Crashed Ice Coming to Sportsnet

Again, as I mentioned yesterday, Sportsnet has signed a deal to show Red Bull Crashed Ice for the next three seasons. Here is the press release:

Rogers Sportsnet today announced a three-year multiplatform agreement for the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship, featuring all the thrills of extreme ice cross downhill racing from around the world. The deal, which begins this season and runs through 2014, includes exclusive Canadian television, mobile and online rights for the three international stops and championship final in Quebec City.

The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship features some of the most ferocious and fearless ice cross downhill skaters hurtling down steep ice canals at speeds of up to 60km/h. The courses are filled with bumps, jumps, rollers and obstacles as skaters go shoulder-to-shoulder while jostling for position to the finish line.

Sportsnet’s broadcast team will be announced in the coming months.

And here is a quote from Navaid Mansuri, Vice President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media:

The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship is one of the fastest growing sports events in the world. This sport is gaining momentum rapidly and has a very loyal following. Fans will enjoy the spectacular action and collisions as skaters face the challenging jumps and hairpin turns.

Rogers Signs 3-year Deal with Canoe/Kayak Canada

Rogers Sportsnet has signed a broadcast deal with Canoe/Kayak Canada to show the World Canoe/Kayak Sprint and World Canoe/Kayak Slalom Championships this year ahead of the London Olympic Games. This year’s Canoe/Kayak Worlds serve as qualifying events for the London Olympics. Coverage has already began of the World Sprint Championships (note: I’m sorry for not posting this earlier, I was away). Sportsnet’s deal includes rights to both World Championship events, the Canoe Sprint World Cup, the Canoe Slalom Wolrd Cup and the Mazda Canoe/Kayak Knockout event, which takes place in September in Toronto.

Sportsnet is using the British Eurosport coverage of Canoe Sprint World Championships this weekend. Here is the broadcast schedule for the two World Championship events.

Canoe Sprint World Championships (Szeged, Hungary)
Friday 8/19, 10:00am ET on East/Ontario
Saturday 8/20, 9:00am ET on One
Sunday 8/21, 7:00am ET on One

Encore broadcasts
Friday 8/19, 7:00pm ET on East/Ontario/West/Pacific
Saturday 8/20, 3:00pm ET on East/Ontario/West/Pacific
Sunday 8/21, 2:00pm ET on Ontario; 5:00pm PT on Pacific

Canoe Slalom World Championships
Saturday 10/10, 6:00am on One
Sunday 10/11, 6:00am on One

Encore broadcasts
Monday 10/12, 3pm ET on East/Ontario*
Monday 10/12, 3pm MT on West*
Monday 10/12, 3:30pm PT on Pacific*

*These encores will two hour broadcasts that will combine Saturday and Sunday coverage.

2011 Track & Field on CBC Schedule

As hard as it may be to believe, the final full season of summer amateur sports before the London 2012 Olympic Games is about to begin. We have now hit May, which means it is time to take the focus off winter sports (with the exception of hockey, I guess) and move it over to summer sports. Here at Canadian Sports Media Blog I will be putting some extra focus on summer amateur sports over the next 14 months in the buildup to the London Games.

I’ll start today with CBC’s Championship Track & Field schedule for this season. CBC will air complete coverage of many events including the Diamond League series, World Cross Country Championships, Canadian Championships, World Youth Championships and the World Athletics Championships from Daegu, Korea. Here is their complete broadcast schedule

Saturday 5/7, 2:00pm – Qatar Grand Prix (Doha, Qatar)
Saturday 5/14, 2:00pm – World Cross Country Championships (Punta Umbria, Spain)
Saturday 5/21, 4:30pm – Shanghai Grand Prix (Shanghai, China)
Saturday 5/28, 2:00pm – Golden Gala (Rome, Italy)
Saturday 6/4, 4:00pm – Prefontaine Classic (Eugene, Oregon)
Saturday 6/11, 2:00pm – Bislett Games (Oslo, Norway)
Saturday 6/25, 4:00pm – Canadian Athletics Championships (Calgary, Alberta)
Saturday 7/2, 4:00pm – Athletissima (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Saturday 7/23, 2:00pm – Hercules (Fontvieille, Monaco)
Saturday 7/30, 3:00pm – DN Galen (Stockholm, Sweden)
Saturday 8/6, 2:00pm – London Grand Prix (London, United Kingdom)
Saturday 8/6, 4:30pm – London Grand Prix (London, United Kingdom)
Sunday 8/14, 12:30am – World Youth Championships (Lille, France)
Saturday 9/10, 3:30pm – World Class Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)
Satirday 9/17, Time TBA – Memorial van Damme (Brussels, Belgium)

World Athletics Championships (Daegu, Korea)
Saturday 8/27, 1:00pm – Day #1
Sunday 8/28, 1:00pm – Day #2 (feat. Men’s 100m Final)
Monday 8/29, 11:35pm – Day #3
Tuesday 8/30, 11:35pm – Day #4
Wednesday 8/31, 11:35pm – Day #5
Thursday 9/1, 11:35pm – Day #6
Friday 9/2, 11:35pm – Day #7
Saturday 9/3, 1:00pm – Day #8 (feat. Women’s Marathon)
Sunday 9/4, 2:00pm – Day #9 (feat. Men’s Marathon)

New Olympic Sports for 2014

There has been much talk in the international sporting community, especially within freeskiing and snowboarding circles, of the new sports that the IOC is looking at adding for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It is unprecedented for the IOC to still be considering sports for an Olympics that is less than three years away, but because of the strong support for the sports of freestyle skiing halfpipe and slopestyle, snowboarding slopestyle and women’s ski jumping they are. I am going to take a look at each of these sports and give my opinion on whether they should be in the 2014 Olympic program. I’ve been following them, in particular the freestyle skiing and snowboarding slopestyle, very closely this year.

In order to know why the IOC will accept a sport into the Winter Olympics, we have to know what the factors that they take into consideration are. First it needs to be popular throughout the world, but particularly in the United States, Asia and Europe. Second, it needs to be competitive. In other words one person can’t dominate the sport and various countries have to be represented among the top level of athletes. Another factor that comes into women’s ski jumping is that the IOC wants gender equality. That is why women’s boxing has been added to the London 2012 program. In considering sports for the Olympics, the IOC looks at the World Championships, as well as other major competitions.

I’ll start with women’s ski jumping, where the FIS World Championships were just completed in Oslo, Norway. Women’s ski jumping made a strong bid to be added to the Vancouver 2010 program, but just came up short. I think we can all agree that ski jumping has had a long history on the Olympic programming and is hugely popular in Europe. Looking at the results of the World Championships, an Austrian, an Italian and a French woman finished in the podium. Seven different countries were represented in the top ten. Thirteen different countries were represented in the top 30, which is the cutoff line to make the second jump. This shows that, especially at the top, women’s ski jumping is very competitive between different nations. The only main problem that women’s ski jumping faces is that it still isn’t a part of the World Cup, which is exclusive to me. I’m sure that if it is added to the Olympics, this will change though.

Snowboard slopestyle may be the hardest event of them all to judge. This event has existed at pro events, like Winter X Games, and on the Ticket To Ride World Tour for years now. However, the official international governing body FIS, is relatively new to the game. FIS held their first slopestyle competition at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary just before the Olympics last year. The second was at the World Championships in January and the third was at Canada Olympic Park again last week. Because FIS is so late in the game, none of the top slopestyle competed in either event this year. The World Championships featured men from five different countries in the top ten, and women from six different countries in the top ten. While this may be important to FIS and the IOC, in all  reality it doesn’t matter because only one of the twenty athletes would have a chance at an Olympic competition.

On top of the FIS events, which at the time are few and far between and don’t even have their own Crystal Globe to hand out to the overall winner at the end of the season, there are numerous major slopestyle competitions in the world throughout the season. These include Winter X Games, Winter X Games Europe, the US Open, the European Open and the Arctic Challenge. The IOC has stated that they will also take these events into consideration when discussing the inclusion of snowboard slopestyle at the Olympics because they better represent what an Olympic final would look like. Not only do the FIS fields pale in comparison to these events, but the FIS courses also don’t have the jumps and features that allow the best athletes to shine. The US Open and Winter X Games Europe haven’t taken place yet this year, so I will look at the other three events.

I’ll start with the European Open, which I just watched over this past weekend on Rogers Sportsnet. The men’s top ten there featured athletes from eight different countries, while the women’s top ten featured athletes from seven different countries. The Arctic Challenge featured men from five countries and women from six countries in the top ten. At Winter X Games men from five different countries made the top eight, while women from eight different countries made the top ten. The women’s result included all of the top six being from different countries. Slopestyle definitely has a lot of support in Europe and the United States. It hasn’t caught on like halfpipe has in Asia, but I think that would change if it is added to the Olympic program. If you ask me, it is the best snowboarding discipline because it combines rail features with jumps.

Freestyle skiing has two disciplines looking for a 2014 Olympic spot. I’ll start with the one that seems like a guarantee, halfpipe. Snowboarding halfpipe has been in the Olympics since 2002, so the infrastructure is already there for skiing halfpipe. Also, unlike snowboarding, FIS does a pretty good job of getting the top skiers to show up to their competitions. It also helps that the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, which most of the top skiers are apart of, has a deal with FIS where its events are also worth points on the AFP Tour. In freestyle skiing halfpipe the big events are Winter X Games, Winter X Games Europe, the FIS World Championships and the Dew Tour events.

Let’s start by looking at the Winter X Games results. The men’s event only featured athletes from three countries in the eight person final, while the women’s event also only had athletes from three countries in the eight person final. At the World Championships, held only a week later, five countries were represented in the men’s top ten and five countries were represented in the women’s top ten. While there isn’t a lot of diversity in skiing halfpipe right now, the fact that the pipe is already there, which makes it a good economic decision to add in the event, should mean that skiing halfpipe is an Olympic event in Sochi.

Finally on to freestyle skiing slopestyle. It is in much the same boat as its snowboarding brother, FIS competition is fairly new. However, it does have one thing going for it, the FIS World Championship course at Deer Valley, Utah is one of the top courses in the world and is at the same level as most of the major pro events. The men’s event at Winter X Games had athletes from six countries making the eight person final, while the women’s event had skiers from four countries making the top ten. One week later at the World Championships, men from six countries cracked the top ten, while women from four countries made the top ten. It is easy to see the diversity of the men’s event, while the women’s event has a little catching up to do with Canada, the United States, Norway and Australia’s Anna Segal dominating the competition.

In the end I think the women’s ski jumping and skiing halfpipe events are almost certainties to be added in. The support is there, the infrastructure is there and there is a high level of competition. The slopestyle events in both snowboarding and freestyle skiing may have to wait until 2018. The biggest reason for this is that they are both barely supported by FIS. I think it might be beneficial, especially for women’s skiing slopestyle, to have four more years of competition that includes more FIS World Cups. While the top athletes won’t compete in many of these events, especially on the snowboarding side, it will allow other countries to get involved. Having said that, I think that the two slopestyle events are a package deal. Either both of them get added, or neither is added. I also hope they are included because, as I said earlier, they really show how is the best technical athlete in their respective sports.

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And now TSN Picks up the Tour de France

TSN continued it’s “tour” of buying major sports properties today as it picked up exclusive Canadian coverage of the Tour de France. The 98th edition of the Tour will be the first to air on TSN and the first to air in high definition. This year’s race will be run from July 2 until July 24 covering approximately 3500km over 21 stages. I think that we will see most coverage air on TSN2, especially early on because TSN will be airing Wimbledon. TSN’s coverage of The Open Championship will also certainly send coverage over to TSN2 for a few days.

At the end of last year’s Tour de France OLN, which has broadcast the Tour in Canada for many years, made a quite announcement that it would no longer carry the premiere cycling  event. This is the second big mainstream deal for cycling in Canada, previously a World Cup race in Quebec was aired on Sportsnet One last September. I give credit to both TSN and Sportsnet for airing this Olympic sport in the years leading up to their London 2012 coverage. I expect that TSN will use the Versus broadcast from the United States that we have saw in Canada on OLN for many years. I think that Versus’ coverage is okay, but not amazing.

EDIT: See more information (including a live and encore broadcast schedule) on TSN’s Tour de France coverage here.

Shaw Media Applies for Sports Channel

The news came out late on Friday afternoon that Shaw Media (owners of Shaw Cable, Global TV etc.) have applied to the CRTC to launch their own mainstream sports channel. Shaw is just the latest media giant to apply to the CRTC for this since the CRTC rules that sports channels could now compete with the first (and for the longest time protected) mainstream sports channel, TSN. Rogers, CBC and MLSE have also applied to the regulator for their own mainstream sports channel; all of those applications have been approved. So far only the Rogers channel, Sportsnet One, has launched. Based on this history, it is expected that the Shaw channel will be approved too and I think it is likely that it will launch within a couple years.

A mainstream sports channel would do many things for Shaw, especially considering they have the only national OTA channel without a sports department and are the only major cable/satellite provider without a mainstream sports channel. By having “Shaw Sports” they would have a bargaining chip when negotiating with the likes of Bell and Rogers. By having a mainstream sports channel they would be able to put the same kind of pressure on Rogers to add their channel as Rogers did when Sportsnet One launched back in the summer. Of course as much as this makes great business sense, it could turn out ugly for the average Canadian sports fan.

This will also give Global a cable partner when buying rights to certain sports events. Shaw could be the exclusive home to events like The Masters, Wimbledon and the PGA TOUR. As of now Global owns OTA rights to all of those events, but TSN has cable rights largely because Global doesn’t have a cable channel to buy cable rights. This could also put Global back into open-wheel racing with the IndyCar Series. Imagine the Toronto and Edmonton races back on Global, likely with Canadian production backed by Shaw, while the other IndyCar events all get live coverage on Shaw Sports instead of being pushed to tape delay because of NASCAR as often happens on TSN. In this scenario it would also make sense for the Indianapolis 500 to air on Global. Of course all of this could lead to other the other golf majors airing on Shaw/Global and maybe even the same for the other tennis Grand Slams and the Rogers Cup. I think that Shaw would be more interested in these individual sports than Rogers seems to be, which would offer TSN more competition in bidding.

Of course Shaw would also be extremely interested in regional NHL rights for the Flames, Oilers and Canucks, all of whom are within Shaw Cable’s territory. Not to mention events like curling and the CFL, where they could probably really give TSN a run for their money. This could also be Global’s way back into airing the NFL. I would expect Shaw to make a run at one of the Sunday afternoon packages, as well as Sunday Night Football if this channel is approved.

The most interesting aspect of this story is the timeline for when the channel will be approved. The CRTC will hear, and likely approve, the application in early April. It is also expected that the IOC will accept bids on the 2014/2016 Olympic Games in Sochi and Rio in the spring. I think that this channel could be setting up a possible CBC/Shaw bid on those Olympic Games. This would work well because Shaw has the money, while CBC has the on-air talent. They would be going up against the Olympic consortium of CTV-Rogers in all likely and I think both CBC and Shaw know this is their only chance of winning Olympic rights. Personally I’d love to see CBC win Olympic rights back. CTV did a great job in 2010, but the Olympics on CBC just seem more special.

Meanwhile the Financial Post reported just a couple weeks ago that TSN will be looking for higher rates fees from providers (and as a result consumers) when they negotiate new deals in the coming months. This is likely a result of Rogers asking a premium for Sportsnet One. I’ve read figures that put Sportsnet One’s monthly rate above that of TSN, TSN2 and the regional Sportsnet channels even though it doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of quality programming of any of those channels. As a result, Rogers has set a precedent for an asking fee for sports channels and it will almost certainly result in consumers spending a lot more money in future years.

Other News & Notes

  • I thought that ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open was better than usual this year. The lack of a bottomline and Mary Carillo were pluses in my opinion. Chris Fowler has really developed as a play caller, but he is still nowhere near as good as Dick Enberg. ESPN should have Enberg call the men’s final for a few years before he retires.
  • ESPN’s coverage of Winter X Games was excellent, as usual, too. The only downside in Canada was that coverage got delayed on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night because TSN2 was airing programming that ran over its allotted time. I know that Winter X Games is only a microcosm of the Olympics, but I’d like to use them, along with the tennis Grand Slams and World Cup, as proof that ESPN would do a fine job broadcasting the Olympics.
  • The NHL All Star Draft (I refuse to use the word “fantasy” because it wasn’t a fantasy draft) on Friday night was a lot better than I expected. TSN handled the broadcast very well, even though James Duthie seemed a bit awkward interviewing players who were drafted. I think that it would have been a good idea to have a flamboyant NHL player, like Alex Ovechkin, interview the players as they were drafted.
  • Brian Burke showed how much of a hypocrite he is on Saturday when he said that the last draft pick was overblown by the media and isn’t a big deal, only to follow it up with his thoughts that next year the end of the draft should be handled differently so the last draft pick isn’t know. My idea is to have the last two picks flip a coin and whoever wins gets to choose what team he wants to be on.
  • As for CBC’s coverage of All Star Weekend, I found the Skills Competition to be a bit all over the place. Instead of putting the bug in the top right corner they put it in the bottom right where it was in the way of the  graphics half of the time. There also seemed to be a lack of co-ordination between Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy in the booth and Scott Oake and John Forslund who were on the ice hosting the broadcast for CBC and Versus.  I don’t think that CBC even aired their panel discussion on the NHLPA Player Poll after the SuperSkills, which was promised. Instead they found it more important to be off the air at 10pm sharp to show the CBC premiere of the American movie Crash. Now Crash is a fine movie, but CBC certainly should have stuck around until 10:30pm for their promised panel discussion.
  • CBC also ran into some trouble on Sunday when the BDO Canadian Open curling match ran well past its scheduled end time of 4pm ET and into the All Star Game broadcast by almost 20 minutes. As I watched the 8th end just before Glenn Howard sent it to an extra end I could almost feel the CBC execs sweating in Toronto as curling was one shot away from running into their precious All Star Game broadcast. At least they made the right decision to stick with the curling until it finished. I didn’t watch much of the All Star Game, but it seems like CBC did a fine job. One benefit was that Gary Bettman declined to appear because he didn’t want to put up with the asshole that can be Ron MacLean take away attention from the players on their weekend. It seems that the replacement, the NHL Guardians Project, was even worse though. CBC made another bad decision at the end of the game when they hurried off-air to air an episode of Heartland. I remember when they used to treat All Star Weekend like it was really special, but considering how quickly they ended their broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday it seems it isn’t as important to them anymore. This is just part of how Hockey Night in Canada has really gone downhill lately. I was only half paying attention to the broadcast, but I don’t think they even showed the MVP presentation or many post-game interviews.
  • The Super Bowl is coming this weekend. Later in the week I will have a post that will include highlights of the weekend for Fox, CTV, TSN, NFL Network etc. I will also have a post on who will be able to watch Fox’s coverage without a CTV simsub. I’m looking for reader contribution on this, so if you were able to watch the Fox feed (by a legal means, so no American satellite or streams) last year then post your city and provider in the comments section.

2011 Canada Winter Games on TSN

The 2011 Canada Winter Games will take place this February in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They will bring together the best young Canadian athletes, many of whom have aspirations to make the national team in their sport someday. TSN and TSN2 will be broadcasting the Canada Games for the second straight time. They also broadcast the 2009 Summer Games from Prince Edward Island. Coverage will include hockey, curling, speed skating, curling and boxing. Here is the broadcast schedule

Friday 2/11, 6:00pm – Opening Ceremony – TSN2
Saturday 2/12, 3:00pm – Men’s Hockey: BC vs. Quebec – TSN2
Sunday 2/13, 1:00pm – Long Track Speed Skating – TSN2
Monday 2/14, 2:30pm – Short Track Speed Skating – TSN
Tuesday 2/15, 9:00am – Women’s Curling – TSN
Wednesday 2/16, 3:00pm – Men’s Hockey: Quarterfinal – TSN
Thursday 2/17, 12:30pm – Short Track Speed Skating – TSN2
Friday 2/18, 6:30pm – Men’s Hockey: Championship – TSN2
Monday 2/21, 3:00pm – Women’s Hockey: Ontario vs. Saskatchewan – TSN2
Tuesday 2/22, 9:00am – Men’s Curling – TSN2
Wednesday 2/23, 3:00pm – Women’s Hockey: Quebec vs. New Brunswick – TSN2
Thursday 2/24, 11:30am – Snowboarding: Halfpipe – TSN2
Friday 2/25, 9:30pm – Boxing Finals – TSN2
Saturday 2/26, 8:00pm – Women’s Hockey: Championship – TSN2
Sunday 2/27, 12:00pm – Closing Ceremony – TSN

Everything Your Need to Know About Winter X Games 2011

For anyone who enjoyed the snowboarding and freestyle skiing at last year’s Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the 2011 Winter X Games in Aspen will be a must watch event. This is the Super Bowl for the top athletes in snowboarding, freestyle skiing and snowmobiling (which, I’ll admit, I know nothing about). TSN2 will be airing coverage in Canada, picking up the ESPN feed from the States. So, now here is everything you need to know about the 2011 Winter X Games this weekend from Aspen, Colorado.

I’ll start with the TV schedule. All coverage is on TSN2 and available in high definition (all times ET). Approximate broadcast times are in brackets when available.

Thursday January 27 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Slopestyle Qualifying (12:00pm-2:00pm)
Snowmobile: Freestyle Elimination (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Friday January 28 from 1:00am-3:00am (TD)
Snowboard: Men’s Halfpipe Qualifying (1:00am-2:30am)
Snowmobile: Freestyle Final (2:30am-3:00am)

Friday January 28 from 12:00pm-3:00pm
Freestyle Ski: Women’s Slopestyle Final
Freestyle Ski: Women’s Superpipe Final
Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle Qualifying (12:00pm-2:00pm)

Friday January 28 from 9:30pm-1:00am (TD)
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Superpipe Final (9:30pm-10:45pm)
Snowboard: Best Method
Snowmobile: Speed & Style Qualifying (10:45pm-11:15pm)
Snowboard: Men’s Big Air Qualifying (11:15pm-midnight)
Snowmobile: Speed & Style Final (midnight-12:30am)
Snowboard: Men’s Big Air Final (12:30am-1:00am)

Saturday January 29 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Snowboard Cross: Women’s Final (4:00pm-4:30pm)
Snowboard: Real Snow
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Slopestyle Final (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Saturday January 29 from 9:00pm-11:00pm
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Big Air Qualifying (9:00pm-9:45pm)
Snowboard: Women’s Superpipe Final (9:45pm-10:30pm)
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Big Air Final (10:30pm-11:00pm)

Sunday January 30 from 12:30pm-6:00pm
Snowboard: Women’s Slopestyle Final (12:30pm-1:15pm)
Skier Cross: Men’s & Women’s Finals (1:15pm-3:15pm)
Snowmobile: SnoCross Final (3:15pm-3:45pm)
Snowmobile: Adaptive SnoCross Final
Snowboard Cross: Men’s Final
Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle Final (3:45pm-5:00pm)
Mono Skier Cross: Final

Sunday January 30 from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Snowboard: Street Final
Snowmobile: Best Trick Final (7:30pm-8:00pm)
Snowboard: Men’s Superpipe Final (8:30pm-10:00pm)

ESPN Commentators

Here is a list of people who will be calling all of the action on TV.
Sal Masekela (Host & play-by-play)
Zach Crist (Ski Cross analyst)
Mike Douglas (Freestyle Ski analyst)
Chris Ernst (Freestyle Ski play-by-play)
Chris Burandt (Snowmobile analyst)
Todd Harris (Snowboard analyst)
Paul Page (SnoCross play-by-play)
Cameron Steele (Snowmobile play-by-play)
Tes Sewell (SnoCross analyst)
Sarah Burke (Men’s Freestyle Ski reporter)
Tina Dixon (Reporter)
Jenn Brown (Reporter)

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2011 Snowboarding on CBC Schedule

CBC will be carrying coverage of the 2010-11 FIS snowboarding World Cup as well as the World Championships from La Molina, Spain in January. The snowboardcross events will feature the top riders in the world. It remains to be seen if the top halfpipers will compete in the World Championship halfpipe event this year. All times ET, except those marked with a *, which are local.

Saturday 1/15, 4:00pm – World Championships: Big Air
Saturday 1/22, 1:00pm – World Championships: Snowboard Cross, Halfpipe, PGS
Sunday 1/23, 12:00pm* – World Championships: Parallel Slalom (will air at 1pm AT, 3pm CT, 2pm MT and 1pm PT)
Sunday 2/19, 2:00pm – Stoneham: Snowboard Cross
Saturday 2/26, 2:00pm – Stoneham: Halfpipe & PGS
Saturday 3/5, 3:00pm – Calgary: Halpipe & Slopestyle
Saturday 3/19, 3:00pm – Valmalenco: Snowboard Cross
Sunday 3/20, 1:00pm* – Valmalenco: PGS
Saturday 3/26, 2:00pm – Arosa: Snowboard Cross

2010-11 Alpine Skiing World Cup on Sportsnet Schedule

Better late then never, Sportsnet has finally released the broadcast times for its 2010-11 Alpine Skiing World Cup coverage. All times are ET.

Date Site Event East Ontario West Pacific One
Sun 12/12 St. Mortiz Women’s GS 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 6pm
Fri 12/17 Val Gardena Men’s SG 7:30pm 7pm 4pm 11pm 6pm
Wed 12/29 Bormio Men’s DH 7pm 9pm 10pm 6pm
Thu 1/6 Zagreb Men’s SL 7pm 7:30pm 4pm 10pm 6pm
Sun 1/16 Wengen Men’s SL 5pm 2pm 4pm 10pm 6pm
Sun 1/23 Cortina Women’s GS 5pm 2pm 4pm 10pm 6pm
Sun 2/27 Are Women’s SG 5pm 2pm 4pm 10pm 6pm
Sun 3/6 Kranjska Gora Men’s SL 5pm 2pm 4pm 10pm 6pm
Sun 3/13 Kvitfjell Men’s SG 3:30pm 4pm 4pm 10pm 6pm
Wed 3/16 Lenzerheide Men’s DH 7pm 6pm
Thu 3/17 Lenzerheide Men’s SG 2pm 7pm 10pm 6pm
Fri 3/18 Lenzerheide Men’s GS 7pm 2pm 7pm 6pm

Freestyle Skiing on Sportsnet and CBC Schedule

Rogers Sportsnet has announced its 2010-11 Freestyle Skiing World Cup schedule. Events will air on all 4 regional channels and One. Here is the full schedule and it is subject to change. All times ET.

Date Event East Ontario West Pacific One
Sat 1/8 Meribel – Moguls 4:30pm 4pm 8pm 8:30pm 6pm
Sat 1/15 Beida Lake – Aerials 4:30pm 4:30pm 7pm 7pm 6pm
Sat 1/22 Mont Gabriel – DM 4pm 4pm 7pm 7:30pm 6pm
Sun 1/23 Mont Gabriel – Aerials 3:30pm 1pm 5pm 4pm 5pm
Sat 2/12 Calgary – Moguls 4:30pm 4pm 7pm 7:30pm 4:30pm
Sun 2/13 Calgary – Aerials 5pm 1pm 5pm 5pm 6pm
Sat 3/26 Are – Moguls 4:30pm 5pm 5pm 10:30pm 6pm
Sat 4/2 La Plagne – Halfpipe 5pm 5pm 5pm 9:30pm 6pm

And now here is CBC’s schedule. Coverage is also available on

Sat 1/8, 3:00pm ET – St. Johann: Ski Cross
Sat 2/5, 5:00pm ET – World Championships (Deer Valley)
Sat 3/5, 1:00pm ET – Grendelwald: Ski Cross
Sun 3/13, 2:00pm local – Branas: Ski Cross
Sat 3/19, 4:00pm ET – Myrkdalen: Ski Cross
Sun 3/20, 2:00pm local – Myrkdalen: Moguls

Wed 2/2, 3:30-5pm – World Championships: Moguls
Thu 2/3, 11:30am-1:30pm – World Championships: Slopestyle
Fri 2/4, 3:30-5:30pm – World Championships: Ski Cross
Fri 2/4, 9:30-11pm – World Championships: Aerials
Sat 2/5, 1-2:30pm – World Championships: Halfpipe
Sat 2/5, 9:30-11pm – World Championships: Dual Moguls

2010-11 Skiing and Snowboarding on NBC

As we get closer and closer to winter more and more TV schedules for winter amateur sports come out. Canada’s top freestyle skiiers and snowboarders try to build off of their success in Vancouver last February. NBC will televise some World Cup and other major events that take place in the US.

Alpine Skiing
Sunday 11/28, 1:00-2:00pm – Aspen Winternational: Women’s GS
Sunday 12/5, 2:00-3:00pm – Audi Birds of Prey: Men’s Downhill

Sunday 12/12, 2:00-3:00pm – Copper Mountain Grand Prix: Halfpipe
Sunday 12/26, 3:00-4:00pm – Visa Snowboardcross World Cup (Telluride)
Saturday 2/19, 1:00-2:00pm – U.S. Snowboardcross Championships
Saturday 3/12, 1:00-2:00pm – Mammoth Grand Prix: Halfpipe

Freestyle Skiing
Saturday 1/29, 2:00-3:00pm – Lake Placid Freestyle World Cup

2010-11 Alpine Skiing World Cup on Sportsnet

Exact broadcast times are coming soon, but for now here are the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events that will air on Rogers Sportsnet this winter.

Friday 12/4 – Beaver Creek: Men’s Downhill
Sunday 12/6 – Beaver Creek: Men’s Giant Slalom
Sunday 12/12 – St. Moritz: Women’s Giant Slalom
Friday 12/17 – Val Gardena: Men’s Super-G
Wednesday 12/29 – Bormio: Men’s Downhill
Thursday 1/6 – Zagreb: Men’s Slalom (this is a night race, an absolute must watch)
Sunday 1/16 – Wengen: Men’s Slalom
Sunday 1/23 – Cortina: Women’s Super-G
Sunday 1/30 – Chamonix: Men’s Combined
Sunday 2/27 – Are: Women’s Downhill
Sunday 3/6 – Kranjska Gora: Men’s Slalom
Sunday 3/13 – Kvitfjell: Men’s Super-G
Wednesday 3/16 – Lenzerheide: Downhills
Thursday 3/17 – Lenzerheide: Super-Gs
Friday 3/18 – Lenzerheide: Slaloms and/or Giant Slaloms

2010-11 Figure Skating on CBC Bold Schedule

CBC Bold will provide live coverage of many of the figure skating events that air on CBC. Coverage will also be streamed on  All times ET

Skate Canada International (Kingston, Ontario)
Friday 10/29, 11:30am-3:00pm & 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday 10/30, 2:00-6:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm
Sunday 10/31, 12:30-2:00pm & 3:00-5:00pm

Canadian Championships (Victoria, BC)
Friday 1/21, 6:00pm-midnight
Saturday 1/22, 12:30-6:00pm & 8:00pm-2:00am
Sunday 1/23, 3:00-9:00pm & 10:00pm-midnight

ISU World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Wednesday 3/23, midnight-9:00am (encore at 3:30pm)
Thursday 3/24, 12:30-8:30am (encore at 4:30pm)
Friday 3/25, 4:00-8:30am (encore at 3:30pm)
Saturday 3/26, midnight-8:30am (encore at 4:30pm)
Sunday 3/27, 3:00-5:30am (encore at 10:00pm)

2010-11 Bobsleigh & Skeleton on CBC Schedule

Same as all of the other schedules, CBC will once again have bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup coverage this season. All times are ET, except those marked with a *, which are local.

Saturday 11/27, 5:00-6:00pm – Whistler World Cup
Sunday 11/28, 2:00-3:00pm* – Whistler World Cup
Saturday 12/4, 1:00-2:00pm – Calgary World Cup
Sunday 12/5, 2:00-3:00pm* – Calgary World Cup
Saturday 12/11, 3:30-4:30pm – Park City World Cup
Saturday 1/15, 3:00-4:00pm – Ilgis World Cup
Saturday 1/22, 2:00-3:00pm – Winterburg World Cup
Saturday 2/19, 1:00-2:00pm – World Championships (Konigsee)
Saturday 2/26, 11:00am-noon – World Championships (Konigsee)