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Re: ESPN Petition Online
*supposedly* ESPN has promised to do better with Wimby coverage. I'm willing to wait and give them the benefit of the doubt for the first couple days before I judge.
Here's the article from Tennis Week
ESPN Announces Wimbledon TV Schedule
By Tennis Week
Wimbledon begins on Monday, but ESPN has already booked its spot in the semifinals. The network announced it will broadcast 120 hours of Wimbledon coverage during the fortnight, culminating with live coverage of one women's semifinal match on Thursday, July 1st and one men's semi on Friday, July 2nd.
ESPN2 launches the network's Wimbledon coverage with a special Wimbledon preview show, scheduled for Sunday, June 20th at 2 p.m.
The network starts its daily coverage with a Wimbledon wake-up call. Beginning Monday, June 21st, each weekday's coverage will commence at 7 a.m. ET with Wake Up to Wimbledon on ESPN2 (the show will be televised on ESPN July 1st and July 2nd).
Many tennis fans expressed disappointment and frustration over ESPN's decision to resort to tape-delay telecasts of much of its match coverage from Roland Garros, but in today's announcement, the network promises "up to nine hours of live matches" each weekday.
In addition, each night of the tournament through the semifinals, at least two hours of highlights will be presented in prime time, usually on ESPN2. The Complete Wimbledon will serve as a 30-minute summary of all the day's play, followed by Today at Wimbledon, presenting the marquee match (or
two) of the day with at least 90 minutes of highlights. On June 28-30th, coverage will be blacked out in the Pacific Time Zone from 1-4 p.m. Eastern time, which is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific time).
"Tennis fans had never experienced the complete scope of this great event before last year with our extensive daily match coverage and nightly highlights," said Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. "With the addition of Dick Enberg — whose voice is steeped in Wimbledon history — we look forward to a fabulous fortnight, capturing the essence of what makes Wimbledon so unique."
Enberg, the legendary sportscaster with 20 Wimbledon tournaments on his resume, will return to the All England Club for the first time since 1999, having joined ESPN for Grand Slam events prior to the recently completed Roland Garros. He will call matches, as will Cliff Drysdale — who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast 25 years ago — and Tim Ryan. They will team with analysts Mary Carillo, Mary Joe Fernandez, Patrick McEnroe and MaliVai Washington. All four, plus Drysdale and Luke Jensen — who will serve as a reporter on the evening highlights show — played on Wimbledon's famed Centre Court during their careers. In addition, Chris Fowler and Suzy Kolber will return to share on-site host duties, with Fowler filling in to call select matches.
Last year, ESPN added Wimbledon to its schedule, making the network the first to have as many as three Grand Slam events and pushing its tennis coverage to an annual total of nearly 600 hours. In 2003, Wimbledon increased the rating for the daytime time slots by 75 percent on ESPN (from 0.4 to 0.7) and by a factor of six on ESPN2 (from 0.1 to 0.6).
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