McEnroe’s On-Air Presence Increasing At ESPN

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Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe will be seen on television a lot more in the coming months.

ESPN announced yesterday that the veteran tennis star and ESPN analyst will start making appearances on SportsCenter discussing a variety of topics other than just tennis.  He will also make appearances on ESPN2’s Olbermann and ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike which also runs on ESPN2 each morning.  Topping off his newly expanded role with the Worldwide Leader in Sports, McEnroe will also be on ESPN Radio New York (98.7 FM).

McEnroe shared his thoughts on this major announcement with the press.  He was clearly happy about the opportunity to branch out beyond the world of tennis and into the overall sports spectrum.  “I am excited about my expanded role with ESPN,” he said.  It should be interesting and fun, as a life-long sports fan, to be able to voice my opinions on a variety of sports programs and forums, alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. The broad platform offered by ESPN makes it the perfect place for me to bring my point of view to all sports, not just tennis. ”

John Wildhack, ESPN Executive VP of Programming and Production echoed McEnroe’s thoughts.  “Before John was a superstar in tennis, he was a sports fan…with sharp opinions and wit, as we’ve seen on our tennis productions,” Wildhack said.  “His no-holds barred insights and personality will enliven whatever program or platform he is on.”

McEnroe is a seventeen-time Major winner.  Seven of those Major wins were in singles competition.  Nine were in doubles.  And one was in mixed doubles.  He has covered the US Open for ESPN since 2009 and Wimbledon since 2012.  He holds seventy-seven titles throughout his career, including four US Open titles, and three at Wimbledon.  He has also won ten more titles in doubles and mixed competition.  His success goes all the way back to his days at Stanford, where he won titles in both the singles and team categories.

More information on McEnroe’s expanded duties and where he will appear is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn and http://espn.go.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN, ESPN Networks To offer Extensive Coverage Of U.S. Open

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ESPN kicks off extensive coverage of the annual U.S. Open next Monday, August 26th.  The last of the year’s major tennis events kicks off August 26th beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN2 and runs through Monday, September 9th.  ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will offer tennis fans a total of one hundred hours of coverage across the two-week span.  Fans can look forward to a first this year as ESPN2 will carry the Men’s Doubles Championships on the Open’s penultimate day of competition.  It will be broadcast Sunday, September 8th at 12:30pm ET.  Also on September 8th, ESPN2 will have a special edition of SportsCenter at the U.S. Open at 8:30pm EP.  The special edition of SportsCenter will recap the Women’s Championship matches held that day and will look forward to Monday’s Men’s finals. 

All action broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available online via WatchESPN and WatchESPN.com  It can be accessed through any and tablet on the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE for Gold members, as well as on Apple TV.  Along with coverage online via Xbox LIVE, Apple TV, and mobile internet, audiences that have access to ESPN3 will be able to catch a total of four hundred hours of coverage through the network. 

A schedule of U.S. Open coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 is available below.

ESPN2 2013 US Open on ESPN/ESPN2

 

Date Time (ET) Match Network
Mon, Aug 26 – Fri, Aug 30 1 – 11 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2
       
Mon, Sept 2 7 – 11 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN2
Tue, Sept 3 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Men’s Round of 16 / Women’s QFs ESPN2
  7 – 11 p.m. Men’s Round of 16 / Women’s QFs ESPN
Wed, Sept 4 Noon – 11 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur, Sept 5 Noon – 6 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals /

Women’s Doubles Semifinals

ESPN2
  8 – 11 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinal ESPN
Sun, Sept 8 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Men’s Doubles Final ESPN2
  9 – 11 p.m. SportsCenter at the US Open ESPN

 

 

Fans will be especially happy knowing that beginning in 2015, ESPN will be the exclusive home of the U.S. Open in both North and South America.  The deal will see ESPN and its family of networks on TV and online increase its coverage from one hundred hours to one hundred and thirty hours of coverage.  The exclusive deal with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is an eleven-year deal.  It expands the networks’ digital and international rights.  More information on this year’s coverage of the U.S. Open is available online at the official ESPN website at http://espn.go.com/tennis and on the official ESPN Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

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ESPN, espnW Kick Off Nine For IX Film Series Next Tuesday

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ESPN and espnW have teamed up for a new film series.  The pair will kick off the brand new Nine for IX series next Tuesday, July 2nd at 8pm EST.  Venus Vs. is the first film in the series.  Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film the achievements and work of Venus and how it has changed the course of women’s tennis.  One of the film’s highlights is the case of Williams challenging the issue of equal pay in men’s and women’s tennis at Wimbledon.  DuVernay won the “Best Director Award” at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature length film, Middle of Nowhere.

This case saw Williams lobby the British Parliament, UNESCO, and Fleet Street to level the financial playing field for women at Wimbledon.  In 2007, Roland Garros and Wimbledon finally gave in to Williams’ requests.  It was that same year that Williams went on to become the first female Wimbledon winner to earn equal pay as the men’s winner, Roger Federer.

A new film in the Nine for IX series every Tuesday throughout the Summer.  The next film slated to air is titled, Pat XO.  This film focuses on University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit.  The official Nine for IX trailer is available online now at http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/8959146/trailer.  The complete film schedule is available below.

July 2: Venus Vs.
July 9: Pat XO
July 16: Let Them Wear Towels
July 23: No Limits
July 30: Swoopes
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The ‘99ers
August 27: Branded

For more information on the debut film in the Nine for IX series, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/espnW.    Each film will be available via iTunes and Amazon the day after its broadcast.  A special gift set containing each film will be available October 13, 2013.

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New Deal Brings USTA’s U.S. Open Beginning In 2015

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Tennis fans have some good news today.  ESPN has announced that it has acquired the broadcast rights to the U.S. Open.  The new deal means that the Sports Leader will broadcast the U.S. Open beginning in 2015.  It will be the exclusive home of the U.S. Open both in North and South America.  The deal will keep the tournament on ESPN for eleven years.  It also means that ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will now broadcast three of tennis’ four majors beginning in 2015.

ESPN President John Skipper shared his thoughts on the new deal.  “Certain sporting events become synonymous with when they are held, and there is no better – or bigger – way to celebrate the end of summer than at the US Open in New York,” he said.  We look forward to capturing every match, every star, every championship and all the drama on this grand stage.”

Expectations for the new deal are just as high among those with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).  Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman of the Board and president commented on the announcement, saying “This wide-ranging and broad relationship with ESPN positions tennis at the forefront of American sports.  By teaming with the world-wide leader in sports, the USTA will continue to ensure that tennis at every level thrives in the United States.”

When the deal takes effect, all matches of the U.S. Open tournament will be available not just on ESPN and ESPN2, but also via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app for those with mobile internet.  Every match of the tournament’s seventeen total courts will also be available on ESPN3.  Anyone that has ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription through Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOs, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-Verse.

Along with broadcasting the U.S. Open in the United States beginning in 2015, ESPN will continue to be the home of the entire U.S. Open in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on TSN in Canada, as it has done since 2002.  Fans in these countries will benefit from the new deal as it means expanded hours and broadcast rights, just as in the U.S.—both on multiple linear TV channels and on digital platforms throughout each region. 

The new broadcast deal has major implications in the U.S. and Latin and South America, as well as the Caribbean, as noted.  It will have a big impact in the Middle East, too.  Terms of the deal included making ESPN the home of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.  Coverage of the series includes seventy-two hours of action in the five-week tournament leading up to the championship.  Terms also have given broadcast rights of the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.  The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the family friendly music and tennis festival that serves as the unofficial start to the two-week tournament.  It takes place a week prior to the tournament’s official start. 

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Yellowcard tapped to headline festival at USA 7’s CRC

Yellowcard has been named to headline the music festival at next month’s Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) put on by USA 7.  The championship will be at PPL Park in Chester, PA Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd.  They will be joined by 12 Stones and Breathe Carolina.

This announcement is one more feather in the band’s cap as it has also been named to be a headliner on this year’s annual Van’s Warped Tour.  The band is also planning to release a new album this Summer on Hopeless Records. 

Tickets for the two day event are available exclusively through ComcastTIX.  Single and double day passes start at $18.  They can be purchased online at http://www.usasevenscrc.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the PPL Park box office.

More information on Yellowcard is available online at http://www.yellowcardrock.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/yellowcard, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/yellowcard.