Curling tournements don't pay out that much. The winner of the Canada Cup gets 14G. Divide that 5 ways and it hardly pays for airfare. Meanwhile, TSN gets huge ratings for curling. Someone has to be making money.
By themselves, maybe those numbers don't mean much to the average Canadian sports fan. But for comparison purposes, TSN's Canadian Football League average last year was 637,000. And TSN's average for National Hockey League games last year was 707,000.
Again. Average audience:
And that's not the whole story.
Consider that the hockey and football games are played in prime time. The highly hyped morning draw featuring Kevin Koe and James Koe began at 7:30 a.m. in Alberta and 6:30 a.m. in B.C..
And Koe's game against Manitoba's Rob Fowler Wednesday night was bumped to TSN2 to make way for the contracted Wednesday night Toronto Maple Leafs game.
"I think it's interesting that TSN now televises 250 hours of curling a year. That's more than the CFL," said CCA events director Warren Hansen.
I'm just saying that the organizers of the Canada Cup and what not aren't making money so they can't give out a lot of money. Just because TSN makes money doesn't mean the tournament makes money.
This is the issue I raise. Why should TSN make money if most of the curlers walk away with pocket change, if they're lucky. They have regular jobs that they take time off of at their expense to play in these events. If as many as half a million people watch these events then shouldn't there be a bit more money to spread around? Tournement organisers and players need to organise more when making any TV deals.