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ESPN/ABC to cover IW and Miami next year

(November 8, 2010) The Grand Slam network has acquired television rights for Indian Wells and Miami — and the ATP is paying the price for the three-year pact that puts the Masters 1000 events back on ESPN2 starting next March.

Both the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and Sony Ericsson Open in Miami are paying for air time on ESPN2, according to a published report in SportsBusiness Journal written by Daniel Kaplan.

The two tournaments, which had been televised by Fox Sports Net and Tennis Channel (TC will continue to televise some matches from both events) for the past two years, will also have a much more significant presence online as ESPN3.com will offer extensive live match coverage, according to SportsBusiness Journal.

"Tennis doesn’t necessarily have to buy its way onto TV, but you have to buy to get the best TV time for our product," Sony Ericsson Open tournament director Adam Barrett told SportsBusiness Journal.

The deal is significant because it illustrates the increasing challenges tournaments face to gain television exposure in a crowded sports landscape. When ESPN relinquished rights for both Indian Wells and Miami it pointed to the fact its college basketball coverage in March diminished available hours for tennis though some speculated the network simply wasn't willing to pay the price the ATP was asking for Indian Wells and Miami rights

The ATP contacted Fox Sports Net two years ago and it televised the Masters 1000 tournaments that annually attract the highest attendance of any tournament outside of the four majors.

Tennis officials were dissatisfied with the unpredictable nature of Fox Sports Net's coverage. Because regional networks form Fox Sports Net, its coverage hours of the two events varied from market to market.

The acquisition of Indian Wells and Miami strengthens ESPN's tennis portfolio as the Grand Slam Network already owns or shares cable rights to all four Grand Slam events.

ESPN2 will televise the Indian Wells' men’s and women’s semifinals with ABC airing the Indian Wells' finals. ESPN2 will present live coverage of the Miami quarterfinals and semifinals, with CBS retaining its rights for the Miami finals.

Tennis Channel and ESPN3.com will also provide match coverage, according to SportsBusiness Journal, which reports ESPN2 will begin running promotional ads for its coverage of the tournaments in January, likely during its Australian Open coverage.

Meanwhile, CBS continues to negotiate its US Open rights deal with the USTA and is reportedly seeking a reduction in the rights fees it pays the White Plains, N.Y.-based Tennis Association.

Ivan Ljubicic defeated Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick in succession to win his first career Masters 1000 championship at Indian Wells in March. Roddick beat Nadal and Tomas Berdych to reclaim the Key Biscayne crown he won in 2004.

Jelena Jankovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the Indian Wells' women's final. Kim Clijsers crushed Venus Williams to win Miami.

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ESPN2 will televise the Indian Wells' men’s and women’s semifinals with ABC airing the Indian Wells' finals. ESPN2 will present live coverage of the Miami quarterfinals and semifinals, with CBS retaining its rights for the Miami finals.

Tennis Channel and ESPN3.com will also provide match coverage, according to SportsBusiness Journal, which reports ESPN2 will begin running promotional ads for its coverage of the tournaments in January, likely during its Australian Open coverage.
I hope ESPN3 has coverage of all rounds. Fox Sports coverage sucked but most everyone gets a regional Fox Sports channel in their basic cable package whereas Tennis Channel is usually on a sports tier that you have to pay more for. Even ESPN3 is dependent on your ISP.

When was the last time tennis was shown on ABC?

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in Mexico we always have those tournaments on ESPN and ESPN2 so -___-
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I bet in Mexico the channel plays the tournament

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idk if this is good or not. weird thing is sports business daily is a paid journal. i couldnt even read the article w/o the OP posting it. pathetic in a sense.

good work and maybe having tennis on ABC is good. ESPN2 picking up more is also positive. These tournies need the coverage to gain mainstream.
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Good to see...FSN's coverage was horrendous. While it might be less, streaming on ESPN3 will be good.
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idk if this is good or not. weird thing is sports business daily is a paid journal. i couldnt even read the article w/o the OP posting it. pathetic in a sense.

good work and maybe having tennis on ABC is good. ESPN2 picking up more is also positive. These tournies need the coverage to gain mainstream.
The OP didn't post the SBJ article, she posted an article about the SBJ article.


I am concerned about this deal. The ATP is essentially buying the airtime, like losers buy airtime to sell natural libido enhancement remedies that don't work. Not sure I like this trend at all.

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Yeah, ESPN3 is terrific, but spotty. They covered Basel and Valencia but they're not covering Paris.

But the quality is generally fantastic.

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"Tennis doesn’t necessarily have to buy its way onto TV, but you have to buy to get the best TV time for our product," Sony Ericsson Open tournament director Adam Barrett told SportsBusiness Journal.
tennis in the u.s. certainly appears to get the shitty end of the stick at this time of year... ryan harrison needs to win a slam sooner rather than later...

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Yeah, ESPN3 is terrific, but spotty. They covered Basel and Valencia but they're not covering Paris.

But the quality is generally fantastic.
Is ESPN3 available to everyone ? or only sprint subscriber ?
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Yeah, ESPN3 is terrific, but spotty. They covered Basel and Valencia but they're not covering Paris.

But the quality is generally fantastic.
ESPN doesn't have the rights to Paris or any other non US 1000 event. What I love is now my xbox 360 has espn3 and watching a stream on tv is perfect quality, picture is even better then some channels. Cant wait for AUS open when they have multiple courts to choose from.
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ESPN doesn't have the rights to Paris or any other non US 1000 event. What I love is now my xbox 360 has espn3 and watching a stream on tv is perfect quality, picture is even better then some channels. Cant wait for AUS open when they have multiple courts to choose from.
Yeah, the slams on ESPN3 are fantastic. I often watch several courts simultaneously.

And thanks for letting me know about the 1000's, I didn't know they were restricted from ESPN.

@guichard: As far as I know, ESPN3 is open to everybody. Are you having problems?

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ESPN3 is not available to everyone. Only to people who's internet provider is contracted with espn....
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ESPN3 is not available to everyone. Only to people who's internet provider is contracted with espn....
the % of those are going down though. I hardly know anyone that can't use ESPN3 nowadays.

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Is ESPN3 available to everyone ? or only sprint subscriber ?
Depends on your ISP and is only available in US.
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