ESPN Friday announced an extension of its contract to carry parts of the Wimbledon tennis tournament through 2013, including enhanced digital and international rights. Under the extended deal, ESPN2 will televise approximately 100 hours of the tournament each year, including one women’s and one men’s semifinal match. US broadcast rights to the final matches have been held for many years by NBC and its current contract runs through 2011.
ESPN’s new agreement provides coverage across multiple ESPN platforms – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International, ESPN.com, ESPN360.com, ESPNDeportes.com and ESPN Mobile Properties, as well as rights to ESPN On Demand and interactive TV.
"Wimbledon is a special place in the sports world, and we are proud to extend and expand our terrific relationship with the All England Club. We believe tennis fans will actively pursue and enjoy the offerings that this new agreement makes possible on ESPN’s growing multimedia and wireless platforms," said ESPN Exec. VP John Skipper.