WTA Tour Goes Live Online With ESPN360.com
By Tennis Week Thursday, May 08, 2008
Eleven Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments will be available online starting today — if you get ESPN360.com.
ESPN360.com and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced a new agreement today that will provide tennis fans with more than 150 hours of live online tennis coverage from Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events around the world. The agreement will provide ESPN360.com viewers exclusive coverage, including more than 70 scheduled matches at 11 events on 49 days between May and November.
Live online coverage begins today with live coverage from The Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin and will conclude with coverage of the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha.
Additionally, matches will be available for on-demand replay for at least 48 hours after their completion.
Currently, ESPN360.com is available in about 20 million American homes via more than 25 Internet Service Providers around the country including Verizon, AT&T, RCN, Beld, Bend, Charter, Frontier, Grande Communications, Knology, Mid-Hudson, MediaCom, Spencer, Municipal Utilities, Starstream Communications, Sus-com, U.S. Cable and more. ESPN360.com is free to fans who receive their high-speed internet service though an affiliated ISP provider. For more information on whether your ISP offers ESPN360.com or on how to get it, go to www.espn360.com
"The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is thrilled to have ESPN360.com as a new media partner," said Michael Rowe, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Vice-President Television and Digital Media. "This agreement not only vastly expands the presence of live Tour tennis on the internet but allows new and existing tennis fans access to more live action, more of the time. To develop the online and digital output with a world-renowned sports broadcaster like ESPN360.com is very exciting for women’s tennis."
ESPN360.com’s schedule of Sony Ericsson WTA Tour coverage also includes the following events: Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Italy; International Women’s Open in Eastbourne, UK; Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada; Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan; China Open in Beijing, China; Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany; Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia; Zurich Open in Zurich, Switzerland; Generali Ladies Linz in Linz, Austria; and Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar.