Sportsnet and Curl BC sign major 10-year agreement

Curling in BC has been given a major boost thanks to a new agreement signed by Sportsnet and Curl BC.

The 10-year agreement gives Sportsnet the rights to air all Curl BC curling championships, including the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship and the Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships.

Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said: “This is fantastic news for BC curlers and all fans of curling. The 10-year agreement gives us the opportunity to promote the roaring game on network television and to put our provincial curlers on the national stage. It’s a great opportunity.

“Sportsnet is a premier broadcasting organization and we know the coverage will be superb.”

Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance and Sports Programming at Sportsnet said: “As curling’s popularity continues to grow at an impressive rate, Sportsnet is committed to providing curling fans with increased access to high-calibre events such as the Provincial Curling Championships.”

“By building on the growing popularity of the sport, these agreements allow us to expand our curling coverage while elevating the profile of these events, as well as the sport of curling across Canada.”

The deal begins in the 2013-14 season

Sportsnet has also signed a 10-year agreement with the Alberta Curling Federation, Manitoba Curling Association, and Ontario Curling Association. They will be delivering the men’s and women’s championship events on television, online and for mobile platforms.

As part of an existing agreement with Curl BC, Shaw TV will broadcast the 2012-13 championships, including the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship in Surrey from January 14-20, 2013, and the Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Curling Championship in Parksville from February 5-10, 2013. Shaw will also be televising the Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships for the first time in 2013. The event is from January 1 to 6, 2013, in Coquitlam.

Kamloops to host 2014 Tim Hortons Brier

The City of Kamloops has been awarded the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association (CCA).

The 85th edition of the Canadian men’s curling championship will be played March 1-9 at the Interior Savings Centre. It will mark the second time that Kamloops has hosted the Brier, after staging the 1996 renewal won by Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton, who stole the victory against Alberta’s Kevin Martin in an extra end in one of the most exciting finals in history.

It will also mark just the seventh time that British Columbia has hosted the Brier since the championship began in 1927 in Toronto.

“We are delighted to be announcing today that the premier men’s curling event in the world, the Tim Hortons Brier, has been awarded to Kamloops,” said the CCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Stremlaw.

“The year 2014 is stacking up to be an incredible Olympic year with some very unique championship locations and events being hosted by the CCA. We were very pleased to see such support from the City of Kamloops during the bidding process as they put together an impressive bid to ensure that the Tim Hortons Brier would come to their beautiful city.”

Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said: “It’s a great day for curling in BC. It’s nice to know the winning team from the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, hosted by Vancouver Curling Club, will go on to represent BC in Kamloops.”

Tim Hortons began its title sponsorship of the Brier in 2005 in Edmonton and has extended its agreement through 2014.

Tickets for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier are expected to go on sale in February of 2013. The winning team will then represent Canada at the World Men’s Curling Championship, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation.

There are also some new aspects to the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier. First of all, the winning team will become Team Canada and receive an automatic entry into the 2015 Brier. Secondly, an as-yet-to-be-determined number of provinces/territories, based on the results of the 2014 event, will play a relegation round immediately prior to the 2015 Brier, in order to determine which ones qualify for the 12-team draw.

In addition to the 1996 Brier, Kamloops also staged the Canada Cup competition from its inception in 2003 through 2008 and the 1998 Ford World Curling Championships, when won by Canada’s Wayne Middaugh and Sweden’s Elisabet Gustafson.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome back the best curlers in the world to the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier,” said Host Committee Chair Norm Daley, who held a similar post for the 1998 Worlds and Canada Cups. “Kamloops has had a rich tradition with curling events and we know that this one will be no exception. Our community has great memories of the Canada Cups, the Ford Worlds and 1996 Brier. We look forward to the opportunity to again showcase our City as we host this prestigious championship.”

The Brier will be televised exclusively and extensively in Canada by TSN and RDS, from the round robin, through the Page Playoffs, semi-final, bronze medal and gold medal games.

“In 2014, Tim Hortons will proudly celebrate its 10th year as title sponsor of the Brier,” said Bill Moir, Chief Brand and Marketing Officer, Tim Hortons. “Each year we look forward to the excitement the Brier ignites in Canadians. We join them in anticipation of another great event.”

When Kamloops hosted the 1996 Labatt Brier, 127,746 fans attended the event. In 1998, the attendance for the Ford Worlds was 93,530. The Interior Savings Centre seats approximately 6,000.

The Brier has been played in 31 cities across Canada, from Victoria to St. John’s. Manitoba has won a leading 27 Briers. Alberta is next with 25 victories, followed by Ontario with 10, after Glenn Howard’s win last season in Saskatoon. British Columbia has four titles – in 1948 (Frenchy D’Amour of Trail), 1964 (Lyall Dagg of Vancouver), 1994 (Rick Folk of Kelowna) and 2000 (Greg McAulay of New Westminster). New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Yukon/Northwest Territories have yet to win.

Meanwhile, the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Monsanto, will be held March 2-10 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, with the winner representing Canada at the Ford World Men’s in Victoria, B.C., March 30-April 7.

Practice ice this Thursday

Due to our cancelled bonspiel this weekend we now have practice ice available this Thursday from 3-11pm. Ice is available on a serve come, first served basis. The bar will also be open from 5:30pm onwards.

Practice ice will not be available outside of leagues that are scheduled for this weekend as we will be performing ice maintenance.


Register for the Marpole Men’s Bonspiel

The Marpole Men’s Bonspiel is now accepting registration for the Nov 22-25 event. Your $260/team entry fee includes a team buyback, BBQ steak dinner, free beer jugs and free munchies. You will also enjoy the live entertainment of the Sweet Soul Burlesque girls, raffle prizes, 50/50 draws and a turkey shoot.

Curlers can take advantage of a special rate of $85/night at the Coast Airport Inn Hotel just by mentioning the event.

Please register by Monday, Nov 19 on the sign-up board at the club or by contacting the manager (Robbie) at 604-327-3400 or