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WTA BOD Votes Unanimously To Extend CEO Allaster's Contract By Five Years
Published October 24, 2011
MORE LIVE TENNIS: TENNIS.com's Richard Pagliaro reported ESPN has "signed a four-year agreement with the WTA to carry live coverage of its events across multiple platforms." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN and the WTA "will officially announce the partnership" today. The deal "includes exclusive rights" to WTA Premier event weekday matches, as well as rights to the WTA Championships singles final on ESPN2 and ESPN3, with live round-robin and semifinals coverage also on ESPN3. Coverage begins tomorrow with the WTA Championships from Istanbul. ESPN3’s live coverage "will feature select round-robin matches, both semifinals and the final." ESPN2 will "provide tape-delay television coverage of the final" at 1:00pm ET. This year's Istanbul matches will also be shown on Tennis Channel. Starting with the Sydney tournament in January, ESPN3 "will present live coverage of more than 70 matches from 11 events, including early rounds and select quarterfinals, annually between January-October." The net will "use the same commentators who work ESPN2’s television coverage and rely on the world feed when it is not providing television coverage of an event" (TENNIS.com, 10/23).