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NBC 2 4.76%
ESPN 5 11.90%
CBS 1 2.38%
TNT 24 57.14%
They don't do slams, but FOXSPORTS does good coverage. 0 0%
They all suck, what happened with HBO? 10 23.81%
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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2003, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Who Covers The Slams Best?

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Who covers the Grand Slams the best?

I'd say NBC. They have diverse programming, they treat it with respect, good (but not great) commentators and they actually pre-empt NBC shows to show tennis!

USA comes in second, I'm sorry but i can't stand Jim Courier

TNT comes in third

CBS comes in fourth (horrible job)

ESPN should be banned from displaying Tennis ever again
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2003, 09:06 PM
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TNT's Wimbledon coverage is UNBELIEVABLE! They start when LIVE tennis starts, and they show EVERYTHING. They always end AFTER the LIVE tennis has stopped.

But they only cover WB.

USA has great coverage too. of the open and they did have the French....ah the good old days.

CBS/NBC really only show the finals/mid-weekend. I haven't liked NBC in the past because of Chris Evert.

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Serena covered all four really well.

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TNT is absolutely the best. They show EVERYTHING!!


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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2003, 09:12 PM
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, how I miss HBO!!! No commercials!

I'll take USA and TNT.
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Here Channel 7 does Davis Cup, Aus. Open,...and I think US OPen.
Can't remember who does the French. 9 does Wimbledon and their coverage was shit (they would rather show The Footy Show than a Wimbledon semi-final between Hewitt and Henman)
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yes i miss HBO also! but tnt, picked up were they left off, honestly! they show everything, i mean all the showcourts, they do it all!

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without a certain person playing the bbc coverage of wimbledon is probably the best.

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I loved HBO's Wimbledon coverage!!

I like TNT but I miss HBO!!
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HBO did it the best. Even leaving aside the commercial-free aspect (which the other channels can't do), HBO showed us more variety. We at least got to see highlights of all of the seeds, and other known players. By showing several matches, it made it feel like a big event. The other networks tend to focus on one match; almost invariably a men's match. The problem with B-O-5 and the lack of service breaks is that even a bad men's match can last 4 hours. There's your whole telecast. That makes a slam indistinguishable from a regular tournament. Move around, and show us a bunch of different players. With a b-o-5 match, there's really no reason to tune in before the 3rd set. Show us matches that are in the latter stages. And if a network is going to go jingoistic on us, show us ALL the Americans, not just the men and then the top 2 or 3 American women. If Mardy Fish and Taylor Dent deserve coverage, then certainly Chanda, Alexandra, Lisa, Meg, and Laura do. Hell, Monica had to twist an ankle and lose to get any coverage during the 1st week of Oz.
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HBO--Wimbledon coverage was the best!

USA--US Open is also good.
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