FENCING is coming to National TV in Prime Time!

Hi Friends,

I’m very happy to announce that the TV Broadcast of Fencing Masters 2012 has been picked up by Universal Sports and will make its premiere airing on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30p with the 5 additional broadcasts to follow leading up to Olympics Games in London!

One of the goals with Fencing Masters was to get fencing on national TV and we have achieved that goal! This will be the FIRST nationally aired US Fencing tournament (non Olympic) of our Olympic team in our history!!

This is really HUGE step forward for US fencing and if you can please watch and encourage your friends to tune in! Am hoping to get fencing on national TV on a regular basis and so the success of this broadcast is vital. It will also be a key ingredient in our ability to garner corporate sponsors in the future. If you want to help fencing, here is your chance: TUNE IN and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Off to the London Games today!

Below is draft of the media advisory going out today to the media from Universal Sports.


USA vs. The World is the Largest Non-Olympic US Spectator Fencing Tournament

Los Angeles, July XX, 2012 – Universal Sports Network will have multi-platform coverage of Fencing Masters: Kick Off To London this Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET on both television and online at UniversalSports.com. The broadcast marks the first time a U.S. fencing tournament will be available to a national audience.

Founded by American fencer and 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Tim Morehouse, the exhibition was held June 26 to a sold-out crowd in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and is the largest non-Olympic spectator fencing tournament event in the United States.

Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London features members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team as they take on International all-stars. The US Team includes two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and World bronze medalist Lee Kiefer on the women’s side, and Morehouse, World gold medalist Soran Thompson and 19 year-old phenom Race Imboden for the men.

“Fencing is an amazing sport to watch, and I’m excited that more people in the United States will be able to experience its beauty, grace and athleticism on Universal Sports before our team competes in London,” said Fencing Masters founder Tim Morehouse who organized the tournament while simultaneously qualifying for London Games.

Universal Sports provides viewers unparalleled access to world-class sporting events, including the most year-round, Olympic-related programming of any network. In the Olympic year 2012, the network debuted Countdown to London, a weekly studio news show which highlights news, features, athlete interviews and expert analysts leading up to the London games. In addition, Universal Sports Network is the home of 30 different sports and 25 World Championships, and will once again deliver exclusive U.S. television coverage of such prestigious annual competitions as the Boston Marathon, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España and Kona Ironman.

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About Universal Sports
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Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.

For Information:
Catherine Philbin
Universal Sports Network
cphilbin@universalsports.com | 818-579-4070

Lynn Plage
LP Communications / Fencing Masters
lplage@lpcpublicity.com | 303-716-9500

Fencing Masters 2012: Please Post or Tweet our Video and Help us Spread the word!

We need your help!   Please help us spread the word for Fencing Masters 2012 by posting or sending our video and website to get tickets to your friends.  You can help us grow the sport of fencing by making this years FM into something HUGE!

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Fencing Masters 2012: Team USA Fencing is COMING HOME! (Please share this video and help us spread the word!)

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S0fNrI4oVs

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