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The USTA Signs OLN and The Tennis Channel As U.S. Davis Cup Television Partners For 2006

May 25, 2008 12:40 PM

New Deal Begins with Live Coverage of U.S. vs. Romania from the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on February 10-12

Andy Roddick, James Blake and World No. 1 Doubles Team Bob and Mike Bryan to Lead U.S. Team

White Plains, NY, February 7, 2006 - - The USTA, in conjunction with the ITF, today announced that OLN and The Tennis Channel will be the domestic television broadcasters for all U.S. Davis Cup action in 2006. The new agreement begins February 10-12, with complete live television coverage of the 2006 first round U.S. Davis Cup competition, including full, live coverage and same-day, prime-time replays of all matches. The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, an ITF event, is the largest annual international team competition in world sport. Featuring 133 nations, 16 countries qualify for the elite World Group each year.

OLN is now in 63 million homes nationwide, and is the cable home of the NHL and the Tour de France. The Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour TV destination dedicated to tennis.

Coverage from La Jolla is as follows:

  • Friday, February 10, at 2 PM ET: The Tennis Channel will present complete live coverage of the first two singles matches in La Jolla, Calif. A full replay of these matches will begin at 8 PM ET on The Tennis Channel.
  • Saturday, February 11, at 4 PM ET: OLN will present exclusive live coverage of the doubles match between the U.S. and Romania. The U.S. doubles match will be replayed on The Tennis Channel at 8 PM ET.
  • Sunday, February 12, at 2 PM ET: OLN will provide live coverage of the first singles match. If the tie is not decided at the conclusion of the first match, OLN will broadcast the second singles match until 5 PM ET, when live coverage will shift to The Tennis Channel until the conclusion of the second match. The Tennis Channel will then air a replay of the day’s competition at 8 PM ET.

In subsequent rounds this year, OLN will provide live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup home tie competitions to be followed by same-day replays on The Tennis Channel. Scheduling of away tie broadcasts will be contingent on the country of origin.

“We're thrilled to partner with OLN and The Tennis Channel to bring live Davis Cup coverage to over 60 million homes throughout the country," said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. “This partnership was created to ensure complete, live coverage of all U.S. Davis Cup action, and to more effectively promote the special brand of team competition that Davis Cup provides.”

“At OLN we are all about competition, and there’s nothing quite like country vs. country rivalries to bring out a fan’s patriotic pride," said Gavin Harvey, President of OLN. ”Partnering with The Tennis Channel allows fans unprecedented access to a storied tennis championship.”

“Between OLN and The Tennis Channel, tennis fans won’t miss a minute of U.S. Davis Cup action with matches presented as a single program across two networks,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, The Tennis Channel. “The Davis Cup is tennis’ Ryder Cup and World Cup rolled into one - - and deserves the broad reach of OLN combined with the prime-time coverage from the only network serving the tennis audience 24/7/365.”

The Davis Cup telecast partnership between OLN and The Tennis Channel will remain in place throughout 2006, as long as the U.S. team continues to advance in this year’s competition. Should the U.S. team defeat Romania in La Jolla, it would host the winner of the first round tie between Chile and the 2005 Davis Cup runner-up Slovak Republic, April 7-9.

U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe recently announced World No. 3 Andy Roddick, James Blake, who, at No. 20, is at his career-high ranking, and World No. 1 doubles team and 2006 Australian Open doubles champions, Bob and Mike Bryan.

Romanian Davis Cup Captain Florin Segarseanu has named No. 40 Victor Hanescu, No. 82 Andrei Pavel, No. 104 Razvan Sabau and No. 401 Horia Tecau to play in La Jolla.

U.S. Davis Cup team sponsor AIG will be the presenting sponsor of all U.S. Davis Cup broadcasts on OLN and The Tennis Channel. Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition with 133 teams competing this year.

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The Tennis Channel (www.thetennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it. As the most concentrated single-sport network on television, the brand combines comprehensive sports coverage with health, fitness, pop culture, lifestyle and travel programming. Fifty-two week tournament telecast rights include the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup, offering compelling coverage of the game’s most dramatic rivalries and energetic personalities.

OLN is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in more than 63 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world and launched the US Open Series which links 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 665,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grassroots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the governing body of tennis, oversees the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, one of the two largest annual international team sports events in the world. The ITF markets tennis through television, PR, event management and sponsorship.

 

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