Friday, September 12, 2008

2008 Grand Prix Going Online

Well, since Figure Skating isn't the cash cow it use to be here in the U.S., with the exception of Skate America, Americans will have to go to either or YouTube to catch the Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Disney, which held the rights and showcased the Grand Prix on ESPN, ended their contract with the ISU last season. NBC only picked up Skate America, Nationals, and Worlds, which left no home for the other Grand Prix events. There will also be no television coverage of the Four Continents Cup or Europeans. These too will be available on

"This unprecedented coverage of these prestigious ISU events illustrates the commitment of to bring more skating coverage than ever before to fans of the sport around the country," David Raith, executive director of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, which co-owns with MLB Advanced Media, said in a statement.

Interestingly, these events will only be available to U.S. subscribers of icenetwork (I suspect because everyone else is lucky enough to have television coverage!). So, for the first time I'll be tuning to icenetwork for my figure skating fix...but I'm not very pleased about it!

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