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!
Tim

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

EN GARDE! FENCING MASTERS: KICK OFF TO LONDON
TO AIR ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS THIS THURSDAY, JULY 19 at 7:30pm

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

The Sport of Fencing is (Officially!) Coming Back to TV in the USA!

Not since the 1980s  has a fencing tournament in the USA (outside of the Olympics) been televised!    That drought is over and this is only the beginning ! (Especially if we have your support!)

The official press release is below. Now, LET’S SELL OUT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM (2000 seats!) AND SHOW THE WORLD OUR GREAT SPORT!

Tickets and info: www.fencingmastersnyc.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FENCING MASTERS NYC BRINGS WORLD CHAMPION FENCERS TOGETHER FOR THE LARGEST SPECTATOR-FENCING COMPETITION EVER TO BE HELD IN THE UNITED STATES

PRODUCED BY WCMG EVENTS, FENCING MASTERS NYC WILL TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 17, 2010 AT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM IN SUPPORT OF TEAM USA FENCING

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 6, 2010 – The first ever Fencing Masters NYC brings world champion fencers to New York City to compete in the largest spectator-fencing tournament in modern USA history, outside of the Olympics.  Produced by WCMG Events, the Fencing Masters NYC will be hosted by Tim Morehouse, US champion and Olympic Silver medalist, on November 17, 2010 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The tournament will be televised on SportsNet NY (SNY), reaching 14.5 million homes in the tri-state area, and is the first non-Olympic US fencing competition to hit the airwaves since the 1980’s. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Olympic fencing hopefuls as they train to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The tournament will feature Olympic fencing champions, Aldo Montano (Italy), Nicolas Lopez (France), Olga Kharlan, (Ukraine), and Mariel Zagunis (USA), along with international Olympians, Jaime Marti (Spain), Alex O’ Connell (Britain), and USA Olympic medalists and champions, Tim Morehouse, Ben Igoe, and Daryl Homer.  Team USA will fence the International Champions during a dramatic and unprecedented evening of fencing entertainment, exhibition, and inspiration.

“We are very excited to bring this event to New York City to introduce our sport to new fans,“ says Tim Morehouse event organizer.  “The tournament provides a great opportunity to showcase and educate New Yorkers and Americans about the athleticism and prestige surrounding the sport.”

In support of this extraordinary and historic evening, fencing clubs across the country are hosting men’s saber qualifier tournaments, the winner earning a chance to compete against Olympic Gold medalist, Aldo Montano, in front of the 2000-plus spectators expected to attend.

The Fencing Masters NYC kicks off at 3:00 p.m. at the Hammerstein Ballroom with a Fencing Expo for kids, adults, fencers, and non-fencers alike.  At 6:30 p.m., VIP’s will be treated to a meet and greet with additional celebrity athletes from the world’s of figure skating, speed skating, synchronized swimming, rowing, and women’s basketball, along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open for the main event at 7:00 p.m. to general admission ticket holders.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, donations, or to purchase tickets, go to www.fencingmastersnyc.com or email info@fencingmastersnyc.com.

About Fencing Masters NYC

The Fencing Masters NYC (www.fencingmastersnyc.com), in partnership with WCMG events (www.wcmgevents.com), features Olympic champions from around the world in the largest non-Olympic spectator-fencing tournament to be held in the US in the modern era. This event offers an extraordinary and unique behind-the-scenes experience dedicated to the sport of fencing, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Team USA Olympic hopefuls training to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics

CONTACT:

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Jody Sowa

o:646-274-1428, c:917- 691-0952

jody.sowa@mcsaatchi.com

Fencing on the Today Show

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It’s always great when fencing is covered on television, but this segment gets low marks from me!

The Today Show had fencing coach Boris Khurgin from the Manhattan Fencing Center along with Olympic Team members Dagmara Wozniak and James Williams.

The hosts Kathy Lee Gifford and another women chatted with Coach Boris, made a few jokes, complained about the mask and then made a few head cuts. Not exactly a piece that will excite people to go out and try our sport!

The Olympians weren’t even on-camera until the last second and they were wearing their masks! Uggh.

Kathy Lee did apologize…they should really have them on again to show what fencing is all about in a better way than that!