Universal Sports Network and USA Swimming Extend Television Partnership Through 2016

  5 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | January 14th, 2013 | Featured, National, News

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Universal Sports Network and USA Swimming announced today the extension of their agreement to air USA Swimming’s marquee events in the U.S. through 2016. The deal gives Universal Sports exclusive multiplatform rights to the annual Arena Grand Prix Series as well as rights to other USA Swimming Grand Prix competitions.

The announcement comes in advance of The Austin Grand Prix, the second stop of the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series, which will air exclusively LIVE on Universal Sports on January 19 and 20 at 7 PM ET.

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Nathan Adrian, Olympic Gold Medalist, will compete at the 2013 Austin Grand Prix (Photo Credit: Tim Binning)

The three-day meet in Austin, Texas is slated to feature a marquee line-up of swimming stars, including Olympic gold medalists Missy FranklinRyan LochteNathan AdrianRicky Berens and Tyler Clary. Calling the network’s coverage in Austin will be veteran play-by-play announcer Paul Sunderland and analyst Rowdy Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Universal Sports will cover all remaining events of the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series this year following Austin, including meets in Orlando, Florida; Mesa, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Santa Clara, California.  Then, beginning on July 20, Universal Sports will team with NBC Sports to present exclusive coverage of the 2013 FINA Aquatics World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, featuring many of the top stars of the USA Swimming team.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with USA Swimming, and build upon the success of the past four years of our relationship,” said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. “Swimming is an integral part of our programming lineup, and this agreement reinforces our commitment to these outstanding athletes and providing the growing U.S. Swimming community with the events they crave.”

USA Swimming recently announced new details for the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series, including $150,000 in prize money. The federation’s new eight-year partnership with Arena offers swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events. (Swimmers with remaining NCAA eligibility will not be able to accept event prize money.)

“Our extended partnership with Universal Sports allows swim fans the opportunity to watch world-class swimming throughout the year, not just once every four years,” said Mike Unger, USA Swimming Assistant Executive Director. “From our enhanced broadcast scheduled to the addition of $150 thousand in prize money, we’re excited to continue to grow the Arena Grand Prix Series.”

Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule: USA Swimming’s 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series

ALL TIMES ET – subject to change 

Date                       Time (ET)                               Location                                 Event                                                       

January 19             7-8:30 PM LIVE                     Austin, TX                              2013 Austin Grand Prix

January 20             7-8:30 PM LIVE                     Austin, TX                              2013 Austin Grand Prix

February 15          6-7:30 PM LIVE                     Orlando, FL                           2013 Orlando Grand Prix

February 16          6-7:30 PM LIVE                     Orlando, FL                           2013 Orlando Grand Prix

April 11                  8-9:30 PM LIVE                     Mesa, AZ                                2013 Mesa Grand Prix

April 12                  8-9:30 PM LIVE                     Mesa, AZ                                2013 Mesa Grand Prix

May 11                   6-7:30 PM LIVE                     Charlotte, NC                        2013 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix

May 12                   6-7:30 PM LIVE                     Charlotte, NC                        2013 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix

May 31                   8-9:30 PM LIVE                     Santa Clara, CA                     2013 Santa Clara Grand Prix

June 1                    8-9:30 PM LIVE                     Santa Clara, CA                     2013 Santa Clara Grand Prix

This SwimSwam post is a press release.

Comments

  1. WHOKNOWS says:
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    Does not help the areas not served by Universal… (like comcast provider)

    • jarrerttbrown says:
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      Yeah… I wish that NBCUniversal own a lot more than a minority share. The company that owns the other share, InterMedia Partners, like money a little too much I guess and wants the cable companies to negotiate to carry their channel. It sucks so much not having commentary during the races when watching the live feed via USA Swimming.

  2. Jean Marie says:
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    Same here – cablevision dropped Universal Sports so I won’t be able to watch this unless online.

    • jarrettbrown says:
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      Jean Marie: I’m in the same boat and Cablevision didn’t drop it, Intermedia screwed everything up and made it so that the cable companies had to pay more.

  3. beachmouse says:
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    We’re Directv subscribers and can go yaay at the news.

    And it’s probably a plus for US because they’ve got to be getting more viewers with swimming than they do for their usual winter fare of ski jumping and biathlon.

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