|THE SLAM OWES A LOT TO PIERRE CHARETTE|
|Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:39|
Rogers Sportsnet announced on August 30 that they have bought the Grand Slam of Curling series from the financially distressed Insight Sports. See the press release below.
Broadcast details are still to be worked out but CBC will also be invloved in sharing the telecasts.
This is indeed great news for curling but also exceptional news for Gatineau's Pierre Charette. Charette is President of the World Competitive Players Association and has lead this organization for a number of years through good times and bad.
He has never waivered in his determination to keep this series alive and healthy even though event money and prize money was close to evaportating.
I have it from a good source that he even had to use his own resources to financially guarantee last season's Slams.
Hopefully he can rest easy.
Sportsnet Purchases Grand Slam of Curling;
Launches New Events Division
-Sportsnet to own and operate all aspects of the Grand Slam of Curling-
-Builds on Sportsnet’s diverse portfolio of assets and enhances engagement with sports fans-
-Series to air on Sportsnet and CBC through sub-licensing agreement-
TORONTO (August 30, 2012) Sportsnet today announced it has purchased the Grand Slam of Curling and will be establishing a new events division. This purchase marks a significant milestone for Sportsnet, as the multiplatform media brand expands its diverse portfolio into the sports events category, furthering its commitment to providing fans with premium sports experiences and content across multiple platforms.
Sportsnet will now wholly own and operate the Grand Slam of Curling, which is part of the World Curling Tour. The elite series of men’s and women's curling events features the best teams from across Canada and around the world. The Grand Slam of Curling was acquired by Sportsnet from Insight Sports Ltd.
“Curling is an essential part of our Canadian sports fabric, and the Grand Slam of Curling is the cream of the crop in international curling events,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcasting, Rogers Media. “We are proud to own and operate the Grand Slam of Curling, as it furthers Sportsnet’s commitment to producing world-class content, anyplace, anyhow and anywhere and allows us to integrate and engage the sports fan in innovative ways through our new events division. Sportsnet intends to grow the Grand Slam of Curling like never before.”
“On behalf of the Grand Slam players, we are thrilled to welcome Sportsnet as the new owners of the Grand Slam of Curling,” said Pierre Charette, President, World Competitive Curlers Association. “This is great news for the Canadian curling community as a whole. Sportsnet will operate events that are second-to-none, broadcast more games and take the Grand Slam of Curling to another level.”
The 2012-13 Grand Slam of Curling series kicks off with The Masters, taking place in Brantford, ON from November 14 to 18. The series will air on Sportsnet and CBC, through a sub-licensing agreement. Additional details regarding the full 2012-13 Grand Slam of Curling schedule and broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Sportsnet has a long history of producing and televising curling. The network’s curling coverage began with the inaugural season of the World Curling Tour when the network launched in 1988, and has continued with various curling events including the Grand Slam of Curling between 2001 and 2006.
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About the Grand Slam of Curling
Held annually since 2001-02, the Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women's curling bonspiels which feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. Owned and operated by Sportsnet, the Grand Slam of Curling events are part of the annual World Curling Tour and consistently present the strongest fields in curling. The Grand Slam of Curling series is also closely tied to the Canadian Curling Association's qualifying process for the Olympic Winter Games. Through their performance in the Grand Slam series events, teams can earn a significant amount of points towards securing a berth at the Canadian Olympic Trials.