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[17 Sep 01]
(Text copied from CCA Press Release)
CCA ANNOUNCES CONTINENTAL CUP AND CANADA CUP OF CURLING CLASSIC
KAMLOOPS, B.C. (September 11) - The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) today announced two new, exciting curling competitions designed to further popularize the sport of curling on a worldwide basis.
At a press conference today in Kamloops, the CCA unveiled details regarding the Continental Cup and Canada Cup of Curling Classic. The Continental Cup, which will offer prize money of $200,000 ($125,000 to the winning side; $75,000 to the losing side) will feature six teams from North America (three men and three women) challenging six others representing Team World, similar in concept to golf's Ryder Cup. There will be singles, mixed doubles, team and skins competitions within the Continental Cup format.
The site for the inaugural Continental Cup, to be held in November of 2002, will be announced shortly.
In making the announcement, CCA President Don Lewis said, "The Canadian Curling Association has been working for almost two years on the Continental Cup concept with the World Curling Federation (WCF), our marketing agent St. Clair Group, the United States Curling Association (USCA) and both TSN and CBC. We are very pleased to confirm that it has finally all come together and will take place for the first time in November of 2002."
The Canadian teams invited to play in the first Continental Cup will be the winners of the 2002 Nokia Brier and Scott Tournament of Hearts and the two teams representing Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, to be determined from the Canadian Curling Trials, December 1-9 in Regina. The USCA will select a men's and women's team to join with the Canadian teams to compete as Team North America.
The selection process for the World men's and women's teams will be determined by the WCF, but it is expected to reflect, in part, standings from the Ford World Curling Championships plus a men's and women's team from Scotland.
"The World Curling Federation is very enthusiastic about the Continental Cup," added Roy Sinclair, President, World Curling Federation. "This is a great opportunity for curling to increase its exposure internationally and to profile the sport and its athletes. It's exciting to be working with the CCA toward what might become an even more extensive world curling competition program."
The organizations with teams competing in the Continental Cup will be responsible for their teams' expenses, involving transportation, accommodation and per diems. The WCF will pay these expenses for the World teams, the USCA for the United States teams and the CCA for the Canadian contingent.
The St. Clair Group, marketing agent for the CCA and WCF, will have the television and marketing rights to the Continental Cup. In this role St. Clair will provide a host broadcaster and work with the USCA and WCF on potential television coverage outside of Canada. St. Clair will also provide the prize pool for the Continental Cup, which initially will be $200,000 (Cdn.)
"The St. Clair Group is extremely pleased to see that the Continental Cup has become a reality and feel it will very much complement our current involvement with the Season of Champions," said David Beesley, vice-president of sales, St. Clair Group. "Our company is pleased to guarantee a purse of $200,000 for each of the first three Continental Cups."
Also announced today were details regarding the first Canada Cup of Curling Classic, which will be staged in Kamloops at Sport Mart Place, January 8-12, 2003.
"We have been working on this idea with the CCA since the fall of last year," said Norm Daley, representing the Kamloops Charity Curling Classic Association. "We believe the event has great potential. In addition, we take great pride in announcing that the Sandra Schmirler Foundation will be the main beneficiary of any profit the Canada Cup of Curling is able to generate."
The Canada Cup of Curling Classic will be managed jointly and financially underwritten by the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops Curling Charity Society, with the CCA acting in a consultative capacity relative to event operation and marketing.
The event will involve 10 men's and 10 women's teams competing in a round-robin preliminary leading to a Page System playoff to determine a champion. In each division, men and women will be divided into two groups of five with the top two teams in each group advancing to the playoffs.
The total purse money for the event will be $220,000 ($110,000 for each of the men's and women's divisions). The Canadian Bonspiel Series will be created in order to qualify a number of teams into the Canada Cup of Curling Classic. Currently, 15 bonspiels have indicated they will take part, with an additional 17 events in Atlantic Canada participating in final eliminations to determine a majority of teams for the Canada Cup of Curling Classic.
The men's and/or women's bonspiels which have agreed to date to be part of the process include the SGI Charity Classic and SaskPower Schmirler Women's Curling Classic in Regina, Kelowna Triple Cashspiel, McCain Superspiel West, McCain Superspiel East, Welton Beauchamp in Ottawa, Point Optical Classic in Saskatoon, Terroco Curling Classic and Parkland Savings Curling Classic in Red Deer, Painted Hand Classic in Yorkton, Abbotsford Curling & Ladies Classics, Evergreen Classic in Nipawin, Rainbow Cashspiel in Lethbridge and Bacardi Rum Cashspiel in Brampton.
The concept will provide the winners of a number of major events with direct entry into the Canada Cup of Curling, while several other positions will be determined through a series of playoffs involving the winners of smaller bonspiels. The 2002 Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier champions will also qualify directly for the Canada Cup of Curling Classic.
Extensive television coverage for the events will be consistent with the style curling fans have grown to expect from the coverage of Canadian and World Championships. Negotiations are currently underway amongst the St. Clair Group, CCA, CBC and TSN, traditional television partners of the CCA and WCF, regarding a comprehensive television package for both the Continental Cup and Canada Cup of Curling Classic.
For detailed information regarding the competition structure of the Continental Cup and Canada Cup of Curling Classic, visit the CCA website at www.curling.ca.
There will be six men's teams and six women's teams in the competition. The North American Team will be comprised of two teams from Canada and one from the United States (men and women). The competition will be known as the Continental Cup and will feature Team World versus Team North America.
The competition will be composed of four events; Mixed Doubles, Singles, Team and Skins.
North America and The World will each pick four Mixed Doubles teams. Each team will comprise two throwers, two sweepers and a skip.
The regular play procedure for the Hot Shots competition will be incorporated. The key elements would be as follows:
The team competition will be games of regular curling and will be administered in the following manner:
This is catch-up time. The total points for the Skins competition for each gender is 128, while the total for the other three segments is 64. The Skins format will be structured as follows:
Game A - 7 Points
Game B - 15 Points
Game C - 21 Points
Game D - 42 Points
Based on the total prize being $200,000 the following is the suggested purse split:
The side that scores 201 points or more would be declared the winner.
CANADA CUP OF CURLING CLASSIC
Name of Event: Canada Cup of Curling Classic
Profit: The Sandra Schmirler Foundation will be the main beneficiary of the event. The first $50,000 of profit from the event will be directed to the Foundation. Subsequently, the Foundation will receive 70% of the profit (in excess of $50,000) and a local curling legacy will receive 30% of profit until the Foundation has received $100,000.
Prize Purse: $220,000 ($110,000 for the women's division and $110,000 for the men's division)
Teams: 10 men's and 10 women's
Qualifying process: Up to seven teams will be the winners of various men's and women's regional bonspiels. Position eight will be filled by The Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier champions from the year prior. Two to three final positions will be filled through a series of playoffs involving the winners of other regional bonspiels. After year one, the defending champions will have the option of qualifying again through the above process or entering the event in position four of the Page Playoff.
Playoff format: Each division will divide teams into two round-robin sections of five. A Page System playoff will be utilized. The first place teams in each division will advance to positions one and two in the Page while positions three and four will be held by the two second-place teams.
In year two, the two second-place teams will play off for position three if the defending champion decides to accept position four.
Television: A comprehensive television package is currently being finalized with TSN.
(as of Sept. 11/01): SGI Charity Classic and SaskPower Schmirler Women's Curling Classic (Regina), Kelowna Triple Cashspiel, McCain, Superspiel West and East, Welton Beauchamp (Ottawa), Point Optical Classic (Saskatoon), Painted Hand Curling Classic (Yorkton), Terroco Curling Classic and Parkland Savings Ladies Curling Classic (Red Deer), Abbotsford Curling and Ladies Classics, Rainbow Cashspiel (Lethbridge), Evergreen Classic (Nipawin), Bacardi Rum Cashspiel (Brampton) plus 17 events in Atlantic Canada.
Canadian Curling Trials: The Canada Cup of Curling Classic will play a role in the determination of teams participating in the 2005 Canadian Curling Trials. This is currently being reviewed by the CCA and will be announced prior to December 31, 2001.
Continental Cup: For the second Continental Cup, two of Canada's four teams in the competition will be the winners of the 2003 Canada Cup of Curling Classic.
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