Fitz And The Tantrums Kick Off ESPN Networks’ US Open Coverage

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Courtesy: Elektra Records

Fitz and the Tantrums will be live at the U.S. Open next Monday, August 25th.

The hit pop group will kick off the ESPN networks’ coverage of the U.S. Open Monday night with a special live performance as part of the annual tournament’s opening festivities. The group is scheduled to perform at 7:45pm ET on ESPN2. The group has posted a video to YouTube to tease its upcoming live performance. It can be viewed online now here.

More information on this and every upcoming live performances by Fitz and The Tantrums can be viewed along with all of the latest news from the group online now at http://www.facebook.com/fitzandthetantrums and http://fitzandthetantrums.com. More Than Just a Dream, the group’s latest full length release, is available now in stores and online. It can be downloaded via iTunes now at https://smarturl.it/fitzdream. 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 Films Starts Winding Down Its Latest Series With “This Is What They Want”

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ESPN Films’ Peabody Award-winning series 30 for 30 continues next Tuesday, October 29th with another brand new film.  Next Tuesday, ESPN and ESPN films take audiences into the tennis world in This is What They Want.  The film focuses on tennis star Jimmy Connors and his unbelievable run in the 1991 US Open.

Connors was thirty-eight years old when he entered the 1991 US Open, and was nearing his thirty-ninth birthday.  At the time, he was ranked 174th in the world.  And it had been eight years since he had earned his last Grand Slam singles title.  For those not familiar with the tennis world, this is not a good sign for someone coming into one of tennis’ biggest events.  Connors was close to being eliminated in the tournament’s first round.  But then something incredible happened.  Connors went on a tear that included a contest with Aaron Krickstein on his way to the semi-finals.  Connors’run through the tournament is richly detailed and examined thanks to director Brian Koppelman and David Levien.  The pair have been producing and directing movies since 1997.  Their list of credits includes: Rounders, Oceans Thirteen, The Illusionist, and the new hit movie Runner, Runner.  The pair included in this film, interviews with veteran tennis players John and Patrick McEnroe, Mary Carilo and Jim Courier along with Kirckstein.  Through their interviews and classic footage, This is What They Want examines not just Connors’ run but also what made him such a talked about figure in the tennis and sports worlds.  It shows how he helped make tennis the equally talked about sport that it is today.

All films in the 30 for 30 series will be available for download the day after their broadcast via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.  The remaining films in the series are listed below.  A special six-disc collector’s edition Gift Set containing the first fifteen films from 30 for 30 Volume II will be available in stores and online Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

The remaining films of the fall slate will air as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. –This      is What They Want (Directors: Brian      Koppelman and David Levien)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. –Bernie      and Ernie (Director: Jason Hehir)

 

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

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Courtesy: ESPN

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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