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Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

I'm not COMPLAINING, but seriously. When it comes to the USO series and other parts of the year we are scrounging for streams, but these 4 Clay MMs after Wimbledon seem to have fantastic coverage. What's the deal?
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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

I was thinking the same thing
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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Bigger tournaments have exclusive deals.
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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Definitely the US Open series will have lousy to no coverage at all. I'm watching the qualies in Prague! Even Monterrey had a good stream in the spring. These U.S. sports sites/stations/whatever need to step it up.
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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Its so weird

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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Exactly!! Even some of the bigger tournaments like IW have shit coverage compared to these MM's.

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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Totally agree with the thread starter...and it's great that most of the Italian ITF's have great streams also!! There was even a stream from the Tashkent Open (via Bet365) last year (the players couldn't even get a copy of the semis/final matches from the tournament but I could here in the UK )

Yet the bigger, higher value tournaments have piss poor streaming and coverage And to make it worse...some of them have awful websites too I know some of them have exclusivity deals with certain channels...but honestly, if they want to promote the tournament to the wider world and encourage people to attend the tourney..surely it would be smarter to provide some sort of streams/coverage online to promote it better.

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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

the more annoying thing for me is why are they on clay?

what possible reason is there for having 4 more MM clay torunaments straight after wimbledon. it is hardcourt/indoor season for the rest of the year now yet you get girls with low rankings having to go from grass to clay to hardcourts. these 4 MM clay tourns tell you nothing about form going into the us open series, it is just clay court players battling for extra points to boost their rankings.

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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

the streams are so good because there isn't tv stations who have the rights to the matches.

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the more annoying thing for me is why are they on clay?

what possible reason is there for having 4 more MM clay torunaments straight after wimbledon. it is hardcourt/indoor season for the rest of the year now yet you get girls with low rankings having to go from grass to clay to hardcourts. these 4 MM clay tourns tell you nothing about form going into the us open series, it is just clay court players battling for extra points to boost their rankings.
Don't even get me started on this! So so frustrating!
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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Great question by the thread starter as I was able to see Bastad and Budapest with little problems but when it comes to the US streams, different situation.

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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

My local challenger, in Indian Harbour Beach, has an incredible livestream, even featuring a "fan cam". It's not that difficult to set up. The facilities all have the ability to do it--but as mentioned, TV rights deals screw with that. There's no reason Miami, for instance, should not be showing a minimum of three courts every day, but they won't even uncover the cameras on court 1 until the second week. It was the same at Ponte Vedra--they could have showed coverage from the stadium court all week if not for the Tennis Channel's contract.

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all MM have TV coverage on Bet streams

wish all WTA had live streams, all the ATP events are on bet streams all week.

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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

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the more annoying thing for me is why are they on clay?

what possible reason is there for having 4 more MM clay torunaments straight after wimbledon. it is hardcourt/indoor season for the rest of the year now yet you get girls with low rankings having to go from grass to clay to hardcourts. these 4 MM clay tourns tell you nothing about form going into the us open series, it is just clay court players battling for extra points to boost their rankings.
Not again...
Please, the whole year is about hardcourt tournaments. This two week is the part of the european clay season and it's on clay because most european countries have more claycourts.
Be a bit patient and you will get tons of hard with the USO and YEC too.

About the TVcoverage. It's just because the big stupid channels like Eurosport and ESPN, they buy the rights and just show the later matches. They don't care about the 4 MM events, but we get streams.
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Re: Why do these Clay MMs have such good livestreams?

Besides the American big tournies being bad for coverage, the main European one that coverage stinks is Madrid Open

Madrid have cameras on all the big courts - Centre, Court 2, Court 3....but on Court 2 & 3 they don't even bother to record the matches until the later stages of the tournament....so for example this year, when Sharapova and Henin both got knocked out in R1, the matches weren't even recorded, so the tournament itself doesn't even have a copy of the matches because they were never recorded in the first place....pathetic for such a big expensive tournament (and especially one that tout itself like it's the 5th Slam lol)

btw - There are webcams on nearly all the courts at Madrid being broadcast to the press areas, but none of them are recorded or broadcast outside that area.....

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