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    Sky Sports drops US Open tennis after 25 years

    This is a discussion on Sky Sports drops US Open tennis after 25 years within the Sky Sports forums, part of the Sky TV Channels category; https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...-one-open-golf Sky Sports has dropped its coverage of the US Open tennis tournament after 25 years. The broadcaster has traditionally ...

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      Sky Sports drops US Open tennis after 25 years

      https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...-one-open-golf
      Sky Sports has dropped its coverage of the US Open tennis tournament after 25 years.

      The broadcaster has traditionally struck a year-by-year deal to sub-license the rights to the Grand Slam tournament from Eurosport, which is owned by Discovery, and aired coverage on its own sports channels.

      The pay-TV giant has chosen not to strike a deal to broadcast this yearís tournament, bringing an end to one of its longest major sports rights deals.

      According to the Daily Mail some Sky staff blame the spiralling cost of Premier League rights for cutbacks in areas such as tennis.

      However, Sky points out that it has struck at least 20 rights deals since striking a deal to pay £11m a game for Premier League matches in February last year.

      Notable deals include securing the Open Championship golf tournament from the BBC, which had been broadcast free-to-air for 61 years.

      It also bought the exclusive rights to all Formula One races bar the British Grand Prix.

      Sky says it remains committed to tennis with rights such as the ATP world tour, which culminates each year with finals at Londonís O2 venue.

      The US Open tennis tournament will still be available for Sky viewers to watch on Eurosport.


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      Re: Sky Sports drops US Open tennis after 25 years

      If the press had done some decent homework, the fans have had a big play in that across Europe.
      Sky's tennis coverage has been ok over the years, but the recent Europoort coverage of major tournaments has been excellent, with some good supplemental nightly reviews.
      Have heard that the Eurosport player has had a great boost from their tennis coverage.
      But its a channel that is available to all platforms within packages, so no big deal there and will be seen in any tennis or sports club playing.

      I welcome this move, as I'm really enjoying the Eurosport coverage of tennis lately.

     

     

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