U.S. Open/ESPN deal to be announced Monday.

Posted by | May 10, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Starting next year, ESPN and The Tennis Channel will own the cable rights to all four Grand Slams.

TVWeek reports that the USTA will officially announce a deal giving ESPN cable rights to the U.S. Open on Monday. ESPN will split rights to the event with The Tennis Channel, mimicking previous deals with the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

ESPN and The Tennis Channel replace USA Network, which is getting out of the sports business.

A USTA spokesman told Tennis Week that “[t]he new deal will create a unified, summer long ‘Open Season’ for the sport of tennis.” ESPN already airs several events in the U.S. Open Series, a series of tournaments that run up to the U.S. Open.

Related: “USA to drop U.S. Open; ESPN/TTC could take over.” and “Truly the Grand Slam Network?

Link to TVWeek article found via Fang’s Bites.

  • Anonymous

    As a big tennis fan who has watched so much US Open coverage on USA the past 12 years since I was 10 years old, it is a little bit sad to see the US Open leaving USA. USA’s coverage has been outstanding and it will take some getting used to to watch the Open without the duo of John McEnroe and Ted Robinson. It was also nice that the US Open was apart from the ESPN-ization that occurs these days when ESPN televises an event or sport. While I do not think ESPN will do a terrible job broadcasting the US Open, it is hard to see the tradition of the US Open on USA go by the wayside.