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US Figure Skating renews key media deals until 2018

28 January 2013 | Posted in Broadcast, Winter Sports, North America | By Eoin Connolly

US Figure Skating has renewed its television deal with NBC until after the 2018 winter Olympic Games, while its icenetwork.com platform has secured the US media rights to all International Skating Union (ISU) events for the same period.

The two deals will see NBC continue to broadcast a range of key US Figure Skating events, including the US Figure Skating Championships and Skate America, across the NBC network, NBC Sports Network and UNiversal Sports. In addition, it will carry 20 hours of ISU events each year through its relationship with the MLB Advanced Media-operated icenetwork.com. These will include the likes of the World Figure Skating Championships as well as selected speed skating events.

David Raith, the US Figure Skating executive director, said: "We are thrilled with these two agreements. The extension with NBC guarantees a minimum of 11 broadcast hours of coverage annually, including two hours in primetime, from Skate America and the US Figure Skating Championships through the conclusion of the 2018 US Championships. We value our strong relationship with NBC and are excited to continue bringing premium programming to our fans."

NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network director of programming Jon Miller added: "As America's Olympic Network, we are proud to partner with US Figure Skating and extend our association with these marquee events through the 2017-18 season. Figure skating is the single most popular event in the winter Olympics and these events, including the US and World Championships, will be building blocks of our coverage as we lead into the Sochi winter Games."

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