Canada’s Sportsnet and CBC have released the broadcast schedule for Sportsnet’s first Grand Slam of Curling event, The Rogers Masters, which starts Wednesday evening in Brantford, Ont.
64 teams – 32 women’s and 32 men’s – from various curling nations will converge on the Telephone City to battle at no less than four different venues for a $200,000 prize purse. And there’s lots of action headed to the airwaves.
Coverage begins on Thursday, Nov. 15 on all four of Sportsnet’s regional channels (East, Ontario, West and Pacific) with round-robin games at 12 noon eastern time (ET) and 3:30pm ET. Two more games are scheduled for those channels on Friday, beginning at 3:30pm ET and 7:00pm ET.
Saturday sees a first quarterfinal match televised on sub-licensee CBC at 3:30pm, and a second QF televised later that evening, on Sportsnet One at 8:30pm ET.
Sunday morning Nov. 18 sees semifinal action airing at 8:00am ET on the four Sportsnet channels, while CBC gets the championship finals at 1:00pm ET.
As first revealed in the November print issue of The Curling News, former CBC curling analysts Mike Harris and Joan McCusker are on board for both Sportsnet and CBC this season, while longtime Sportsnet host Rob Faulds will handle the play-by-play. We also reported that another fresh face has been hired, and that person will work the next two Slams – December in Kelowna, BC and January in Port Hawkesbury, NS – alongside Harris, with McCusker returning to join Harris at the Players’ Championship at Toronto in April.
The November issue of The Curling News features, as always, the mammoth “Curling TV Guide” and while mention of The Masters is included, there were no specific channel and time details available at press time. Today’s news release confirms that a total of eight draws of live action will be televised; a first for any Grand Slam since the series was founded in the fall of 2001.