Despite the boom in popularity, curling on TV is still rare. Every four years, national networks pick up the Olympic Trials in the buildup to the popular Olympic season. Unfortunately there are very few curling events that are broadcast in non-Olympic years. A recent response to the demand for curling is NBC Sports' Curling Night in America. It started in 2015 and features international teams on the professional circuit. There are a few downsides, for one the broadcast times are often late at night. Additionally, the episodes are all pre recorded during a week in December and lack that live appeal. Still, its a well publicized event and as the viewership grows the time slots get better. NBCSN boast an audience of 100,000 for last years event.
On the web
Well known to the curling community, our national and regional events are mostly only broadcast online. While this captures the excitement of a live event, there are many downfalls. Probably the biggest challenge is the inconsistency with the way they are broadcast. Equipment is limited to what is available to clubs and is mostly run by volunteers. This means that sometimes there are rink announcers- often times it is silent with superimposed scores. Even for experienced curlers this can present a challenge in determining who has hammer or who exactly is scoring. Often times one needs to log in to a separate scoring website such as CurlingZone. As technology becomes more accessible, camera angles are getting better and the overall presentation is improving. Without live announcers however, they fail to attract casual audiences.
At the club!
By far the best way to watch curling is in person. If you think you know curling, but you've never been to a curling club then you better think again. When the club is open for public events and bonspiels, anyone is ALWAYS welcome to come and watch. It's the best way to learn about curling strategy and that goes for experienced curlers as well. Plus you get to watch as many as four games at once. Our second level viewing gallery is almost finished and gives a birds-eye view of the home end. As we add the finishing touches to the club we will eventually have some video screens of the opposite end. One unique and exciting feature of our club are two galleries extending into the arena from the second level. The "arena feel" is an absolutely perfect way for anyone to immerse themselves in the ice chatter and roaring of the rocks. You will be hooked!