Men’s Curling Skins Event Returns to TSN
– Casino Rama Curling Skins Game marks first curling event at a Canadian casino –
TORONTO, April 4 – In the midst of a highly successful season for Canadian curlers, TSN today announced the return of its popular made-for-TV curling event with the Casino Rama Curling Skins Game. The TSN original production will air live on December 8 and 9 in three, 3-hour telecasts.
The announcement was made on TSN today by Vic Rauter during the network’s coverage of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. This marks the first year of a three-year partnership between TSN and Casino Rama.
The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game is an annual all-Canadian event featuring four invited Canadian men’s rinks competing for a total cash purse of $100,000 (Cdn) plus additional prizing. The selected rinks will be announced in the fall and will be comprised of past and present champions representing different provinces and territories across the country. “TSN has produced and televised curling skins events for 19 years and they have been extremely popular with fans and viewers across the country. This is a perfect opportunity for TSN to bring back the skins game,” said Phil King, President, TSN. “The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game launches our curling broadcast season, complements our Season of Champions events and brings TSN together with a first-rate entertainment facility in Casino Rama.”
TSN produced and televised curling skins events from 1986 to 2004 as part of its all-encompassing curling coverage. TSN has been televising curling since the network’s inception in 1984.
Located 90 minutes north of Toronto, Casino Rama will stage the Casino Rama Curling Skins Game in its world-class 5,000-seat Entertainment Centre, marking the first time a curling event will be held at a casino in Canada.
“Casino Rama is much more than a gaming facility. We are one of Ontario’s premier entertainment destinations with first-class activities including gaming, concerts, production shows, spas and dining,” said Jeff Craik, Vice-President of Marketing, Casino Rama. “We set our sights on being the first-to-market with unique events. We always go big and look for the ‘wow’ factor in all that we do. This event has all of those makings.”
Casino Rama will build a curling rink exclusively for the event. The casino has hired the best curling icemaker in the business in Hans Wuthrich, icemaker for the Tournament of Hearts, Brier and World Championships. Wuthrich will work in conjunction with Ontario-based CIMCO, the preferred rink equipment supplier to the NHL.
“Casino Rama is the perfect fit for this type of event on many levels. Like the Skins Game, the venue provides an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere that specializes in entertainment. TSN’s curling audiences are very similar to Casino Rama’s customers,” said Randy Paul, Managing Director, TSN Events. “This event will deliver big-time excitement, which is fitting with Casino Rama’s brand position.”
Ticket sales, along with further details of the event format, broadcast schedule and player confirmation, will be announced in September. In the meantime, fans can go to www.TSN.ca/curling for updated information on the event.
Beginning in the 2008/09 curling season, TSN will be the exclusive Canadian home of all eight Season of Champions events, including the semis and finals. The deal between the network and the Canadian Curling Association runs through the 2013/14 season, and includes morning, afternoon and evening draws.
About Casino Rama
Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino Rama is Ontario’s only First Nation’s commercial casino. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, nine unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.
About TSN Events
Established in 2003, TSN Events was created to develop a wide-variety of original branded programming and event platforms to supplement TSN’s traditional live sports and news coverage. TSN Events acquires sports marketing rights, develops original programming and grassroots initiatives, and leverages the strength and capabilities of the TSN brand to meet customer objectives and exceed fan expectations. TSN Events’ assets include NASCAR Canada, Degree Poker Championship and Casino Rama Curling Skins Game.
TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada’s Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN’s flagship news program, SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans from across the country.(*) TSN’s comprehensive broadcast schedule also features the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling; NASCAR including the Daytona 500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the Indy 500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA Champions League Soccer; HBO World Championship boxing; and Figure Skating including the national championships. TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcing TSN’s position as Canada’s Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is available in 8.8 million households. TSN’s programming and news content is also available online at TSN.ca.
(*)2005/2006 Roper Canada – Winter
For further information: Andrea Goldstein, TSN, (w)(416) 332-7575, [email protected]; Jenna Hunter, Casino Rama, (w)(705) 329-5179, [email protected]; Jeff Craik, Casino Rama, (w)(705) 329-5180, [email protected]