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Scotso
Apr 4th, 2002, 10:46 PM
French Open returns to ESPN

April 4, 2002


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN and ESPN2 will air more than 50 hours of live coverage of the French Open under a one-year agreement announced Thursday.

The networks also will have about 20 hours of taped coverage of the May 27-June 9 Grand Slam tennis tournament.

The deal includes both women's semifinals and one men's semifinal. NBC will air the other men's semi and both singles finals.

ESPN aired portions of the French Open from 1986-93. The tournament was on USA Network last year.

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Anyone have any idea how much of the event Outdoor Life will cover?

Scotso
Apr 4th, 2002, 10:49 PM
I beat you to it :p :p :p :p :p

Jetta
Apr 4th, 2002, 10:52 PM
OMG! THAT'S WONDERFUL! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


why didn't USA Network get it? :fiery:

Brian Stewart
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:00 PM
USA was paying $3.5 M per year for the rights. This year, they offered less, and the FFT refused. There was a big mess with the company marketing the TV rights, and as it dragged on, the price dropped, because channels had less time to properly advertise the event. ESPN wound up grabbing it for $1 M this year. They have the advantage in that they can promote it by showing highlghts of the lead-up tournaments.

The good news is that we now get 5 hours live every day, instead of 3 hours of mostly live on USA. Plus, there is that extra 2 hours on tape. Not sure if that will be a highlights package, "match of the day", or some combination thereof. It will probably include a lengthy rerun of the Agassi/Sampras/Roddick match of the day.