U.S. Open Professional Skating Championships
Tuesday May 23 at 7:00pm at the Ford Ice Center
Open to the public; admission is FREE
Transportation will be provided for conference attendees from the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs to Ford Ice Center
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Online Registration - Is Closed
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Venue: Ford Ice Center
5264 Hickory Hollow Place
Antioch, TN 37013
Presented by the Professional Skaters Association, the 2017 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships will feature one event comprised of men’s, ladies, pairs, dance, and group. This competition will be judged based on skaters' “total performance” with an eye to costuming, presentation, music selection, choreography, style, and technique.
The competition is open to all performing and teaching professionals who are U.S. citizens or are permanent residents. The scoring will use a 10 point scale with open judging and live judging comments after each program. Medals will be presented to the top four skaters along with cash prizes.
A HISTORY OF THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships was sponsored by the Professional Skaters Guild of America, the precursor of the PSA. The first event was held in Philadelphia, PA, February 21-22, 1981 and featured some of the top skaters of the time—reigning World Professional Champion Scott Cramer, Stacey Smith & John Summers, and Sheryl Franks & Michael Botticelli. The top three finishers represented the U.S. at the World Professional Championships in Jaca, Spain.
The U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships was first shown on ESPN in 1988 and continued on until 1995 on CBS, USA, and TBS. In 1995 when the ISU introduced the ISU Champions Series—which would later change its name to the Grand Prix of Figure Skating—it was a severe blow to the long established pro competitions like the U.S. Open, the World Professional Ice Skating Championships, and a popular skating event from Candid Productions, The World Professional Championships. Around the millennium, Nielsen ratings for professional skating competitions were declining and the TV networks were shifting towards a time-buy model. Prior to this model being introduced, producers would shop the rights to their programs with most production expenses being picked up by the network. There was little risk for the producers as they got paid whether the network could sell the advertising or not. With the time-buy model, the producers would purchase the air time, pay for the production, and sell the ad space; they assumed all the risk and made less revenue.
The U.S. Open did not have a television contract in 1996 but with their partner, Sports Marketing Marque Group, was broadcast on UPN in 1997 and the last U.S. Open on NBC in 1998.
All proceeds for the US Open will go to the PS Foundation
The Foundation is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and you may claim that you did not receive any goods or services in consideration, in whole or part, for your contribution
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2017
Monday May 22 8:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday May 23 7:00am-3:00pm
A Master Rated Coach Reception will be held by invitation only to those who passed a master rating in the past year.