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tennisIlove09
Feb 13th, 2003, 07:48 PM
ESPN locks up French Open through 2006

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Associated Press


ESPN signed a four-year contract extension Thursday to cover the French Open through 2006.

ESPN and ESPN2 will air a total of more than 80 hours from this year's tournament starting May 26. ESPN will show both women's semifinals June 5 and one men's semifinal the next day.

Last year's women's semifinals, won by Venus and Serena Williams, averaged a little more than a million TV homes for ESPN. That made the telecast the most-viewed French Open show ever on cable.

NBC will show the men's and women's finals, as it has every year since 1983. The network also aired the French Open in 1975-79.

tennisIlove09
Feb 13th, 2003, 07:49 PM
let the terrible coverage continue :fiery:

Cybelle Darkholme
Feb 13th, 2003, 07:49 PM
[QUOTE]Last year's women's semifinals, won by Venus and Serena Williams, averaged a little more than a million TV homes for ESPN. That made the telecast the most-viewed French Open show ever on cable



and they say the sisters are boring!:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

CJ07
Feb 13th, 2003, 07:54 PM
:(

Simplify
Feb 13th, 2003, 07:57 PM
Well, DAMN!!:( :mad:

Meesh
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:08 PM
Originally posted by tennisIlove09
let the terrible coverage continue :fiery:

I couldn't of said it better!!!!!!!!

Simplify
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:08 PM
Hmmmm, lets seeeeeeeeeeeee. It appears they will be averaging more hours per day than they did for Oz. Which makes sense because FO matches tend to be longer, and they will need more hours to cover "Agassi Open Part Two."

selesfan
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:10 PM
:fiery: :fiery:

Venus Forever
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:11 PM
:fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

miranda_lou
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:21 PM
Now, I know the ESPN commentators aren't the best in the world BUT, without ESPN we wouldn't see ANY French Open coverage except for the weekends on NBC. Remember, the USA network dropped it like a hot skillet and no other American network wanted it. ESPN was kind enough to pick it up. Personally, I appreciate that they did. We may have to put up with hours of Andre, Venus and Serena but all together even they won't take up 80 hours.:rolleyes: I'm sure we will occasionally see other players.;)

Plus, remember we now have the GREAT:mad: Mary Carillo. And because Chrissy has been kicked to the curb, we will see Mary during the ENTIRE tournament.:eek: What fun.:sad:

Linnie
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:26 PM
Originally posted by Simplify
.......they will need more hours to cover "Agassi Open Part Two."
You took the words right out of my mouth!

Havok
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:27 PM
as long as it's not 100% american players it's all good. but who in the world am i kidding. ah well, hopefully my faves will play american players. well on a positive note, we have Mary Carillo comentating:)woohoo

Simplify
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:34 PM
without ESPN we wouldn't see ANY French Open coverage except for the weekends on NBC
Another network would have covered it.
Remember, the USA network dropped it like a hot skillet and no other American network wanted it. ESPN was kind enough to pick it up.
If I remember correctly, ESPN outbid USA.
I'm sure we will occasionally see other players.
You're right, ONLY occassionally. Now that I think about it, there will be even LESS time devoted those other players because chances are that 'ol Petey will be playing. And if so you KNOW they will give him airtime; especially early on because they probably think he may not be around for long, so they will try to show him while they can. LOL

RAA
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:40 PM
whatever, sometimes I'm happy that ANYONE covers tennis here in the USA.
its ridiculous how thin the coverage is..
grrrr.

miranda_lou
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:55 PM
If I remember correctly, ESPN outbid USA.

No, they did not!!! According to sportsbusinessjournal.com USA dropped the French (the contract was up and they declined to renew) and the French went looking for another American network to carry it. They were asking for a lot of money and no network thought it was worth the price. ESPN put in a bid that was rejected so they dropped out. It wasn't until about THREE WEEKS before the tournament began that the agent for the French Federation went back to ESPN and made a deal with them. Supposedly the deal was worth LESS than what ESPN had originally bid.:rolleyes: In fact, in sportsbusinessjournal.com it was known as the "French Farce" because the negotiations were handled so badly by the French.:) I think I still have the hard copy of that paper. I'll look for it and if I find it I will type part of the story into a post. It was a very long article and it was talked about for days. Someone on another message board alerted me to what was going on last year and I took out a three week trial subscription just so I could read about it.

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2003, 08:58 PM
Hopefully Andre will get a good draw. Read: Really god awful draw with lots of players that I like, who will beat him damn early.

I wish the same fate on Andy Roddick - but as last year showed us we can give him a grass court player on clay and he'll find a way to lose, so no need to waste Gaudio in the 3rd on him.

Blake I don't mind seeing lots of.

And of course the women - they'll find time for the women after Andre is done, and after Andy's interviews from the match TWO days ago is done being shown.

Maybe if somebody I like makes the finals I'll actually get to see them :)

Consistency
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:00 PM
There should be a law against ESPN covering any tennis matches.:mad:


The early rounds will resemble an ATP tournament.:fiery:

victory1
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:02 PM
No, Every American man can lose except for Andre, and maybe James Blake. :bounce:

mboyle
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:03 PM
I agree Rebecca. Unfortunately, unless Sampras goes into an EVEN DEEPER slump than last year and manages to drop OUTSIDE THE TOP 32, AND manages to draw Andre first round, there just isn't a way Andre can loose. Hewitt and Sampras are really the only players a good Agassi is gonna loose to. but, we COULD all hope for a bad day:D !!!!! GOOOOOOOOO WOMEN!!!

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:04 PM
There should be a law against ESPN covering any tennis matches.

Absolute crap coverage is still better than no coverage.


The early rounds will resemble an ATP tournament.

Unless Andre Agassi is the entire ATP, then no, it won't. The early rounds will resemble "a week and a half in the life of Andre". Because thats about how long he'll be in the tournament.

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:05 PM
I agree Rebecca. Unfortunately, unless Sampras goes into an EVEN DEEPER slump than last year and manages to drop OUTSIDE THE TOP 32, AND manages to draw Andre first round, there just isn't a way Andre can loose. Hewitt and Sampras are really the only players a good Agassi is gonna loose to. but, we COULD all hope for a bad day

Pete and Roland Garros need not be discussed in the same paragraph.

As for Andre not losing - um? You think Hewitt and Safin are the only people who can beat him?

I guess that you missed the nice little clay court lesson that Juan Carlos Ferrero gave him last year?

I see that you are up on your mens tennis...

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2003, 09:07 PM
I might also add, that a resurgent Guga could beat Andre. So can a fit Sebastian Grosjean. So can a slew of other players who are built for clay, more so than Andre is *these days*

Although I'm holding out hope for another mathup with Ferrero, who will once again send him packing. Maybe he can be a good boy and keep it to three this year :)

Brian Stewart
Feb 13th, 2003, 11:07 PM
Then how will the players get in to play? :p

Havok
Feb 13th, 2003, 11:19 PM
we should all send them really really long emails teling them that they should show more of the women instead of stupid Agassi. i understand that he's a big name and people want to watch him, but not all of his rounds. i mean come on now. as long as i get to see Jelena Dokic more than once, i'll be fine, but i would also like to see other women, who'm i never see coz all i see r those stupid Williams sisters all the time. BORING!!!!!!!!!!

Underdog
Feb 13th, 2003, 11:26 PM
Hmm....they couldn't find a network to carry the French Open. No wonder The Tennis Channel can't get off the ground.