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CN8 to broadcast 2009 Eastern Sectional Champs

Comcast to bring this competition to TV for fifth time

Nancy Kerrigan, a former winner of the Eastern Sectional Championships, is excited to have the event lead off the season for her skating show on CN8.
Nancy Kerrigan, a former winner of the Eastern Sectional Championships, is excited to have the event lead off the season for her skating show on CN8. (Getty Images)

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(09/10/2008) - CN8, The Comcast Network, and U.S. Figure Skating announced Wednesday that CN8 will televise the 2009 Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships. This marks the fifth time that CN8 has brought the sectional championships to Comcast households in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Coverage of the event will kick off the 2008-09 season of "Nancy Kerrigan's World of Skating," CN8's widely acclaimed skating series.

"U.S. Figure Skating is happy to once again be working with CN8 to offer coverage of the 2009 Eastern Sectional Championships," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "Our great relationship with CN8 continues to increase the exposure for some of our top, up-and-coming skaters while providing fans on the East Coast with the chance to enjoy more skating action on television."

The CN8 broadcast of the 2009 Eastern Sectional Championships will compliment icenetwork.com's live and on-demand coverage of the event for fans subscribing to the icenetwork.com "Season Pass." The Web site's coverage will also feature analysis by the two-time Olympic medalist Kerrigan.

"The Eastern Sectional Championships is an event with great tradition and a long list of champions who have gone on to have outstanding careers," Kerrigan said. "As a competitor myself, doing well at Easterns was always a big goal, and I know that today's skaters feel the same way. This is a perfect way for us to launch the series this year."

Kerrigan won gold as a senior at the Eastern Sectional Championships every year from 1989-91. Several other titans of the sport have also competed in the event over the years, including Dick Button, Tenley Albright, Carol Heiss Jenkins, Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton. Past CN8 coverage of the Eastern Sectional Championships has included gold-medal performances by Olympians Johnny Weir (2004) and Emily Hughes (2005).

The 2009 Eastern Sectional Championships take place Nov. 11-15, 2008, at the Skating Club of Boston and will be televised by CN8 on the following dates and times:
• Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. - Senior ladies
• Sat., Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. - Senior ladies (replay)
• Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. - Senior men
• Sat., Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m. - Senior men (replay)

Pairs and ice dancing will be covered and included in one or both of the shows.

"Whether you're a casual fan of figure skating or a passionate devotee, these shows will be a treat," said Jon Gurevitch, CN8 Sports vice president. "You're getting a glimpse into the real grass roots of the sport, and you just may get a look at whoever is destined to be next big star."

CN8's coverage of the 2009 Eastern Sectional Championships will be available to most Comcast subscribers in the CN8 coverage area in mid-to-late December via the "On Demand" service for no extra charge.

CN8, The Comcast Network

CN8, The Comcast Network provides more than 9 million Comcast cable viewers with a unique brand of live, interactive television delivered over its own fiber-optic network to 12 states and 20 television markets stretching from Maine to Virginia and Washington, D.C. CN8 was founded in 1996 and has quickly grown to become the nation's leading regional cable network, airing more than 90 hours a week of original programming from its six studios in the Baltimore, Boston, Delaware, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas. CN8 provides in-depth coverage and analysis of special events and important news that broadcast networks often ignore. Since its inception, CN8 has delivered on its mission to continually reshape and revolutionize regional television and its relevance to local, regional and national viewers. CN8 is a member of The White House Correspondents' Association, and its programming and hosts have been honored by the industry with more than 370 regional Emmy Award nominations.

U.S. Figure Skating

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 1,425 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 184,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States, including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.