TORONTO (October 29, 2013) Sportsnet is ready to rock, as the Grand Slam of Curling hits the ice in Abbotsford, BC this week for another season of high-stakes action with the Masters, the first of four events in the 2013-14 series. Taking place from Thursday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, Sportsnet’s coverage of the hotly anticipated event begins Thursday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET/ 9 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, and Pacific (full broadcast details below).
Attracting the best curlers in the world, the Masters features 15 men’s and 15 women’s teams competing in a round-robin style bonspiel for a combined purse of $200,000. This year’s lineup includes Team Stoughton (Winnipeg), Team Edin (Sweden), and Team Howard (Coldwater, ON) on the men’s side, with Team Homan (Ottawa), Team Jones (Winnipeg) and Team Muirhead (Scotland) competing in the women’s draw (full team list here).
Sportsnet’s team of curling experts will be on hand at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre to call the action, with Rob Faulds handling the play-by-play alongside 1998 Olympic silver medallists and former teammates Mike Harris and Richard Hart, and 1998 Olympic gold medallist Joan McCusker.
$1 Million Bonus Returns
For the second straight year, the Grand Slam of Curling will offer a $1 million bonus to the men’s team that can win all four events in the 2013-14 series. If the same men’s team does not win all four Grand Slam of Curling events, the top three men’s teams – based on the Grand Slam points system – will split an additional $100,000 purse.
Additionally, a $100,000 bonus is available to a women’s team should they win the two women’s events – the Masters and the Players’ Championship. If the same women’s team does not win both events, the top three women’s teams – based on the Grand Slam points system – will split an additional $25,000 purse.
Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. In addition to the Masters, the 2013-14 series also includes the Canadian Open (Medicine Hat, AB, November 13-17), the National (Fort McMurray, AB, March 12-16, 2014) and the Players’ Championship (Summerside, PEI, April 15-20, 2014). Tickets for the Masters can be purchased online at http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca/
Sportsnet’s curling talent are available for interviews to discuss the Masters.
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The Masters Broadcast Schedule
Note: Through a sub-licensing agreement, the broadcast of the Grand Slam of Curling is shared with CBC. The Masters men’s quarter-finals and final will be broadcast by CBC.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Friday, Nov. 1
Saturday, Nov. 2
Sunday, Nov. 3
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