2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships TV schedule

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Universal Sports has coverage of the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships from Nice, France, beginning Wednesday, March 28, at 1pm ET with pairs short program and ice dancing short program. Viewers can also purchase a live and on demand streaming video package from icenetwork.com. For its part, NBC will air tape-delayed coverage from 3-6pm ET on Sunday, April 8. Representing the U.S. in singles are Jeremy Abbott, Adam Rippon, Alissa Czisny and Ashley Wagner. U.S. pairs are Caydee Denny and John Coughlin, and Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker. In ice dancing, the U.S. is sending Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, and Maia and Alex Shibutani. 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships TV schedule below:

2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships TV Schedule

Universal Sports
March 28
1pm ET — Pairs Short Program; Short Dance
March 29
8am ET — Ladies Short Program Universal Sports
2:30pm ET — Free Dance
March 30
8am ET — Men’s Short Program
3pm ET — Pairs Free Skate
March 31
9am ET — Men’s Free Skate
2:30pm ET — Ladies Free Skate

NBC
April 8
3pm ET — World Figure Skating Championships (Taped)

25 Comments

  1. Figure skating coverage is non-existing but when gorillas of both sexes play at a sport, all networks carry it.

  2. I am very frustrated with lack of figure skating coverage on Comcast. I envy my friends in Canada who get full coverage on CBC.ca. I am watching figure skating, live video stream, online on a French network. I don’t know if I can send the link here. Use a search engine.

  3. Just furious that the regular networks (NBC, apparently) can’t broadcast the World Championships the same day as they take place. That puts the poorer people on ice (those who don’t have cable or wireless). Shame on Commercialism, and the networks for not recognizing a wide viewership.

  4. Through the years, I enjoyed watching the figure skating competition. It is such a shame that we are unable to view any of it live without having to pay for it. So many other countries throughout the world broadcast these events.
    Since the change in the grading system, I find the competiton even more challenging and exciting.
    How sad that the United States does not value artistic endeavors.

  5. Yah! Many men think ice skating is for girls and homo-sexual men. I’d like to see a six-foot basketball player jump three feet (or more) into the air and land their bulk on the edge of a quarter-inch blade! Or how about a football player “getting the job” done in five minutes or less!
    I challenge macho ballplayers of any sport to give ice-skating a try,just ONCE! And then honestly state it isn’t a sport!
    I remind my hometown sports section every winter/spring that they need to publish the TV times for figure skating. They suggest I inform them of the times?!!! I say, “Google it, like I do.”

    • You said it perfectly. I skate at a local ice rink where I know 3 male figure skaters who are straight. It’s sad that some dads put their young boys into hockey skates because it’s more “macho”.

  6. NBC DISCRIMINATES. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO WATCH WORLD CHAMPS ON NBC SINCE THEY TOOK AWAY UNIVRSAL SPORTS.
    SHOWING IT 2 WEEKS LATER JUST ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH. WE WANT TO SEE ICE DANCING AND NOT THE JUMPING BEANS BOYS AND GIRLS. WE MUST FIND A CABLE NETWORK THAT CARRIES UNIVERSAL SPORTS-BUT SINCE NBC OWNS IT IT IS ONLY FAIR TO SEE A REGULAR SPORTS LIKE THIS ON NBC NETWORK-MAYBE A DAY LATER, NOT 2 WEEKS FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. WE WILL NOT WATCH NBC SHOWS ANYMORE, AND THERRE IS ONLY ONE FAIRLY GOOD ONE ANYWAY. TO NBC; YOU WILL REMAIN ON BOTTOM IF YOU IGNORE YOUR VIEWERS WHO PAY FOR YOUR CABLE.

  7. I’m devastated that I can no longer get Universal Sports on Verizon FIOS. As so many of you have said, why does any sport that appeals to women get dropped. I’m going to try complaining to NBC as suggested. Complaining to Verizon gets you nowhere.

  8. Figure skating has lost a tremendous amount of viewership, and thus sponsors, mostly because of the judging system. It is way too complicated, people in general do not understand it.

    Further, commentators should at least explain what the competitor has planned for the program and the total value of points possible. Then after the competitor has skated, the commentators could explain if the skater has achieved those points, or explain the errors which resulted in the final score.

    The ISU has a great responsibility in this and in my opinion has dropped the ball. Viewership for Figure Skating has declined and will continue to decline until something is done with the current scoring system. It really must be changed.

    The problem? I think the Olypmic Committee gave the ISU an ultimatum which is what has caused the ISU to change the judging system so that scores are based on firm, conrete rules rather than “opinions” of the judges.

    Just my two cents.

  9. Figure skating does not have a big following.
    Most men hate it. It is also a judged sport
    that many people have lost faith in do to past
    bad, inconsistent judging. Also does not
    attract big sponsors so channels do not
    make much money. Something needs to be done
    to make is more exciting to all people other than
    small children , women , and older people.
    The music puts people to sleep too!!!

  10. I am bummed that world figure skating is not readily available without paying. I have surfed through dozens of stations every week that market to men’s sports interest. Don’t women count??? Listen up NBC, ABC and CBS.

  11. All I hear is that there no longer is the interest in Figure Skating that there was in the past. Ha, I wonder why? Big mystery! Maybe if the powers that be showed it for free the way they used to, a lot more people would watch it, plus more young kids would start watching and the audience and appreciation of Figure Skating would increase. They show all of the other big time men’s sports like football and basketball without an extra charge, why won’t they give girls and women a break and not charge extra for it. As it is, cable is outrageously expensive. (We cannot get Direct TV here, which another correspondent suggested.) I didn’t even know who to address our complaints to so I guess I’ll start with Comcast, as the above writer suggests. I sure hope it will help. If anyone else has suggestions, please let the rest of us know. The only skating I have seen was on NBC, but it hasn’t been the competitions, which are much more exciting than most of the pop type shows, and have better music, especially since I don’t think they allow vocals, which are so distracting. We used to be able to see the competitions later on Wide World of Sports and other such programs, but they seem to have cut those out, too. Let us Figure Skaters Unite and ask for more skating!

  12. Why can’t we all complain to NBC that we want to see it all, or you know what I mean? I’m going to start today to let them know, join me if you haven’t already, please!

  13. Sucks for Comcast subscribers, but I’d say if possible in your area, switch to DirectTV..for sports fans there is no better provider, bar none. DirectTV blows away all other providers for sports coverage, including having USN.

  14. I really sympathize with all of you and agree with the comment about psuedo sports getting coverage. I am lucky that CBC in Canada has full coverage. I don’t know if you can subscribe to BOLD TV? If you can subscribe to BOLD, you will get really full coverage from beginning to end of each event. PJ Kwong hosts a live chat through the CBC television website but unfortunately if you live outside of Canada you will not get the live streaming that CBC provides for the events. I wonder if your public broadcasting system might do anything for you? I noticed that NBC provided a little bit of coverage for earlier events in the year….unbelievable that they won’t show the World in competition! All those channels and nothing to watch! You may have to hope that there are lots of instant utube posts from the rest of the world. Bindy in BC

    • Agree — I cannot believe we can’t see any of the World Championships here in the USA. Used to be people watched and loved it and many young kids started skating as a result. But no, let’s just show hours, weeks, months of neanderthals running at each other with footballs and basketballs, etc…. sports very very few can actuallly participate in. Just about anybody with a rink can learn to ice skate. How about something for the girls, huh????? My stupid BF is hogging the TV now with his lousy NCAA basketball crap..which has been endless…… I’m going to the mall!!! To hell with TV.

  15. I also enjoyed all the detailed coverage leading up to the finals……..skating is one of teh only sports that truly interests me. With all of teh other junk shows on tv, and pseudo sports, it is disappointing to learn that a true sport – and cultural experience – is not available to me.

  16. According to Cox Cable, my area provider, it’s NBC that has dropped Universal Sports. Please complain to NBC. I have, and I hope others will join in.

    • It stinks to pay for cable and not ba able to watch something I really enjoy. I have watched ice skating for many years and not be able get it now upsets me terribly. to the point of thinking of changing providers.

  17. It stinks that Cablevision has also dropped Universal Sports. So no figure skating unless NBC wants to put a little roundup on April 8.
    USFSA should think about the fans and negotiate for good contracts.

    You can get the Worlds on icenetwork, but there’s no commentary. It stinks!

    • You are so lucky!!! Since NBC dropped Universal Sports, we only get the half-a**ed NBC coverage. I would happily watch a broadcast with no commentary. In fact, as a musician, the one thing I don’t like about figure skating coverage is all the repetitive and unnecessary blather that ruins any attempt at an artistic presentation. I’ve wished for years that the commentators would do their analysis AFTER the performance and shut their big fat mouths while the music is playing. Count your blessings!!!

  18. Copmcast has now discontinued NBCUniversal sports and thus we have lost all skating competing coverage. Where else can we find that competition on TV?

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