ESPN Preliminary Broadcast Schedule for 2007 GP
Got this from the Skatefans listing- someone reported it:
I assume the times listed are for EST:
November 11, Skate Canada, ESPN, 4:30p-7p
November 18, Cup of China, ESPN, 4p-7p
November 25, Trophee Eric Bompard - France, ESPN, 4p-7p
December 02, Cup of Russia, ESPN, 4p-7p
December 09, NHK Trophy, ESPN, 4p-7p
December 23, Grand Prix Final, ESPN, 4p-7p
Note that those dates are Sundays- Sunday afternoons, so they will be counterprogramming to football, and even Disson skating on NBC a few times. Tape delay will be at least one week for each event.
Last edited by R.D.; 07-05-2007 at 12:10 AM.
thanks for the info!
I gotta watch them at daybreak. cool..........
Last year a few events were moved over to ABC. I don't think that is happening this year because now ABC will televise NASCAR events on Sunday afternoons in the fall (taking over from NBC). Also, as this is the final year of ESPN's 5-yr contract with ISU, it's up in the air as to where we go from here. Do we lose GP event coverage? All skating coverage? Or does ESPN renew the deal as is (doubtful, since they didn't even keep national skating)?
It's very possible I might not have cable for the next year, so therefore I won't be able to watch these broadcasts with you guys. Maybe either someone will put them on Youtube, or make hq videos of the competition?
Last edited by R.D.; 07-05-2007 at 09:23 AM.
Given they are only 2-1/2 hours long for 4 disciplines each, how much will they show? Given they are taped, they are also edited to be sure Americans are shown if they podium.
I guess ESPN will not do anymore 3-1/2 hours.
Any news on who will do 2008 Worlds from Gothenberg?
thanks for the info, RD.
I have this incredibly sinking feeling that we aren't gonna see much of skating - as Joe points out 2.5 hours for 4 disciplines - and of course, commercials....
I guess I got a little spoinled during the Olympic year when we had pretty ok coverage.
That would be ESPN as well, but apparently we don't know that schedule yet. Nor do we know the schedule for the NBC portion of the coverage (but all we would need to know are times; looks like we will get one 2-hr broadcast of SA from them in Oct., a 2-hr. broadcast of the Nats Pairs Free Jan 27th, a 3-hr primetime broadcast that night of Dance/Ladies, and 2-hr broadcast the next day of the Men's Free. I take it there will also be additional online coverage on their website; that's also TBA.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Also, ESPN coverage stays three hours with the exception of Skate Canada, which is 2.5 hrs. note that it says 4-7pm ET. But, then again, it may or may not be finalized, so it's subject to change, of course. For those complaining about the time and commercials, I say ENJOY IT NOW because it may be the last time you get to see it. As delayed and lukewarm as it might be, it's still something.