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CURLING ON TV


‘Curling Night in America’ to return for fourth season on NBCSN; Omaha to host production this month


By Terry L. Davis, Editor


Te next series will begin in October and run into December, which will be followed in February by NBC’s extensive 2018 Olympic Winter Games coverage. Ten in March and April 2018, NBCSN will carry coverage of the World Curling Championships for women’s, men’s and mixed doubles competition. Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., the site of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team


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Trials for Curling in November, will host 12 teams in August for the compe- tition and production of the next “Curling Night in America” series. Tese eight new programs will air as a lead-in to the Olympic Team Trials and U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials. “Since securing the bid to host the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for


Curling, we have witnessed growth in public awareness, excitement, antici- pation, and curiosity relating to the sport throughout Omaha. Tis trend will continue as we host Curling Night in America,” said Wes Hall, Presi- dent/Executive Director of the Omaha Sports Commission. “Curling Night in America will bring a new to focus to Omaha, one with an international flair, and serve as a great preview before the Trials this November.” In conjunction with the World Curling Federation, U.S. Curling Associa-


tion, and the United States Olympic Committee, NBC Sports Group will air the series beginning in October. Te made-for-TV international curling event, which debuted in 2014, will feature three American teams taking on China, Japan, and Scotland in team and mixed doubles competition. Te U.S. teams will include the Jamie Sinclair and Heath McCormick teams as well as the mixed doubles duo of Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.). “With the next Curling Night in America series starting in the fall, fans


will be able enjoy an exceptional amount of curling on U.S. television from October right through the Men’s World Curling Championships in April 2018,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful for the partnerships with NBC, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the World Curling Federation, and USA Curling sponsors that make this pos- sible. Having this international event in Omaha as a precursor to the Olym- pic Trials is also a significant bonus, and we’re thankful for the support of the city and Omaha Sports Commission in making this happen.” Similar to this year’s event (the competition is titled the U.S. Grand Prix


of Curling), a points system will be used to determine a champion in each division as well as an overall victor. In addition, prize money will be up for grabs. Te U.S. won its first U.S. Grand Prix of Curling title last year. Te Sinclair rink finished the 2016-17 season ranked as the top U.S.


women’s team on the World Curling Tour and captured the 2017 USA Curl- ing National Women’s Championship in February. Sinclair, 25, will lead the U.S. squad for the second time (and third overall series appearance) on “Curling Night in America.” Her team includes Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.). McCormick’s team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), and Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.) was the top ranked U.S. men’s team and helped Team North America capture the Continental


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he fourth rendition of “Curling Night in America” on NBC Sports Network will kick off an unprecedented amount of cover- age of the sport on American television for the 2017-18 season.


Te U.S. will be represented by Team Jamie Sinclair, Team Heath McCromick and the mixed doubles duo of Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton in the fourth season of “Curling Night in America” on NBCSN.


Cup title in January. Te Hamilton siblings won their first mixed doubles national championship title this winter and helped the U.S. secure a berth for mixed doubles at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games. Q


Tickets on sale for ‘Curling Night in America’ in Omaha


Tickets for the fourth rendition of “Curling Night in America” on


NBC Sports Network are now on sale. Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., the site of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling in November, will host 12 teams on August 24-26 for the competition and produc- tion of the next Curling Night in America series. Games are scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets also can be purchased at Baxter Arena or by calling 800-745-3000. All-session ticket packages are $20 for adults and $10 for youth.


Day passes are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Single session tick- ets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Youth tickets may only be purchased in person at Baxter Arena.


Chris Plys (leſt) and Korey Drop- kin will be members of Team USA for Curling Night in America. Photo by Steve Seixeiro for USA Curling


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