LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2007 —
Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis, today announced that USTA Past President Alan G. Schwartz has been elected to the network’s board of directors.
“Alan has been a leader in tennis for nearly fifty years, as both a player and decision maker,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel. “We are delighted to have him as both a member of our board and an investor. He brings to Tennis Channel his unique tennis background and perspective as a past president of the USTA under whose leadership and driving force the US Open Series was created; a current member of the board of the International Tennis Federation; the author of the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP); and chairman of the Tennis Corporation of America, the largest owner-operator of indoor tennis in North America.”
Schwartz added, “I could not be more pleased to join Tennis Channel’s board of directors. In a very short time the network has been able to accomplish tremendous things in advancing the sport’s accessibility and experience for tennis fans all over the country, and I look forward to playing a part in the brand’s further development. Tennis Channel is a perfect vehicle to promote and develop the growth of tennis.”
Prior to becoming immediate past president and chairman of the board of the USTA, Schwartz served as first vice president, two terms as vice president and two years as director at large, and also chaired or was a member of numerous USTA committees.
“Now that he’s completed his board term run at the USTA it’s the perfect time for him to join us,” said Solomon. “Along with his deep roots in the sport, he brings a passion for the game, pioneering spirit and superior business acumen to our board.”
Schwartz graduated from Yale University, where he was captain of the tennis team, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Schwartz and his wife Roslyn reside in Highland Park, Ill. They have two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.
Tennis Channel (www.thetennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to Roland-Garros (the French Open), the Australian Open, US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via Echostar’s DISH Network.
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