First FIVB Grand Slam Tournament in United States in 10 Years
Athletes to include Pro Beach Volleyball Stars and Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy
Stamford, Conn – July 22, 2013 – NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Universal Sports Network will combine to present more than 24 hours of the Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball from Long Beach, Calif., July 25-28.
Featuring the world’s best professional beach volleyball players, the Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball is the first Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) sanctioned Grand Slam tournament in the United States since 2003, and will include the inaugural World Series Cup, a special competition that will showcase the top U.S. men’s and women’s teams competing against the best teams from around the world.
Coverage begins Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, with the Women’s Grand Slam quarterfinal competitions. Action will continue throughout the weekend and will be highlighted by the World Series Cup Women’s Semi-Finals on Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC, and the Women’s Finals airing Sunday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC. In addition to programming on NBC and NBC Sports Network, Universal Sports Network will also provide 15 hours of coverage of the event.
Olympic gold medalist and veteran play-by-play commentator Chris Marlowe will call the action from Long Beach, Calif. Marlowe will be joined by beach volleyball Olympian and three-time All-American Kevin Wong, who will serve as an analyst. Julie Donaldson will report from the sideline.
The Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball is part of the prestigious FIVB annual World Tour, which features 10 Grand Slam events as well as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. The event will be the 10th FIVB event ever held in the United States, and the fifth held in Southern California. NBC Sports Group, the FIVB, USA Volleyball and Management Plus Enterprises are partnering on the event, which will offer more than $500,000 in total prize money.
The World Series of Beach Volleyball will feature 128 professional players from 16 different countries, including 10 Olympic medalists from the United States, Germany, Brazil and Latvia. Pro Beach Volleyball stars and Olympians will include U.S. Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser and Silver Medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.
ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball Television Schedule: (All times ET)
|Thurs, July 25||Grand Slam Women’s Quarter Finals||NBCSN||8 pm|
|Thurs, July 25||Grand Slam Women’s Quarter Finals(Encore Presentation)||Universal||11 pm|
|Fri, July 26||Grand Slam Women’s Semi-Finals||Universal||1:30 pm|
|Fri, July 26||Grand Slam Bronze Medal||Universal||5 pm|
|Fri, July 26||Grand Slam Women’s Semi-Finals Grand Slam Women’s Gold Medal||NBCSN||8 pm|
|Fri, July 26||Grand Slam Men’s Semi-Finals||Universal||10 pm|
|Sat, July 27||WSOBV Women’s Semi-Finals||NBCSN||1 pm|
|Sat, July 27||Grand Slam Men’s Bronze Medal||Universal||2 pm|
|Sat, July 27||WSOBV Women’s Semi-Finals||NBC||4 pm|
|Sat, July 27||Grand Slam Men’s Gold Medal||Universal||5:30 pm|
|Sat, July 27||WSOBV Women’s Semi-Finals(Encore Presentation)||Universal||8 pm|
|Sun, July 28||WSOBV Men’s Semi-Finals||Universal||1 pm|
|Sun, July 28||WSOBV Women’s Gold Medal||NBC||4:30 pm|
|Sun, July 28||WSOBV Men’s Gold Medal||Universal||11 pm|
|Sun, July 28||WSOBV Women’s Gold Medal(Encore Presentation)||Universal||12 am|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–