Wimbledon Live Broadcast: ESPN agrees massive 12-year extension to broadcast Wimbledon until 2035

Wimbledon Live Broadcast: ESPN agrees massive 12-year extension to broadcast Wimbledon until 2035
Wimbledon Live Broadcast: ESPN agrees massive 12-year extension to broadcast Wimbledon until 2035

Wimbledon LIVE Broadcast – ESPN agrees massive 12-year extension to broadcast Wimbledon until 2035- Broadcast giants ESPN struck a new 12-year extension with All-England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) on Friday to continue televising Wimbledon on its network until 2035. The Disney backed network has been televising Wimbledon since 2003 and gained exclusive U.S. rights back in 2012. The new deal which begins in 2024, will see more matches telecasted on sister channel ABC and their subscription platform ESPN+.

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Wimbledon LIVE Broadcast: As per Reuters, while financial terms weren’t disclosed, includes mid-tournament weekend matches to be broadcast on ABC and an increase in online streaming. AELTC will also make available live coverage of qualifying rounds of the tournament as well as archival material such as films, classic matches, highlight shows and press conferences. ABC’s coterie of live coverage will start next year, two years ahead of the next contract.

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Burke Magnus, ESPN’s president of programming and original content said in a press release, “The sporting world recognizes that Wimbledon is equated with excellence, and we are thrilled and proud to continue our close relationship with the AELTC. Wimbledon is a tentpole event on the global sports calendar and the ESPN schedule, and we will continue to use all our resources to present the drama, tradition and stories of Wimbledon to fans in all ways possible.”

Meanwhile, Mick Desmond, media director for the All England Club said maintaining a successful relationship was paramount. He added, “ESPN has transformed the storytelling of Wimbledon throughout the Americas with their first ball to last ball commitment and their creative storytelling techniques. We are really looking forward to continuing to take the relationship from strength to strength and provide sports fans in the Americas with access to Wimbledon through ESPN’s unrivalled network of platforms.”

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Wimbledon LIVE Broadcast: As per ESPN, its two most-watched matches came at Wimbledon, with Roger Federer’s victory over Andy Murray in the 2012 men’s final drawing an average audience of 3.925 million viewers while Novak Djokovic’s victory over Federer in the 2019 title match averaged 3.426 million viewers. The contract extension is the latest in a slew of broadcasting deals ESPN has negotiated in the recent past. The Disney backed network renewed long-term rights deals with both Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL), and also struck up a new agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL).