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Tennis Channel acquires rights to French Open
By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer
August 24, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tennis Channel is buying the U.S. cable TV rights to the French Open previously held by ESPN2, giving the fledgling network a Grand Slam tournament for the first time and an event it hopes will help increase its reach.

The agreement, announced Thursday, begins in 2007 and can run for up to nine years. It also gives The Tennis Channel U.S. rights in all media for the clay-court tournament, including broadband and video-on-demand, plus access to archives of past matches.

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"We are looking at this not as a chunk of programming for two weeks to fill a morning, but rather as a year-round content partnership," The Tennis Channel's chairman and CEO Ken Solomon said in a telephone interview.

The Tennis Channel went on the air in 2003 and is in nearly 10 million households; it's available in another 40 million that don't subscribe. ESPN2, which aired the French Open from 1986-93 and 2002-06, is seen in 90.6 million homes.

NBC owns the U.S. broadcast rights to the French Open, which begins in late May.

Solomon wouldn't disclose how long the deal is or how much it will cost, other than to say: "More than we've paid for anything else. ... It's a price worthy of a Grand Slam and all that it can do for this company."

ESPN2 has been billing itself as the Grand Slam network, because it also airs the Australian Open and Wimbledon. And it's possible that some part of the French Open could still wind up on ESPN2, because The Tennis Channel's arrangement allows it to sub-license its TV rights.

That could lead to cross-promotion that would help The Tennis Channel.

Solomon likened this deal to Fox's acquisition of NFL rights in 1994, which helped that broadcaster attract viewers. Solomon worked for Fox at that time.

"We have pretty high hopes. ... I think this is going to grow our distribution," he said. "Nothing drives distribution like top-tier pro sports."

Solomon said his channel will expand the number of hours of French Open coverage. ESPN2 aired 93 hours of live tennis from this year's tournament, drawing an average of more than 300,000 households per telecast, according to ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz.

"We have enjoyed televising the French Open, and ESPN will continue its strong commitment to tennis," Krulewitz said.

The Tennis Channel already airs portions of dozens of other tennis tournaments, but this is its first chance to show live action from one of the sport's four premier events.

"This is our first one," Solomon said. "Could we theoretically make a grab for others that are coming? Absolutely."


What are your thoughts on this major change? I think most of us including myself are not fortunate enough to have The Tennis Channel where we lived

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ok that totally sux because I can't get the tennis channel
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On one hand, they'll probably broadcast more matches than ESPN.

On the other, I don't get it either.

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I guess I won't be seeing the french Open anymore. My cable company refuses to carry TTC.
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I wish I could get TTC. Illico Digital doesn't have it.

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What the hell. This completely sucks for me, I don't get the tennis channel. Only ESPN. This sucks! I am so pissed. The only way I could get TTC is if they signed with DirecTV, which I have.

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It sucks.
I dont watch the french because I have school but i watch on the weekend and I do not have the tennis channel. Maybe the tennis channel should reach out to all cable providers before buying the big tournies.

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Damn that sucks because the tennis channel's coverage sucks sweaty monkey balls. We won't see any women's matches.

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I have school too. But I always got up around 5:30-6:00 (depending) to watch some good matches. This sucks now.

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They better be on basic cable or something damn close to it by May. Otherwise a LOT of people are going to be pissed off.
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great day for tv tennis..now go get the other 3 majors as well

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great day for tv tennis..now go get the other 3 majors as well
lucky

I hope the french open will have something like Wimbledon Live where u can watch matches online.

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I bet the Tennis Channel will have major expansion before the FO 2007, it would only make sense. If not, then WTF?? USA should have gotten the FO back.
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This is a GREEATAATTTTTTT news, Tennis Channel is only for tennis, now we'll have a change to watch completed matches, and if you miss then, Tennic channel allways replays. I'm looking forward to this. ESPN2 is just to busy with other sport and ATP.NOT TO MUCH OF WTA.....
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I guess I won't be seeing the french Open anymore. My cable company refuses to carry TTC.
Same here

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