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Tech1
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:07 PM
FSN Retains Indian Wells, Miami Rights
By Richard Pagliaro
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Two-time Indian Wells champion Lindsay Davenport will return to the desert for the March 9-22 BNP Paribas Open.

The 32-year-old Davenport, who is pregnant with her second child, won't be joining the draw but she will be calling the shots as an analyst for Fox Sports Net's coverage of the tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. FSN, which signed a one-year deal with an option for renewal for Indian Wells, Miami and the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, has picked up its option and will televise both Indian Wells and Miami next month. Tennis Channel will also provide early-round coverage of both events.

Davenport, Sam Gore and Justin Gimelstob will serve as commentators for FSN's Indian Wells coverage, which begins on March 16 with live early-round coverage scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Eastern time. Later next month, Davenport will join Ted Robinson and Justin Gimelstob as the telecast team for FSN's Miami coverage.

FSN is scheduled to televise seven straight days of Indian Wells coverage starting on March 16th. From Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 daily live coverage is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Eastern time followed by live coverage of the night sessions scheduled from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Live coverage of the men's semifinals is set for Saturday, March 21st from 4 to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

FSN's live coverage of the men's and women's finals is scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd from 3 to 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Exactly how much live tennis you'll see depends upon where you live and what your regional FSN network opts to televise. Since FSN is comprised of regional networks each region has the option of televising available coverage completely or partially if they choose, though they are not bound to do so, FSN Vice President of Programming David Sussin told Tennis Week.

"We're not a single-feed network," Sussin said. "We're an assemblage of a bunch of regions and a sort of advantage of that is with Indian Wells, for instance, Fox Sports West could decide to expand its local coverage of Indian Wells beyond the times we are distributing nationally. Times are subject to change depending on what regional sports network you are watching."

In other words, to verify exactly what coverage is available in your area, please contact your regional FSN affiliate.

Tennis Channel will also televise two full days of live Indian Wells coverage. TC will air Indian Wells live on Saturday, March 14th from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern and on Sunday, March 15th from 2 p.m. to midnight.

FSN will offer seven straight days of live Miami coverage starting on Saturday, March 28th and culminating with live men's semifinal coverage on Friday, April 3rd.

Daily coverage from Saturday, March 28 through Thursday, April 2nd is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m., with 9-11 p.m. night coverage slated for both Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd.

The network concludes its Miami coverage airing both men's semifinals live on Friday, April 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. As is the case with Indian Wells, regional FSN affiliates have the option to offer all or partial coverage so please check your FSN regional affiliate for the exact times in your area.

Tennis Channel will televise four days of the Sony Ericsson Open from Key Biscayne's Crandon Park. TC's Miami telecast schedule, including two days of live coverage (all times are Eastern):
Saturday, March 28 8:00 p.m. (live) Sunday, March 29 9:00 p.m. (tape delay) Monday, March 30 7:00 p.m. (live) Tuesday, March 31 10:00 p.m. (tape delay) ESPN, which had televised Indian Wells and Miami for several years, did not renew its broadcast rights for the tournaments in 2008.

FSN, which was approached by the ATP as a broadcast partner for Indian Wells and Miami as well as the 2008 Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup, signed a one-year agreement for cable and satellite broadcast rights to televise Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai early last year and picked up the option to renew those right this year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The tournaments are delighted with FSN's broadcast commitments to the events, both on a national and regional level, to two of the largest tournaments on the tours," an ATP spokesman told Tennis Week at the time the pact was finalized. "In establishing this new broadcast partnership, the ATP Masters Series and Tennis Masters Cup is expanding its presence in the U.S. television market by adding FSN to its long established broadcast partners in CBS, ESPN and Tennis Channel."

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Lindsay :hearts:

Best commentator ever! Especially when she talks about the slamless number#1

Noctis
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:11 PM
:sad: You almost had me,I though she had an accident and coming back on tour :sad:

But :woohoo: commemtators

SoClose
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:11 PM
:worship:LINDSAY:hearts:

volta
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:11 PM
she is sooooooo good :inlove:

Mynarco
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:13 PM
Isn't she pregnant?

joão.
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:16 PM
;)

LDF
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:17 PM
Isn't she pregnant?

Yes. But normally that doesn't eliminate a person's ability to sit in a commentary booth and talk. :p

Mynarco
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Yes. But normally that doesn't eliminate a person's ability to sit in a commentary booth and talk. :p

Ahhh...I missed it..
I thought of her playing the event..:haha:
but anyway, commentator is good:)

Dave.
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Lindsay :yeah: American viewers are so lucky. But it's a shame Gimelstob has to be in the booth with her, that kind of spoils it.

I'm still holding out for a 2nd comeback.

DevilishAttitude
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:33 PM
Davenport, a good commentator?! :o

Come on, she's like all the other players who 1st start commentating, she's good at pointing out the facts, but as very little of anything of interest to say.

Of course, she will probably get better, but to say she's the "best commentator ever" is an exaggeration at the least.

sweetpeas
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:35 PM
So true!Maybe in time!!!!!!!!!

LindsayRulz
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Great :)

Ciarán
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:41 PM
I got excited for a moment :rolleyes:

kadirelf
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:51 PM
indian wells first raund

come back lindsay def comeback sharapova 6-0 6-0

go lindsayyy

Dave.
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:55 PM
Davenport, a good commentator?! :o

Come on, she's like all the other players who 1st start commentating, she's good at pointing out the facts, but as very little of anything of interest to say.

Of course, she will probably get better, but to say she's the "best commentator ever" is an exaggeration at the least.

Saying she isn't a good commentator is even more of an exaggeration ;)

Vlover
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:05 PM
FSN Retains Indian Wells, Miami Rights
By Richard Pagliaro
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Davenport, Sam Gore and Justin Gimelstob will serve as commentators for FSN's Indian Wells coverage, which begins on March 16 with live early-round coverage scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Eastern time. Later next month, Davenport will join Ted Robinson and Justin Gimelstob as the telecast team for FSN's Miami coverage.

I'll finally have a chance to hear her for myself.:)

justine schnyder
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Good to see her still in the tennis world. Good luck Lindsay :)

debopero
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Good :). Her and Corina Morariu are my favorite commentators.

debopero
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:10 PM
...and Virginia Wade :p .

new-york
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:13 PM
i was like, oh my god, back on court.:o

nice nes, i liked her at the YEC.

Kipling
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:15 PM
She couldn't be any worse than her ex doubles partner, who has replaced Kat Adams as the worst ever tennis analyst.

But it's bad news to hear that FSN again has the rights to these events. Not only will fewer people be able to see them, but the quality of the broadcast team is in the crapper. I'm glad I'm going rather than having to listen to this bunch on the air.

Bayo
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:23 PM
Commentating dream team: Lindsay and Chanda! They are both so well-spoken.

Which reminds me, bring back Chanda you loser networks!

But at least FSN's coverage won't completely suck now.

CR3WLFC
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:26 PM
Yes. Thanks 4 posting, cant wait to see how she plays

John.
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Lindsay :hearts:

kyk710
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:43 PM
Commentating dream team: Lindsay and Chanda! They are both so well-spoken.

Which reminds me, bring back Chanda you loser networks!

But at least FSN's coverage won't completely suck now.

I agree 100%! Lindsay and Chanda would be perfect, I always loved Chanda's insightful commentary. Also, I wis they would get rid of Gimelstob, having to listen to him is just torturous. I usually have to mute him just to be able to enjoy the tennis at all. During men's matches he just brags about how close his friendships are with all the top American players, and during women's matches he goes on and on about the inferiority of the women's game in every aspect imaginable. I don't think I've ever heard him say anything that wasn't obnoxious.

The Daviator
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:57 PM
"Two-time Indian Wells champion Lindsay Davenport will return to the desert for the March 9-22 BNP Paribas Open."

When I read this I was like 'WTF? Lindsay playing doubles pregnant?!' :haha:

Drake1980
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Tease!:p

The Dawntreader
Feb 24th, 2009, 08:04 PM
You wicked old tease, i was looking forward to see Linds heavily pregant being even more grumpy than usual:lol:

Lindsay is a good commentator. I mean she has more insight into the WTA than most, being such a presence on the tour. Her ex doubles partner though, Corina. My god her voice is draining:rolleyes:

Like listening to sarah palin:lol:

Paneru
Feb 24th, 2009, 08:21 PM
Davenport, a good commentator?! :o

Come on, she's like all the other players who 1st start commentating, she's good at pointing out the facts, but as very little of anything of interest to say.

Of course, she will probably get better, but to say she's the "best commentator ever" is an exaggeration at the least.

Oh, like the other commentators that talk then have the posters
here coming to b**** about what they said? ;) :p

I like Lindsay's commentating.

Lindsayfan32
Feb 24th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Great news. The original poster had me going what the with the title. Loved Lindsay's work during Doha last year and look forward to hearing more from her in the future. Hopefully in Australia one day. :)

In The Zone
Feb 24th, 2009, 09:43 PM
I would rather TTC broadcast every day from start to finish (like a true Tennis Channel should) but this will do.

Thank you. :)

drake3781
Feb 24th, 2009, 09:44 PM
...and Virginia Wade :p .


... oooh I like her too. ;)

V's a star
Feb 24th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Lindsay :hearts:

Best commentator ever! Especially when she talks about the slamless number#1

haha so true. I loved wen she said "i think she wud feel differently had she won a GS" talking bout how JJ said ending the tear #1 with nothing was better then being lucky for two weeks :cuckoo:

yukon145
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:05 PM
FSN is so shitty, but it will be hard to be last year's coverage when they cut live matches in the middle of points when the time slot was up.

Tennis Channel should have bought full rights, or just go back to ESPN.

schorsch
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:07 PM
lets hope there wont be any : my water just broke. how many times has that been said on tv :sobbing:

danieln1
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:47 PM
MISLEADING TITLEEEEEE
But she`s a fine commentator

serenaforever
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:51 PM
ugh, we need a new more accurate title :tape:

Lindsay :yeah:

partbrit
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:07 PM
The Fox Sports Network where I live usually does not show tennis. In this case, I'm fine with that decision.

~Eclipsed~
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:19 PM
I remember not being too happy with their coverage last year, but nice to see Lindsay is commentating. She's pleasant to listen to, hopefully she puts Justin in his place when he gets out of line because you know he will. I know they like commentary from ex players, but he's HORRIBLE. :o

That thread title is evil btw. :p

Harvs
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:21 PM
i hate u for getting my impossible hopes up..

Lulu.
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Thread title is misleading. :(

Linnie
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:51 PM
You'd think the two biggest tournaments in the U.S. (besides the Open, of course) would have a lot better coverage here :rolleyes: Last year's Fox coverage totally sucked - no thanks to Gimelslob :(

That said, I'm looking forward to listening to Lindsay :)

Mattographer
Feb 25th, 2009, 12:27 AM
HAHAHA! You got me there :( :p

partbrit
Feb 25th, 2009, 12:30 AM
hopefully she puts Justin in his place when he gets out of line

Those days are over. She was quite vocal in 2005 when he made sexist comments about the tour, but now that he is making out-and-out misogynistic comments, she is defending him (when she isn't busy defending George W. Bush, that is).

TennisViewer531
Feb 25th, 2009, 03:58 AM
For a second there, I thought Lindsay's risking her pregnancy by playing. It would be great to hear her commentary for the first time!

:)

Tech1
Feb 25th, 2009, 04:36 AM
ugh, we need a new more accurate title :tape:

Lindsay :yeah:
The title was taken from the website that posted the article.

duhcity
Feb 25th, 2009, 04:46 AM
Lindsay isn't a very good commentator at all. Shes decent, and I wouldnt mute the TV if she was talking.

But she is an absolute amazing commentator if you compare her to Ted Robinson and Justin Gimelstob. Now those two are absolutely horrid. Sure Lindsay is biased, but Gimelstob is just ignorant and offensive about players, while Robinson is just like drills in my ears.

V's a star
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:41 AM
Lindsay isn't a very good commentator at all. Shes decent, and I wouldnt mute the TV if she was talking.

But she is an absolute amazing commentator if you compare her to Ted Robinson and Justin Gimelstob. Now those two are absolutely horrid. Sure Lindsay is biased, but Gimelstob is just ignorant and offensive about players, while Robinson is just like drills in my ears.

I HATE TED RONBINSON :armed:

ArturoAce.
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:43 AM
:bigcry:
got me all excited. i thought she was gonna play again somehow :(
commentator:yeah:

V's a star
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:44 AM
Those days are over. She was quite vocal in 2005 when he made sexist comments about the tour, but now that he is making out-and-out misogynistic comments, she is defending him (when she isn't busy defending George W. Bush, that is).

oh lord Lindsay is a republican :o i new she was conservative but also a bush luver :rolleyes: thats the worst kind. God help her and her children if she had her way

Lindsayfan32
Feb 25th, 2009, 07:30 AM
oh lord Lindsay is a republican :o i new she was conservative but also a bush luver :rolleyes: thats the worst kind. God help her and her children if she had her way

A bush lover I don't think so. I got a few of the matches Lindsay commentated in Doha last year and it was more like Lindsay was a Bush critic and basher. I would love to know where this line of thought has comes from? I don't think anyone in their right mind would defend him and from what I heard Lindsay was doing the total opposite. :)

madlove
Feb 25th, 2009, 07:58 AM
lol.

Boomguy
Feb 25th, 2009, 11:34 AM
that title confused me haha nice to hear a different voice in commentating

Monica_Rules
Feb 25th, 2009, 01:33 PM
I was about to say isn;t she preggers then saw it is as a commentator/analyst

raffles
Feb 25th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Good for Lindsay and like I always say at least she isn't Anabelle Croft or that tosser Andrew Castle.

V's a star
Feb 25th, 2009, 06:49 PM
A bush lover I don't think so. I got a few of the matches Lindsay commentated in Doha last year and it was more like Lindsay was a Bush critic and basher. I would love to know where this line of thought has comes from? I don't think anyone in their right mind would defend him and from what I heard Lindsay was doing the total opposite. :)

oh thats good:angel:

In The Zone
Feb 25th, 2009, 06:54 PM
A bush lover I don't think so. I got a few of the matches Lindsay commentated in Doha last year and it was more like Lindsay was a Bush critic and basher. I would love to know where this line of thought has comes from? I don't think anyone in their right mind would defend him and from what I heard Lindsay was doing the total opposite. :)

Lindsay is a known Republican so I think it was just a jab at her party. Even Republicans were unhappy with Bush.

Beat
Feb 25th, 2009, 06:55 PM
Those days are over. She was quite vocal in 2005 when he made sexist comments about the tour, but now that he is making out-and-out misogynistic comments, she is defending him (when she isn't busy defending George W. Bush, that is).

where did you get that from?

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 25th, 2009, 09:29 PM
yay!

Lindsayfan32
Feb 25th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Lindsay is a known Republican so I think it was just a jab at her party. Even Republicans were unhappy with Bush.

Is there anyone in America that is happy with what Bush did? You wouldn't be in crap your in if acted sooner. Lindsay can be republican and bag them at the same time I just thought it was interesting that someone in this thread thought she would defend him. It like I like Lindsay but i don't necessarily agree with everything she says. :)