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MAY BE A TURNING POINT for CURLING in USA! FRIDAY NITE is CURLING NITE in AMERICA!

This press release from the United States Curling Association is exciting news for those who are interested in seeing curling grow in the USA!  A few excerpts:

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.

The curling is not live.  It is recorded from December and will include several teams from other nations as well as the USA.  Here is a grid:

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

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
January 23, 2015Curling Night In AmericaNBCSN11 p.m.
February 6, 2015Curling Night In AmericaNBCSN11 p.m.
February 13, 2015Curling Night In AmericaNBCSN12 a.m.
February 20, 2015Curling Night In AmericaNBCSN11 p.m.
February 27, 2015Curling Night In AmericaNBCSN11 p.m.
March 20, 2015Curling Night In AmericaNBCSN11 p.m.

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

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
January 22, 2015Curling Night In AmericaUniversal Sports Network2 p.m.
January 30, 2015Curling Night In AmericaUniversal Sports Network2 p.m.
February 6, 2015Curling Night In AmericaUniversal Sports Network4 p.m.
February 15, 2015Curling Night In AmericaUniversal Sports Network6 p.m.
February 27, 2015Curling Night In AmericaUniversal Sports Network6 p.m.
March 13, 2015Curling Night In AmericaUniversal Sports Network3 p.m.

There will be several leading US curlers including Pete Fenson, the skip (captain) of the bronze medalist US team in Turin in 2006.

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.

Of course you should be able to access the curling action on electronic devices as well.  If you want to know more contact Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199 (office) or 608-338-9900 (mobile).  If you live in Richmond area and want to know more about curling go here:  http://curlingva.org/

I hope that clubs can use this for some great publicity for the great sport of curling is still laregly untainted by the sports imperialism that afflicts the Olympics today.  And always remember:  My views on curling or sports are my own and no one elses!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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