Curling media: CBC basement tapes and Brantford hopes

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Curling athlete union boss Pierre Charette has a deal. The NHLPA does not.

Curling athlete union boss Pierre Charette has a deal. The NHLPA hockey union bosses do not (yet?)

In case you were wondering, Thursday’s big announcement has received a ton of media play – and not just on Sportsnet or other Rogers-owned platforms.

It is somewhat amusing to see how incredibly small the CBC Sports story (bottom link) actually is. After all, if not for yesterday’s deal, the CBC’s amazing streak of 50 consecutive years of curling coverage would have been destroyed as of this coming December.

It almost appears that a CBC sportswriter or web editor saw the news online, and made a phone call upstairs to management. If so, imagine how his or her end of the conversation might have gone:

Um, hi there, this is XXX down in the basement. Um, we don't know anything about this... do you know anything about this?

Really? Okay, er, can you give us a quote?

Point of order regarding the Weeks blogpost – although unconfirmed, it sounds as though the existing World Curling Tour stop in Brantford will do just fine despite the big-league Slam dropping in, virtually, on its head. Scuttlebutt says that two pools will be created – A and B – and the B-pool winner, presumably the champion of the standard WCT tournament, will then leap directly into the Masters quarterfinals.

And if it’s done correctly, that would be quite awesome.

Here are some of the stories and videos. Believe it or not, they’re all different...

• Sportsnet purchases Grand Slam of Curling (Sportsnet video/Canadian Press)

• Sportsnet forms event division, slides into curling (Globe Investor)

• Why Rogers hurried hard (Globe Business Video)

• Grand Slam series is back! (Team Kevin Koe)

• What the Sportsnet announcement means for curling (Calgary Herald)

• Rogers stokes Sportsnet growth with curling bid (Financial Post)

• Sportsnet strives to take curling to new heights (National Post)

• Sportsnet purchases Grand Slam rights (Sun Media, Winnipeg)

• Sportsnet takes a chance on Grand Slam of Curling (Toronto Star)

• Sportsnet buys Grand Slam of Curling circuit (Edmonton Journal)

• Martin: Sportsnet deal to help curling's youth (Sportsnet.ca)

• Brantford hits a Grand Slam (Brantford Expositor)

• Rogers gets back into curling (Bob Weeks on Curling)

• Sportsnet grabs Grand Slam of Curling; shares coverage with CBC (Mediacaster)

• Grand Slam of Curling returns to CBC (CBC Sports)