TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - Insight Sports Ltd. announced today that Capital
One Financial Corporation has been awarded title sponsorship of the Grand Slam
of Curling series in a multi-year agreement. As the property's title sponsor,
Canada's premier "best on best" curling series has been renamed the Capital
One Grand Slam of Curling.
"Curling occupies a unique place in the Canadian spirit, as a sport it
upholds a tradition of skill, strategy and sportsmanship. We're honoured to
play a role in continuing the sport's legacy," said Ian Cunningham, Chief
Operating Officer, Capital One Canada. "This is our first major sporting
sponsorship, and it's only fitting that it connects us with one of our
nation's most popular and distinctive sports."
In addition to acquiring the title sponsorship to the Grand Slam of
Curling, Capital One's partnership includes the development of the Capital One
School of Rock community program. Held in conjunction with each individual
Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event, the Capital One School of Rock is an
interactive grassroots clinic designed to give local students the opportunity
to receive expert tips and advice from Canada's top players.
"As an organization that is committed to supporting, developing and
promoting the sport of curling throughout Canada, Capital One is an ideal
partner for the Grand Slam of Curling," said Kevin Albrecht, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Insight Sports Ltd. "Together with Capital One,
Insight Sports is committed to working with World Curling Tour and the entire
Canadian curling community to grow the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling
series into one of the must-attend events on the national sports calendar."
Held annually since 2001-02, the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling is a
series of eight premier men's and women's events that feature Canada's deepest
and strongest curling fields.
Among the top Canadian men's and women's skips who will compete in the
Capital One Grand Slam of Curling events includes Canada's all-time leader in
Grand Slam victories, Kevin Martin; four-time World Champion Randy Ferbey;
two-time World Champion Colleen Jones; Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue;
Olympic bronze medallist Shannon Kleibrink; reigning World Champion Glenn
Howard; and two-time Tylenol Players' Champion Jennifer Jones.
The Capital One Grand Slam of Curling events are closely tied to the
Canadian Curling Association's qualifying process for the 2010 Olympic Winter
Games in Vancouver. Through their performance in the Grand Slam events, rinks
can earn a significant amount of points towards securing a berth at the 2009
"With the recent success of Canada on the international stage, the growth
and popularity of curling in Canada is arguably at an all-time high," said
Paul Boutilier, President of the World Curling Players Association and
Executive Director of the World Curling Tour. "Capital One has a solid history
of supporting world-class sporting events and we are elated with their
commitment to this premier Canadian sport property."
In 2007-08, CBC Sports will once again serve as the official television
broadcaster of the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling. As part of its exclusive
agreement, CBC Sports will carry live coverage of the semi-finals and finals
of the first three Capital One Grand Slam of Curling men's events. CBC Sports
will also broadcast the men's and women's finals of the Tylenol Players'
Championship, the eighth and final Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event.
Complete details around CBC's broadcasts and the full broadcast schedule for
the coming season are available at www.cbcsports.ca.
The 2007-08 men's Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series kicks off with
the BDO Classic Canadian Open in Quebec City from November 28 to December 2.
The second leg will take place from December 20 to 23 when Port Hawkesbury,
Nova Scotia hosts The National. Saskatoon will host the third leg, the Masters
of Curling, from January 23 to 27.
The 2007-08 women's Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series began with
Jennifer Jones capturing the Trail Appliances Autumn Gold Curling Classic
event in Calgary on October 9 and Shannon Kleibrink winning the Casinos of
Winnipeg tournament on October 22. The series' third and fourth legs include
the Wayden Transportation Ladies Classic event from November 16 to 19 in
Abbotsford, B.C. and the Sobeys Slam in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia from
November 29 to December 2.
The dates and location for the Tylenol Players' Championship, a joint
men's and women's Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event, will be announced
in the coming weeks.
About Insight Sports Ltd.
Insight Sports Ltd. is a leading sports media and entertainment company
which creates and distributes sports and entertainment content across multiple
platforms, including broadcast television, DVD, on-line, mobile, in-arena and
Insight Sports operates three specialty television networks: GOLTV Canada
(www.goltv.ca), a 24-hour soccer network; WFN: World Fishing Network
(www.wfn.tv), North America's only network devoted entirely to fishing; and
GameTV (www.igametv.com), the only Canadian television network that gives
viewers a chance to win great prizes every day, simply by tuning in. The
company owns and operates the Grand Slam of Curling, the most prestigious
events on the World Curling Tour and Ford Major League Gaming Canada
(www.mlgcanada.com), an affiliate of Major League Gaming and the largest
organized league and international sanctioning body for professional video
gaming. Insight Sports also manages Wayne Gretzky's official website,
www.gretzky.com and holds a significant interest in the NHL Network
(www.nhlnetwork.ca), a 24-hour hockey channel.
Aquila Productions Inc., a leader in sports television production, is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Insight Sports. Based in Toronto, the principal
shareholders of Insight Sports include Larry Tanenbaum (Kilmer Enterprises
Inc., a subsidiary of Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited) and MWI & Partners. For
more information see www.insightsports.com.
About Capital One
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers a
range of competitive MasterCard(R) credit cards since 1996, when the company
first introduced the Platinum MasterCard(R) in Canada. Capital One Canada is a
division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial
Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF).
For further information:
For further information: Eric Michalko, Communications Manager, Insight
Sports Ltd., Phone: (416) 593-0915, ext. 253, Cell: (647) 669-0900, Email:
email@example.com; Pam Girardo, Director, Communications, Capital
One, Phone: (416) 549-2783, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org