U.S. Figure Skating announces multi-year deal
Reaches agreement with CN8, Comcast Network
|David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating, is thrilled about the partnership. (Getty Images)|
Included in the partnership will be the junior-level competition at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. The agreement also allows for additional programming to be added at a later date.
"We're thrilled with the CN8 partnership," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "This opportunity will provide additional exposure for our athletes, something figure skating fans truly desire."
A key component of the partnership will be the opportunity for CN8 to syndicate their programming of these events across a national, and international, platform of Comcast and non-Comcast owned cable and network television outlets. U.S. Figure Skating and CN8 had a similar partnership in 2005 when that year's U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships (Lowell, Mass.) was produced by CN8 and made available to nearly 20 million homes via Comcast regional networks across the country.
"We think this partnership speaks volumes to the commitment of both CN8 and U.S. Figure Skating to ensure that we provide every opportunity possible for our skaters and fans to experience our sport," continued Raith.
CN8 has been a strong supporter of the sport of figure skating in the past, broadcasting multiple U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Championships over the past five years. The "Nancy Kerrigan World of Skating" series is a partnership between CN8 and StarGames, Inc.
"This is a tremendous example of the kind of unique and exciting programming that CN8 offers its viewers," said Jon Gurevitch, vice president, CN8 sports. "The junior-level competition is a wonderful chance to see the next generation of stars. And synchronized skating is the fastest growing and most visually breath-taking genre in the sport."
The preliminary CN8 broadcast schedule of the junior-level of the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, including coverage of all four disciplines, and the 2008 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships features more than 10 hours of tape-delayed competition. In addition to airing on CN8, the episodes will be available ON DEMAND for fans who miss the broadcast or want to watch it again at no cost to Comcast Digital Cable customers.
Tentative Broadcast Schedule at the time of release:
U.S. Championships - Junior Ladies & Junior Dance
Sat., Feb 2, 9:30pm
Sat., Feb 9, 4:30pm
U.S. Championships - Junior Men & Junior Pairs
Sat., Feb 16, 9:30pm
Sat., Feb 23, 12:00pm
U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
Sat., Mar 1, 9:30pm
Sat., Mar 8, 5:00pm
Sat., Mar 15, 5:00pm
Updates and additions to the broadcast schedule, including additional markets carrying these programs, will be released by U.S. Figure Skating and CN8 as they become available.
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 1,425 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 184,000 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.
About CN8, The Comcast Network: CN8, The Comcast Network provides more than 9 million Comcast cable viewers with a unique brand of live, interactive television delivered over its own fiber-optic network to 12 states and 20 television markets stretching from Maine to Virginia and Washington, D.C. CN8 was founded in 1996 and has quickly grown to become the nation's leading regional cable network, airing more than 90 hours a week of original programming from its six studios in the Baltimore, Boston, Delaware, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas. CN8 provides in-depth coverage and analysis of special events and important news that broadcast networks often ignore. Since its inception, CN8 has delivered on its mission to continually reshape and revolutionize regional television and its relevance to local, regional and national viewers. CN8 is a member of The White House Correspondents' Association and its programming and hosts have been honored by the industry with more than 370 regional Emmy Award nominations.