The Ford's World Men's Curling Championship is broadcast in Canada on TSN and on the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel. In 2015, NBCSN broadcast the gold medal game on a two-hour tape delay basis in the United States.
In addition, NBCSN and Universal Sport Network together aired "Curling Night in America" for 11 consecutive Friday nights in the winter of 2015. The two networks combined to show 24 hours of coverage from the inaugural U.S. Curling Grand Prix. NBC also broadcasts many curling matches as part of the network's coverage of the Winter Olympics.
The sport of curling dates back to medieval Scotland and was particularly popular in that country from the 16th to the 19th century. The sport is played on ice with two teams of four players each. Each team takes turns sliding a granite stone across the ice to a circular target marked on the ice.The target, called a house, is made up of four concentric circles similar to an archery or dart target. The winning team is the one with the highest point total based on the proximity of their eight stones to the center of the target.
One member of the team throws the stone while two other team members influence the trajectory of the stone by sweeping the ice in front of the stone with a broom. The fourth member of the team is called the skip; it is his job to determine and communicate tactics for the sweepers to employ to place the stone closest to the target.