TSN and RDS Reach 11-Year Media Rights Extension For Tennis' US OPEN
- TSN and RDS secure complete Canadian exclusivity of the entire US OPEN for
the first time -
- TSN is the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of all four Grand Slam tennis
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TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Bell Media's TSN and RDS have extended their
partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) with a new
11-year multimedia rights agreement for the US OPEN. As part of the new deal
beginning in 2015, TSN and RDS will have exclusive Canadian coverage of the US
OPEN Finals for the first time.
TSN and RDS platforms will deliver 130+ hours of live US OPEN tennis coverage
each year, including expanded coverage of the men's and women's early-round
matches, round of 16, quarter-finals, semifinals and exclusive Canadian
coverage of the Finals.
With the new deal, TSN and RDS remain the undisputed home of tennis in Canada
with exclusive coverage of all four Grand Slam tennis events - the AUSTRALIAN
OPEN, FRENCH OPEN, WIMBLEDON and US OPEN - delivering more than 500 hours of
tennis coverage each season.
"The US OPEN is one those special events in sports - with the world's best
players competing in prime time under the bright lights of New York City. We
are thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with the USTA for another
11 years," said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN. "The future
of Canadian tennis has never been stronger. TSN is proud to be the exclusive
home of all four Grand Slams and showcase Milos Raonic and up-and-coming
Canadians in the biggest events in tennis."
TSN has broadcast the US OPEN since the network launched in 1984. During
last year's US OPEN, TSN attracted a record audience for the 4(th) round match
between Milos Raonic and Andy Murray.
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio
of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across
industry-leading platforms including TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN Radio and TSN Mobile
TV. Official broadcaster of the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship and
FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, TSN's slate of live sports coverage
includes NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016,
MLB Sunday Night Baseball, Barclays Premier League, Golf's Majors, NASCAR
Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Canadian Tire Series, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA
March Madness, and Skate Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which
is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.
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