FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
“CURLING NIGHT IN AMERICA” RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON ON NBCSN TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET
Nine-Episode Television Event Features Teams from United States, China, Japan and Scotland in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Competitions
Curling Night in America and World Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships Total More Than 150 Hours of Curling Coverage Through April
Last Year’s Curling Night in America Telecasts Averaged More Than 100,000 Viewers
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 18, 2017 – Curling Night in America returns for a third consecutive season tomorrow, January 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event kicks off more than 150 hours of curling coverage that will air on NBCSN, Universal HD, and NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, highlighted by the World Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in March and April.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide live streaming coverage of all Curling Night and World Curling Championship telecasts.
Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of the Olympic Channel, Home of Team USA.
CURLING NIGHT IN AMERICA – BEGINS TOMORROW AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Curling Night in America features Team USA, as well as China, Japan, and Scotland, and includes one men’s, women’s and mixed doubles team from each nation competing in round-robin tournaments. A points system will be used to determine a winner in each division (men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles), as well as an overall champion.
The Team USA men’s rink is led by 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time Olympian John Shuster, while the Team USA women’s rink is led by skip Nina Roth. 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Joe Polo and Tabitha Peterson represent Team USA in the mixed doubles competition.
Last year, China and Team USA were tied at the end of the overall competition, but China prevailed in a tie-break to win the overall title for the second consecutive year.
Jason Knapp (play-by-play), 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Pete Fenson (analyst), and Tanith White (reporter) provide commentary for all Curling Night in America telecasts. The event took place at the Duluth Curling Club, in Duluth, Minn., from Dec. 1-3.
Following this season’s debut on Thursday, most Curling Night telecasts will air on Friday nights on NBCSN each week through the finale on Friday, March 17. Last season, NBCSN’s 12 Friday night Curling Night in America telecasts averaged 101,000 viewers, up 28% vs. seven Friday night Curling Night telecasts in 2015 (79,000). Six of NBCSN’s 12 Friday night Curling Night in America telecasts drew more than 100,000 viewers, including the most-watched telecast on Friday, February 12 (157,000 viewers, Team USA vs. Japan – Women).
Following is the 2017 Curling Night in America telecast schedule on NBCSN:
|Thur., January 19||Team USA vs. China – Men||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri, January 27||Team USA vs. China – Mixed Doubles||7 p.m.|
|Fri., February 3||Team USA vs. Japan – Women||10 p.m.|
|Fri., February 10||Team USA vs. Scotland – Women||11:30 p.m.|
|Fri., February 17||Team USA vs. Japan – Mixed Doubles||10 p.m.|
|Fri., February 24||Team USA vs. Japan – Men||9 p.m.|
|Thur., March 2||Team USA vs. China – Women||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat., March 11||Team USA vs. Scotland – Mixed Doubles||9 p.m.|
|Fri., March 17||Team USA vs. Scotland – Men||9 p.m.|
WORLD MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
NBCSN, Universal HD and NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will combine to present more than 100 hours of the World Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships this March and April, including more than 30 hours of live coverage, and presentations of the gold medal games on NBCSN.
Coverage of the World Women’s Curling Championship from Beijing, China, begins Saturday, March 18, with pool play on NBCSN and Universal HD. Universal HD opens live coverage of the World Men’s Curling Championship from Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday,
John Shuster led Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2016 World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland, while the U.S. women finished in sixth at the 2016 World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Both U.S. teams still must qualify for the upcoming World Championships. More details regarding NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the World Championships will be announced leading into the event.
CURLING ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide extensive live streaming coverage of Curling Night in America and the World Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
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