Previews of Weekend Programming

Previews of Weekend Programming

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Previews of Weekend Programming


I’ve given you the college football and NFL previews. Let’s give you previews of other weekend programming.

NBC Sports airs plenty of figure skating and will air Skate Canada this weekend.


Universal Sports to Provide Coverage Throughout the Competition

NEW YORK – Nov. 19, 2009- NBC Sports and Universal Sports present almost nine hours of coverage this weekend of the 2009 Skate Canada, the sixth stop of the 2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series this weekend from Kitchener, Ontario. Skaters from Team USA will compete against athletes from 14 other countries, all vying for points and prize money and ultimately spots representing their country at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Coverage on NBC Sports begins Sunday at 2 p.m. ET and coverage on Universal Sports begins Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will broadcast two hours of coverage featuring the Men's and Ladies Free Skate. Universal Sports will carry live coverage of the Men's and Pairs finals and the Men's, Ladies and Pairs short programs.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Olympic figure skating broadcast team of Scott Hamilton, Andrea Joyce and David Pelletier will call the action.

LADIES: Reigning U.S. champion Alissa Czisny has earned three medals in the Grand Prix Series, including the bronze at this event last season. Joining Czisny is the 2008 U.S. champion, Mirai Nagasu, who is competing in her second season in the Grand Prix Series. Reigning U.S. bronze medalist Caroline Zhang, also a two-time World Junior silver medallist, returns to Skate Canada after placing fifth last season.

MEN: Reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott will compete at Skate Canada for the second time in attempts to top his eighth place standing from when he competed back in 2007. Joining Abbott is Stephen Carriere, the 2008 U.S. bronze medalist, who is making his first Skate Canada appearance. The 2008 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final silver medallist, Armin Mahbanoozadeh, is hoping to earn a medal in his debut season of the Grand Prix series.

PAIRS: Reigning U.S. silver medalists Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett made their Grand Prix Series debut this season at the NHK Trophy, where they finished fourth. It is the first Grand Prix Series event of the season for Caitlin Yankowskas & John Coughlin, who won gold at Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, earlier this month.

ICE DANCING: Reigning U.S. silver medalists Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates took fourth at Trophée Bompard last month. This is the first Skate Canada appearance for the 2008 World Junior champions, who last season won bronze at the NHK Trophy and placed fourth at Skate America. Competing alongside Samuleson and Bates will be the 2008 U.S. junior champions Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell. These 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champions placed eighth in their Grand Prix debut at Trophée Eric Bompard in October.

UNIVERSAL SPORTS COVERAGE: Universal Sports, available in more than 56 million homes, will broadcast 8 ½ hours of same day coverage of Skate Canada from Kitchener, Ontario. Details below (all times ET):

Friday 11/20
Pairs and Ladies Short Program – 8-9:30 p.m. ET

Saturday 11/21
Pairs Free and Men's Short Program – 5-7 p.m. ET; Men's Free Skate – 8-9 p.m. ET

Sunday 11/22
Ladies Free Skate – 4-6 p.m. ET (Reair of NBC Sports Show)

NBC also airs one of those figure skating specials that it has become known for. This one involves Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

NEW YORK – November 19, 2009- Soul legend Smokey Robinson provides the musical background for "Smokey Robinson Tribute on Ice" at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.  His classics include "My Girl," "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," "The Tears of a Clown," "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tracks of My Tears."

Among the skating stars featured this weekend are three-time U.S. Champion and two-time World bronze medalist Michael Weiss, 1996 World Champion and six-time U.S. National Champion Todd Eldredge, 2008 World Champion and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle and eight-time British National Champion and three-time Olympian Steven Cousins

Hosting the event are Peggy Fleming and Andrea Joyce.

Before CBS’ airing of college football on Saturday, CBS Sports Spectacular airs some fishing competition.


on Saturday, Nov. 21 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; taped 10/16-10/18). This unique bass fishing tournament is comprised of 60 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for the first place prize of $250,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded to the inaugural Professional Anglers Association (PAA) Tournament Series World Champion. Last year’s winning team captain Kelly Jordan returns for this year’s event being held for the first time in Lake Conroe, Texas. This year’s event moves from a team format to an individual competition and combines the conservation aspects of Lake Conroe’s slot limits with certified observers and on-the-water scales, allowing anglers to weigh fish normally not allowed on a slot-limit lake. Robbie Floyd and Dave Mercer call the action for CBS Sports. CBS Sports’ Bryan Lilley serves as coordinating producer.

Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

And Sirius XM Radio will air the College Basketball Hall of Fame Inductions on Sunday as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird lead the Class of 2009.


Live broadcasts from the College Basketball Experience and Midland Theater in Kansas City will air nationwide on SIRIUS channel 122 and XM channel 143

Listeners will hear one-on-one interviews with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and other inductees

SIRIUS XM offers unparalleled college basketball coverage throughout the season, airing dozens of games each week

NEW YORK – November 19, 2009 SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will offer listeners exclusive radio coverage from the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, November 22.

SIRIUS XM’s Sports Nation channel (SIRIUS channel 122 and XM channel 143) will carry live coverage of the induction ceremony from Kansas City’s Midland Theater (9:00-11:00 pm ET) as legendary players Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Travis Grant and Wayman Tisdale, coaches Jud Heathcote and Gene Bartow, and contributors Bill Wall and Walter Byers, are enshrined into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Prior to the induction ceremony, SIRIUS XM’s Gary Williams will be on site to host a special three hour preview show (6:00-9:00 pm ET on SIRIUS XM Sports Nation) from the College Basketball Experience, home to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, in Kansas City, MO. The special will feature one-on-one interviews with all of the inductees in attendance, as well as many of the other former players, current and former coaches, and other renowned figures from college basketball who will be at the event.

Throughout the 2009 season, SIRIUS XM offers college basketball fans unrivaled coverage of the sport with live play-by-play of dozens of games every week from colleges and universities throughout the country, including 22 of the top 25 teams in the current Associated Press college basketball poll. For a schedule of upcoming games on SIRIUS XM, visit and

In addition to live play-by-play, SIRIUS XM airs original talk shows that cover college basketball from tip off until the final buzzer with news, highlights and season-long analysis of the nation’s teams and conferences through the national championship in April.

Mad Dog Radio (SIRIUS channel 123 and XM channel 144) offers live sports talk daily including the exclusive show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, hosted by Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski every Wednesday night (7:00-8:00 pm ET).

Rivals Radio, hosted by Bill King and Chris Childers, covers the college game in-depth every weekday morning (7:00-11:00 am ET) year-round exclusively on SIRIUS XM’s Sports Nation (SIRIUS channel 122 and XM channel 143).

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For info on the College Basketball Experience and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, please visit

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