View Full Version : Wimbeldon To Be On NBC For At Least Four More Years

Feb 25th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Wimbledon, NBC agree to new four-year deal
The Associated Press
Feb 25 2003 11:09AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Viewers can have ``Breakfast at Wimbledon'' with NBC for at least four more years.
The network extended its deal with the All England Club through 2006 at about the same $13 million annual rights fee as the old three-year pact.

This will be the 35th consecutive year NBC has televised the Grand Slam tennis tournament.

``We're thrilled to continue our wonderful relationship with the All England Club,'' NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said Tuesday.

The rain-slogged 2002 Wimbledon averaged a 2.1 rating for its 15 telecasts, 22 percent lower than 2001, and 36 percent lower than 2000. But the Saturday broadcast, featuring the women's final between sisters Serena and Venus Williams, drew a 4.6 rating - 31 percent higher than 2001.

NBC this year again will air 35 1/2 hours from Wimbledon. Play starts June 23, with the women's final July 5, and the men's final July 6.

02/25/03 11:08 EST

Copyright 2002 Reuters Limited.

Feb 25th, 2003, 08:36 PM
At least it isnt CBS, where they give you hints before the match ends! "It's 7-5, 6-5 and Martina just broke Seles. We will be taking you to golf in a few moments." Hmm, I wonder who won that match? ARRG. :rolleyes:

Brian Stewart
Feb 25th, 2003, 11:35 PM
hooray. 4 more years of only the singles finals being live. And even worse, how they try to insult our intelligence by pretending they are live. Who can forget their "fast forwarding" gimmick, where they pop over to another court to watch someone serve out a set, then back to the main match, where they somehow have managed to play 2 whole sets in the 5 minutes we were away. :)

Or, my personal fave, when they show a tape of a match from Centre Court, with the announcers chattering away as they are supposedly watching it happen live, and you can clearly see in a couple of shots that the NBC booth is empty. I think there was even one occasion when HBO showed John McEnroe sitting in the stands watching a match, which NBC later showed (sans that shot), complete with Johnny Mac's "live" match commentary.

I just hope whoever picks up the cable coverage also picks up Martina. It was always funny to compare the NBC telecast of a match with HBO's, and how much more Martina and HBO would pick up compared to NBC.

Feb 25th, 2003, 11:38 PM
Well the good news is...no more Chrissy :)