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karimcartoon
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:16 PM
Complete Article: http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2008-02-08/375.php

Notable summary:
“The two Masters Series tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami are unquestionably the next best tournaments beyond the Grand Slams,” Deluca said. “But we have made a decision based on the time of the year, and the other 400 hours of tennis that we have. We love those tournaments, but for 2008 we weren’t in a position to offer them the number of hours or a deal that they could accept financially.”

Under a reported one-year deal, Fox Sports Net will televise 30 live hours from Indian Wells including the both men’s and women’s finals, plus Miami. CBS will still televise both Miami finals.

Other notable FYIs:

TV Schedule: http://www.tennisweek.com/ontv/

Fox Sports Net, which will televise the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells as well as the Sony Ericsson Open on Key Biscayne for the first time next month, has assembled its commentary team for Indian Wells.

Veteran broadcaster Barry Tompkins will anchor the telecast as play-by-play announcer joined by analysts Justin Gimelstob and Chanda Rubin.

FSN has not yet confirmed its commentary team for the Sony Ericsson Open though it is possible it could reconvene some of its Indian Wells commentary crew for Key Biscayne.



(source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=536614)

goldenlox
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Having Fox in tennis is great for the sport. It's new money, and they have a ton at Fox.
If David Hill decides to start competing for other Tier I's and majors, the money will flow in. Especially if they put it on the big network, not cable.

It's already a big deal that Dubai and Doha want in.
Those billionaires changed the whole sport of horse racing when they decided to buy top Kentucky bloodlines. Hundreds of millions of new money came into the thoroughbred breeding industry.

hacberto
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:25 PM
I have a big question see I only have cable I mean I don't have any direct tv or dish channel.

So I only have Fox I mean it doesn't say Fox Sports or anything like that.

Will I be able to watch some tennis too because If I make memory I believe I did watch a Federer match (Us Open 07) in Fox channel.

goldenlox
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:46 PM
It's on cable. Fox sports is everywhere in the world. It's Murdoch.

ewbangkok
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:49 PM
I hope i can watch

goldenlox
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:51 PM
A lot of Fox stations are showing Federer-Sampras.
This is the IW schedule

http://www.onthebaseline.com/2008/03/07/fox-sports-network-tennis-tv-schedule-for-2008-pacific-life-open-at-indian-wells/

DimaDinosaur
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:03 AM
I can't wait to watch :wavey:

mckyle.
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:13 AM
So what exactly is ESPN showing that is SOOOOO important that they can't fit in tennis?

-VSR-
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:30 AM
I think my Fox Sports Net is Comcast now.

Volcana
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:20 AM
So what exactly is ESPN showing that is SOOOOO important that they can't fit in tennis?
"Watching Grass Grow"
"Watching Paint Dry"
"Seaweed- In it's natural habitat"

Face reality - No stars, no ratings, no ESPN. This isn't 1970. Tennis is niche sport now. (In the USA) Who's playing who's guaranteed to get TV ratings?

Lolo8
Mar 10th, 2008, 11:20 AM
[QUOTE=Volcana;12675789]"Watching Grass Grow"
"Watching Paint Dry"
"Seaweed- In it's natural habitat"

Face reality - No stars, no ratings, no ESPN. This isn't 1970. Tennis is niche sport now. (In the USA) Who's playing who's guaranteed to get TV ratings?/QUOTE]

All the money Sharapova makes from the big corperations I thought she was the one who is suppose to bring in the viewers because of her mass appeal. I mean thats what Larry Scott and Mary Joe Fernandez always says.:lol:

darrinbaker00
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:45 PM
So what exactly is ESPN showing that is SOOOOO important that they can't fit in tennis?
Basketball, basketball and more basketball, that's what.

Volcana
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:35 PM
All the money Sharapova makes from the big corperations I thought she was the one who is suppose to bring in the viewers because of her mass appeal. I mean thats what Larry Scott and Mary Joe Fernandez always says.Who brings fans to tournaments, and who brings fans to TV sets, are not necessarily the same people. But the folks who sign athletes to big contracts GO to tournaments, and talk to people who GO to tournaments.

Maybe if they polled a couple thousand people playing on beatup high school tennis courts, endorsements would go to the players who the people who watch on TV want to see. (yeah, right)

Aaron68
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:31 PM
I'm not surprised. I don't particularly like the announcing team, but I'm not surprised.

March is incredibly busy with basketball.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:38 PM
So what exactly is ESPN showing that is SOOOOO important that they can't fit in tennis?

poker
rodeo
fly fishing
national spelling bee

and by far the most important, highly rated sports event of the year...

the national hot dog eating contest.

Wtrain
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:02 PM
A lot of Fox stations are showing Federer-Sampras.
This is the IW schedule

http://www.onthebaseline.com/2008/03/07/fox-sports-network-tennis-tv-schedule-for-2008-pacific-life-open-at-indian-wells/


It says Chandas gonna be commentating!!! :bounce:

moon
Mar 10th, 2008, 10:44 PM
It says Chandas gonna be commentating!!! :bounce:
that's about the only good thing that will come from all this.

kyk710
Mar 10th, 2008, 11:18 PM
Chanda Rubin! I wish she was on the court instead but it will be great to hear her commentating.

Marcell
Mar 10th, 2008, 11:36 PM
FSN In New York is now renamed MSG Plus as of tonight.

MARYANGEL
Mar 11th, 2008, 12:19 AM
FSN In New York is now renamed MSG Plus as of tonight.
It is true, but I check the guide for Indian wells. Sadly MSG + is not showing Indian wells or Miami. For Directv User, Tennis is on Sport pack. So no tennis for me this time. FSN is showing alot of tennis, so enjoy It.

mckyle.
Mar 11th, 2008, 02:59 AM
Basketball, basketball and more basketball, that's what.

Okay, ESPN is not showing the Men's NCAA tournament, CBS is. ESPN is showing the women's NCAA tournament, but I don't think it begins until after Indian Wells has been played.

darrinbaker00
Mar 11th, 2008, 04:50 AM
Okay, ESPN is not showing the Men's NCAA tournament, CBS is. ESPN is showing the women's NCAA tournament, but I don't think it begins until after Indian Wells has been played.
ESPN is showing a ton of conference tournament games, and they're showing the NBA. Basketball is infinitely more popular in America than tennis.

mckyle.
Mar 11th, 2008, 04:53 AM
ESPN is showing a ton of conference tournament games, and they're showing the NBA. Basketball is infinitely more popular in America than tennis.

Yes, but what is the point in creating ESPN2 for lesser-known sports (which was the original idea) if you just want to show more basketball, football, etc...

They have ESPN, ESPNU, blah blah blah for basketball. Save some room for tennis.

mboyle
Mar 11th, 2008, 04:53 AM
"Watching Grass Grow"
"Watching Paint Dry"
"Seaweed- In it's natural habitat"

Face reality - No stars, no ratings, no ESPN. This isn't 1970. Tennis is niche sport now. (In the USA) Who's playing who's guaranteed to get TV ratings?

Sharapova, Serena, Venus.

There's no question Women's tennis is in its best condition in history. Follow the money. The US likes weird sports anyway. Football anyone? Gross.

mboyle
Mar 11th, 2008, 04:54 AM
ESPN is showing a ton of conference tournament games, and they're showing the NBA. Basketball is infinitely more popular in America than tennis.

Women's tennis tv ratings blow women's basketball tv ratings out of the water. If you read this closely, it's a good thing. ESPN says they couldn't pay the tournaments what they wanted. The assumption is that Fox Sports did, or else ESPN would have picked it up. So Miami/Indian Wells might actually be making MORE money from tv this time round.

darrinbaker00
Mar 11th, 2008, 05:29 AM
Yes, but what is the point in creating ESPN2 for lesser-known sports (which was the original idea) if you just want to show more basketball, football, etc...

They have ESPN, ESPNU, blah blah blah for basketball. Save some room for tennis.
ESPN saved plenty of room for tennis, but tennis stopped paying for its room. ESPN is not PBS, you know.

goldenlox
Mar 11th, 2008, 02:27 PM
I read on CNNSI.com that Rupert Murdoch was at the Federer exo last night.
If he's a tennis fan, it's good for the sport.

jacobruiz
Mar 11th, 2008, 06:26 PM
ESPN saved plenty of room for tennis, but tennis stopped paying for its room. ESPN is not PBS, you know.

:lol: Sad but true. And it's "March Madness" guys; people want to see college basketball conference tournament games. :shrug: