7 episodes

For years, players have been too afraid to talk about it. But now, the truth about a broom that almost destroyed curling is finally coming out.

Over the course of six episodes, semi-professional curler and fully professional comedian John Cullen (Blocked Party) is exposing the unbelievable, never-before-told scandal that rocked the sport of curling. Yes, curling.

Broomgate: A Curling Scandal CBC STORIES

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 104 Ratings

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For years, players have been too afraid to talk about it. But now, the truth about a broom that almost destroyed curling is finally coming out.

Over the course of six episodes, semi-professional curler and fully professional comedian John Cullen (Blocked Party) is exposing the unbelievable, never-before-told scandal that rocked the sport of curling. Yes, curling.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    E1: The Mystery Broom

    E1: The Mystery Broom

    It’s 2015 and we’re at the international Grand Slam of Curling, hosted in Paradise, Newfoundland. A team led by home crowd favourite Brad Gushue debuts a new and strikingly effective new technique. Instead of sweeping the way curlers always have with two brooms, they’re using only one. Within weeks, every competitive curling team on the planet would switch to this technique and the special broom that enabled it. It was the start of the biggest scandal in curling history.

    • 27 min
    E2: Magic Mike

    E2: Magic Mike

    Flush with an infusion of cash from investors the brothers behind the Hardline Curling company are ready to take their revolutionary curling broom into the world. Now all they need is to convince a bonafide superstar to use it. Enter Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen.

    • 23 min
    E3: The Chess Master

    E3: The Chess Master

    Some people say Brad Gushue, Olympic gold medalist and world title holder, plays the sport of curling with the strategy and cunning of a chess grandmaster. So when he starts losing to two particular teams, he takes a closer look at why and he zeroes in on their brooms.

    • 23 min
    E4: Rumble at High Park

    E4: Rumble at High Park

    Another company, BalancePlus, decides to get into the broom modification game to challenge the Hardline broom. It all comes to a messy confrontation when teams go head to head at a 2015 bonspiel. The ice ends up shredded — and an emergency meeting is convened in Toronto to decide what to do.

    • 29 min
    E5: Sweeping Summit

    E5: Sweeping Summit

    For as long as curling has been a game there was nothing in the rulebook about brooms, and so players had nowhere to turn when Broomgate hit. Tensions kept growing, and there were near blow ups and confrontations on-ice. What’s a World Curling Federation to do? Create a sweeping summit — and decide the future of the sport forever.

    • 32 min
    EP 6: A Broomgate Bonus

    EP 6: A Broomgate Bonus

    Host John Cullen has a heart-to-heart with producer Kathleen Goldhar about curling, Broomgate, and all the bonus stories they left on the cutting room floor.  

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Russell gawat ,

Great Podcast

Apart from knowing Scotland invented Curling and are obviously the best in the world, I know very little about curling. It’s a wonderful podcast and all I can say curling needs far more scandals.

Schred ,

Well done!

A great and very professional job covering such an interesting scandal. I was a curler for about ten years in New Hampshire, USA and knew nothing of this taking place. To be fair, I wasn’t watching much broadcast curling other than the Olympics. You made me miss the great parts of being part of a curling club!

andydevito ,

Great host, great production

As someone who is not interested in sports even a little bit, I can’t believe how quickly I was hooked by this series. John Cullen is a great host, and the slick production value keeps the podcast from getting dry or losing your attention.

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