USOpen.org to Feature First-Ever Free Live Webcast of US Open on Labor Day Monday Night
9/2/06 7:08 PM
Live Video to Debut on Labor Day Night at 7:00 PM ET – Visit USOpen.org/live
FLUSHING, N.Y. -- For the first time, USOpen.org will offer a live webcast of US Open action. This first-of-its-kind event will take place beginning at 7:00 pm ET on Monday, September 4. The free, live webcast will be produced in association with USA Network.
The live webcast (www.USOpen.org/live
) will present the full USA Network telecast with USA announcers and commercials. The live webcast will also feature a sweepstakes where users can enter to win two tickets to the 2007 US Open or a 2006 US Open hat. The USOpen.org webcast will be available to U.S. residents only.
"Our goal with this initiative is to leverage the popularity of USOpen.org and this emerging technology to extend the reach of the US Open,” said Pierce O’Neil, Chief Business Officer, USTA. "We are excited to partner with USA Network to offer the first-ever free Grand Slam live webcast.”
This marks the second time this year that the USTA has brought live video streaming to fans via the Web. On April 6, the USTA and IMG Media worked together to bring fans a live Webcast of Pete Sampras’ return to tennis against Robby Ginepri in an exhibition match at River Oaks International exclusively on USTA.com. This marked the first time that a high profile American tennis match was available live and exclusively on the Web. The live and on-demand stream generated more than 250,000 streams.
USOpen.org is the premier source and destination for multi-media coverage of the US Open. The website offers the most comprehensive coverage of the tournament, from featured matches of the day, to player interviews, to daily broadband shows hosted by Murphy Jensen and Tayor Dent – all created to enhance the tennis fan’s experience. Additional advancements include a dynamic live scoreboard featuring an interactive map of the grounds, an enhanced IBM PointTracker, Instant Replay statistics, and the most broadband video content ever.
The USTA and IBM, the USTA’s exclusive information technology solution provider, designed, developed and will host the site (www.usopen.org)
. USOpen.org generated an all-time record of 4.5 million unique users from 208 countries during the 14 days of the 2005 US Open, which represents a 74% increase from the record visits in 2004.