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TENNIS CHANNEL’S ANSWER TO “MARCH MADNESS” MEANS 340 COVERAGE HOURS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND MIAMI THIS MONTH

LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2013

15 Days of Live Play Devoted to Sport’s “Fifth Slams,” with 12-Hour, Daylong Telecasts

 

Hosted by Hall of Famer Tracy Austin and Sportscaster Brett Haber, New Daily Show

Live at the BNP Paribas Open to Air from Set on Indian Wells Tournament Grounds

 

For many American sports fans March means brackets, shocking upsets and a buffet of competition as a champion emerges from a crowd of contenders.  Tennis fans are no exception.  This March Tennis Channel will offer 15 days and close to 170 hours of live coverage at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Sony Open in Miami, the sport’s two largest tournament fields (and extensive brackets) outside the four majors.  With daylong telecasts, encore replays and a new half-hour daily intro show from a set on the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the network will devote more than 340 total hours to both events this month, each of which has been referred to as “The Fifth Slam” of tennis.

 

Coverage begins in Indian Wells this Friday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. ET, a day earlier than Tennis Channel’s previous BNP Paribas Open on-air schedule.  It is the first of six consecutive days of 12-hour live tennis windows.  The network is also introducing a half-hour lead-in show hosted by Brett Haber and Hall of Famer Tracy Austin.  Similar to Tennis Channel’s US Open intro show, Live at the BNP Paribas Open will offer news, interviews, analysis and conversation, and feature regular appearances by other network on-air talent.  Based on the tournament grounds and surrounded by thousands of fans, the set will act as the hub of the channel’s daily activity.

 

In all, Tennis Channel will show almost 100 live hours from Indian Wells and more than 200 overall, given encore replays that run through both the men’s and women’s singles championships.  Coverage in Miami takes a similar approach.  Beginning on Friday, March 22, and anchored by four consecutive days of 12½-hour live match windows, the network will carry close to 70 live hours at the Sony Open this year.  Encore replays expand the overall hours to 140, and run through the men’s and women’s singles semifinals.  (Complete schedules for both Indian Wells and Miami follow.)

 

On-Air Talent

In addition to Haber and Austin, Tennis Channel’s BNP Paribas Open on-air team includes analysts Lindsay Davenport, who won two singles crowns and six doubles titles at Indian Wells in her playing days, and Mark Knowles, who picked up four doubles championships at the event in his career.  They will be joined by Justin Gimelstob and Leif Shiras, former players whose play-by-play work and commentary form the backbone of Tennis Channel’s year-round tournament schedule.

 

After the desert, Davenport, Knowles, Gimelstob and Haber will head to Florida for Tennis Channel’s coverage of the Sony Open in Miami.  Rounding out the team will be Rennae Stubbs, who won a doubles championship in South Beach (as did Knowles), and announcer Andrew Catalon.  Most members of Tennis Channel’s on-air talent team can be followed on Twitter: @thetracyaustin, @LDavenport76, @rennaestubbs, @justingimelstob, @LShirock, @BrettHaber and @AndrewCatalon.

 

Online

Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will feature interviews, live scores, daily highlights, photos, news and blogs during both the BNP Paribas Open and Sony Open.  Fans can connect with the network via Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel).  Also during this year’s BNP Paribas Open, Tennis Channel viewers will have the opportunity to follow Austria’s top-ranked player, Tamira Paszek, as she maintains a periodic video blog while she competes in Indian Wells.  Meanwhile, KentuckySportsRadio.com’s Matt Jones and Drew Franklin will contribute a daily written, video and photo blog from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, injecting Tennis Channel’s Web site with their wit and unique point of view.

 

 

Tennis Channel’s Live BNP Paribas Open Match Schedule

(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                     

Friday, March 8                      1:30 p.m.-2 a.m.          First Round, Second Round

Saturday, March 9                  1:30 p.m.-12 a.m.        Second Round

Sunday, March 10                   1:30 p.m.-2 a.m.          Second Round, Third Round

Monday, March 11                 1:30 p.m.-2 a.m.          Third Round

Tuesday, March 12                 1:30 p.m.-2 a.m.          Third Round, Round of 16

Wednesday, March 13            1:30 p.m.-2 a.m.          Round of 16, Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 14                2 p.m.-8 p.m.;

                                                  10 p.m.-midnight      Quarterfinals

Friday, March 15                    6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.;

  9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Quarterfinal, Semifinal

Saturday, March 16                8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.        Men’s Doubles Final

 

 

Tennis Channel also will offer encore replays of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals (ET):

Saturday, March 16 – Women’s Semifinals: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.; Men’s Semifinals: 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Sunday, March 17 – Men’s Semifinals: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Women’s Semifinals: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.;

Women’s Final: 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Men’s Final: 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Monday, March 18 – Women’s Final: 12:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight;

                                    Men’s Semifinals: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Women’s Semifinals: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.;

                                    Men’s Final 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19 – Men’s Final: 12 a.m.-2 a.m.

 

Tennis Channel’s Live Sony Open Match Schedule

(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

 

Date                                        Time (ET)                                          Event                                     

Friday, March 22                    3 p.m.-5 p.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.              Second Round

Saturday, March 23                11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.                              Second Round, Third Round

Sunday, March 24                   11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.                              Second Round, Third Round

Monday, March 25                 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.                              Third Round, Round of 16

Tuesday, March 26                 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.                              Round of 16, Quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 27            7 p.m.-9 p.m.                                       Quarterfinal

 

Encore coverage includes men’s and women’s singles semifinals (ET):

Friday, March 29 – Women’s Semifinals: 12 a.m.-4 a.m., 7 a.m.-9 a.m.;

Men’s Semifinals: 10 p.m.-4 a.m.

Saturday, March 30 – Women’s Semifinals: 8 a.m.-noon; Men’s Semifinals: 8 p.m.-midnight

Sunday, March 31 – Men’s Semifinals: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

 

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle.  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 the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Emirates Airline US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup.  Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.

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For Further information:
Eric Abner, Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com