Re: News confirmed: No tennis on Eurosport in 2013 outside the slams
Somehow I think the lack of WTA coverage is Stacey's fault, not the networks, but then again she's made so many bonehead, dumb ass decisions, it's hard not to. The WTA is actually rolling in money, but she seems amazingly unwilling to spend it to promote the sport in any real way.
On Tennis Channel, there's a show called ATP World Tour Uncovered, which is a great weekly wrap-up of the Tour. There is no WTA counterpart. A lot of people who watch Tennis Channel believe it's because TC is sexist. It's not. ATP actually pays for that show. It's also why there is so little coverage of WTA events compared to ATP events. Tennis Channel only actually provides commentators until later rounds. The ATP has someone on-site that does all the graphics (including player and match stats) for the broadcast. The WTA doesn't. It's also why you can watch early rounds of an ATP 250, but you can't watch the early rounds of a WTA Premier Mandatory, on Tennis Channel. The CEO of the ATP recognizes that television broadcasting is a major means of promoting his product, even if in some markets or on some networks it actually costs ATP money. WTA doesn't get that. It's worth it to pay for graphics and stats that come to Tennis Channel with a live feed for the commentators to get the coverage.