Tennis Channel to Air 85 Hours of Wimbledon Coverage

Devoting 85 hours to the Big W in London, Tennis Channel will air 3½ hours of nightly coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Wimbledon Primetime will be hosted by veteran broadcaster Bill Macatee. He’ll be joined by Paul Annacone, Mary Carillo, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob, Martina Navratilova and Rennae Stubbs. Tennis Channel will […]


ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews (Yes!) Combine for Wimbledon Coverage

Because of the World Cup, ESPN will air Wimbledon over three different networks this year. During the first four days of coverage from Monday, June 23 through Thursday, June 26, ESPN will start things each morning from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET then hand off to ESPNews from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ESPN2 […]

ESPN Airs the Australian Open Women’s and Men’s Finals

In the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday morning, ESPN will air the Women’s and Men’s Finals of the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. At 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT on Saturday, ESPN will have the Women’s Final of the Australian Open live from Melbourne. Communist China’s Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova of […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 19 — 25, 2013

Once again, it’s another busy week. Lots of premieres of various studio programs begin this week as Fox Sports 1′s launch continues. In addition, there are plenty of live games as we speed towards the beginning of college football next week and the NFL in September. Let’s get started. TELEVISION We have a lot of […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 12 — 18, 2013

This is the week sports media observers have been waiting for. It’s going to be a rather busy seven days and it all culminates on Saturday, August 17 when the English Premier League starts its first season on NBC Sports Group. This is what all of us have been waiting for. No? Oh, you’re expecting […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, July 29 — August 4, 2013

I’ve been meaning to start a regular Monday feature and since Richard Deitsch has a weekly Monday column at and Tom Hoffarth has his Southern California Sports Calendar, I figured I would preview the upcoming week in the sports media. With a little luck, this will be a signature post on Fang’s Bites. Give […]

ESPN Ready to air The Championships Wimbledon 2013 for a Glorious Fortnight

Wimbledon is one of the greatest events in the sporting calendar. And the organizers of the tournament try to keep things special. There’s the strawberries and cream served. Players have to wear white. There’s no play in the middle Sunday of the Championships. Tennis takes over the BBC for the entire two week period. And […]

BREAKING NEWS: ESPN To Announce 11 Year Deal for US Open

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reports that ESPN will announce a new 11 year deal to air the U.S. Open. Ourand reported about the potential of this deal earlier this week CBS has aired the event since 1968 and will end its current contract with the United States Tennis Association in 2014. ESPN will take […]

REPORT: US Open Close to Moving to ESPN

From Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand, we learn that ESPN is close to taking another Grand Slam tennis tournament away from network television. In 2011, ESPN wrested Wimbledon away from NBC after the network had broadcast the event dating back to 1968. The entire tournament became an all-cable event last year. Now, ESPN appears to […]

CBS Serves Up Tennis Before Elite Eight This Weekend

Before the NCAA Tournament Regional Final action today and tomorrow, CBS will offer the women’s and men’s final of the Sony Open. Today at noon ET, it’s the women as #1 seed Serena Williams takes on the #3 seed Maria Sharapova. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, the men’s final pits Andy Murray against David […]

Some Quick Tuesday Linkage

On my way to New York for the Fox Sports 1 unveiling and I’m going to try to do some links with the limited wifi that Amtrak has provided. It’s not the best, but it’ll do for what I need today. Let’s begin with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who along with Matt Yoder from Awful […]

ESPN2 Airs BNP Paribas Showdown At MSG

As part of today’s World Tennis Day festivities, ESPN2 will air the BNP Paribas Showdown. It will join the action at Madison Square Garden in New York in progress at 9 p.m. ET. The exhibition matches will include a matchup between the women’s world #1 and #2 ranked players, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams and […]

ESPN Moves Aussie Open Men’s Semis & Both Singles Finals to The Mothership

In a move that came out of the blue, ESPN has announced that it has moved the Thursday’s Australian Open men’s semfinals as well as both singles finals from ESPN2 to the Mothership. In the olden days of ESPN, before there was an ESPN2, the Australian Open finals were always on the main channel. Now […]

Some Quick Monday Afternoon Linkage

Was out for a bit today so I’m behind in what I want to get done here. I’ll do some links for you to tie you over. I’ll start with a couple of stories from Sports Business Daily which looks at some record overnight ratings for Fox and NBC for the first Sunday of the NFL […]

Tennis Channel Airs U.S. Open Series

Starting tonight with the WTA’s Bank of the West tournament, Tennis Channel will cover just about all of the tournaments of the U.S. Open Series leading up to the U.S. Open in late August. The coverage includes five ATP Tour events and three WTA tournaments plus one combined event. That means nine of the 10 […]