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Here we go again ESPN...

They've just started showing us TAPED Sharapova from yesterday instead of anything that is going on live right now. Sure there are no superstars playing, but there IS live tennis being played by Gonzalez and Ferrer. They showed part of the Sharapova match yesterday anyway. Since they don't have Serena repeats to show, I guess this is the new alternative?

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They've just started showing us TAPED Sharapova from yesterday instead of anything that is going on live right now. Sure there are no superstars playing, but there IS live tennis being played by Gonzalez and Ferrer. They showed part of the Sharapova match yesterday anyway. Since they don't have Serena repeats to show, I guess this is the new alternative?
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They had advertised her match yesterday after the matches on Center court had finished, but they weren't counting on Andre losing in 5 sets and the schedule taking longer.

I would bet anything that ESPN really would get more viewers of a taped match of Sharapova than Ferrer/Gonzo live. And that's what drives their decision-making unforutnately.

I think the coverage has been great so far. The way they've been bouncing around to all kinds of various matches and showing lots of non-Americans, and showing important parts in a lot of matches, etc. I think they're doing ok - I'll forgive them for the hour and a half of this stuff

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I think the coverage has been great so far. The way they've been bouncing around to all kinds of various matches and showing lots of non-Americans, and showing important parts in a lot of matches, etc. I think they're doing ok - I'll forgive them for the hour and a half of this stuff

True. Maybe I just feel like I've already seen more Sharapova than I would like considering how often I've seen her commercial, lol.

The coverage has been decent so far, but that's more because of a lack of Americans to show I think, rather than any change in ESPN's ideology.

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The coverage has been decent so far, but that's more because of a lack of Americans to show I think, rather than any change in ESPN's ideology.
There weren't that many Americans last year either, and the coverage was awful. All kinds of stuff was taped, etc.

i mean today, they didn't show Lindsay as their first match - they only started showing her when she looked like she was gonna lose. Nadal seemed to be the more featured match. So I mean there's the World #1 who is an American who's on court, but they're showing a Spanish guy play a Belgian guy instead. I'm not sure that would've happened last year. They're doing a good job of putting attention on these more hyped up guys. I'm thrilled that we've gotten to see a lot of Gasquet too. So I think it's definitely better than last year.

I'm just saying I'll take 8 and a half hours of live tennis a day and deal with the little bit of taped at the end lol. This is now 2 slams in a row where the coverage is MUCH improved. I'd say that they ARE trying.

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GOSH! I LOVE SHARAPOVA WHAT'S ALL THE NOISE ABOUT!!

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Debstah, please enlighten me when ESPN2 showed Sharapova's nearly monumental first round upset during their 5 hour window of coverage? I got home and fast forwarded through 5 hours of tape and saw nothing on her near loss other than a couple of highlights from Pam Shriver. Yeah great job by ESPN2. They were on the air for 5 hours and showed terrible match after terrible match after terrible match and couldn't even spare 20 minutes in 5 hours of coverage to show part Sharapova's comeback win. Yeah good work by ESPN2.

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I have been so happy with ESPN's coverage, then they reshow that twirps match from yesterday. I'm actually hoping that she loses soon so we won't be subjected to the constant replay of her matches.

And for ONCE, I'm actually begging Serena to kick her off her wimbleton throne.



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I am not about to bite the hand that feeds me. I can't remember life before ESPN.

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I am not about to bite the hand that feeds me. I can't remember life before ESPN.
I think I've been spoiled by The Tennis Channel. Otherwise, I don't think I would be annoyed at all by ESPN.

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They've just started showing us TAPED Sharapova from yesterday instead of anything that is going on live right now. Sure there are no superstars playing, but there IS live tennis being played by Gonzalez and Ferrer. They showed part of the Sharapova match yesterday anyway. Since they don't have Serena repeats to show, I guess this is the new alternative?
If not Fernando Gonzalez or David Ferrer, how about the venerable duo of Martina and Aranxta?
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If not Fernando Gonzalez or David Ferrer, how about the venerable duo of Martina and Aranxta?
I'm not going to get greedy and start requesting doubles, lol. It would certainly be nice to see though.

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Saves, when did ESPN2 show Sharapova's first round match on tuesday? I have 5 hours of tape to prove otherwise.

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Saves, when did ESPN2 show Sharapova's first round match on tuesday? I have 5 hours of tape to prove otherwise.

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They showed parts of it in the ESPN Classic coverage, when it was live. It had ended by the time ESPN2 started, I believe. I know I saw parts of it, and I left for work at 9:30.

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