Where is it that you see those adds where they are promoting WTA events on Sport1? I have yet to come across any information about their coverage. I still have my doubts about Sport1 when it comes to weeks when there are both ATP and WTA tournaments. Last year during their Wimbledon coverage I was appalled by their complete disrespect during the commentary of the womens matches.
I have Film 1 and Sport 1 combined. In their joined programming guide for December there was an article that stated that they're beginning broadcasting WTA events in January accompanied with photo's of Maria and Vika. They have a whole channel for tennis alone which is good. Wasn't mentioned what they'd do with joined events, they have extra channels for broadcasting events, i hope they use them in case of a joined event.
tejmeglekvár - You may look at it like that but in this case is it Eurosport not wanting the rights or is it the WTA being unable or willing to met Eurosports position?
- Old Eurosport contract was worth probably $10 million/year (or euro? idk). It wasnt good business for WTA.
- WTA set up a higher price and legit demands for example "X hour live tennis per week".
- Eurosport wants the rights with the old terms because tennis is one of their main product, thats why they already bought rights of few smaller ATP/WTA tournaments to fill their free time. But dont want to pay much for the Premiers. They are still good market position having rights of 3 slams.
They have FA Cup Football scheduled for Saturday lunch
I know that ITV have the games on that Day so there may be space freed up on the Saturday
That is going to be the problem with giving any tennis to ESPN and BT vision in the UK – as they only have one sports channel each and also have football rights. Sky has four channels – and Eurosport have 2 to show coverage on.
During the football season from August to May they will always prioritise football on Saturdays and Sundays over live tennis. That means for any tennis events they cover in the European/middle east timezones none of the semis/finals (if it finishes on Sunday) are likely to be shown live.
The Abu Dhabi final for example on 29 December will be shown 5 hours after the event by EPSN – and that is likely to feature Djokovic vs Rafa or Murray. If they aren’t going to prioritise the top men’s players they certainly won’t prioritise WTA or smaller ATP finals over the footie.
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In a russian podcast sport-tv.podfm.ru, TV channel NTV+ was rumoured to had bought the rights to show WTA tournaments till 2016. But no official info yet, only rumours. If it's true, I'll have to buy satellite dish to watch the channel.