BREAKING: Sportsnet, CBC back on curling ice

Sportsnet debuted this new look in October 2011

Oh, what a wild ride it’s been.

But this is the sport of curling. Would you expect anything less?

The news is poised for official announcement tomorrow morning at the mammoth Real Sports Grill in Toronto. After months of negotiations, Sportsnet and CBC are teaming up to broadcast the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series.

And in the nick of time, too. Three events are confirmed for 2012-13 and the first one gets underway very soon – November in fact – in southern Ontario. Then the Glenn Howards, Niklas Edins, Mike McEwens and Kevins (Martin and Koe) of the curling world will jet to Saskatchewan in late January, before ending the series in southern Ontario in April – in downtown Toronto, of all places, according to sources.

This is amazing news for curling fans. Just a few months after a nasty public fight between CBC and previous Slam rights holder iSport Media and Management, the CBC is back in the curling TV game. But they’re not the big cheese on this particular sheet of ice – that would be Sportsnet, the original broadcaster of World Curling Tour action (circa 1998/99) and the Grand Slam series (circa 2001)… and the same Sportsnet that is embroiled in a teeth-and-nails sports television war with TSN, the official broadcaster of Canadian Curling Association events.

Competition is fun, is it not?

We’re expecting to see Howard in T.O. for tomorrow’s announcement, and perhaps Martin as well – bleary-eyed from a last-minute flight from Edmonton.

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for the official word…

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