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ESPN Won't Continue Airing French Open, Citing Meager Ratings, Poor Time Slots

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 03 / 15

ESPN is "walking away from the French Open after 13 years," according to SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Kaplan & Ourand. ESPN execs said that the decision is "based on the network’s position as the second or third TV outlet covering the tournament -- behind NBC and Tennis Channel." Tha...

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