Freestyle World Championships on National TV (Usa)
Following the successful TV broadcast of the freestyle kayaking world championship competition this weekend, the one hour show will air several times during the month of May in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US (schedule below). The broadcast will expose millions to the fast-growing sport of freestyle kayaking and to the compelling natural resources the North Carolina Smokies and Swain County. Fox Sports Net National will carry the event on 14 regional sports networks and will also enter distribution on (RSNs) regional sports networks throughout the Southeast through Jalbert Productions syndication department.
The hour-long broadcast includes exciting competition footage and interviews with kayaking’s biggest stars, including Dane Jackson, Eric Jackson, Claire O’Hara, Peter Csonka, James Bebbington, Jez Jezz and others. The event, which boasted 178 athletes from 30 different countries, drew 30,000 spectators to the Swain County, NC competition site and over 50,000 viewers on the event’s live stream making it “the biggest freestyle event ever held” according to Lluis Rabaneda Caselles, Chairman of the ICF Freestyle Committee.
Broadcast schedules of the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships vary according to regional sports network coverage areas, so viewers should check local listings. Listings for networks serving NOC’s main guest base in the Southeastern United States are located below. A full set of national and regional listings is available at noc.com.
“This event was an important victory for Freestyle Kayaking, USA Canoe/Kayak and for Western North Carolina,” said NOC Chief Executive Officer Sutton Bacon. “We proved that freestyle competition can be as spectator-friendly as figure skating or snowboarding, and we proved that Western North Carolina has the natural resources and organizational strength to host world-class athletic events.”
Event organizers hope to introduce millions of Americans to paddlesports competition, which is wildly popular in Europe. Charles Conner, marketing director for NOC—the nation’s largest whitewater outfitter, commented that “Freestyle kayaking, and all forms of whitewater paddling, provide accessible, healthy, human-powered recreational activities in beautiful river environments. We hope this broadcast motivates viewers to participate in paddling, and we know that the worlds top paddling athletes will entertain and impress anyone who sees the competition. »
After the event’s initial run on Fox Sports Net National the event will enter syndication on regional television broadcasts.
Listings for Southeastern Regional Networks:
|Fox Sports South||Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee||Monday, May 5 @ 8am
Wednesday, May 14 @ 3pm
Sunday May 18 @ 12:30pm
Sunday, May 18 @ 6pm
Thursday, May 29 @3pm
|Fox Sports Florida||Florida, Southwestern Alabama||Tuesday, May 6 @ 4pm
Saturday, May 10 @ 8am
Thursday, May 15 @ 3pm
Saturday, May 17 @ 3pm
Monday, May 19 @ 9am
(visit noc.com for four additional May dates)
|Mid-Atlantic Sports Network2 (MASN2)||Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia||Sunday, May 4 @ 12pm
Monday, May 5 @ 8am
Thursday, May 8 @ 3pm
Sunday, May 11 @ 12pm
Tuesday, May 12 @ 8am
(visit noc.com for seven additional May dates)