TSN scores eight-year Curling Canada rights extension

Bell Media-owned pay-television sports broadcaster TSN has agreed an eight-year extension to its rights deal with Curling Canada.

The contract, covering both broadcast and digital rights, takes effect in the 2020-21 season and extends TSN’s rights until the end of the 2027-28 campaign. Under the deal, TSN and its French-language sister channel RDS will continue to be the exclusive broadcaster of Curling Canada’s Season of Champions events.

TSN first began broadcasting curling in 1984, and has been the exclusive broadcaster of Season of Champions events since 2008. It last extended the deal back in April 2013 as part of a wider agreement for the World Curling Championships rights.

Season of Champions curling is available to TSN, RDS, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct subscribers through the networks’ streaming platforms.

Katherine Henderson, chief executive of Curling Canada, said: “No other broadcast platform offers this kind of access to our sport, with TSN and RDS showing more than 300 hours of championship-level curling over the course of the season.”

The Season of Champions series includes the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Tim Hortons Brier, the Home Hardware Canada Cup, the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials and the OK Tire & BKT Tires Continental Cup.