ESPN Signs Deal To Broadcast Beach Volleyball This Summer
ESPN "will broadcast" the FIVB-sanctioned World Series of Beach Volleyball from Long Beach, Calif., this summer. The broadcast of the July 13-16 event "will include 30 hours of play spread across ABC, ESPN and ESNP2, and streamed on ESPN3." World Series of Beach Volleyball CEO Leonard Armato said that although some play "will be condensed or otherwise on tape, the women's final will be live on ESPN on Saturday night." The ESPN deal "calls for three North American events next year" (AP, 5/19).