

          I think CBC and Sportsnet will work together whenever it serves both of their interests. I think the NHL will try to discourage anyone working together in 2014 by selling 3 separate packages. If the NHL does only sell one package though, I’ve always thought it would be best for both to bid together against Bell.

          • Does anyone know how many curling events will be broadcast this year?

            • CBC/Sportsnet have the 4 Grand Slams. Sportsnet has Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta provincial championships. TSN has 5 CCA events, the 2 Worlds and the Skins Game for a total of 8. So about 15. Shaw TV has the BC Provincial Championships and a few other World Curling Tour events I think, if you want to include those.

              The number of events covered isn’t that different from other years. What is different is the number of hours of coverage. For the first time the round robin of the Grand Slams and the Canada Cup are on TV.

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