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    NBC Coverage of Skate America and Ice Network

    There doesn't seem to be any connection between the two. If you've been reading some posts that the lesser portionfof SA or Nats on LIVE TV on NBC is not shown, you can just plug into IceNetwork. - NOT TRUE

    IceNetwork is an individually owned organization that replays much of the Sports World under it's official name. (I forgot the name). There is a connection with USFS but not with NBC.

    I believe it will be for SA that the Ladies and Dance that are not shown LIVE on NBC will be available on IceNetwork - not right away, but eventually. The Men and Pairs will not be shown on NBC ever. So you'll have to pay for this. Keep tuned.

    Check out USFS latest e-mail which talks about IceNetwork. (I don't know how
    to post a link.)

    Be happy that NBC will bring you some ladies and dance live.

    US Nationals? Lets wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Check out USFS latest e-mail which talks about IceNetwork. (I don't know how to post a link.)
    Do you mean this article titled "Icenetwork.com Showcases the Future at Governing Council" that was published last week?
    http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_story.asp?id=38538

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    I have a feeling that Ice Network is going to be much, much more expensive this coming year. Last year was relatively cheap because it was a teaser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    The Men and Pairs will not be shown on NBC ever.
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    From this 4/23/07 USFS article titled "More Details on NBC/U.S. Figure Skating Partnership":
    "Parts of the ladies and ice dancing finals at 2007 Skate America will be shown live during a two-hour broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 28, on NBC. The two-hour show may also include taped coverage of the pairs and men's finals taking place Oct. 27. Icenetwork.com and NBCSports.com will also provide a combination of live and on-demand domestic coverage of the remainder of the entire competition."

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    Let's just wait until the TV schedule comes out before we start complaining about what's not covered...shall we? For all we know they may put more coverage on TV (or less!).

    I'm curious to see how NBC will handle the Nats coverage. I'm just glad the ladies' freeskate is back in primetime...that was a tradition and I was disappointed to see ESPN gut it and push it back to the afternoon. As for Skate America, this is just a "showcase" I feel. I wonder if it will get HD coverage. Did we get men's and pair's coverage of SA on ABC?

    But it really shouldn't matter who televises the event...as long as we get to see it, right?

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    Makes no sense that Ice Dancing, the lowest draw of all the skating disciplines, would be shown over the other two. I don't think it will end up turning out like that.

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    It's because the FD will be on Sunday right before the Ladies FS. They'll probably show the last 3 Dance teams live (the leaders after the OD will be the last 3 to skate), then show taped coverage of the Men and Pairs FSs until the top group of ladies is ready to skate live. That's how I see it playing out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuranthium View Post
    Makes no sense that Ice Dancing, the lowest draw of all the skating disciplines, would be shown over the other two. I don't think it will end up turning out like that.
    I don't think that ice dancing is the least popular discipline any more.

    In recent seasons on ABC/ESPN, ice dance was grouped with ladies and men's with pairs in the TV coverage. It did seem at first that this was a 1&4 versus 2&3 arrangement, so that maybe people would tune in to see the ladies and we could slip a little dance in on the QT.

    But now I wouldn't be surprised if ice dance were number two in terms of audience appeal. For one thing, the U.S. has several really good dance teams now, and for the first time ever are in the running for international medals.

    Second, as singles skating becomes "more like a sport" (as the infamous phrase goes), maybe dancing ("more like entertainment") will seem fresher. Look how popular Dancing with the Stars is.

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    Deleted - misunderstanding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Do you mean this article titled "Icenetwork.com Showcases the Future at Governing Council" that was published last week?
    http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_story.asp?id=38538
    No. Try

    newsletter@usfs.org.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    But there's already live coverage of Mens and Pairs FS scheduled (so far). However, they could slip in some SPs in there.
    Is there LIVE coverage for Mens and Pairs on Saturday on NBC? I would hope so but I am under the impression that NBC allotted 2 hours for Skate America and just for Sunday. Is that correct?

    And there doesn't seem to be any coverage of any skating on an affiliate.

    We still don't know the plans of IceNet except they will show some competitions, but what and when? It won't be LIVE., and it will have to be subscribed to.

    So much BS being posted on how great NBC is and how bad ESPN was.duh.

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    You're right about the SA schedule though- 2 hrs on Sunday, Ladies and Ice Dance. (some articles give the possibility of some taped coverage of the mens and pairs, though I question how they'd fit that in a 2-hr broadcast unless they cut the commercials, lol)

    No one can praise or criticize NBC yet for their coverage because they have yet to air any skating. Same with Ice Network.

    ETA: Here's a reference article for folks: NBC laces up US figure skating

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...956e67b0490177

    we know this much:

    The network will get 10 hours of programming a year, starting with a live two-hour block on Sunday, Oct. 28, from the Skate America event in Reading, Pa. It will continue with seven hours of live coverage from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on the weekend of Jan. 26-27. That will include men's and women's singles plus pairs and ice dancing. Another hour will be the Exhibition of Champions.
    there's also a clause in there that states that both NBC and USFS can move events around, so I have a feeling it will come down to who's popular and who's doing well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    But now I wouldn't be surprised if ice dance were number two in terms of audience appeal. For one thing, the U.S. has several really good dance teams now, and for the first time ever are in the running for international medals.
    Almost no casual fan of skating knows or cares about that. They want the excitement of the big moves the other disciplines put out.

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    Also, when JOE was talking about the contract I thought he meant that Men's and Pair's wouldn't be shown on TV at all. I didn't realize he just meant they wouldn't be shown LIVE.

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