By CBC Sports

A $170,000 purse will be up for grabs when curling’s Capital One Cup begins its second season this fall.

The Capital One Cup is a season-long competition in which teams accumulate points based on their performance in selected Capital One Grand Slam of Curling events.

CBC Sports will provide live playoff coverage of the first three men’s Grand Slams, beginning with the Grey Power World Cup of Curling — formerly the Masters of Curling — Oct. 21-25 in Mississauga, Ont.

CBC Sports will have live coverage of both the women’s and men’s finals of the Grey Power Players’ Championship in April.

Glenn Howard’s Coldwater, Ont., rink claimed the inaugural Capital One Cup and a $50,000 bonus last season after winning the Masters of Curling and the BDO Classic Canadian Open.

Randy Ferbey’s Edmonton team claimed the $25,000 bonus for finishing second after winning the season-ending Grey Power Players’ Championship.

Reigning Brier champion Kevin Martin took third place and a $10,000 bonus.

“Last year, the introduction of the Capital One Cup added a new dynamic to what is already a great series,” Howard said. “What I liked about the Capital One Cup was that all the curlers were talking about it. If everyone is talking about it, it means it’s important to the teams.

“Certainly, if you’re lucky enough to win the Cup it means you’ve had an incredible year and you’ve beaten the best of the best.”

Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones captured the women’s Capital One Cup, with Calgary skips Cheryl Bernard and Shannon Kleibrink finishing second and third, respectively. Each received the same prize money as their male counterparts.

“Winning the Capital One Cup last year was so exciting,” Jones said. “This competition has certainly raised the level of play in the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series.”

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