FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
U.S. FIGURE SKATING AND NBC SPORTS GROUP LAUNCH “FIGURE SKATING PASS” ON NBC SPORTS GOLD – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER STREAMING PRODUCT
NBC Sports Gold will also offer “Speed Skating Pass” as Part of the Partnership
Fans will be able to watch domestic and international competitions on more devices than ever before
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 3, 2018 – U.S. Figure Skating and NBC Sports Group announced today the launch of “Figure Skating Pass” on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product, giving fans access to live and on-demand domestic and international figure skating competition beginning with the 2018-19 season. “Figure Skating Pass” is part of U.S. Figure Skating and NBC Sports Group’s recently announced media rights agreement that extends through the end of the 2026 season, and will complement NBC Sports Group’s robust linear coverage plans.
“‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold will allow the sport of figure skating and our amazing athletes to be showcased to an even broader audience,” U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. “Subscribers will be able to consume our sport across dozens of supported devices, providing unprecedented convenience to our passionate fans and members.”
“Figure Skating Pass” programming on NBC Sports Gold will feature content previously offered on to subscribers on icenetwork.com, including live coverage of the U.S. Championships (junior and senior), ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, ISU World Championships, ISU Four Continents Championships, ISU European Championships and the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Live offerings will also include the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships (senior, junior and collegiate levels) and the U.S. Sectional Championships for both figure skating (senior and junior levels) and synchronized skating (senior, junior and collegiate levels). All live events, as well as the U.S. Regional Championships (junior and senior levels), will be available on-demand.
In addition to offering a “Figure Skating Pass,” as part of the eight-year partnership, NBC Sports Gold will also offer a “Speed Skating Pass” featuring short track and speed skating events, including the ISU World Cup and World Championship, beginning with the 2018-19 season.
“NBC Sports Gold super-serves passionate fans, and we’re excited to offer figure skating and speed skating fans the content they love, with the flexibility to enjoy it on the platform of their choice,” said Portia Archer, Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Services, NBC Sports Group.
Other figure skating competition levels (novice, intermediate and juvenile) and events (including multiple levels of Synchronize Skating, the U.S. Adult Sectional and Championships, Theatre on Ice and more) which were previously available on icenetwork.com will be available via a free streaming service launching for the 2018-19 season as part of the updated U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone platform.
NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions. Click here for more information.
“Figure Skating Pass” coverage on NBC Sports Gold is in addition to the more than 80 hours of programming per season that will be on NBC and NBCSN through the 2025-26 season. The full schedule of events, pricing and when both the “Figure Skating Pass” and “Speed Skating Pass” subscription services will be available for purchase, will be announced soon.
-U.S. Figure Skating-
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 750 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Learn to Skate USA programs representing more than 184,200 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.
–NBC Sports Gold-
NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — launched in 2016 with a “Cycling Pass,” which included the 2016 Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Monument Classics such as the Paris Roubaix, and more. In addition to its “Cycling Pass,” which this season includes more than 25 races, in 2017 NBC Sports Gold expanded its offerings to include a “Track and Field Pass,” offering access to more than 25 major events; a “Rugby Pass,” including every Premiership Rugby match, select Women’s Rugby World Cup matches, the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens and the 2018 Six Nations Championship; a “Pro Motocross Pass,” featuring the entire 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season; a “Premier League Pass” giving fans in the U.S. exclusive access to 130 live Premier League matches plus the most robust offering of Premier League shoulder programming ever available in the U.S.; and an international “Notre Dame Football Season Pass,” offering fans in 13 international countries access to every home game during the 2017 season. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV V4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.