LOS ANGELES– April 29, 2008 – World Championship Sports Network (WCSN), the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, in partnership with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), will be the official U.S home for the 2008 IIHF World Championships from Quebec City, Quebec, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. WCSN will provide LIVE coverage of every game with on-air commentary from Eric Frede, Steve Schlanger and in-studio host Nick Gismondi.
Kicking off May 2 with the first three contests of the 56 game series is the anticipated U.S versus Latvia showdown. Hockey fans can look forward to a tournament full of rivalries as teams from around the globe fight for the coveted IIHF World Championship title. Now through May 18, fans can watch 16 national teams including Russia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Slovakia among others as WCSN covers all the action from the first puck drop of the tournament through the gold-medal game.
“Celebrating its 100 year anniversary the IIHF brings together the world’s best ice hockey players in the sports most prominent event,” said WCSN Chairman and CEO Claude Ruibal. “WCSN’s exclusive live coverage of the world championships further underscores our commitment of providing quality programming of major world class competitions and offers extensive access to the millions of hockey fans in the U.S.”
For the second consecutive season and part of WCSN’s multi-year agreement with IIHF, fans will be able to watch all 56 championship games – live and on-demand on www.wcsn.com/icehockey. Fans tuning in to WCSN TV will receive 18 televised LIVE games which include all Team USA games. In addition, WCSN producers will be providing updates on scores and results via a newly added Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/wcsn.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the unparalleled coverage WCSN is providing,” said USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer. “Hockey continues to expand its reach in the United States and it’s great that the World Championship will be widely available to watch in our country.”
WCSN’s 2008 IIHF World Championship coverage and editorial content is available to hockey fans anytime anywhere including a free on-demand webcast of last year’s gold medal contest between Canada and Finland as well as “Top moments” highlights showcasing the best plays from the 2007 IIHF World Championships. WCSN’s live and on-demand video footage can be accessed via a $4.95 monthly subscription which includes exclusive behind-the-scenes updates, tournament preview, Team USA player bios, international team bios, scores, game recaps and much more. Broadcast schedules can be found at WCSN.com and fans can also contact their local cable operator to get more details on the WCSN television channel.
About World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)
World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, delivering an immersive experience via exclusive live and on-demand coverage of world class competitions, interaction with top athletes and in-depth access to sports news and information year round.
WCSN offers comprehensive coverage of over 60 sports disciplines, through exclusive long-term programming agreements across a number of key International Federations and National Governing Bodies. Major championship events in sports ranging from Track and Field, Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling to Volleyball, Karate and Taekwondo are featured online at www.WCSN.com and on television via WCSN's 24/7 cable sports network. WCSN also markets Olympic sports in partnership with International Federations, National Governing Bodies, local organizations, clubs, sponsors, and through related websites and publications.
WCSN has a strategic partnership agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet Company of Major League Baseball, for its website WCSN.com. WCSN’s lead investor is InterMedia Partners, a private equity firm that invests in media content providers. InterMedia Partners serves the content needs of diverse communities of interest across all platforms, including broadcast, publishing, broadband and direct marketing. For more information, please visit www.WCSN.com.
About USA Hockey
USA Hockey, with nearly 600,000 members across the country, is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.
About International Ice Hockey Federation
Founded in 1908, the "International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)”, is a federation of member national hockey associations governing the sport of ice hockey and in-line hockey for both men and women.
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