Wimbledon to be on ESPN2, ESPN360.com through 2013
Wimbledon will continue to be on ESPN's airwaves and online through 2013.
ESPN and The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club finalized a six-year agreement Thursday that also includes enhanced digital and international rights.
ESPN2 will televise approximately 100 hours of the tournament each year, including day-long live action and one women's and one men's semifinal match. The network will also have highlights shows on the days of the semifinals.
The agreement provides coverage across ESPN's platforms -- ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International, ESPN.com, ESPN360.com, ESPNDeportes.com and ESPN Mobile Properties, as well as rights to ESPN On Demand and interactive TV.
"Wimbledon is a special place in the sports world, and we are proud to extend and expand our terrific relationship with the All England Club," ESPN executive vice president John Skipper said. "We believe tennis fans will actively pursue and enjoy the offerings that this new agreement makes possible on ESPN's growing multimedia and wireless platforms."
ESPN will be allowed to show Wimbledon matches live or taped on ESPN360.com or any of the its platforms -- including ESPNDeportes.com in Spanish.
ESPN360.com will show more than 200 hours of live coverage during the tournament and will be the exclusive broadband home of Centre Court and Court One.
NBC and Wimbledon agreed last year to a four-year extension through 2011.
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