U.S. Figure Skating Announces Multi-Year Deal with CN8, The Comcast Network

(1/24/08) - U.S. Figure Skating has announced a multi-year partnership with CN8, The Comcast Network. Under the terms of the agreement, CN8 will broadcast selected U.S. Figure Skating events as part of the “Nancy Kerrigan's World of Skating” series.

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,” Raith continued.

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 of 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. 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 and junior dance

  • Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m.
U.S. Championships – Junior men and junior pairs
  • Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23, Noon
U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
  • Saturday, March 1, 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 15, 5 p.m.
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.

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