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Tennis, ESPN2 Net ATP Tour Right Renewals

  • B&C, Monday, November 29, 2010 12:10 AM
Two principle tennis carriers in the U.S. have inked new rights deals with the men's tour. Tennis Channel, which will televise some 600 live match hours over 19 events, and ESPN finalized new rights pacts with the ATP World Tour, including presentations of the Masters 1000 competitions and the Sony Ericsson Open, among others.

Those tournaments -- widely regarded as the most important in the sport, except for the four Grand Slam events -- had been contracted to Fox Sports Net regional networks over the past three years. Deal terms were not disclosed. With its new deal, Tennis Channel's coverage of the March events -- each has been dubbed the "Fifth Slam" -- will encompass 56 hours in Miami and 75 hours from Indian Wells.

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