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Universal Sports announces GP Series schedule

Broadcast schedule for 2010-11 season

NBC Sports, Universal Sports and icenetwork.com team up to deliver unprecedented coverage of the 2010 Grand Prix Series.
NBC Sports, Universal Sports and icenetwork.com team up to deliver unprecedented coverage of the 2010 Grand Prix Series. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(09/21/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - NBC Sports and Universal Sports, along with U.S. Figure Skating, announced Tuesday the broadcast schedule for the 2010 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

NBC Sports will broadcast 12 hours of live and taped coverage of five Grand Prix events, including Skate America, and the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on Dec. 12, in Beijing, China. Universal Sports will show more than 34 hours of original programming from five events, as well as re-broadcasts of the featured programming that appears on NBC Sports.

"The Grand Prix events will be a cornerstone of Universal Sports' programming lineup during the upcoming winter season," said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. "We are excited to team with U.S. Figure Skating to enable figure skating fans nationwide to watch all of their favorite athletes in world-class competition both on TV and online."

In addition, UniversalSports.com and icenetwork.com will combine to deliver an unprecedented amount of online video coverage, with 90-plus hours of live streaming -- every session of every event -- plus on-demand replays, highlights, interviews and analysis.

UniversalSports.com will offer live and on-demand coverage of six Grand Prix events (including the Cup of China and excluding Skate America) for a one-time subscription fee of $14.95; icenetwork.com will provide live coverage and on-demand replays from all seven stops on the Grand Prix circuit as part of the annual icenetwork.com subscription package. Both sites will also deliver news, blogs, photos, standings and more.

The deal was made possible after Universal Sports acquired the rights to the Grand Prix Series from the ISU last summer. This marks the second straight year that coverage of the Grand Prix Series events will appear on NBC and Universal Sports, and third consecutive year coverage will appear on icenetwork.com.

"U.S. Figure Skating is pleased to again team with NBC, Universal Sports and icenetwork.com to offer exceptional coverage of the Grand Prix Series," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "Figure skating fans will now have the opportunity to follow our elite athletes throughout the entire Grand Prix season, competing against the best figure skaters in the world."

2010 ISU Grand Prix Series Schedule on NBC Sports (all times ET, check your local listings for times in your area)
Sunday, Oct. 31: NHK Trophy (Japan) 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Skate Canada International 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14: Skate America 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21: Rostelecom Cup (Russia) 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28: Trophée Eric Bompard (France) 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12: ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (China) 12-2 p.m.

A detailed broadcast schedule for Universal Sports will be released at a later date. NBC Sports and Universal Sports will both televise the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and Universal Sports will have coverage of the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, which take place March 21-27 in Tokyo, Japan.