ESPN Petition Online

06-19-2004, 03:09 PM
Started on the TENNISCHANNEL

To: Sponsors of TV Coverage
To the sponsors of ESPNís Coverage of Wimbledon,

Tennis fans are joining together to boycott each of your companies if you continue to sponsor ESPNís tennis coverage. We will not tolerate ESPNís blatant attempts to Americanize tennis. Tennis is an International sport and should be presented as such. Throughout the French Open Championships, ESPN violated FCC regulations by advertising live programming when in fact none was aired; denied viewers coverage of matches featuring non-American players; and re-aired previously shown matches as much as three times while live tournament tennis was ongoing. After several years of the above mentioned practices by ESPN, tennis fans have had enough. All sponsors of ESPNís coverage will be boycotted unless some action by you is done to correct ESPN and its practices.


The Undersigned

06-19-2004, 03:12 PM
hate to break it to you, but they did show live tennis :wavey: anyways this will only fall on deaf ears anyways :yawn:

06-19-2004, 03:16 PM
What do you call live?

06-19-2004, 03:21 PM
Well I didn't mention how much of it was live :p. There were some live matches shown

06-19-2004, 03:37 PM
*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 ó whose voice is steeped in Wimbledon history ó 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 ó who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast 25 years ago ó 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 ó who will serve as a reporter on the evening highlights show ó 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).

06-19-2004, 04:10 PM
Oh no, Suzy Kobler. If you think Fowler was bad, Suzy is far worse :scared:

06-19-2004, 04:28 PM
Oh no, Suzy Kobler. If you think Fowler was bad, Suzy is far worse :scared:

She's the one who hosted the late night RG Highlights shows.... yea, she's pretty bad :smash:

06-19-2004, 04:39 PM
the network promises "up to nine hours of live matches" each weekday.

"Up to"... :smash: That's promising... :rolleyes:

06-19-2004, 05:35 PM
Suzy Kobler sucks

06-20-2004, 11:58 AM
Signed gladly!

06-20-2004, 11:04 PM
Atleast they show tennis, Most people can't even get the Tennis channel... like me for instance... :mad:

06-21-2004, 03:24 AM
It's horrible coverage. I signed very willingly.

Bunk, they've had plenty of time to change their ways and start to give respect to us serious tennis fans, but they still refuse. Therefore, they don't deserve "the benefit of the doubt" for Wimbledon coverage.

06-21-2004, 03:33 AM
We will only see live tennis, if Roddick, the Williams',Capriati and other americans are playing live.

06-22-2004, 04:38 PM
Well actually the first two days of Wimbledon turned out very well by surprise. Looks like the good guys at ESPN have finally turn the tide. :bounce: