Friday Night is Curling Night on NBCSN beginning on Jan 23

Jan. 05, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

NBCSN and Universal Sports Network to present 24 hours of coverage of Curling Night In America

Friday Night Is Curling Night’ on NBCSN beginning on Jan. 23

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) -- In conjunction with the World Curling Federation, United States Curling Association, and the United States Olympic Committee, NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network will debut Curling Night In America in 2015, combining to present 24 hours of coverage from the inaugural U.S. Curling Grand Prix on NBCSN and Universal Sports Network.

NBCSN begins its Curling Night In America presentations on Friday, Jan. 23, the first of its six Friday night episodes that will air through March. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of all Curling Night In America telecasts airing on NBCSN.

Universal Sports Network will premiere Curling Night In America coverage beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, and continue through Friday, March 13. 

NBCSN and Universal Sports Network’s Curling Night In America telecasts will feature eight international teams, comprised of four men’s and four women’s teams from top rinks in the United States, China, Japan and New Zealand, competing in the inaugural U.S. Curling Grand Prix. The event took place Dec. 4-6 at the Four Seasons Curling Club, a USA Curling’s National Training Center, in Blaine, Minn.

“Curling has one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports, and has developed a cult following as a result of our Winter Olympics broadcasts,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming. “Just as Wednesday night has become ‘Rivalry Night’ for our NHL telecasts, and ‘Sunday Night is Football Night,’ we want viewers saying, ‘Friday Night is Curling Night.’” 

Following is NBCSN’s telecast schedule for Curling Night In America in 2015:

Date

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

January 23, 2015

Curling Night In America

NBCSN

11 p.m.

February 6, 2015

Curling Night In America

NBCSN

11 p.m.

February 13, 2015

Curling Night In America

NBCSN

12 a.m.

February 20, 2015

Curling Night In America

NBCSN

11 p.m.

February 27, 2015

Curling Night In America

NBCSN

11 p.m.

March 20, 2015

Curling Night In America

NBCSN

11 p.m.

 Following is Universal Sports Network’s Curling Night In America telecast schedule:

Date

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

January 30, 2015

Curling Night In America

Universal Sports Network

2 p.m.

February 6, 2015

Curling Night In America

Universal Sports Network

4 p.m.

February 15, 2015

Curling Night In America

Universal Sports Network

6 p.m.

February 27, 2015

Curling Night In America

Universal Sports Network

6 p.m.

March 13, 2015

Curling Night In America

Universal Sports Network

3 p.m.

The U.S. rinks will be led by 2012 national champion Heath McCormick and reigning U.S. women’s champion Nina Roth. McCormick’s rink will include Olympians Joe Polo, who earned a bronze medal as part of the U.S. team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, and Chris Plys, who was a member of the U.S. team in Vancouver in 2010.Pete Fenson, who served as skip of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team in 2006, and was an analyst for NBC Olympics’ curling coverage at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, will coach the U.S. men’s team while two-time Olympian (2014, 2002) Ann Swisshelm will coach the women's team.

World Curling TV produced the coverage from Blaine, and Carr-Hughes Productions of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will package the programs for NBCSN and Universal Sports Network.

“It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when so many different groups work together toward a shared goal and no one cares who gets the credit,” said Rick Patzke, interim CEO for USA Curling. “This event and the ensuing television programs are the culmination of all-out effort and support from NBC, the World Curling Federation and its member nations, the United States Olympic Committee, Fogerty Arena and Four Seasons Curling Club, USA Curling staff and national team program athletes and coaches, and the other competing nations. The benefits from this are exponential to the competing athletes as well as curling clubs around the country seizing upon the promotional opportunities.” 

CURLING ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live streaming coverage of all Curling Night In America telecasts on NBCSN.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

All live-event programming will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, and BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199 (office) or 608-338-9900 (mobile).