GSOC Expansion & Why Watching Curling Is Better In Person

The Pinty’s Grand Slam Of Curling (GSOC for short) is undergoing some major expansion over the next two years. Starting with the 2015-2016 season, two new events will be added: The Tour Challenge in September, and the Champions Cup in May.  Furthermore, there will now be a women’s division added at The National in November. There will be another as-yet-unnamed event added for the 2016-2017 season, ultimately bringing the total number of events to 8 per year.   Besides more events, the overall prize money is increasing substantially as well. This upcoming season the prize money is being increased to a total of $1.5 million overall. For the 2016-2017 season, there will be an even larger increase, with the overall prize money coming to a total of $2.5 million. That is a 66% increase, with only one additional event! For the full story on the expansion, check out this link. To say that this is huge would be an understatement. For one thing, consider that as recently as the 2013-2014 season there were only four events. This means that the GSOC is essentially doubling in size, at least when it comes to the number of events. This is not to mention the fact that with events taking place later in the spring and earlier in the fall, the curling season is essentially being extended. Couple that with the increase in...

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