Universal Sports Network Sets Arena Grand Prix Series Coverage
The exclusive television home of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series, Universal Sports Network is slated to broadcast extensive live coverage from the remaining five events of the latest edition of swimming’s top domestic series.
Featuring a number of Olympic Games gold medalists, including the likes of Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.), Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) and Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.), the 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series provides the nation’s best swimmers the opportunity to face top-flight competition on United States soil.
Universal Sports Network will air 10 programs, two per event, from the remaining five meets on the schedule. Calling the action for all events will be three-time Olympic Gold medalist Rowdy Gaines. The complete live broadcast schedule for this year is as follows:
Dates: Event, Time (ET)
January 17: Arena Grand Prix at Austin, 7 p.m.
January 18: Arena Grand Prix at Austin, 10 p.m. (same-day delay)
February 13-14: Arena Grand Prix at Orlando, 6 p.m.
April 25-26: Arena Grand Prix at Mesa, 8 p.m.
May 16-17: Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
June 21-22: Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara, 8 p.m.
Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon FiOS, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country.
In addition to the broadcast coverage on Universal Sports Network, USA Swimming will webcast prelims and finals from each meet online via usaswimming.org.
As part of USA Swimming’s partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events. In total, $150,000 in prize money is available to be distributed over the course of the six-meet series. At each meet, $500 will be awarded for a first-place finish, $300 for second and $100 for third in all individual events. Arena is serving as the title sponsor for the Arena Grand Prix Series for the second straight year.
In addition to the prize money, swimmers will compete for a Series grand prize from BMW. For the first time in the history of the Series, BMW will give the highest-scoring eligible male and female U.S. swimmer a one-year lease of a BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Series.
Male and female overall Arena Grand Prix Series champions will be honored at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series based on the number of points accumulated throughout the six meets. Participants will be awarded points in each individual Olympic event throughout the duration of the Series (Five points for first, three for second, one point for third place).
Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Megan Romano (Jacksonville, Fla.) currently top the Arena Grand Prix Series standings after the first of six meets with 16 and 20 points, respectively. Click here for complete series information.