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Universal Sports Network and USA Swimming Extend Partnership Through 2016

1/14/2013

Los Angeles, CA and Colorado Springs, CO (January 14, 2013) – 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 Arena Grand Prix at Austin, 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.

The three-day meet in Austin, Texas is slated to feature a marquee line-up of swimming stars, including Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Ricky 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.”

For up-to-date schedules, video highlights and photos of Universal Sports’ swimming coverage, log on to UniversalSports.com/swimming.  

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
 

 

About Universal Sports
Universal Sports Network recently transitioned to a multi-platform, high definition cable, satellite and IPTV service. Currently, DIRECTV, DISH and numerous cable providers offer Universal Sports Network. Viewers whose cable, satellite or IPTV providers are not currently offering the network should call 1-800-55-GET-US or visit www.IWantUniversalSports.com and demand access to the network’s coverage of the world’s biggest championships.
 
Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States.  Offering more than 1,200 HD hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.

About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.